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      11-29-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
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Noise from winter Tyres

Fitted my Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D winter wheels (18 inch) and tyres this weekend. First trip out yesterday on motorway there was a really loud 'humming' noise (I assume from the tyres) between 80 and 85 mph. I can only assume this was from the tyres as it wasn't there before.
Has anyone else who has these tyres noticed any unusual noise at speed?
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All winter tyres are noisy because the tread blocks move around so much more and the extra space between the blocks causes resonance. Not a lot you can do about it.
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All winter tyres are noisy because the tread blocks move around so much more and the extra space between the blocks causes resonance. Not a lot you can do about it.
Normally the soft nordic snow tires we use here are very quiet.
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You'll get a little more noise from brand new winters and then they'll quieten a bit, but they're still usually louder for the reasons Xenon states. I've done around 500 miles on my 3Ds now and they're not much noisier than the summer Dunlops really.
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Thanks for the replies guys.
I am really impressed with them in normal driving, as they are at least as quiet if not quieter than my summer Continentals. It is just this very loud resonance at 80-85mph (which just happens to be my normal motorway speed) that concerned me. I will see if it goes away as I get more miles on them.
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Are they winter run-flats? My thinking, winter tread blocks along with a stiffer sidewall could be the reason for extra sound levels, shame they have a speed related harmonic issue. Reason to slow down in winter driving.

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Yes, they are Winter Run flats. They seem to be quietening down a little now as I get more miles on them.
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