Just trying to decide if I want to run a dedicated winter tire or just a triple peak rated all season tire. Those of you that get actual snow and drive yours all year round....what ya running?
I had thought about that undercarriage issue as I've seen normal Trailblazers in this area get abused by it even though we arent in a "heavy" salt area but they use LOTS of the ice brine here. So I will be checking into that undercoating.Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4, next best thing to blizzaks in snow/ice and great at everything else. I used their AS 3+ for years while I was still driving my own vehicles in snow. I highly recommend not driving it in any snow though because these vehicles rust away in just a year from just a few days of driving in snow.. not exaggerating at all! There is just too much concentrated salt and unsealed over-lapping steel. If not for my interventions, my 2009's frame and underbody rust would have totaled the vehicle at only 3 years old and <9,000mi.
The ice brine is even worse! That crap really gets into all the small crevices. Undercoating imo is just thick extra weight.. its the small tiny areas of over-lapping and not-fully welded (stitched) steel plating that the super corrosive crap gets in. I fully welded all joints, coated outside in por15, used tubing sprayer to coat inside of rails in frame inhibitor and now I'm afraid to drive it in snow/ice again bc of all that work. You could lift it up, take tires and fender liners off and try to spot-hit any existing surface rust but that alone wont buy the frame much time. You could also religiously power-wash the undercarriage after every snowy outing but that's a pain in the ass and still not entirely effective at getting to all the areas where the ice brine splashes into. There are literally a dozen of these gmt360's getting totaled everyday because of frame and/or underbody sheet metal rust damage. Just trying to avoid one more horror story of a tbss owner investing 5-10k++ in enhancements, only to find out later that their front strut tower is about to catastrophically fail on the next pothole they hit and/or that their foot goes through the floor at the same time. If one wants their SS to last for a while and/or retain its resale value then your best bet is getting a beater trailblazer 4x4 sixer or getting a rental or using public transpo for the salty 3 months of the year. If one uses their SS on salt/salt-brine roads, the SS will become your next beater.Yeah I was planning on running, at the very least, BFG Advantage T/A's or Goodyear WeatherReady's since they are triple peak snow rated. I have the BFG's and running a tire shop I have access to just about anything for "at cost" prices. So I'll give the WeatherReady's a shot and see how they do.
I had thought about that undercarriage issue as I've seen normal Trailblazers in this area get abused by it even though we arent in a "heavy" salt area but they use LOTS of the ice brine here. So I will be checking into that undercoating.
Yeah I'll be more than likely going with DWS 06Plus' when the new wheels go on in spring.I had 18x8 Saab 9-7X stock wheels with 255/55R-18 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 XL. 10x better than all seasons on 20x10's- even Continental ExtremeContact DWS which I've loved as an AS tire before.
Ran bfYeah I found a place that does undercoating and seems to be pretty good at it. Just about 90 mins away and the need the truck for 2 days. I day to do it and 1 to sit to dry/ cure. So just have to work out the logistics... may have it flatbed towed down midweek and try to pick it up on a Saturday.
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