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    Pictures: Winter Setup - Drag DR 38 18x8 & Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 245/60/18

    Just had the Winter Setup Mount and Installed (Brother works at goodyear









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    Very nice!
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    Why not run aftermarket in summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purpleorchid View Post
    Very nice!
    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomZoom06 View Post
    Why not run aftermarket in summer?
    We might do that, not sure yet. But I didn't want to buy 20" snow tires, too expensive.
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    I was about to say those looked a bit off, but then they are 18's. Pretty cool. Glad I don't have to worry about snow tires here in FL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelrog View Post
    I was about to say those looked a bit off, but then they are 18's. Pretty cool. Glad I don't have to worry about snow tires here in FL.
    Thanks, and I wish we didn't have to deal with it either! But I do love MN.
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    I know how good Blizzaks are on a rear-wheel drive BMW M Roadster so I can imagine how well your CX-9 must handles in the snow with that setup!!

    My Z3 was a daily driver for many years and snow tires were a must for the winter. I was amazed how much faster I could drive, stop and turn with blizzaks. You really learn a lot about how to drive in the snow when you have a rearwheel drive car. For those that don't know you can't have any wheel spin in the rear. The second that happens you start fish tailing. Unlike front wheel drive where you can floor it, let the wheel spin all you want and be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Thrizzle View Post
    I know how good Blizzaks are on a rear-wheel drive BMW M Roadster so I can imagine how well your CX-9 must handles in the snow with that setup!!

    My Z3 was a daily driver for many years and snow tires were a must for the winter. I was amazed how much faster I could drive, stop and turn with blizzaks. You really learn a lot about how to drive in the snow when you have a rearwheel drive car. For those that don't know you can't have any wheel spin in the rear. The second that happens you start fish tailing. Unlike front wheel drive where you can floor it, let the wheel spin all you want and be fine.
    I put Blizzaks on all my cars, lol. I had them on my AWD Mazdaspeed 6, that was unbelievable in the snow. Way too much fun and easy to drive. I am sure the CX9 will be a blast too!

    This will be my 3rd winter with the G8. The first 2 were excellent with Blizzak LM-25's. This year I have changed to LM-60's. Hopefully they are just as good. For the G8 being RWD, it handles excellent in the snow. The car is balanced perfectly.

    Now, a Z3 in the snow....I'd be scared, lol. So small and light!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawyzf View Post
    I put Blizzaks on all my cars, lol. I had them on my AWD Mazdaspeed 6, that was unbelievable in the snow. Way too much fun and easy to drive. I am sure the CX9 will be a blast too!

    This will be my 3rd winter with the G8. The first 2 were excellent with Blizzak LM-25's. This year I have changed to LM-60's. Hopefully they are just as good. For the G8 being RWD, it handles excellent in the snow. The car is balanced perfectly.

    Now, a Z3 in the snow....I'd be scared, lol. So small and light!
    I didn't realize how good Blizzaks were until I bought a set of wheels that had dunlop winter tires. They did not compare at all.
    Yeah you really feel the lightness of the Z3 in the snow. The cars weight distribution is 50/50 but it's nice to put some sand bags in the back when it snows.

    Btw, nice G8! Did they come with the corvette LS engine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Thrizzle View Post
    I didn't realize how good Blizzaks were until I bought a set of wheels that had dunlop winter tires. They did not compare at all.
    Yeah you really feel the lightness of the Z3 in the snow. The cars weight distribution is 50/50 but it's nice to put some sand bags in the back when it snows.

    Btw, nice G8! Did they come with the corvette LS engine?
    Thanks, I love the G8. It has a 6.0 L76, so based on the LS engines in the Camaro/Vette family. The G8 GXP came with the LS3, 6.2L which is in the Camaro also.

    I drove the CX9 in the snow/ice Sunday AM for the first time. It was amazing, not issues concerns at all. There was only about 2" of snow, but there was a lot of ice, and the tires and awd treated me very well. I was alone on the roads and testing them out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawyzf View Post
    I put Blizzaks on all my cars, lol. I had them on my AWD Mazdaspeed 6, that was unbelievable in the snow. Way too much fun and easy to drive. I am sure the CX9 will be a blast too!
    Hmm, I was going to get the General Altimax Arctic which have the same tread pattern as the Gislaved tires, and I have experience with them in Montreal winters, and I can attest that they are very good tires. However, the Blizzak DM-V1 are a little bit more expensive: is the price difference worth it?

    And do you think 17" wheels would have cleared the calipers on your GT? I'm thinking of getting 245/65R17 winter tires instead of 18".

    This will be my 3rd winter with the G8. The first 2 were excellent with Blizzak LM-25's. This year I have changed to LM-60's. Hopefully they are just as good. For the G8 being RWD, it handles excellent in the snow. The car is balanced perfectly.

    Now, a Z3 in the snow....I'd be scared, lol. So small and light![/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaster View Post
    Hmm, I was going to get the General Altimax Arctic which have the same tread pattern as the Gislaved tires, and I have experience with them in Montreal winters, and I can attest that they are very good tires. However, the Blizzak DM-V1 are a little bit more expensive: is the price difference worth it?

    And do you think 17" wheels would have cleared the calipers on your GT? I'm thinking of getting 245/65R17 winter tires instead of 18".
    I personally like Blizzaks best. I tried to use dunlops on my RX-8 and wasn't happy with them, not sure if it was truly the tires or the car. I had Blizzak ws-60's on my G8 last winter and the car did awesome with the near record snow we had. To me it's worth the few extra bucks for Blizzaks. My original plan for the CX-9 was a 17" package from Tire Rack, but the shortage of cash changed that idea so with tax money I may get aftermarket wheels for summer instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaster View Post
    Hmm, I was going to get the General Altimax Arctic which have the same tread pattern as the Gislaved tires, and I have experience with them in Montreal winters, and I can attest that they are very good tires. However, the Blizzak DM-V1 are a little bit more expensive: is the price difference worth it?

    And do you think 17" wheels would have cleared the calipers on your GT? I'm thinking of getting 245/65R17 winter tires instead of 18".
    17's will work, CWW confirmed that on ebay, they are a seller of Drag Wheels and Winter Tires. They didn't offer the Blizzaks though, so I didn't go through them. I have always used blizzaks, so I just go with what I know works. CWW only offered Hankooks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogeater View Post
    I personally like Blizzaks best. I tried to use dunlops on my RX-8 and wasn't happy with them, not sure if it was truly the tires or the car. I had Blizzak ws-60's on my G8 last winter and the car did awesome with the near record snow we had. To me it's worth the few extra bucks for Blizzaks. My original plan for the CX-9 was a 17" package from Tire Rack, but the shortage of cash changed that idea so with tax money I may get aftermarket wheels for summer instead.
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    It's that time again, time to put the winters back on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawyzf View Post
    It's that time again, time to put the winters back on!
    How many season's you getting outta the DM-V1 @Rawyzf?

    I'm thinking about throwing a set up on my CX-9 soon-ish... I have my Enkei RSF5 (17x7.5 ET50) wheels that I took off my 6 before trading it in and thinking they are my new winter set. Looked great on the 6, a little concerned they will be "small" on the CX-9. Tire rack reccomends the 17" package anyway, so I feel confident in fit. Reccomended tire is 245/65R17 which will only change overall diameter 4mm (750mm vs. 754mm for the stock 245/50R20).

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