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All seasons vs snow tires?

Hey all. Wanted to ask if anyone here is running their GT with all seasons in snowy part of the world. I'm located in Minnesota and want to know if I can make do with all seasons to save a good chunk of cash, or if it'll be too dangerous to drive. For what it's worth, I am a careful driver and I don't plan on hooning around or banging gears in the winter traffic and roads.

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For what its worth All season are still no season, If you plan on driving it around all winter it would be much easier on a set of Snow tires.

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All season tires can work in very light snow and/or slushy roads. They are not the equivalent to snow tires. Personally I stay off the roads with the Mustang in snow conditions.
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Here in PA we get a decent amount of snow, I run all seasons. But for anything more than an inch of snow you are going to want to get some snow tires, otherwise it is going to be fishtail city...

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In my experience the best winter tire for the Mustang and other rear wheel performance cars is the Blizzak winter tire. Aftermarket rims and $300 a tire at most outlets gives you a good combo you can install during the peak snow season. I have a set of Conti DWS all seasons mounted on a spare set of rims for the Mustang and a set of Blizzak for the other car and the Blizzak is superior performing.

But to the OPs point - - can you run a GT in a snowy part of the world with all season tires and save some Benjamins. If my first sentence wasn't a hint how I would answer, my answer is yes. But if you drive a RWD car with All-Season tires in snow and ice - - just travel as fast as you fell comfortable crashing.

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For what its worth All season are still no season, If you plan on driving it around all winter it would be much easier on a set of Snow tires.
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In my experience the best winter tire for the Mustang and other rear wheel performance cars is the Blizzak winter tire. Aftermarket rims and $300 a tire at most outlets gives you a good combo you can install during the peak snow season. . . . .
I second that -- if you are going to be driving the Mustang through the winter, it is well worth the cost to get a set of dedicated winter wheels and real snow tires. This allows you to change them over yourself, in a few years you will recover the cost by saving the money you would spend to have the tire shop change them twice a year. It also protects your good "summer"wheels from the corrosion that will be caused by the road salt -- it will eventually get under the clear coat and spread like spider-webs.

If you watch your local Craig's List, you can probably pick up a set of used wheels and tires for cheap money. I have done it twice . . . OEM or aftermarket wheels with snow tires for $500 or less for the entire set.

Be aware of the TMPS sensors -- if you don't have them inside the tires, or if they are not compatible, the warning light will be on, on the dash.
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I think it's currently running OHTSU performance tires. Can't tell the exact model off this picture but I am guessing it's an FP7000?

Says 235 50R18 97W M+S (mud and snow)

Trying to see how cheap a new set of winter/snow tires would be either new, or used off craigslist.
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that ""M+S" designation always baffled me; I don't think it actually means Mud and Snow though that does make sense by the letters . . . that does not look like a snow tire tread to me

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that ""M+S" designation always baffled me; I don't think it actually means Mud and Snow though that does make sense by the letters . . . that does not look like a snow tire tread to me
https://www.sstire.com/tracy/decodin...s-designation/


Looks like it just has to meet the RMA guidelines to get the mud and snow designation on the tire.


The dealer said they're "performance" tires so I am guessing these are summer/normal tires and not all seasons.


They said it has 7mm tread left.
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If you are looking for the best tire deal with GREAT service,and the road hazzard included try tireeasy.com I have bought many tires from them,can't beat them. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Looks like I will probably be buying a set of of Blizzak WS80's. $147 each on Tire Rack right now.

We actually just got out first day of snowfall in Minnesota, but real snow isn't here just yet...
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that ""M+S" designation always baffled me; I don't think it actually means Mud and Snow though that does make sense by the letters . . . that does not look like a snow tire tread to me
Maybe Mush and Slush, but then again when I put snow tires on and was still living in Taxachusettes mine had studs.

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that ""M+S" designation always baffled me; I don't think it actually means Mud and Snow though that does make sense by the letters . . . that does not look like a snow tire tread to me
You will see that designation on all all season tires. A true winter tire will have the mountain snow flake designation.

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You will see that designation on all all season tires. A true winter tire will have the mountain snow flake designation.

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