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Use worn-out Blizzaks/Snow tires in summer?
Before this season started I got a used Crosstrek with Blizzaks preinstalled. One thing I should have looked closer at before buying was how much tread was left.
They will last me for the rest of this season commuting on i70, but will for sure be useless for next season if I hold onto them.
Instead of having to buy all seasons in a couple months and then a new set of Blizzaks in November, I was hoping that I could just use my Blizzaks through the summer?
If they were at 75% tread or more I'd say no way; they'd be too sticky in the summer and I'd just wear them out too fast. But if they are already going to get replaced next winter, I figure I can just use them up completely this summer (accepting the risk of having bald tires in general... )
Anyone have experience doing something similar?
They’re gonna chunk like no other but I don’t think they would be unsafe to run. Hell my dads friend forgot to put on his summer wheels for a track day once and ran snow tires on the track. They were destroyed after but they worked.
i ran a shitty set of winters on my wrx for 2 months in the summer until i got my summers in. they were a pretty slick on warm wet pavement and wore considerably faster than i thought they would. it also handles like a bag of shit, not sure if that's something that matters to you.
tbh i would keep an eye out for a cheap used set of summers or all seasons. you can usually find really good deals as long as you jump on them quickly.
I've done that a couple times, gotten used snows with a vehicle and just used them through the winter and summer, then gotten new ones for the following winter. Not ideal, but it will be fine.
I did that for a while. Maybe it was because the summers would get upwards of 100F, but I hydroplaned like crazy every time it rained even a little. If you're willing to be pretty careful, it'll work.
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