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Old 07-10-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default Looking for all season tires, with a twist!

I need to replace the well-worn RE92's this fall, so its time to start looking.

Things I want:
Good snow traction
Good off road traction
Long life
Decent price

Things I could care less about:
Dry performance
Sidewall stiffness
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These are going to be mounted on 17x7 stockers from an 06 WRX (obviously). As these will see alot of snow/sand this winter/spring, traction is my biggest concern. I think this pretty much rules out any of the high performance all seasons (and that goes for long life too).

So, whatcha got?
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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Winterforce...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ireModel=M%2BS

Lots of hicks round here run them year round...
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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I got the Nitto NT450 to replace the stock RE92's. I think they are pretty darn good, especially in the winter. Since they aren't winter only tires they also work well if you have a warm winter. Not a bad price I thought when I got them originally for a basic OEM replacement. I know you mentioned the high performance all season's might not be for you, but I think we have just as bad if not worse winters normally than in your area.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:30 PM   #4
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Winterforce...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ireModel=M%2BS

Lots of hicks round here run them year round...
I believe that is Studdable Winter tire...

I think ContiExtremeContact would suit your need, but I don't have any experience w/ it, so don't quote me. It has the highest rating for snow traction among other UHPAS tires.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:41 PM   #5
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nokian wr or wrg2.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:52 AM   #6
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Winterforce...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ireModel=M%2BS

Lots of hicks round here run them year round...
None in my size.

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nokian wr or wrg2.
Damn, those are exactly what Im looking for, but they are pricey from what Ive seen.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:14 AM   #7
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if you're going for off-road performance from an A/S tire, i've repeatedly heard the BFGoodrich KDW-whatevers (forget the exact model number for the A/S) recommended on dirtyimpreza.com. the nokians are mentioned regularly as well.

as far as winterforces (which is what i use when rallycrossing my legacy), they are a winter tire, but the compound is not as soft as most, so it shouldn't wear out as quickly. this is also the reason they are so cheap. but you will probably have to wait for winter to get nearer before finding these in stock. you could try calling around to firestone/bridgestone delaers, since they make the winterforce tires. i know you said you don't care, but i'll mention it anyway...these will have a softer sidewall than the A/S tires. people often run them at 40psi when sliding around in the dirt to avoid debeading as easily.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:56 PM   #8
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Avon Tech M550 worked decent for me in Tahoe. Not the best in the ice, however.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:31 PM   #9
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i don't think any A/S tire i've used is good on ice.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:12 PM   #10
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I've had good luck in All Weather with Pirelli P-Zero Nero M+S on my RS.
Snow was not a big deal, in the rain they were plain out confidence inspiring.

I went through 2 sets and got about 40,000 miles/set (but they were beyond done at that point)
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:38 PM   #11
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Goodyear TripleTred assurance

#1 rated all season tire @ tirerack.com

Heavy but amazing tread wear!
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:05 PM   #12
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Hankook Winter iPike's are nice. I have the Hankook W300 "Icebears" and they're decent, but the iPike's are more aggressive for slush and snow.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:46 PM   #13
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BF Goodrich Traction T/A is very popular amongst the Rally Crossers
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:19 PM   #14
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Wintersport M3 or 3D - not really an all season but thinks it is
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:31 PM   #15
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I'm putting the Nokian WR-G2 on the wife's '06 Impreza 2.5i wagon this fall when they go on sale.

Apparently the only all season tire with the snowflake icon.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:36 AM   #16
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Assuming you live in NC (as you profile states), i think any true snow tire would be over kill and wear out with in a year (depending on how hot it gets) I do agree that the hankook I*pike is a great snow tire as stated above as is the toyo observe would be another good snow tire option
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:54 PM   #17
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nokian wr or wrg2.
Seconded. I am about to have the G2 mounted on my OBS. Got them for $140 a tire out the door.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:57 AM   #18
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I think ContiExtremeContact would suit your need, but I don't have any experience w/ it, so don't quote me. It has the highest rating for snow traction among other UHPAS tires.
I've had these for 4 seasons and they're very predictable in the snow and have a good life, not great but good.

I use these as my "winter" tires taking many many ski trips to northern NM, southern CO and grip very well in the snow for a UHPAS tire. They grip well on the dirt road shortcut on the way to Wolf Creek too. Good price as well. I would get them again when mine wear out.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:33 AM   #19
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I believe that is Studdable Winter tire...

I think ContiExtremeContact would suit your need, but I don't have any experience w/ it, so don't quote me. It has the highest rating for snow traction among other UHPAS tires.
And your point? It meets the critera, except for not being able to find a size match..
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And your point? It meets the critera, except for not being able to find a size match..
Are you referring to Winterforce M+S? OP is looking for ALL SEASON tires... NOT winter tires. I'm not saying Winterforce M+S is not good, in fact I think it's better than ANY All Season tires in snow & especially on ice, but I don't think it's a good idea to roll on snow/winter tires in summer, just as nobody should roll on summer tires in winter/snow.
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Why don't you guys carry Nokian?
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:28 PM   #22
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our business model conflicts with their distribution channels
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:33 PM   #23
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I need to replace the well-worn RE92's this fall, so its time to start looking.

Things I want:
Good snow traction
Good off road traction
Long life
Decent price

Things I could care less about:
Dry performance
Sidewall stiffness
Brand

These are going to be mounted on 17x7 stockers from an 06 WRX (obviously). As these will see alot of snow/sand this winter/spring, traction is my biggest concern. I think this pretty much rules out any of the high performance all seasons (and that goes for long life too).

So, whatcha got?

It rarely snows in Raleigh why do you need snow traction?

I got the Bridgestone Potenzas 960as Pole Position All-season tires (225/45/17). Great traction on all grounds except for snow~ i guess that didn't help much ~
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:40 PM   #24
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BF Goodrich Traction T/A is very popular amongst the Rally Crossers
Those look nice, so theyre on the list.

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Assuming you live in NC (as you profile states), i think any true snow tire would be over kill and wear out with in a year (depending on how hot it gets) I do agree that the hankook I*pike is a great snow tire as stated above as is the toyo observe would be another good snow tire option
Not planning on driving them during the summer, I have a spare set of wheels/tires. These would probably be on from Nov-April, if that.

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It rarely snows in Raleigh why do you need snow traction?

I got the Bridgestone Potenzas 960as Pole Position All-season tires (225/45/17). Great traction on all grounds except for snow~ i guess that didn't help much ~
My wifes family lives in the mountains, and it snows fairly often. One trip on RE-92's was enough to convince me I wanted something better. We are planning on doing a bit of skiing this year too.

Plus, I might RallyX the car this fall.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:59 PM   #25
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I am running a set of the BFG Traction TA - I haven't driven them in our WI winter yet (replaced my tires June) but the wet traction has been great and the tires are pretty quiet as well.
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