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Old 08-29-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U I always thought snow tires were from Colombia!



But, seriously....

I don't think my S03's are going to cut it in Colorado winters.

And, I know nothing about snow tires.

School me.
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:43 PM   #2
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silly mods, dont they know nothing about tire and wheel forums
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:44 PM   #3
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Listen, nooblet.

I wanted to ask in the region I'd be using them.
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:54 PM   #4
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Nokian Hakka 2s...that's what I'm gettin'.
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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Blizzak's or the Pirelli Alpine tires are nice
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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S03's probably won't cut it in the snow, in fact, would probably get you killed since CO winters are much like here in UT. But I think just about any snowtire is going to do you awesome. You'd probably be ok even with just all-seasons, but snow-tires make it just fun enough that you can play in any condition, i think youll be fine with any, but...

I think the options come down to your driving style, how far you have to drive, whether you hit the mountains often, and how sporty you want them to stay (i.e. sidewall & speed rating). If you want to still be able to rage up to 120mph on the clean sunny days between storms, and still take some fast corners, you're options are trimmed down a bit, it seems like most snowies are rated just to 99mph. If you never exceed that and don't blast around corners, find the toughest meatiest tread you can.

I highly recommend Dunlop Wintersport's if you want to keep on the sporty end, i've run 'em a few winters and loved 'em. If you want a little bit more ice/snow traction there are some better options but many aren't rated that high speed-wise.

I also ran a set of Nokian Hakkapeliita's for a winter and they had a much more aggressive tread than the wintersports, way more tread almost like a rally tire, but i don't think were rated so highly for speed and felt a bit softer.

www.snowtire.info has some decent, although limited info.

I think speed rating is the first thing to figure out, then decide what you care about from there, optimal traction? optimal treadware? i think tirerack usually has some pretty good comparo's/reviews too, although a limited selection of snowies in subie sizes.

i drive ~25k miles/yrs and like to hit any speed any time so i sacrifice a little traction for better treadwear and higher speed ratings.

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Old 08-29-2006, 08:27 PM   #7
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btw part of living in the rockies is being able to drive no matter teh conditions no matter what tires you have. nitto nt450s are not a good summer tire much less a winter tire but i went up 4000 feet of elevation, right after an avlanche, with at least 4 inches of snow on the ground with thoes tires. braking on the way down was a bit skech but im still here.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:32 PM   #8
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I'm not driving my S03's in the winter, I'm not that retarded.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:36 PM   #9
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i dunnno man, last time i was in socal there was a parking lot on the way up to big bear because wet roads means put your chains on.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:38 PM   #10
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Just for the record, I grew up in NORTHERN California, I've driven in snow before.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:12 PM   #11
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Hey they have snow up there. Unlike them L.A. peeps. So the best advice that I have read on this thread so far has been from Sandkicker. Bottom line. How are you going to drive? Where are you going to drive? What do you want your car to do? We run All season, Toyo's Proxy 4's, on our STI. They do the job for here really well. We also got around 35k out of them.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:21 PM   #12
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Damm, that's an old joke. For your own safety I would not let Nick see this thread.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:23 PM   #13
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Damm, that's an old joke. For your own safety I would not let Nick see this thread.
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:29 PM   #15
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ws50s are pretty nice....

Tanner Foust got 3rd at the Sno Drift rally on them....

Swedish compound Greend Diamonds are also the shiznit but harder to find (and not always the best customer service IMO)...

I set FTD ice autocrossing in a nissan z car with an open rear diff and swedish compound GDs for all 2wd non studded cars and beat half of the non studded AWD cars (for some reason they ran when there was most snow/more grip?) and most of the studded 2wds two winters ago...

beat lots of cars with the dunlops, pirellis, michellins, and of course blizzaks...

but they only lasted one winter...
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:12 AM   #16
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I prefer RA-1's in the deep snow conditions
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