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Old 06-04-2015, 06:07 AM   #1
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Snow and Wet setting in under 40 degree setting plus OE Summer Tires

MY ride is a 15 GT, 5.0, MT6, PP with OE rear.tires 275x40x19 Summer Tires. Previous GT rides wore Michelin Sport AS2 tires to help with Winter driving. I'm trying to hold off spending the $ to put the Michelin AS3 on all around this coming winter. The car is used year around except in snow.

If you have the same equipped car and live in the colder states and have gone thru a Winter, would appreciate you feedback in reference to daily driving in temps below 40 degrees maybe rain and also using the Wet and Snow setting.

Also, Michelin puts out the same tire in the 285x40x19 size for the rear with the 255x40x19 size up front. If you have gone to the larger rear size would be interested in your comments for Winter time driving


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When I asked the same ? I looked at the various responses and the majority that said don't drive it when it's cold were from North of the Mason/Dixon line. I live in CT and don't drive it in snow but when it is just cold out I scored a set of take off rims (on this site Thx GTStyles!) with all seasons that I run in cold weather. The summer onlys get hard/slippery in cold weather. You might tell yourself you'll drive slow but if something jumps in front of you and you have to take evasive action the damage $ will be more than a set of new rims/tires.
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You make some good points. I'm wondering for those that have a 2015' when flipping on the Wet/Snow switch how much that effects the driving.

My 15 is used as a DD with the exception of in snow. My 12 GT 5.0 worked pretty good with the Michelin Sport AS2 all around. Just would like to not have to spend the $ for new tires all around if I can help it.


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I can't help with the switch as my 12 V6 ain't got no stinking switch. I will say I got my 1st good look at the 2015 last week.....Nice Ride!
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I have a 2013, and it's DD all year! I HAD to use snow tires, because the summer tires, do not cut it below 40 degrees. I ended up getting a set of California Special wheels with snow tires, and just use a spacer on front to clear my Brembo brakes.
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If you can afford it store it, get a beater to drive the winter months. The crap they put on rods in winter will rust your mustang quickly. That's if you survive without any accidents. Or someone hitting you.


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I guess I should proof read before posting..lol


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SUMMER TIRES sorry don't understand !!!!!
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:37 PM   #9
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Assuming your question, SUMMER TIRES is a straight q . . . Summers are usually standard equipment on most hot cars because they are ment to run in warmer temps to provide the best combo of traction and good traits in the rain. Temps below 40 degrees make the rubber harder and the performance levels drop off greatly.

The explanation may be a little to generic for most but after a long day, its the best I can do.


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I'll also mention on my 12 with the Summer only Pirelli's Ford said 40 deg but the Pirelli manual said 45 deg.
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I'm looking at getting a gt perf pack but I'll use it all year around even the snow. Currently I have a 2013 v6 perf pack. Would the winter tire set up on the v6 work with the gt perf pack? I notice the gt has different size front and rear tires. The winter set up is whatever tire rack recommends for the v6 pp.


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The snow switch just seems to put stability control on max and changes throttle mapping that makes the gas pedal much less responsive. You still have low traction. Snow tires are the biggest improvement you can make if you drive when it's below 45 degrees. I even had snow tires on my Subaru STI for winter and passed many 4 wheel drive trucks. All seasons get very hard when the temps drop and the rubber compound does not give you any traction on ice.


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Would 235/50r18s on all four wheels work for a winters set up on the performance pack or would the rears have to be wider?


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