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Loving the new z06 more and more with every dibble of information (clearly their marketing has my number).

The only concern that I have is that I can't seem to find a set of winter (cold) tires that fit the rear wheels. Living along the Colorado front range we are blessed with little snow but a fair number of cold days.

Are there any tires that work?

Is there an alternative set of wheels & tires that work for the vehicle? obviously I wouldn't be pushing things in winter, but I'd prefer not to drive this torquey a vehicle on hard plastic hockey pucks.

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JohnG, welcome to StingRay forums!

Suggest the best way to quickly find out is to go to www.tirerack.com, type in a 2013 ZR1 (Z06 has same tire size, diameter, and aspect ratio as the ZR1), and you will be one of the first to learn the answer to your question. Please post back whether that inquiry gave you good or not so good news. Thank you!

Good luck to us all...
 

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Welcome to our forum NekoChef! :cool:
 

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No news (empty search) in this case is not good news. Searching around based on the tire dimension specs has turned up nothing, even when I broadened the search to try to find roughly equivalent tires that would fit on the same rims. So unless there is a set of tires that I didn't see, the only option is to change out the rear rims for something that's 11.5" rather than the stock 12". This enters into interesting territory given the geometry, brake clearance, complex eLSD, and other traction control system issues that I'm not qualified to look into.

so yeah, this is me turning to the experts :)

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I searched google today came across
another board. Someone was using and highly recommended Michelin Sport Pilot A/S 3.

I think I will be following the same.
 

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No news (empty search) in this case is not good news. Searching around based on the tire dimension specs has turned up nothing, even when I broadened the search to try to find roughly equivalent tires that would fit on the same rims. So unless there is a set of tires that I didn't see, the only option is to change out the rear rims for something that's 11.5" rather than the stock 12". This enters into interesting territory given the geometry, brake clearance, complex eLSD, and other traction control system issues that I'm not qualified to look into.

so yeah, this is me turning to the experts :)

thanks!
Hi Neko, I was just on the phone with TireRack and they told me that the two options for my '14 Z51 coupe only exist because of the fact GM has sold a LOT of these and the manufacturers essentially produced these tires strictly for the Stingray. I'm guessing that you might need to wait until they decide its worth making tires for the Z06. I'd suggest contacting the manufacturers directly, Michelin Pilot Alpins and Pirelli Winter Sottozeros...
 

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Some new info on different tires sizes that work on Z06. For winter use, Tire Rack is recommending different widths, as follows:

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Need to look into AS tires in these sizes.

BTW, I don't have much good to say about the A/S 3...other than it wears well. Traction is just OK. Kind of a compromise in all environments, which makes sense given their purpose. The A/S 2 was much better.
 

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Hmmm...just noticed those are Z51 tire sizes. Thinking the rim widths on the Z06 may be a problem in those sizes. Does anyone know for sure?
 

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Hmmm...just noticed those are Z51 tire sizes. Thinking the rim widths on the Z06 may be a problem in those sizes. Does anyone know for sure?
Z51 sizes will not fit the Z06 rims, too narrow.
 
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Soooo...guess driving a supercar in weather under 20 degrees is not advisable anyway!

Making AS tires in 335/25-20 is a little ridiculous, I guess.
 

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Soooo...guess driving a supercar in weather under 20 degrees is not advisable anyway!

Making AS tires in 335/25-20 is a little ridiculous, I guess.
Yep, just like I doubt many McLaren owners worry about winter tires......
 
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I have found that calling Tire Rack, with exact factory sizing info in hand, asking to speak with their Corvette specialist, is sometimes a very good option -- as they often know who is coming out with a tire that would work in the next month, AND also know closet possible options which will work with Z06 rim width sizes.

If anyone chooses to do that, please post here.
 

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Would 315/35-20 possibly work? Rolling radius is a little larger. Available in Continental ExtremeContact DWS Specked for wheel widths as wide as 12.5. Generally, a slightly narrower tread for winter use is preferred. These are all season tires with better than average all season snow performance.

And also available in 285/30-19 for fronts

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...all=Blackwall&partnum=135WR0ECDWSXL&tab=Specs
 
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Sorry, but need to run this morning and do not have time to check out your question as to whether they would work. Someone else will answer it.

Do know that these are fantastic A/S tires.
 

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Would 315/35-20 possibly work? Rolling radius is a little larger. Available in Continental ExtremeContact DWS Specked for wheel widths as wide as 12.5. Generally, a slightly narrower tread for winter use is preferred. These are all season tires with better than average all season snow performance.

And also available in 285/30-19 for fronts

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...all=Blackwall&partnum=135WR0ECDWSXL&tab=Specs
No, the 315/35x20 is 1" too tall (2" more diameter).
 

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Buy a used beater car for the winter.
Probably costs about the same as mounted snow tires...
I have beater and frankly, I'm going to dump it. It is just too much hassle maintaining. My wife and I have decided we'll live with just the Suburban during the winter months. We are both retired so it is somewhat manageable with 1 car for the winter months. If that proves unacceptable, we'll buy another decent car... I'm done with beaters.
 

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Tried to call the Corvette specialist at Tire Rack. Got his voicemail. Requested a call back. Will post any information from our upcoming conversation right here.
 

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Ok...here's the scoop:

Spoke with Luke, the Corvette specialist at Tire Rack. He asked to be linked to this thread via his email, [email protected], so he can answer all our questions. If someone knows how to do that, please do. He is very knowledgable!

To the point...the cold weather option for our pending Zs comes from Pirelli. In back, Sottozero 3 in 305/30-20. In front, Series II in 255/35-19. These are speed rated beyond 160 MPH, but not run-flat. He indicated the Sottozero 3 was not necessarily designed for snow use, but does handle cold very well.

I asked about all-season options. He did not know of any available at this time.

So, there you have it. If you live in an area that regularly sees temps under 40 degrees and want to use your Z06 as a daily driver, we have options that fit the factory rims and clear the wheel houses.
 

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Hey...I figured out how to "share" the thread. Not sure if that will "link" him or let him know when new questions are posted. We'll see.
 
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