Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Monroe Center, IL
Re: Putting 15" snow tires on a '00 GM
Just as an 'end' to this, I did end up buying dedicated snow tires for the car, and having them put on my 'stock' rims. I saved the old tires, and will get something that looks like a Maurader rim, and mount those tires on there. I was going to get the General Arctic snows, but ALL the warehouses ran out of them, when I was in the tire store to put down the deposit! So, I had to settle for my second choice, which is the Firestone Winterforce. Just got them put on today, and the car rides nice. Was doing 80, and didn't even realize it! Hopefully, this will keep the wife out of the ditch this winter! They have a very aggressive tread pattern, and are directional (I've never owned directional tires before). So, with these tires, and the traction control, the wife BETTER stay on the road! Because of the TC, I decided against buying that Roadmaster wagon, and also because I'm sure the LT-1 won't get the 24 mpg's the GM is currently getting.
I will probably post something on the other thread I started, but I had the tire shop look at the squeaking noise coming from the front end, and he said that both lower ball joints are at the 'squeaking' stage, but not loose yet. So, I'm just going to go ahead and replace ALL of them at once, with ones with GREASE FITTINGS! Now, my buddy was saying that with some of these cars, you had to also replace the upper control arms, if the ball joints were never replaced before. Is this true? Either way, I'm buying the parts from Rock Auto, as even with the shipping charges, they are almost $100.00 cheaper than O'Reillys! Plus, with O'Reilly's, I have to include sales tax!
2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS (Mauarder "Clone") NEW!
1968 Cougar XR-7 302 CI 4bbl
1977 Ford LTD Landau (with fender skirts!) 400 M CI