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Hi, I just got a brickyard ’03 350Z Touring 6-spd with 6200 miles!!! I have tires 225/45/18 front and 245/45/18 back.
Since I live in Colorado with harsh winter, I am considering changing the OEM tires with all-season tires with 245/40/18 front and 275/40/18 back.
Two brands I am considering are:

Avon Tech M550 A/S http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?ti...place=0&index=0

and Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?ti...place=5&index=5



Can I do this without messing with VDC? Do I need new wheels for it? Any issue I have to consider? Do I get better handling with the wider tires?
Thanks.
 

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Originally posted by falconki@Sep 10 2005, 08:16 PM
Hi, I just got a brickyard ’03 350Z Touring 6-spd with 6200 miles!!! I have tires 225/45/18 front and 245/45/18 back. 
Since I live in Colorado with harsh winter, I am considering changing the OEM tires with all-season tires with 245/40/18 front and 275/40/18 back. 
Two brands I am considering are:

Avon Tech M550 A/S http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?ti...place=0&index=0

and Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?ti...place=5&index=5



Can I do this without messing with VDC? Do I need new wheels for it?  Any issue I have to consider?  Do I get better handling with the wider tires?
Thanks.
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First, Welcome! :welcome: Good to have you with us.

Now - on to business. You live in CO and expect to drive the Z in a "harsh winter?"
Whew. I'd suggest a used 4x4 for when it snows. But - if you think you can drive the Z in snow - I'd say the Avons. I recently bought new rims/tires and would have bought the Avons if they came in my sizes. Tirerack reviews say the Avons are great. (A Z in a Colorado Winter???!)

Keep us posted on your choice.

All best from North Carolina - home of Seymour Johnson AFB. :cheers:
 

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From everything that I've heard, Blizzaks get the job done for winter purposes.

However, that still does not eradicate the damage performed by the salt (thrown onto streets) to the underbelly of the car. If you can, please by a winter beater for those harsh winters.
 

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Welcome!

I ran Blizzaks on all four wheels last year in a Wisconsin winter. They performed beutifully. You have to take it easy with these tires on dry roads if you want them to last. It's like riding on marshmellows. Forget about flying around corners for a few months. The car is so well ballanced it goes quite well through the snow. Your only limits will be deep snow.


Critics said they would last one season. After four months and easy driving they hardly show any wear.

I paid $536 at the Tire Rack. Good luck!
 
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