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Hi all,

I'm in snow country now and thinking about putting snows on the front only. Continental has a contiPro on tirerack that will go with my summer tires, but they of course recommend a full set of four. Any comments on using them only in front for winter? I'm not doing a lot of highway driving, just looking to keep from getting stuck.

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I would do all four, no reason just to do the fronts as it will only give yo umore traction to drive into a ditch fasted when the rears break loose.

Look around for a slightly used set perhaps on C-list and forums to reduce the amount spent i suppose if it is a finacial reason for wanting to do only the front two.


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i always recommend snowtrakkers. ive been running them for 2 winters. they are amazing. i do about 40 miles a day of highway driving. i bought them used and still have plenty of life

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Tons of traction in front, none in back. That's just asking for some ridiculously dangerous over steer as soon as you hit anything the back tires can't grip.

Get all 4.


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Thanks guys! I have a set of four on the way from CL with rims included. Nice!
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What kind did you end up with?
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yea 4 snow tires or no snow tires, 2 in front is dangouris
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Dunlop Graspic GS2 but the rims are from a Passat so I need to swap the rims. Luckily someone nearby has some 5x100 ET38. I hope this is right!
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that is right.

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When you replace tires, you are ALWAYS supposed to put the best ones IN THE BACK even in front wheel drives. If you think about centrifical force, you will understand why. Your front tires should never pull you faster through a turn then your rear can stick to.

So, my recommendation is to do all 4, it is a lot safer.

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Well I live in Finland and I have 23 years experience driving in snow and ice. I have never heard anyone putting 2 wintertires in front and summer one`s back!! That`s suicide, man!!
What can you do when your car starts sliding in a corner?! Normal wintertires have a good grip on road. It`s like driving in summer on unpaved road.

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