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Old 11-09-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
Gfunk720
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Default Recommend me a Winter tire- 05 STI

Well, I haven't had the STI for even a week and I need new tires. Weather is starting to get a little hairy in NE and I can't continue on these RE-070's. Looking for some advice about what tires to run on the stock rims. I'd like to keep the price down if possible, so no $200 a peice tires

Should I stick with a 225? It snow's maybe 10 times a year here at most, and I drive to VT occasionally. I doubt I'll see anything over 6"-8" of snow. Should I go wider as 85% of the driving Im going to be doing is on dry pavement?

I ran Dunlop Wintersport M3's on the WRX and they were great till they started to reach the end of their lives. Then they started to lose their grip in the deep stuff. Is there a performance oriented tire that is better in the snow than the M3? It was a great tire, but I am open to new things

Finally, are there any good deals going on right now that might fit what I am looking for? I am probably just gonna price shop online and then go to Town Fair Tire and have them price match it

Any recommendations that you can give are greatly appriciated. I am gonna pick something out tonight and hopefully get them put on tomorrow morning. They are calling for a wintery mix tonight, so I gotta get the ball rolling, stat


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Old 11-09-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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A lot of STi guys up in Canada use Nokian WR's in winter. They aren't great for snowy backroad shenanigans, but for winter highway and city driving they are very good. They provide enough traction in the snow to be safe but also are good on dry pavement.

The WR is being replaced by the WR-GR2 this year. That means you might be able to get a really good deal on any left over WR's. The only problem there is if you wreck one of them you may not be able to find another one to replace it.

Personally I wouldn't go any wider. When it does snow wider tires are more likely to slide over the surface. Thinner tires are more likely to dig down into the solid stuff underneath.

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