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Old 12-04-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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So this is going to be my first winter with my hatch and I'm having trouble deciding what set of tires to go with. I'm running the OEM Dunlop Sports summer tires right now and I've gotta swap them out fairly soon it seems. I'm trying to figure out if I should pick up a set of dedicated snows for just the winter months and run the summers the rest of the year, or get a set of all-seasons to run from fall to spring and use the summers only during, well, the summer. Heck im even considering selling the summers and buying two new sets all together. Any thoughts? I've driven the Chicagoland winters my whole life and never had a problem (unless I wanted one), and I'm fairly certain that having AWD now will make it even more manageable. MWSOC! I beseech thy knowledge. Though i might be asking too much.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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NOKIAN Hakkapelita !- max $$
Any winter tire that is on sale/best deal. -wise $$

Because I don't want to see my insurance go up next winter because of ones like you
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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I run my stockers in the winter and a summer set the rest of the year. Once the junk tires I have wear out, I am definitely getting snow tires. The AWD just helps you crash into things faster...
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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Firestone winter force for me. I can make them studable when ever i go on ice. And they have an aggressive lug pattern.... good for snow mediocre for highway speed
Then again i only go about 60-65 Max.on them on highway
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:04 AM   #5
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Where to start....

You have to decide what you can afford and what you prefer. In our area, I have NEVER been stuck with my all-seasons wishing I bought dedicated snow tires. My all-seasons even got me through the epic snowstorm a few years back that closed down LSD. So, for me, all-seasons are just fine. I'm not arguing that dedicated winter tires are better. They are. That being said, with the lovely flatlands of ILLnoise, all-seasons work great. If you can afford two sets of wheels, definitely go with summer tires for summer and winter tires for winter. Pretty simple. If you can't afford two sets of wheels, all-seasons will get you through just fine.

Lastly, FWIW, the OEM summer tires fail in grip and consequent braking performance once the temps start to reach 40 degrees and below. It would be a good idea to switch your summer tires out dependent on temp and not snow fall.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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Don't bother with all seasons if you have the option to have a dedicated set of summers and snows.

Winterforces are great, but you'll have a hard time finding them in 17" sizes that keep the proper diameter, so you're best bet is to pick up a set of 16" wheels.

Blizzaks are great as well, good bang for buck.

General Altimax's are awesome as well.


And yes... best bang for a lot of buck are Nokians.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:37 AM   #7
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Consider the Michelin Alpin PA3 205/50 performance snow tires too if you want a high snow traction with similar to stock performance. I've only noticed a decrease in dry performance feel at higher speeds, and the wet traction is noticeably better than on the stock Dumblops... and they're amazing in the snow as well.
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