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Old 01-05-2012, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Your tires should be fine. It's not as if people here never drive on dry pavement with winter tires, and you should hit cooler temps pretty quickly on your drive north. I bought my truck in September last year with studded winter tires already on it and put at least a thousand miles on them before it snowed, then nearly a thousand more after breakup (heck, it's 600 miles round trip just to get to town to buy summer tires). They still look brand new.
Blizzak tires are very soft compared to regular studded tires. In here we drive on very cold asphalt during the winter, so the softer rubber compound on Blizzak and other Stud-less tires is not an issue. But drive with the same tires in June when the asphalt on a sunny day is hot, and these tires will wear quite fast. The studs on studded tires aren't affected very much by temperature, just by the sand and rocks in the asphalt. These act like sand paper on the steel studs.
http://lhtac.org/wp-content/uploads/...15No4Oct09.pdf
But the most important thing is the OP's safety, and the Blizzak stud-less tires offer a lot of traction.

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Old 01-05-2012, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Blizzak tires are very soft compared to regular studded tires. In here we drive on very cold asphalt during the winter, so the softer rubber compound on Blizzak and other Stud-less tires is not an issue. But drive with the same tires in June when the asphalt on a sunny day is hot, and these tires will wear quite fast.
My Coopers have quite a soft tread compound. Not as soft as Blizzaks, but they'd still wear more quickly on warm dry pavement than most other tires. But a couple thousand miles isn't worth worrying too much about in this situation. As I said, I've run mine for a couple thousand miles at 40-65F and the tread still looks like new. If it knocks a little life off the softer Blizzaks that's too bad, but in this situation the OP's plan looks like a good one. I definitely wouldn't speed or run them under-pressured or anything else that would heat them up excessively while you're in warmer temps though.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip Gen! How did you find your house there? How did you get to Fairbanks? Fly/drive/ferry?

Any other tips? Maybe some things that you wish you knew then that you know now?
Hi,

I flew in and everything has been just fine. Best advice I received and could give is, "relax, just plan to dress for cold, regular old cold." Dress like you would if you knew you were going to be outside all day in a wet, cold, windy Texas day and you'll be amazingly fine. It isn't wet here.

However, there is NO exceptions and the difference is that on a very cold, wet, windy day in Texas you could get away for a few minutes of taking off that cold weather dress and not so here.

Best,
Jen/Gen
p.s. Notam, when you said "welcome to Bassett..." did you mean you are at Bassett or are you in Texas or in Colorado or somewhere Southerne Belle elsewhere?

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Old 01-07-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Gennaver, not yet..but hope to PCS in the near future. my NCOIC PCS's to Bassett in two weeks, so jealous! he's a good friend, so i will miss him, but hopefully not for long. and i have a few other colleagues who may be putting in for Ft Wainwright too. how is Bassett? i am sure its alot slower than BAMC
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