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Old 10-11-2012, 06:58 PM   #26
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It could take years to wear out the OEM rubber. I'm only on my second set of RE-070 tyres. That's some hard street, auto-x, hillclimb, and HPDE time.

I don't want to be anywhere near you if you can burn up a set of tyres in one season on the street...
No, I don't drive all that aggressive and only put about 5000 miles/year on my car...guess that's a whole lot of years before these tires wear out, huh?
You'll be safe on the roads with me... :-)
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:27 PM   #27
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You have paid your money. How much do you want to bet that this is a dry winter?

If dry, I think you could make it through a careful winter. Wet, and warm the same.

White Christmas...
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #28
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lol @ "winter" And hell to the mf no on summers in any kind of near frozen or frozen roadway surface. Flat or incline. Theses socks are interesting but what a PITA if you drive conservatively just get a second set of UHP all seasons.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:52 PM   #29
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lol @ "winter"
Your Alaska "winter" different than ours?
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:56 PM   #30
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Your Alaska "winter" different than ours?
To say nothing of drivers...A bit
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:09 PM   #31
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Not piratical for a passenger car retrofit.
Solid auto correct I'm guessing

On topic, there really isn't any substitute for a good set of winter tires. Or even a cheap set. I run 15" Winterforces, which I don't feel bad about destroying for the price. On my third season this year FWIW with plenty of tread left!
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #32
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To say nothing of drivers...A bit
I've been there and have family in eagle river. It's different for sure! Though we tend to get really slushy snow which is like driving on ice!
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:28 PM   #33
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I've been there and have family in eagle river. It's different for sure! Though we tend to get really slushy snow which is like driving on ice!

See now I trust your judgment. Highland Drive in February! Do what you think is best.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #34
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Honestly, if you live somewhere (or like to drive to somewhere) there is a significant chance of snow/ice on the road, just get winter tires! Take you stock rims (you're gonna wanna change them someday anyway), or get some spare ones, and drop a set of honest snow tires on them. if you have lots of ice and never see dry roads for months at a time like i do some winters, i recommend studded snows. if you get mostly dry roads, get some non-studded ones. They are lightyears better than they used to be. If you have both summer and winter sets mounted, you're just taking 5 min to unbolt n rebolt on wheels twice a year. Pretty simple.
Isn't a spare set of wheels ($100-200) and a set of snow tires that will last many many years ($400-600) worth more than wrecking your new $25k-35k car?

Plus, instead of limping through the winter like a wuss in the best winter car ever made, you'll be out having fun driving in it. Subarus with good winter tires make driving on snow like driving on dry roads

I've had my current set of Hakka2's mounted on my stock STi rims since i got the car, 6yrs ago. They are still over 1/2 tread and the studs are still awesome. Also, the skinnier the better with snows, get more weight on a smaller contact area. The new WRX's should be fine getting a spare set of earlier WRX 16's and running something like a 205/50 or 55. Also, there are always a ton of snow tire sets for sale in the NWIC/RMIC and other classifieds on here. Easy to pick up a barely used set for a great deal.

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:53 PM   #35
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Summer tires are good until you get down to 40 degrees based on Manufacturer reccomendations. Lower than that you have to be careful. I had RE050a on my STi and didn't notice a huge difference but I don't drive aggressively so it wasn't a problem. The compound in the rubber gets harder when it gets that cold which is the reason the traction and handling is lessened.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:51 AM   #36
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I know I am bumping an old thread (my thread) but I had an opportunity to use the tire socks I recently purchased and, honestly, they are amazing. Freaking amazing. The traction is excellent. Felt stuck to the road. Highly recommend!
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