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Old 11-11-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default When to switch to winter tires?

Hey all, just did a quick title search, but didn't come up with an answer for the Seattle area. When do you guys recommend switching to your winter set up? I'll be hopefully heading up to Snoqualmie a couple days a week once it's open to ride, as well as back country access stuff.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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Hey all, just did a quick title search, but didn't come up with an answer for the Seattle area. When do you guys recommend switching to your winter set up? I'll be hopefully heading up to Snoqualmie a couple days a week once it's open to ride, as well as back country access stuff.
Now would be an ok time. Weather has been pretty cold lately. Most advertising I see says 45 degree below winter tires perform better.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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i just switched last week
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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+1 for switching about a week ago.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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I switched once pass temperatures were consistently below 40deg in the early mornings, but that's because I'm up and over Snowqualmie about once a week. That said, 4 weeks ago I swapped for studless snows.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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Might as well ask...studded or no? I know tire rack says no studs is better. You all feel the same?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:07 PM   #7
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put the winter tires on my wrx hatch today i live in the buffalo area
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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I just switched over 10 minutes ago. Summer tires were gripping like hard bricks in the freezing temps during the AM.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:16 PM   #9
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I use studded tires on all 4, especially since we're the last to get plowed out here and the roads are rarely de-iced. Two years ago we had a good half an inch layer of ice covering the roads, plus with all the hills here. I know some people will say no other wise, due to the studs damaging the roads.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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Just put them on today. Studs aren't necessary, but they are nice when it's extremely nasty. I have them as I'm going to need them to even think about getting up my driveway.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #11
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switched to my all-seasons today. i don't drive up to the passes so they do just fine around here.

you should be switching soon, because, you know...


winter is coming.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:51 PM   #12
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When it snows.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #13
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At the start of the rainy season (now). I switch over two weeks ago and was glad to have the winter tires on the Impreza with an unexpected trip to Cashmere yesterday. Stevens was bare and dry on the way out, but slightly covered with a light dusting on the way back in the afternoon

I'm a firm believer in studless tires. The noise and road wear isn't worth the extra cost of the studs. And I personally believe studless is better anyway.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:18 PM   #14
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When it snows.
yep, I like to wait for the snow fall chaos, then make those guys at discount tire work for their money.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #15
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It seems like a lot on interweb oppion is that the current rubber compounds are better than studs. Hmmmm....
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:04 AM   #16
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Wink winter tires ..

When to switch in part depends upon what tires you are running ..

if summer performance tires ... when temps start falling below 45 to 40 F

if a good all season ... before it gets nasty ... dedicated winter tires are still much better than the best all season ... in this case ... its a choice and depends on your situation ...

and studless tires in general outperform studded tires in most but not all instances ... see tire racks test results ..

I have top rated all seasons .. Cont's DWS .. love them ... but the decicated winter tires are ready to go ... and I do need to get my summer's off ...

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Old 11-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #17
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I switched 2 weeks ago but I'm RWD now. Studless performance winter tires all the way. Studs make me cry.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:24 PM   #18
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i still havent changed mine. running falken 512's still hahaha
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:36 PM   #19
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Might want to do it soon. The snow is already here at Crystal!!!!


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Old 11-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #20
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I need to get on this soon...
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:56 PM   #21
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studded isnt necessary, and my studless tires have lasted almost 5 winters now, i dont mind playing in the snow, so i put them on the morning after it snows or once its time to hit the slopes, and then i take them off as soon as i kno i wont see snow anymore... otherwise i do just fine in my summers
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #22
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you should be switching as soon as temps are consistently below 50f.

summer tires turn into planks of wood below that. .
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #23
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I have a dedicated set of winter wheels/tires but I havent put em on yet since I'm still waiting for my plasti-dip to come in the mail. Just regular driving and my daily commute to work, my summer tires have been good. Drove it many times in high/low 30deg temps since I work graveyard.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:07 PM   #24
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I put mine on both the lgt and obs on monday. Unfortunately the tires for the obs were just over their 10 year "shelf life" and I had to buy new tires. They still had about 6/32 of tread left. Oh well; it would have been the last season with them. I bought the michelin x-ice13. Hopefully they work out well. I liked the toyo observe tires a lot.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #25
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So I am thinking of getting the Pirelli Winter Sottozero's in 195/60/16 to put on the 99 RS wheels I just picked up (gotta clear my 4-pots). Anyone running these tires? I know everyone goes with Blizzak but these have some pretty good reviews on tirerack, and have a mail in rebate right now. I am also gonna go a little bit more narrow...195/60/16. Thoughts?
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