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Old 09-18-2006, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Snow tires recommendation?

So its the time of the year again, not sure how much snow we will be getting this year. After trying to drive up and down SFU with my Falken 512, I feel that its better for me to get a set of dedicated snow tires. I have looked at the Dunlop Winter Sport M3 and Hankook Icebear as well, couldn't find the price on Nokian WR though. What suggestions or recommendations do you guys have? Should I go for 215 or 205/50/17 or keep it at 225/45/17?

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Old 09-18-2006, 11:34 PM   #2
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My old Kuhmo winter KW series tires were ok. I did spin out out <12mph without a turbo though in the snow.
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:36 PM   #3
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I just have limited experience with Yoko Iceguard. They did the job nicely on my winter trip to Alberta last year which was pure ice'n'snow. Have no regrets.
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:36 PM   #4
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Whick KW did you have? I see that there is KW11 and 19 that are studless, and 17 is studded. What is the difference anyways? Studded would grip better?
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:40 PM   #5
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I think I had KW11's but I bet they're discontinued. They were studless. I don't need studs for the winter driving I do, and I even do hwy-5 in the winter a few times. It's just added insurance to avoid accidents in the winter, along with driving sensibly. Ask Penphoe - he had the newer KW series studless tires.

I have Blizzak's now and they're pretty wicked. They handle very well.

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Old 09-18-2006, 11:40 PM   #6
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going up SFU! get studded tire! recommended
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:43 PM   #7
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I looked at the Blizzak's as well, they are pretty pricey, how muc did you get them for? I assume that you are using them on the stock BBS? and what width and height did you go for?

skier, how much did you get them for?
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:56 PM   #8
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Studded tires in Vancouver is pointless. We get more slush than ice and snow. Now if you were up at Whistler or crossing the interior mountains towards the Okanagan, then I would consider studded tires. Unless you're running on ice, you're better off with a good non-studded winter tire.

I've got the KW15's - which are also discontinued I believe. They were Kumho's "performance" winter tires. I think they've been replaced by the 17's or 19's. They performed pretty good as a city tire. I had no problems getting around in the snow and slush in Vancouver. They performed pretty well in Vancouver's wet winter. Of course, they're not as sticky as a summer tire, but they "broke away" very progressively and were easy to control.

Anyway, i have a set of Kumho KW15's in the 205/60R15 variety running on Speedline 2118's. I don't think they'll clear the STi's 4-pot Brembo brakes, but these wheels do clear the old Subaru 4-pot brakes. But this is a thread on winter tires, not a for sale thread.

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Old 09-19-2006, 12:13 AM   #9
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Nokian Hakkapellitta Q's (discontinued) were simply amazing and the all-weather Nokian NRW's were great on my Acura... all Kal Tire's carry them.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:30 AM   #10
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when is a good time to put on winter tires anyways? i dont want to do it when i wakeup and i see snow... lol
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:36 AM   #11
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I bought a set of Hankook W300 Ice Bears last December and drove on them pretty much until the end of June (when my new rims arrived).

They handled well enough in the snow and rain and even in the warm weather did not show much signs of tread wear. They were a good price which was the clincher for me. I got them from http://tiretrends.com

A narrower winter tire will perform better in the snow than a wider tire.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:40 AM   #12
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when is a good time to put on winter tires anyways? i dont want to do it when i wakeup and i see snow... lol
Usually at the end of October the first frost starts to appear--at least depending on your elevation. Unless we get some tropical rains from the pineapple express, that's when I'm planning on doing the switch.
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:02 AM   #13
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Picard, what width and height did you get then?
I have heard some good reviews about the Icebears, did you have any problem driving around up at the plateau? I am moving back up soon so thats one of the reason why I need winter tires.
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:04 AM   #14
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Usually at the end of October the first frost starts to appear--at least depending on your elevation. Unless we get some tropical rains from the pineapple express, that's when I'm planning on doing the switch.
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Old 09-19-2006, 01:27 AM   #15
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Picard, what width and height did you get then?
I have heard some good reviews about the Icebears, did you have any problem driving around up at the plateau? I am moving back up soon so thats one of the reason why I need winter tires.
I got 225/45/17 but I noticed that even though they were stock size, they still fit narrower than the RE070--more risk of curb rash . I had no problems on the Plateau at all. I went up to Cypress in the snow (took it easy) and there was no slipping either. I can see them lasting at least 3 or 4 seasons because when I took them off they still looked almost new. They were a lot cheaper than the other popular brands and pretty stable at high speeds, too.
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I looked at the Blizzak's as well, they are pretty pricey, how muc did you get them for? I assume that you are using them on the stock BBS? and what width and height did you go for?

skier, how much did you get them for?
cant remember exactly. 750ish I think, with taxes.
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:00 AM   #17
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I got 225/45/17 but I noticed that even though they were stock size, they still fit narrower than the RE070--more risk of curb rash . I had no problems on the Plateau at all. I went up to Cypress in the snow (took it easy) and there was no slipping either. I can see them lasting at least 3 or 4 seasons because when I took them off they still looked almost new. They were a lot cheaper than the other popular brands and pretty stable at high speeds, too.
Ah I see... that would be pretty pricey though? Around $800 + tax for 225/45/17. Do you think 205/50/17 will fit?
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Ah I see... that would be pretty pricey though? Around $800 + tax for 225/45/17. Do you think 205/50/17 will fit?
Did the price go up? I only paid $149 per tire... $600 +tax.

Edit: I called Tiretrends on the phone--they're in Maple Ridge. I didn't order through their site. I don't know if the other size will fit.
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cant remember exactly. 750ish I think, with taxes.
Thats for 16" I assume?
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no, my 15" steelies
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sweet thanks!
dude just take a look at the weather forcast, if you see snow sometime in the week, throw em on

last year I just ran my summer tires all year round, they did fine, when it snowed (the very little it did) by the time I got out there, it was slush and I never lost traction until I got to the empty parking lot
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Michelin Alpins have been good to me in snow, not bad in rain, not nearly as good as summer tires in the dry. Expensive though. Stock WRX size was $970 or so.
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Anyone know if I could find some 16" steelies that would fit over the 06 4 pots? Planning on lots of snowboarding trip so I would like to be prepared
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I picked up a set of Michelin Alpins over the weekend at Kal Tire. The sales person push the Michelins over the Nokian RSI.

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Did the price go up? I only paid $149 per tire... $600 +tax.

Edit: I called Tiretrends on the phone--they're in Maple Ridge. I didn't order through their site. I don't know if the other size will fit.
Seems like they did, at least thats what they put on the website, $163.95 for 225/45/17. $149 for 225/50/17 though, not sure if 50 will be any difference in terms of grip, any ideas?
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