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Old 11-20-2008, 09:42 AM   #251
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After some mixups, I ended up with some 235/45R17 Blizzak WS-50s for a killer deal. How much would hte width of this tire affect me in the snow? Would it be somethign noticable?
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:21 PM   #252
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wifey's fx35 tires are just about done. looking for dedicated winters as the snow can be a mess from time to time and the neighborhood is quite hilly. dry traction isn't too much of a concern as she's a cautious driver regardless. i'll be purchasing all-seasons in the spring.

year: 2005
model: infiniti fx35
location: northwest nj
tires only (18" stockers)

quick search yielded dunlop wintersport m3's and teh blizzak dm-z3. any other recommendations?

the northwest New Jersey I remember typically sees a good deal of icy conditions I would go for the Bizzak DMZ3's

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Old 11-20-2008, 02:39 PM   #253
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After some mixups, I ended up with some 235/45R17 Blizzak WS-50s for a killer deal. How much would hte width of this tire affect me in the snow? Would it be somethign noticable?
too wide. you are going to have problems. 205 or 215 would be best on stock rims
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:01 PM   #254
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year: 2008
make: Subaru
model: STI (base wheels)
location: Columbus, OH
tires only or winter package: Tires only


my advice ... winter tires ... but if you really want all-season tires my three favorites are

Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position
Eagle F1 All-Season
G-Force Super Sport A/S

the Pilot Sport AS+ is probably furth at this time just because it is so new I do not have enough experience with it ... it may very well move up once we get more seat time on them
Luke...you may have swayed me over to the winter tire route. I have read some reviews that say the SP Winter Sport 3D can be noisy. Is this true? How do you think it compares to the Michelin Alpin PA3?

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Old 11-20-2008, 09:57 PM   #255
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So after constant going back and forth in my head about getting a dedicated winter tire/wheel combo I've finally pulled the trigger on investing in winter tires and wheels for this season and a couple more years to come. The tire that I got from the Tire Rack is the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D in 205/55R16 94V for $99.99 each and will include a $50 mail-in-rebate. The tires will be mounted on my current stock 16" wheels and my current Kumho ASX will be going on another set of 16" Aero stockers that I will be picking up from MikeWRX next month. I'm definitely excited!!!!

And while I was on the site, I checked out the pricing for the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S that were on closeout this month but the price remained the same at $164.99, and tonight I checked again, and they definitely are on closeout for $99.99 in 225/50ZR17 94W. So I ordered 4 of them for my mom's 03 Maxima SE.



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Old 11-20-2008, 10:12 PM   #256
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too wide. you are going to have problems. 205 or 215 would be best on stock rims
I have 17x7.5 Wheels.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:20 PM   #257
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I have 17x7.5 Wheels.
215 or 225 will be fine. Do not get 235.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:23 PM   #258
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215 or 225 will be fine. Do not get 235.
I already got them. I was originally supposed to get 225 LM-22s on closeout but 2 got sold on me. It was either run 2 LM-22s and 2 Revo1s or get 235 WS-50s.

I paid under half price for the setup.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:43 PM   #259
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year: 2004
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model: WRX Wagon
location: Houghton, MI (Way in the UP eh)
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Winter tires to put on my extra set of stock 16" rims. I need good deep/loose snow traction for around town, and also want good grip on the highway when driving home from college. It is always a white-out when im driving home, and i want a good tire.

Thinking of going with the Blizzaks....

I would suggest the WS60 Blizzak ... we are getting lake effect snow right now and with over 10" on the ground this morning I had zero problems getting into the office and I sure you get a little more snow than we get on this end of the lake

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Old 11-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #260
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My driving patterns will cover a pretty wide area, so I'm hoping I can get some advice although I was initially leaning towards the Winter Sport 3D's.

Mon-Fri I have a commute of about 10 miles round trip. Half highway half local roads. I'll also be making some random trips into the Boston inner city area. Weekends I'll be going to CT a lot to visit the girlfriend (~100 miles of highway), and on weekends when I'm not in CT I'll be going up to NH/VT most of the time to ski.

So I want to be able to get some good grip up north around ski areas but also maintain some level of handling/ride quality for the weekday commute and something that is a good fit for highway driving. Any other suggestions? I'm liking the look of the rebate on the 3D's right now.

year: 2004
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model: WRX
location: Newton, MA
tires only or winter package: tires only

the versatility of the Winter Sport 3D's makes it the perfect fit for you. It is such a good fit it's almost as if they were designed just for you

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:57 PM   #261
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Wow, ordered my tires yesterday and they arrived today, Luke is the man! Thanks again for everything, I just can't wait to get these Blizzaks on the car....


SOP

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:32 PM   #262
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Can I replace the stock 205/50R17's with my old set of studded tires and steel wheels that measure 185/65R15?


185/65-15 = 24.5" diameter

205/50-17 = 25.1" diameter

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Old 11-21-2008, 11:17 PM   #263
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Two cars, same size, same environment, I'll be calling in my order with you tomorrow morning Luke:

make: Subaru
model: Impreza WRX
year: 2002
location: Erie, PA
tire size: 205/55-16

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make: BMW
model: 328i
year: 2008


Average snowfall around 130 inches per year, inadequate snow removal on city streets is a concern for the BMW, not the WRX. Often have storms with a foot at a time. Lots of slush, ruts, pack, and occassional ice. 1-2 350 mile highway round trip 1x/month with each car, season lasts from now through March/April with widely fluctuating temperatures (sometimes reaching into the 60's before heavy snow is finished)

I've been happy with performance and wear of Nokian WR's on the WRX (800-1000 miles/month and 3 seasons + with never an issue) I'd like better hydroplane resistance as the tire wears. Stopping power on ice with these was good, I'd like to maintain that or improve with each car. Two seasons of use with a much lower price point than Nokian is acceptable.


Thanks Luke (something tells me you'll suggest the WS-60 and SP wintersport 3D)

Unfortunatley I will not be able to comply with your ws60/3d thinking due to the 350 mile road trips. I think you would be better served with the Michelin X-Ice XI2 on the BMW. I do however, like the Winter Sport 3D's for the Subi though ...

Thanks Luke, drove the ladies BMW tonight for the first time since install - perfect call on that car. This tire suits the car perfectly and handles everything except headlight deep snow (yes, it's that deep here today). I'm not sure why people fear rear drivers in our climate

The Dunlops perform a good bit better than Nokian WR's on the WRX with a slight increase of noise at speed. Thanks for advising on the higher load rating model, ride quality is very good.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:05 AM   #264
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year: 2005
make: Subaru
model: WRX wagon
location: Tell City, Indiana (Southern Indiana)
tires only or winter package: tires only
Stock wheels and tire size. I have a set of summer wheels and tires. I will be using these tires as my only other tires. I have toyo proxes 4's now and I didn't like the way they performed in the snow.

if it was my car the Dunlops Winter Sport 3D's would be on it but, in you area many are fond of all-season tires so, you may want to look at the Assurance Triple Tread from Goodyear

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Old 11-22-2008, 12:24 PM   #265
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year: 2006
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model: WRX STI
location: Rochester,NY
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Well I currently attend my last year at RIT in Rochester, NY. I might get a job in Washington D.C. I tend to do alot of city driving and occasional highway traveling (to PA). I am looking for a good set of all seasons that will work excellent in summer and winter driving. I used to have conti extreme contacts on my old 05 LGT, but I didn't like the soft sidewalls. I like something a bit stiffer since I like to turn harder than normal.


doesn't exist you have to be willing to make some compromises no tire can do it all

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Old 11-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #266
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Year: 2004
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Model: WRX Wagon
Location: Long Beach, Ca moving to DC next month.
Tires only or winter package: Tires only

I have summer only tires on my wagon right now. Dec 6, I'm driving 2,600 miles to DC, where I'll be living for a few years. I need to get new tires put on in case I hit snow/ice on my drive out (and while in DC).

I need the tires soon, so I went ahead and bought the Dunlop 3Ds based on other recommendation for someone living in the DC area. We'll see how they hold up on the drive.

Thanks Luke for all your time for us.


sorry, for the delayed response but, as I mentioned in a previous post once the snow flies I get extremely busy. You made a good choice for the DC area.

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Old 11-22-2008, 02:48 PM   #267
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im planning to put a set of 06 STi rims with winter tires on my 08 STi.. id like to put 215-45-17s (maybe even 215-50.. if they will work with no issues..) anyone have any input on this??

215/45-17 is too short. Some are running 225/50-17 or 215/50-17 we recommend 235/45-17

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Old 11-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #268
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Looking to maximize grip on snow/ice in a studless tire. Don't do a lot of highway/commute driving, just interested the best grip for the worst conditions. My favorite so far is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R, though one source told me that these are impossible to find in the U.S. this year. I've been extremely happy with the Hakkas I've had in the past. So my questions:

1. Will the 16" 2002 WRX rims work okay on my 2009 WRX 5-door? should fit but without the engineerng drawings I can't be 100% positive. but the specs are correct
2. Any problems mounting tire pressure sensors on this setup? I do not know if the wheels are designed to accept the sensors ... not all are
3. What size winter tire would you recommend for these rims? 205/55-16
4. Anyone find the Hakkapeliitta Rs this season or should I look at another tire? can't answer that one
5. What other tires should I be looking at? Michelin X-Ice XI2 or Blizzak WS60

Thanks!

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:47 PM   #269
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Luke,

I commute daily about 10 miles with mix of local roads and interstate. Will go to snowboard on weekends.

I am thinking the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D for 18" wheels.

Make: subaru
Year: 2008
Model: STI
Tires only or winter package: tires only
Live: Boulder Colorado (close to Denver)

thanks

I really like the Pirelli SottoZero's in your area but, the Dunlops are also very good

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Old 11-23-2008, 08:21 AM   #270
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Hi Luke

year: 2009
make: Subaru
model: STI
location: Toronto, Canada
tires only or winter package: winter package

I am looking at Tireracks recommended package. You have nothing listed for '09 yet. Will the package you have listed for '08 work fine?

-17x7.5 Sport Edition A7 Silver Painted
-235/45R17 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 Blackwall

Do you have any other suggestions for tires?

If I order today, how long do you think it will take to reach me? I am taking delivery of the car in about a week or so (it is being shipped from out west) and we have snow here already

Thanks!

I can not be 100% sure, as we have not had access to a 2009 version as of yet. We do know that the WRX for 2009 is different than the 2008 model but, the primary difference in the wheel and tire fitment is the TPMS sensors so, if that also holds true for the STi the fitment info for the 2008 should be correct for your 2009. With that said I really like the Blizzak products and it takes about 3-5 days to cross the border and get through customs but, I have seen the border crossing go both faster and slower


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Old 11-24-2008, 09:31 AM   #271
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Ordered on Wednesday 11/19, delivered this morning 11/24


...except I don't get home till after 9PM to put them on and I have no driveway
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:36 AM   #272
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year: 1999
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location:Wilkes-barre / Scranton Pennsylvania
tires only or winter package:which would be the better investment?

I was thinking LM-25's for their reputation and the price, but whats your recommendation? Also, should i stay away from studdable? Some highway driving but mostly city.

Thanks Luke.

with the hills and frequently icy conditions in that area plus the "mostly city" driving statement I would get a more aggressive winter tire like the BLizzak WS60 or the Michelin X-Ice XI2. If it was my money would put the Michelin X-Ice XI2 in a 205/55-16 on the OE wheels.

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Old 11-24-2008, 10:39 AM   #273
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I have the stock all seasons on the car now but since 3 out of 4 have 32000 miles on them I figure dedicated winters will be a nice comfort. I have a 5 mile commute to work in the morning but about twice a month I go 45 miles west to visit friends on weekends. So day to day is just back roads, but I do get in a good amount of interstate driving. Thanks.

you will love the versatility of the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D's

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:11 PM   #274
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To all you new englanders looking for an inexpensive winter tires go Winterforce. Im on my second winter with mine and have nothing bad to say. I commute 20 miles a day and take short 100 mile trips once a week. I live in VT and most of the winter driving around here is either deep snow or slush/snow combination. Not a lot of ice being theres so much friggn salt on the roads. Anyway for the price you cant go wrong. Just had to slam on the breaks to avoid wildlife the other day going about 45. Didnt feel squirly at all and I was mid turn, was on wet pavement. Deep snow traction is great. Majority of people in my area run these tires so there must be something good about them.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:11 PM   #275
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Driving style: daily driver through traffic with the occational snow doughnuts and weekend ice racing.

Thinking about getting hankook ice bear w300's
A friend of mine ran them last year and said they were great.

Look at the Michelin X-Ice XI2 and then look at the rearview mirror after you pass your friend at the ice races

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