Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Snow Tires Only Help If It Snows

A jack isn't really necessary to lift an Insight. But it's safer than using bare hands.

Putting on snow tires has become one of my family traditions, along with putting up the Christmas tree on the 2nd weekend of December.

After slipping around in our Honda Insight after the first small snowfall, we decided to buy a set of winter wheels for it. We slapped a pair of Bridgestone Blizzak MZ03s onto the wheels, following the Boyscout's motto: be prepared.

The weekend weather was warm and sunny, so putting the winter wheels on was not really an ordeal. In fact, it was fun. Especially since I got to use my friend's Mastercraft Nut Blaster to tear the nuts off the wheels. I felt like a Nascar or F-1 pit stop dude.

And similar to F-1 cars, the snow tires are super soft and a little sticky. But unlike F-1 cars, I have to drive for 4 months instead of 4 hours.

Most people are lucky if they can get two winter seasons out of a set. Since the tires actually last longer when they're in snow, I was really hoping for some snow, which is again, something quite different from the wishes of F-1 drivers.

But I should have seen this coming. our skies have been sunny and snow-free ever since I put the winter wheels on. Yes. Murphy's law has risen again and stabbed me in the face. I wonder if it would help to wear a belaclava.


Blogger Rainypete said...

Personally I'd be afraid to get anywhere near any product bearing the name "Nut Blaster". It's just not worth the risk of it getting a hold of the wrong set!

12:30:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

i love my blizzaks. i have them put on every yr and about every 3-4 i need all 4 new ones. i don't feel safe in the winter unless i have them on. of course Kal-O-Tire does the changing for me because i'm useless about car things for about $80 bucks..and being Calgary and all, it's a toss up what type of wheather is like, spring like or blizzards.

1:14:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

I used to pay my mechanic to change my wheels each year, until I learned of the magic of the Nut Blaster which Pete is afraid of. I got over my fear at NBA meetings (Nut Blaster Anonymous).

1:20:00 PM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Nothing better than a real man toy called the Nut Blaster, and you didnt have to wear dark sunglasses and a trench coat to buy it either. lol

8:22:00 AM


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