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I never had winter tires and after discovering how much better off you are with them over all seasons, although good all season tires will be good to an extent, I decided it would be best to invest in a set. What brand, model and size of winter tire would you recommend I use for the Trax?
 

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I don't use winter tires at all. I've driven it on ice roads (I don't know if you're able to view my garage pictures) and had no loss of grip at all. We have some steep hills here in yellowknife and I tested them during the test drives and it had no loss of grip there either.
Then again I don't drive very long distances in this town.
 

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I don't use winter tires at all. I've driven it on ice roads (I don't know if you're able to view my garage pictures) and had no loss of grip at all. We have some steep hills here in yellowknife and I tested them during the test drives and it had no loss of grip there either.
Then again I don't drive very long distances in this town.
Thanks for the response, took a look at your garage, is it like that year round where you're located?

It's great that even in those conditions you don't need winter tires.

 

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Noooo, it is only seven months cold. We have about 4 months warmth. Right now it is about 20 C.
Iceroads are driveable from December to March. A very short span and the diamond mines here use them to haul fuel, food and maintenance material to their remote sites. In the early days of the mines they hauled about 5000 loads in one season. Now they use a lot of wind energy so they have less Fuel loads.

This picture is taken on our local lake in Yellowknife. It connects the village Dettah with Yellowknife. It is a shortcut for them in winter otherwise they have a round trip of 20 Km extra.
 

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Can anyone relay how the 2WD performs in snowy conditions with a set of winters? Will be interested in the Nokian Hakkas...
 

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Although this thread stopped in January, the winter season is coming up fast.. On my 2013 AWD, we put snows on right away for the first year, I did not like the look of the stock continentals, so we placed BFG winters on. The first problem was finding a set of winter rims, it turns out that GM changed the spec from 5 by 100 mm bolt pattern to 5 by 105mm. Hardly anybody had rims that would fit. Next came the tires, the stock size 16s on the trax are not a common tire so to get winters we had to use 215 instead of 205. These tires were great and in the Heavy snow areas of where I am from it made a great difference. The Encore would be the same.
If anybody is looking to put winters on this year, also change your wheel nuts, 2 winters of ours and they were a rusty mess. This season now that we have a 2015, we are now going to have to add TPMS sensors to the steel wheels.

In 2017 as this forum mentioned, The Trax will have a refresh, for a nice Trax look, just google, the Russian Niva, its a Trax but with Bush Bars, Winch and other essentials. It looks lifted by 4 inches as well.
 

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Although this thread stopped in January, the winter season is coming up fast.. On my 2013 AWD, we put snows on right away for the first year, I did not like the look of the stock continentals, so we placed BFG winters on. The first problem was finding a set of winter rims, it turns out that GM changed the spec from 5 by 100 mm bolt pattern to 5 by 105mm. Hardly anybody had rims that would fit. Next came the tires, the stock size 16s on the trax are not a common tire so to get winters we had to use 215 instead of 205. These tires were great and in the Heavy snow areas of where I am from it made a great difference. The Encore would be the same.
If anybody is looking to put winters on this year, also change your wheel nuts, 2 winters of ours and they were a rusty mess. This season now that we have a 2015, we are now going to have to add TPMS sensors to the steel wheels.

In 2017 as this forum mentioned, The Trax will have a refresh, for a nice Trax look, just google, the Russian Niva, its a Trax but with Bush Bars, Winch and other essentials. It looks lifted by 4 inches as well.
Some people have started to buy winter tires, which is smart considering how much worse it can be to find what you want during the peak.
 

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Depending on what type of snows you get, the handling can be squirrelly with the softer compound, usually you are good to go if you put them on in the beginning of October, Daytime temps would rarely get to 15 depending on where you live but the nights would get much colder. I usually take them off at the end of March, first week in April to catch that last snow storm of the year.

As for the Niva, that's the one I seen as well, believe it or not I actually owned a 1981 Lada Niva, great little truck but reliability was spotty it came with a crank handle to start it in cold weather.
 

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I have my snows mounted and ready to go, when I hear of a sizable storm on its way I put them on.

It only takes a half hour at most to put them on when you have them on wheels and ready.

Since the Trax is new to me I had to buy a set of wheels I went to e bay and bought 4 wheels from a Chevy Sonic these will fit they have the same bolt pattern and offset.

If you put the tires on just before the first big snow then take them off in mid March you can get many years out of the tires.
 
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