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The Blizzak LM-18 Light Truck Performance Winter tire was developed to combine good snow and ice traction with "European" high speed winter performance for drivers who desire winter traction on dry, wet and snow-covered roads. Currently only available in the 235/65R17 108H size, the Blizzak LM-18 is intended for luxury performance sport utility vehicles, such as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Volvo XC90, as well as the new sports touring vehicle from Chrysler, the Pacifica.
The Blizzak LM-18 studless winter tire features a directional tread design to enhance hydroplaning resistance on wet and slush-covered roads with rounded tread shoulders to enhance dry and wet road handling. Their tread compound has a high silica content instead of the Multicell tread compounds used on other Blizzak winter tires. This allows Blizzak LM-18 tires to combine winter traction with H-speed rated durability (current Multicell compounds can not support 130 mph H-speed ratings). The Blizzak LM-18 features an independent block tread design that employs the Lamellen "edge effect" (multiple biting edges in the tread blocks to help grip snow and ice) to enhance winter traction without resorting to traditional metal studs.
The Blizzak LM-18 winter tire's overall combination of capabilities is made possible by Bridgestone's UNI-T technology that combines innovative tire design, construction and tread compound to help maximize the tire's performance, ride quality and wear while providing traction in winter.
The Blizzak LM-18 winter tire meets the industry's severe snow service requirements and is branded with the snowflake-on-the-mountain symbol.
NOTE: Snow platform indicators (the equivalent of "snow wear bars") are molded into the Blizzak LM-18's tread grooves to inform the driver when ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tire's tread wear reaches the point where the remaining tread depth becomes less effective in deep snow.
Install Blizzak LM-18 tires in sets of four only.
Blizzak LM-18 tires on all wheels: Due to the traction capabilities of the Blizzak LM-18, Bridgestone recommends using Blizzak LM-18 tires only in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.