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Old 10-09-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default Whats the best winter tire?

My dealership wants to sell me blizzacks for $1200 but i found AltiMax ARTIC for $600-$700. Are their anyother cheep tires that are great?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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Tirerack.com is your friend.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Thats where i been looking and those altimax tires look like tanks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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What about studded vs unstudded? Are their any real drawbacks to studded?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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Most states ban studded tires unless you're in Alaska. They tear up the roads and you don't need them.

The Altimax are great winter tires in snow and ice, strictly average on dry pavement. Then again most winter studdless ice and snow are. I use Dunlop Graspic DS-3, which are decent tires as long as you aren't playing speed racer in dry or rain. In hindsight I should have just gotten the cheaper Altimax.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Most states ban studded tires unless you're in Alaska.
Incorrect. Most states allow them, many only seasonally.

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/studded-tires/

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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Yea the only thing is i have to put them on the same rims so idk about clearance :/
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:46 AM   #8
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If you buy the same size tires that you currently have why wouldn't it fit? It's going to be the same diameter, width, and height.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #9
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If you buy the same size tires that you currently have why wouldn't it fit? It's going to be the same diameter, width, and height.
The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.


Seriously? That doesn't even make sense. Avoid this place like the plague from now on.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.
You need to become educated and not listen to what people say anywhere on the street.

If you have the stock suspension/ride height, then any tire sized with the same specs as the tires you have now will be fine.

You should read the thread I linked to about 5 times completely before asking another question here, and at that, you should ask any further winter tire questions in THAT thread. You're in the wrong place. If you're looking for an easy answer, there aren't any. Everyone's got their own special set of circumstances (money, modifications, family, type of driving, typical snows encountered, hills/terrain, etc...)

Do some reading.

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
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The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.
Your local autozone is full of crap.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:47 PM   #13
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The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.
NEVER listen to any of those kinds of places....they are dumber than you are
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #14
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NEVER listen to any of those kinds of places....they are dumber than you are
YES...the only thing you can do at autozone is anything but ask for an opinion. The people that work there are not knowledgable (there might be a few but can't bet on that).

You can go with the stock size or expand you options with a +/- 10 on the with or the aspect ratio.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
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Why would you worry about clearance? Are you buying oversized tires?

You won't find a unanimous "best snow tire" agreement anywhere. Set yourself a budget, look what falls within it, read the reviews and ratings on Tire Rack, and pick the one that seems to fit what you do the best.

For what it's worth, any snow tire will be worlds better than any all season tire. After that the difference is pretty minimal.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #16
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You do not need studded. "Best" is highly subjective.

Did you happen to try the WHEEL AND TIRE FORUM on here? Bet they have a great idea.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #17
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Dear OP: consider this a gift. I don't do this often.... but here's a link to the appropriate thread in the Wheel and Tire forum that specifcally deals with answering winter tire questions: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1608459

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #18
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Dear OP: consider this a gift. I don't do this often.... but here's a link to the appropriate thread in the Wheel and Tire forum that specifcally deals with answering winter tire questions: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1608459

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OP.... ^^ this. I'm actually re-reading this again. Really good info.

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #19
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i have the Altimax Artic's on 16" Steelies for my WRX wagon. i went with those based on good reviews online and dealer recommendation. i can't wait to test them out.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #20
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You generally get what you pay for...the Blizzaks are great.
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You generally get what you pay for...the Blizzaks are great.
people who say and think this are generally idiots who get preyed upon by fear mongers and up sales snakes who get rich on generally stupid people

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people who say and think this are generally idiots who get preyed upon by fear mongers and up sales snakes who get rich on generally stupid people

Or people who see better results (generally) by putting more money into a purchase. Chill
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The local auto zone said their would be more tread so id need smaller rims for wheel well clearance.
They also told me I needed to buy fuel injector cleaner after I told them my motor was out of the car. Makes sense eh? Auto Zone/any local chain parts store are full of idiots.

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Or people who see better results (generally) by putting more money into a purchase. Chill
Not entirely true. I see people dropping $150 on Rally Armor flaps all day, when other companies make the exact same thing from the exact same material and sell them for 100 cheaper. But newbs swear up and down that their RA's are awesome because of ONLY the name. We could go on, but just because you drop 3-10x more on something doesn't mean it's better at all.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #24
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They also told me I needed to buy fuel injector cleaner after I told them my motor was out of the car. Makes sense eh? Auto Zone/any local chain parts store are full of idiots.

Not entirely true. I see people dropping $150 on Rally Armor flaps all day, when other companies make the exact same thing from the exact same material and sell them for 100 cheaper. But newbs swear up and down that their RA's are awesome because of ONLY the name. We could go on, but just because you drop 3-10x more on something doesn't mean it's better at all.
That's why I said "generally". Trying to skimp on tires is not a good idea.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #25
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I am a big fan of the Toyo Observe GSI-5, designed and tested in Canada for Canadian winters. IMHO best winter tire is the Toyo, but the General Altimax are pretty decent tire for the price too.
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