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Posted by Tomes on May 1, 2008, 10:22 pm
 And the way to do it if one is to do it the easy but expensive way is to
have 4 other rims so one only needs to just swap out the whole wheel instead
of breaking the bead on each tire every time.  By expensive I mean the
one-time cost of the rims, which would be offset each year by not having to
pay for tire swapping on rims and balancing.

"e" ...

Posted by e on May 2, 2008, 3:41 pm
I don't think it makes sense to do it any other way.
Lutwak just posted that he got Blizzaks and wheels,
balanced (and presumably installed the first time) for
$00. That's a good choice and a good deal. I drove
another light FWD car on those tires in the mountains
during a very snowy episode, and even on back roads it
was fine.

Tomes wrote:

Posted by newsgroups.comcast.net on May 1, 2008, 11:10 pm
 Last Fall, we swapped on four Bridgestone Blizzaks just before winter, which
was quite snowy here in New England.  The Prius stuck to the road like it
was driving on suction cups. We got the Blizzaks, mounted and balanced on
nice Rial aluminum wheels, for about $50/each from TireRack.


Posted by Willie K. Yee, MD on May 21, 2008, 11:46 am
 On Wed, 30 Apr 2008 02:28:05 GMT, vfo22@netzero.net (Bill) wrote:

On packed snow and ice, the Prius handles better than most, between
VSC, traction control and ABS. I had to work to make it skid on a test

It does not do well in deep snow (greater then 4-6 inches) because it
is so low to the ground. On very steep slippery slopes it may have
difficulty. The road to my house had a short grade that I had to get a
run on (going through a stop sign in the process).  If I had snow
tires, I would not have had a problem.

Real snow tires make all the difference.

Posted by husbandnextdoor on May 26, 2008, 2:26 pm
 On May 21, 7:46am, please@nospam (Willie K. Yee, MD) wrote:

My wife's 2007 Touring with traction control and VSC behaves like a
little tractor in snow, on the stock tires.  As they wear I think it
might get worse, and we will probably look for some snows this winter
or the next.  But we are both good snow drivers, and this car is
better than many of the others we've had - BMW, Saab, Volvo, VW.
We're in southeast MIchigan, which can be hilly enough to cause
problems, though it's not Colorado!

I expect snow tires to make a difference.

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