GOLFMK7
GOLFMK6
GOLFMKV
VW GTI MKVI Forum / VW Golf R Forum / VW Golf MKVI Forum / VW GTI Forum - Golfmk6.com



Go Back   VW GTI MKVI Forum / VW Golf R Forum / VW Golf MKVI Forum / VW GTI Forum - Golfmk6.com > Technical Topics > Wheels / Tires / Suspension / Brakes / Chassis | Sponsored by The Tire Rack


The Tire Rack
Welcome to the Wheels and Tires section of GolfMK6. This area is proudly sponsored by The Tire Rack.

If you are making a purchase from TireRack, please help support GolfMK6 by clicking through to them with this link or clicking on the Tire Rack banner ad. Doing so helps give back to GOLFMK6 so we can keep this place running!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-19-2011, 03:51 PM   #29
ppchiu
Newbie
 
Drives: 2011 CW GTI
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3
Would I need to get my car rebalanced if I buy a set of winters with dedicated rims? I'm looking at buying a 16" package and I'm currently on 18" stock wheels
ppchiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2011, 04:08 PM   #30
roastpuff
Formula 5000 Champion
 
roastpuff's Avatar
 
Drives: Mk6 GTI
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 2,356
Hi ppchiu, welcome to GolfMk6 and yay for a local Vancouverite as well!

No need for rebalancing if you get a dedicated set of wheels and tires. Only need that when tires are mounted/dismounted.
__________________
<a href=http://podi.ca target=_blank>http://podi.ca</a>[b]
roastpuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2011, 04:21 PM   #31
ppchiu
Newbie
 
Drives: 2011 CW GTI
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3
Thanks for the fast response!

Just wondering, since you're from Vancouver as well, do you find the need for winter tires on the gti? I plan to take my car up to the mountains during snowboarding season but I'm not sure if the ground clearance and stock tires would permit that
ppchiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2011, 04:32 PM   #32
roastpuff
Formula 5000 Champion
 
roastpuff's Avatar
 
Drives: Mk6 GTI
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 2,356
Quote:
Originally Posted by ppchiu View Post
Thanks for the fast response!

Just wondering, since you're from Vancouver as well, do you find the need for winter tires on the gti? I plan to take my car up to the mountains during snowboarding season but I'm not sure if the ground clearance and stock tires would permit that
That would depend on your usage, I would have to say. The stock Dunlops are terrible in ice/snow, and I like to go to Whistler for skiing/snowboarding, so I have winter tires. They really make a lot easier, and left me a lot more confident while driving in winter. This is especially true of the Sea to Sky. Also, if we get another snow dump year like 2008/2009 I'd like to be prepared.

If the cops are being jerks, they might turn you back if you don't have snow tires on your car when you head up to Cypress or Whistler, etc. I also drive up to Kelowna for skiing sometimes, and snow tires are definitely a necessity there.

I went up while I was lowered on my Bilstein coils and I had no issues as long as I stuck to the freshly plowed roads.

When I was stock, I had absolutely no issues going through snow under 1.5ft thick. I was plowing a bit, but the car definitely kept going.
__________________
<a href=http://podi.ca target=_blank>http://podi.ca</a>[b]
roastpuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 03:39 PM   #33
waffleman
Touring Car Newbie
 
waffleman's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Black GTI manual
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 192
How would you compare the Altimax Arctic compared to the Dunlop Winter tires for the GTI? The reviews on your website appear to really like that particular tire.

And for steel tires, what type of wax / paint sealant do you recommend to protect against the chemicals used to melt snow?

Thanks in advance!
waffleman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 04:01 PM   #34
Sonny@TireRack.com
GolfMK6 Official Vendor
 
Sonny@TireRack.com's Avatar
 
Drives: My kids crazy
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Land of The Ice and Snow
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by waffleman View Post
How would you compare the Altimax Arctic compared to the Dunlop Winter tires for the GTI? The reviews on your website appear to really like that particular tire.

And for steel tires, what type of wax / paint sealant do you recommend to protect against the chemicals used to melt snow?

Thanks in advance!
For the money, the Altimax Artic does a great job. However, due to being a studdable winter tire, it has a bit harder tread compound than the Dunlops (necessary to hold studs in place) so unless it is studded (not legal in all states to run studs) you won't get quite the level of ice traction. Griot's makes a very nice sealant.

Paint Sealant
__________________
Sonny@TireRack.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 03:45 AM   #35
fdez-hicks
Oval Newbie
 
fdez-hicks's Avatar
 
Drives: MKVI GTi, MKI Golf
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Germany
Posts: 136
whats the best winter or all season tires for the stock 17" denvers? ive only spent one winter with the car and i used the stock all season tires. im in germany, but i come from puerto rico, so im not familiar with snow tires at all... any help would be much appreciated
__________________
Neuspeed P-FLoNeuspeed Short ShifterNeuspeed Rear Sway BarNeuspeed Sport SpringsNSP Boost GaugeNSP Vent MountDXD Stage 3 Daily ClutchAPR TBER32 Front/Back BrakesAPR Stage 3OZ Ultraleggera 18"JL Stealthbox 10w6Adam's RotorsBSH Motor & Tranny MountAPR FMIC
/Users/mundi/Desktop/img02.header,property=image.jpg
fdez-hicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #36
Sonny@TireRack.com
GolfMK6 Official Vendor
 
Sonny@TireRack.com's Avatar
 
Drives: My kids crazy
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Land of The Ice and Snow
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by fdez-hicks View Post
whats the best winter or all season tires for the stock 17" denvers? ive only spent one winter with the car and i used the stock all season tires. im in germany, but i come from puerto rico, so im not familiar with snow tires at all... any help would be much appreciated
If you are looking for the best winter tire to get you through the worst conditions, my personal favorite is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. That being said, the dry road handling from the Blizzak is not stellar. I see you are in Germany and can only assume the GTI sees a fair bit of Autobahn time, so the handling and speed rating may be something to take into account. The WS70 is a T speed rated tire (good to 118). As an alternative you could look into a performance winter tire such as the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D or the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 which carry H and V speed ratings respectively. These two would offer much better dry/well plowed road handling but would not be quite as good in more severe weather as the WS70. The best all season for winter traction would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS.

Hope this helps.
__________________
Sonny@TireRack.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 12:49 PM   #37
My12GTI
Rally Car Newbie
 
My12GTI's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Shadow Blue 4-Door GTI
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: 801
Posts: 290
Great stickied thread. Now that it's getting closer to Fall here in UT, I'm looking for a set of tires for at least my fiancÚ's car and possibly mine. I've got the brand new Pirelli A/S's that come with the car so I'm not sure what I want to do yet. Her car:

year:2010
make:Honda
model:Fit Sport
location:Salt Lake City, UT
tires only or winter package:Tires only

Me:

year:2012
make:VW
model:GTI 4-door
location:SLC, UT
tires only or winter package:Tires only

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Nick
My12GTI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 01:33 PM   #38
Sonny@TireRack.com
GolfMK6 Official Vendor
 
Sonny@TireRack.com's Avatar
 
Drives: My kids crazy
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Land of The Ice and Snow
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by My12GTI View Post
Great stickied thread. Now that it's getting closer to Fall here in UT, I'm looking for a set of tires for at least my fiancÚ's car and possibly mine. I've got the brand new Pirelli A/S's that come with the car so I'm not sure what I want to do yet. Her car:

year:2010
make:Honda
model:Fit Sport
location:Salt Lake City, UT
tires only or winter package:Tires only

Me:

year:2012
make:VW
model:GTI 4-door
location:SLC, UT
tires only or winter package:Tires only

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Nick

Hello Nick,

Assuming your fiancÚ has the stock wheels, this is an easy one. The only winter tire available in her size is the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60.

Before I respond on the GTI, are your roads well plowed, are you doing much skiing in the mountains? I guess I want to know what conditions you encounter most. Heavy snow on un-plowed roads or mostly clear with a layer of ice/snow?
__________________
Sonny@TireRack.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 02:41 PM   #39
My12GTI
Rally Car Newbie
 
My12GTI's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Shadow Blue 4-Door GTI
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: 801
Posts: 290
Blizzaks are good tires-had them on my last car for a while...from what I remember it just seemed like they only lasted me one season...

The majority of my commute is on the freeway. My neighborhood is the last to be plowed during the season, but that's about 1,000 feet. I am an avid snowboarder as well, but if I go on a powder day I typically switch cars with my dad who owns a truck.

I do live on the benches though, so I am going up and down pretty steep hills all year and sometimes they can be icy/snowy

Last edited by My12GTI; 09-23-2011 at 02:44 PM. Reason: for more information
My12GTI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 03:57 PM   #40
Sonny@TireRack.com
GolfMK6 Official Vendor
 
Sonny@TireRack.com's Avatar
 
Drives: My kids crazy
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Land of The Ice and Snow
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by My12GTI View Post
Blizzaks are good tires-had them on my last car for a while...from what I remember it just seemed like they only lasted me one season...

The majority of my commute is on the freeway. My neighborhood is the last to be plowed during the season, but that's about 1,000 feet. I am an avid snowboarder as well, but if I go on a powder day I typically switch cars with my dad who owns a truck.

I do live on the benches though, so I am going up and down pretty steep hills all year and sometimes they can be icy/snowy
In your case then, I would probably consider the aforementioned Blizzak WS70 or the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 which would be fairly close to the Blizzak in the really bad conditions, but has a bit better road manners.
__________________
Sonny@TireRack.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2011, 09:14 PM   #41
Simmsled
FIA GT Newbie
 
Simmsled's Avatar
 
Drives: my wife crazy.
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indy
Posts: 742
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonny@TireRack.com View Post
They are dedicated winter/snow tires. I think this may have to do with the wording in the description you read on our site. "The Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II was developed with the philosophy that winter / snow tires must perform in a variety of unpredictable weather conditions and aren't just for use in the snowbelt states." The tires are meant to be suitable for areas that experience a variety of winter season weather conditions: slush, snow, ice, dry roads in freezing or near freezing temperatures.
So i am not getting the feeling that these are any good.
__________________
Drive_MOAR
Simmsled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2011, 08:54 AM   #42
Sonny@TireRack.com
GolfMK6 Official Vendor
 
Sonny@TireRack.com's Avatar
 
Drives: My kids crazy
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: The Land of The Ice and Snow
Posts: 1,034
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simmsled View Post
So i am not getting the feeling that these are any good.
The Sottozero is a good winter tire. Like the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 or the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D, they have better road manners than a studless ice and snow with much better winter traction than your summers or all seasons. They do sacrifice some ultimate snow/ice grip for the sake of handling compared to the studless ice and snows, but on either end, there is some tradeoff to be made.
__________________
Sonny@TireRack.com is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.