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Old 12-12-2018, 09:43 AM
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Default So . . . who drives on their "Summer only" tires when it's below 40 degrees?

And how do you find the handling of your C7? (I've got a Z06)

If you do drive when it's colder than 40, how cold will you go?

Discuss, please . . . . .
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I drove my C7 Z51 a few weeks back below 40 and noticed a big difference in lack of traction
leaving a light with very little throttle i had rear break loose a couple times..
parked it for winter shortly after..
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Lately here in Dallas we have had some mornings in the low to mid thirties....and I don't have a choice so I drive the GS with summer tires
The only warm up a couple PSI on my 15 mile drive to work and they are definitely rougher the colder it is. We also had a few days last week where it was raining and I took extra precaution after reading some of the stories here about wet weather performance of the summer tires.
I'm not afraid to drive it below 40, they are a little slick at those temps but I tend to exercise "throttle restraint".....
Will be glad when my Forgelines show up and I can swap over to A/S 3+'s...
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i have a number of times. either that or get new tires. trying to hold out till it warms up. used in low 30s other wise ill need a ride
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I daily drive my A&A 600 rwhp Z51 C7 with Pirelli 285/375 Nero tires on 20/21 HRE's. I'm in SoCal so we rarely get snow/ice in my area, although, it has happened once since I moved here 8 years ago. Frequently during the winter months, the route I take on the Ortega Highway will see temps below 37 deg. F on dry roads but I have never had an problems with traction if I drive normally. The Ortega consists mostly of about 20 miles of challenging canyon curves and high vertical drop-offs that make it one of the more notorious roads in the country - fatalities are frequent because people tend to over-estimate their or their vehicle's capabilities. I have driven everything from my Hummer H3 to my Mini Cooper S to my Auid Q5, a Prius and my C7 on that road in most contitions without incident but I am more careful when the conditions warrant it. The outside temp on the way in this morning was 37 deg. F and the C7 handled it just fine.
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I do but am very cautious. I know straight line grip is severely diminished as you get down to 40 and below, and cornering grip as well.

I try not to drive it at less than 32 at all.

I am considering getting another set of wheels for the Michelin All-Seasons now that they're available for the GS/Z06. Really hard to justify the $3500 or so cost given our moderate winters here, but...
(I probably won't due to cost, having to store the summer tires and wheels, and the fact that I'll end up with two sets of wheels and tires when I go to sell or trade)

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Never had any issues, granted you have to take it easy. Anything close to mid throttle quickly and its all over the place, kinda fun if you are doing it on purpose tho!!!!
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I will drive my base anytime it is over 25 degrees and there is no salt on the street. I am just more careful about giving it acceleration when turning. If you drive it like a normal car, then absolutely no problem in cold weather.
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I have a base 2018 and I drove it this morning at 25 degrees and have drove it at less the 10 degrees if the roads are clear.The tires are the ones that came on it from the factory. I don't drive it every day at those temps maybe once a week to charge the battery and I don't stand on it. I'm getting close to attaching the battery tender and parking it until the weather is better here in central Iowa.
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I tried it but it stopped being fun when you have to drive like the roads are wet all the time or you will get sideways. I bought the AS3+ and now can enjoy the car in cold temps.
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I'm in Dallas as well, and my Z51 is a daily driver, so yes, driven it multiple times under 40 degrees. Of course it's in the garage so typically the tires are around 40-50 even when it's been in the 30s or high 20s outside when I leave for the office in the morning. We have had a few days where it was cold later in the day (in the low to mid 30s) and I didn't have any issues, other than the traction being a little less which I was already accounting for and not hammering on it.
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I try to drive mine as often as I can during the winter months (as long as the roads are dry and free of salt, so it ends up being about 3-4 times per month), so there have been quite a few days below 40 that I've driven it. I don't go full throttle in 1st or 2nd under these conditions, but half throttle off the line still works ok. I have driven in as low as 25F, but generally speaking I prefer it to be 32 or warmer when I take it out. I do plan on getting all season Michelins when the OEM tires wear out, but for now I will just stick with what I have and be careful in cooler temps. It's not my daily driver, if it was I would definitely put the AS tires on it for the cooler weather.

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I am more concerned about driving in bad weather or on wet, dirty and salty roads than driving in the cold. I took mine out on Thanksgiving all day. It was sunny and clear and it was 28 degrees out. I too noticed the loss of traction at the back wheels so I adjusted my throttle use accordingly.
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I would recommend using Weather mode when driving in below 40 degree weather, same for wet weather. Spring Mountain does a good demonstration on driving in these conditions using Weather mode

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I don't drive either vette when its going to only be a high in the 30s, but freezing temps in the morning I'll drive to work, I just baby the throttle a little more.
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I was just wondering, because temps have generally gone into the 30's around here, but I'd still like to daily drive my Z06 if possible (unless there is snow, salt, or the roads are wet). I like the idea of using the weather mode to tone down the power. Corners will have to be taken much more slowly, of course, and I've got to keep an eye out for potholes!

When my current set of tires wears out, I will definitely purchase the Michelin A/S3+, but I"m not willing to spend that kind of $$$ when I've only got 4,600 miles on my Pilot Sport Cups.

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According to the manufacturer, under 20 degrees, the car should not be driven or even moved. doing so could crack the rubber, destroying the tire.
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Yes ----- if you tip toe around you can make it there. Right foot beware!!
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It's the emergency manoeuvers .... hard braking, swerving, harder accelerating to get out of the way that has a higher potential to cause problems with summer only tires driven in low temperatures.

I would put on all seasons and call it a day.
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With todays tire compounds for high performance tires that come standard on the c7. Its logical for 960 dollars to contact tore rack and order the michelin all season tires. This way below 40 degrees you dont crack the tires. (Z51 model)

i put snow tires on my z51 everynovember and the. Put back on 19/20 summer tires on my c6 fitted with c7 z51 wheels
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