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Old 08-15-2007, 05:13 PM   #1
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I live in reno nevada and every one knows we can get alot of snow or no snow. I am wondering what is the best tire for running around in the snow here. I need to buy some new tires soon so i dont tear up my summer tires.
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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Just buy the cheapest snow tire if you don't care.

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:25 PM   #3
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Can't go wrong with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires.
Felt like the car was on dry pavement, even when driving thru several inches of snow.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:08 PM   #4
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Can't go wrong with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires.
Felt like the car was on dry pavement, even when driving thru several inches of snow.
+1000, I've got the Blizzaks and up here in the winter, it's BAD...tires grip like crazy
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Old 08-15-2007, 07:46 PM   #5
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Doesn't really matter what winter tire you get.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:37 AM   #6
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Any winter tire is MUCH MUCH MUCH better than running all seasons or summers..

Having said that, you have to decide do you want maximum traction in the snow, while trading off for decrease performance in the dry and increased wear... or do you want more of an all round snow tire that will do decent in the snow and closer to an all-season in the dry.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:38 PM   #7
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Like anyone who lives in an area that may or may not get a lot of snow you have three choices:

1. Use summer tires and stay OFF the road is it snows or if it gets too cold.

2. Use all-seasons and sacrifice some clear road performance for the ability to drive the car in cold weather and drive it carefully in snow.

3. Use winter tires and sacrifice a lot of clear road performance for outstanding snowy road performance.

The further north you get the more likely you are to go with option 3. The further south you are the more option 1 makes sense.

If you're somewhere between option 2 and option 3 you might want to consider Nokian WR's. They are all season tires with relatively good clear road characteristics that also do quite well in snow.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:13 PM   #8
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Can't go wrong with Bridgestone Blizzak snow tires.
Felt like the car was on dry pavement, even when driving thru several inches of snow.
However take these tires(WS-50) on a dry day and especially warmer(40F) and feel like your driving around wet noodles. I agree incredible though on ice/snow when you do get it. I was sorely disappointed 90% of winter days driving around on bare or wet pavement and beyond elated the other 10% being unstoppable in my car in terrible winter weather.
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Old 08-16-2007, 04:41 PM   #9
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Well as the proud owner of a new (well 5 day old) 07 STI , I'm in a similar situation. Here in NC we get some snow in the winter but its hit and miss. If you choose to go with the all-season route as someone said above you might want to check out the toyo proxis 4's. Had a set on my RSX I just got rid of and they were great. Good dry performance and they didn't leave me high and dry in the snow like my T1-S's did.

Not hijack the thread but what are you using for winter rims? I was thinking about picking up a set of stock wrx rims that someone who had upgraded might have lying around but wasn't sure the best route to go.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:19 PM   #10
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Well as the proud owner of a new (well 5 day old) 07 STI , I'm in a similar situation. Here in NC we get some snow in the winter but its hit and miss. If you choose to go with the all-season route as someone said above you might want to check out the toyo proxis 4's. Had a set on my RSX I just got rid of and they were great. Good dry performance and they didn't leave me high and dry in the snow like my T1-S's did.

Not hijack the thread but what are you using for winter rims? I was thinking about picking up a set of stock wrx rims that someone who had upgraded might have lying around but wasn't sure the best route to go.
right now i have stock rims on my sti. but i would like to do the same. yeah winter here is a hit or miss also. that why i asked my question. and i really do thank all of guys for ur input this has really helped me. i am going to be taking my summer tires off so i dont mess them up. but i need a tire with a good comprimise (sp?) cuz when it snows most of the time is melted by the after noon. still wet out but bare road. so i need something with good handling in snow and wet road.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:29 PM   #11
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I'm currently running a set of W300 icebears for the winter.. Still a snow tire but has similar performance to a all season...

as in.. performance is "not bad" in the snow and decent for all other times.... I use this for 3 seasons of the year... for the real summer time i'm going to go with a dedicated summer tire.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:02 PM   #12
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Well as the proud owner of a new (well 5 day old) 07 STI , I'm in a similar situation. Here in NC we get some snow in the winter but its hit and miss. If you choose to go with the all-season route as someone said above you might want to check out the toyo proxis 4's. Had a set on my RSX I just got rid of and they were great. Good dry performance and they didn't leave me high and dry in the snow like my T1-S's did.

Not hijack the thread but what are you using for winter rims? I was thinking about picking up a set of stock wrx rims that someone who had upgraded might have lying around but wasn't sure the best route to go.
All-seasons range from relatively good on snow to not very good on snow. I would put the Proxes4's at the not so good end. They are basically a summer tread design made from a compound that will work all year round. If you live someplace that gets cold, but doesn't see too much snow (Carolina) they are probably a great choice. If you live someplace that sees a lot of snow (Canada) I wouldn't recommend them.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:22 PM   #13
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Blizzaks for sure. It does kinda suck driving on them in the dry but hey its winter. I will be damned if I will switch tires all the time just because the jackass weather guy tries to scare people about it snowing. That or you get caught out with non snows.
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Old 08-16-2007, 10:49 PM   #14
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I will be damned if I will switch tires all the time just because the jackass weather guy tries to scare people about it snowing. That or you get caught out with non snows.
Here I think they call for snow whenever they have extra milk and bread at the grocery and most of times its wrong.

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If you live someplace that gets cold, but doesn't see too much snow (Carolina) they are probably a great choice. If you live someplace that sees a lot of snow (Canada) I wouldn't recommend them.
Very true Howl. We probably only get 2 or three snows a year with a big one every few years. The gumballs that come from the factory are definitely going to be too slick when we get some ice though, so I feel biohazards pain. Never been to Reno though so not sure how much snow they get.
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:31 AM   #15
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Dunlop winter sport 3D's
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:51 PM   #16
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Reno here.
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Narrowed it down to either the Dunlop M3's, 3D's or the Blizzak WS50's or Revo's on closeoout from tirerack. You can pick them up in Sparks at their warehouse and save on shipping.

Its a smaller place, but go here if you haven't yet:

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Old 09-22-2007, 04:16 PM   #17
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I always ran the LM22 and LM25,really good in the snow,now I see the Continentals on the tire rack are rated better(4.5) stars as to the 3 stars on Bridgstones.I need tires again and was thinking maybe I should switch.
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:08 PM   #18
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Reno here.
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Narrowed it down to either the Dunlop M3's, 3D's or the Blizzak WS50's or Revo's on closeoout from tirerack. You can pick them up in Sparks at their warehouse and save on shipping.

Its a smaller place, but go here if you haven't yet:

www.seccs.org
Be careful getting close-outs. I got a great deal on Hakka1's only to wreck one on a curb a few months later. I ended up getting two Hakka2's and used them with two Hakka1's. But to be totally safe I should have gotten four Hakka2's.
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Old 09-22-2007, 07:17 PM   #19
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that certainly does suck....barring incidents like that, most of the guys here in town have had good luck with the Revo's I guess.
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Old 09-23-2007, 12:31 PM   #20
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If you want the best snow tires, you can't go wrong with Nokian or Bridgestone Blizzaks. However, as mentioned in this post, any dedicated snow tire is better than an all season in the white stuff. The biggest concern in a area that doesn't have snow on the ground all winter is how the tire holds up on the days with no snow on the road.
I have had blizzaks on my wrx and nokian Hakka 2's on my sti. I have just over 20k miles on my Nokians and they have taken me home in over a foot of snow, yet most of their miles were on pavement. I have more miles on these than I get on my summer tires and there is still tread left!
You have to decide what you dislike the most. MArginal traction with all seasons, possible short treadlife with a cheap snow tire, or the cost of good snow tires.

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Old 09-23-2007, 12:33 PM   #21
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I second the Blizzak recommendation from my own experience. I am running Wintersport M3s this year, will let you know how they fare by comparison.
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:07 PM   #22
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Nokian Hakkapellita tires. Who knows snow better than those crazy Finns
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:01 PM   #23
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This Vermonter will run nothing but Hakkas. Using RSis at the moment, but have loved Hakkas since the long gone (and sainted) Hakka 10.
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Old 09-23-2007, 03:47 PM   #24
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Check out Green Diamond tires, ran those on my wife's minivan and when we got an unexpected early snow last fall, she had to come get me cause the obs wouldn't get up the hill at work. I'm running a set of Winterforce's on my car for snow not the greatest on dry but I'm willing to take 30 minutes in the morning to swap wheels if they say it's going to snow.
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I can't say enough good things about Nokians, both the WR and the Hakka 2.
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