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I'm living up north in Canada and the winter is sometimes not smooth every year. Sometimes lot of snow, sometimes freezing rain or a mix of it. Anyhow, I hope some members on this forum experienced these bad weather conditions and has equipped their CT with winter tires last winter. I would like to get your feedback if any on your experience with purchasing winter tires and how good they are in heavy snow or driving on icy roads.

On my previous Honda Accord 2003 I was equipped with Toyo Observe G02 and was totally satisfied. My current CT is 4WD with VSA and I'm wondering if I could used same kind of Toyo or may be other brand/model.

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You are describing Sask winter driving conditions, I have been using Michelin X-ice and have been very satisfied. Past 06 Ridgeline,08 Accord and current ride the CT. Michelin ups the warranty on the X-ice.
http://www.canadiandriver.com/2010/10/13/michelin-ups-warranty-on-x-ice-winter-tires.htm
Thanks for your comment. So, I assume you ride last winter with this Michelin winter tire and you were fully satisfied. Did you mount these on the original alloy rims or did you get it on spare steel rims? I consulted some tire dealers around my area and it seems there is no good steel rims available of this size. I always used a second sets of rims for winter protecting original alloy rims. But with the TPMS sensors, doesn't seem we can do it ourselves as we need to reinitialize the computer with new sensor's id. Meaning that we need to spend a lot of bucks at tire dealers or car dealer for that purpose. http://www.crosstourownersclub.com/forums/images/smilies/mad.gif
 

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I'm living up north in Canada and the winter is sometimes not smooth every year. Sometimes lot of snow, sometimes freezing rain or a mix of it. Anyhow, I hope some members on this forum experienced these bad weather conditions and has equipped their CT with winter tires last winter. I would like to get your feedback if any on your experience with purchasing winter tires and how good they are in heavy snow or driving on icy roads.

On my previous Honda Accord 2003 I was equipped with Toyo Observe G02 and was totally satisfied. My current CT is 4WD with VSA and I'm wondering if I could used same kind of Toyo or may be other brand/model.

Thanks in advance...
I'm a Toyo fan. Have used them exclusively on several vehicle including Accord and TSX. I installed Toyo Observe G02 (stock size). No snow yet but CT handles well and tire noise is acceptable.
If you get TPMS sensors, make sure they install the specific ones for CT. The regular Accord sensors will work briefly, then fail. Even the parts guys don't seem to know there's a difference.
 

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Thanks for your comment. So, I assume you ride last winter with this Michelin winter tire and you were fully satisfied. Did you mount these on the original alloy rims or did you get it on spare steel rims? I consulted some tire dealers around my area and it seems there is no good steel rims available of this size. I always used a second sets of rims for winter protecting original alloy rims. But with the TPMS sensors, doesn't seem we can do it ourselves as we need to reinitialize the computer with new sensor's id. Meaning that we need to spend a lot of bucks at tire dealers or car dealer for that purpose. http://www.crosstourownersclub.com/forums/images/smilies/mad.gif
I am also interested in getting a second set of rims and winter tires, but the tpms is making this unpleasantly complicated.

I can order steel rims with the appropriate sensors from tirerack but the process of re-initializing the car's computer when done by a dealer with each changeover is way too expensive. Tirerack sold a product made by Ateq designed to allow the car owner to quickly reset the data himself, but I just learned that it has been dropped from their website.

The alternative is to simply live with the TPMS light on while you have the winter rims on, but unfortunately, under this condition the car will not allow you to turn off traction control---exactly what you would need to do to get unnstuck from snow!

Anybody know a workaround?
 
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