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Old 02-06-2014, 09:15 PM   #4526
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Havent ever heard of that one I must say.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:23 PM   #4527
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does anyone have any experience with the Falken Espia EPZ snow tire?

i've lived my entire 36.5 years in CO and have always run all-seasons on all of my non pickup vehicles... this winter i got a set of conti SEXTREMEZ! winter contacts and am stoked on them! i can't shut up about the merits of winter tires now.

i now want my lady to have some snow tires for her 2012 impreza sport. i found a killer deal on some lightly used Falken Espia snow tires... i can't find many reviews for them and am hesitating picking them up, but i would wager ANY winter tire is better than any all-season in the snow.

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Look for 2011 Consumer Report Nov issue in local library.
It was rated by them.
It got black dots for wet braking and handling.

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PS Maybe ask seller why they are selling almost new tires.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:36 PM   #4528
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Look for 2011 Consumer Report Nov issue in local library.
It was rated by them.
It got black dots for wet braking and handling.

Krzys

PS Maybe ask seller why they are selling almost new tires.
nice! thanks for the heads up. i'll have to investigate that.

they're being sold online by discount tires direct. 11/32" tread depth, so i'm going to go for them. i was at discount locally and can't get a winter tire in 205/55-16 for less than 140 per tire, since most of them have been bought up by now. oops. don't feel like spending that much coin.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:58 PM   #4529
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Crap, I'm getting really annoyed with my set of PA4s on stock STI 18x8.5". Tires are okay-ish, don't facilitate fun in the snow too much, and wheels are terrible to clean snow off, since apparently my garage sucks when it's below 20F outside.

Did anyone buy a set of Nokian R2s off ebay?

I seem to recall people having issues with excessive roadforce numbers early in the season, so I'm wondering if ebay sellers can take care of that if problems arise.

UPD: seller got back to me, basically saying that they don't warranty them for bad balance or roadforce numbers, since "they are very soft" and people just install them wrong. Lol.

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Old 02-07-2014, 11:44 AM   #4530
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I bought my set of Nokian R2s from tiresbyweb.com. Had to go through 7 of them to get four with low enough road force variation to not cause steering wheel shimmy at 70mph. Tiresbyweb did pay for shipping both ways on all 7 tires.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #4531
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Maybe a set of older STI 17" wheels and some snows of your choice. Not sure if you want performance winter or more solid standard winters. You can pick up old bbs for pretty cheap and a 17" tire will be cheaper. Folks have been using 205 50 17 for winters on your type wrx, even on 8" rims is still within spec. Forget what tire size is on yours, but check the tire calculator link above.
Thank your comment helped! I bought a set of fast wheels with 205 50 17 for 500 with 90 percent thread
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:11 PM   #4532
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Nice, youll be stoked
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Old 02-08-2014, 02:47 PM   #4533
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using 205 50 17 for winters on your type wrx, even on 8" rims is still within spec.
Within what spec? Tirerack says 7.5" max.

That said, anybody has stretched 215/55/17 on STI 17x8"?
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:54 PM   #4534
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Some pages ago we had that debate, we were all in disbelief but someone unearthed that it was within spec. Go back a couple months, its buried in there somewhere, forgot the poster.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:11 AM   #4535
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I've got a tough question. I'm looking for a set of winter wheels/tires for my wife's 2010 forester xt and my 2013 wrx.

What are the chances I could get one set for both cars? They would most likely be used on my car but it would be nice to have the ability to switch.

What's a good size?
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:36 PM   #4536
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Some more info on the new Blizzak WS-80 can be found here:

http://www.moderntiredealer.com/news...zzak-ws80.aspx
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:30 PM   #4537
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Tread design of the WS80:


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Old 02-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #4538
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Last week, Bridgestone introduced their upcoming Blizzak WS80 at an event held at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, CO. The evaluations conducted on an ice rink and at the winter driving school's training courses confirmed the tire's outstanding ice and snow traction.

The Blizzak WS80 will be the next member of Bridgestone's studless winter tire family that has included the Blizzak WS60 and WS70 tires. It will feature a further enhanced Multi-Cell compound molded into a tread design that combines 20% more biting edges with Bridgestone's latest generation of high-density 3D siping designed to combine snow/ice traction with dry/wet road capability.

Blizzak WS80 tires will in forty-eight 70 to 35-series sizes for 15" to 18" rim diameters during the third quarter of 2014.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:41 AM   #4539
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anyone run the hankook icept evo w310's? i went in thinking i would go either michelin or blizzack, but the guy at the shop said his subie people here in bozeman swear by the hankook so i took his recommendation and paid a little over 8 for them installed and with a 3 year warranty. wanting to see what others experience with them is
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:03 AM   #4540
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The evaluations conducted on an ice rink and at the winter driving school's training courses confirmed the tire's outstanding ice and snow traction.
How was it in the dry/wet?
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:23 PM   #4541
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:46 PM   #4542
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Michelin has recently introduced a new H and V speed rated performance winter tire, the "Alpin 5". I'm not sure when it will be in the North America market.

http://www.michelin.com/corporate/m/...ance-in-Winter

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article...5-Launched.htm
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:30 PM   #4543
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Any recommendations for tire replacements on a 2011 Impreza Outback Sport? I have another 7k miles or so to go, but want something that's going to be good in the Pacific Northwest on the dry roads in the summer (and the wet / slushy roads for the rest of the year).
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:13 AM   #4544
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Any recommendations for tire replacements on a 2011 Impreza Outback Sport? I have another 7k miles or so to go, but want something that's going to be good in the Pacific Northwest on the dry roads in the summer (and the wet / slushy roads for the rest of the year).
If you're planning on running these all year round without dedicated winter tires then I'd look into the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires as they have been proven/reviewed as good all season tires for year round with slight snow.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:57 AM   #4545
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theyre about as good as an A/S tire gets, but you cant have good performance all around from one tire. The A/S will be better in the dry, not as much in your slush, a perf winter would be almost as good in the dry, if not better, and more secure in the crappy conditions. I personally didnt like the DWS in the dry, very soft and mushy feeling on a 2012 wrx. Almost as mushy as a snow tire.
Your tire size should lend to cheaper tire prices, or picking up a set of 16's and putting winters on those.Might make that a better option, or just scanning the classifieds for a setup on the cheap.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:58 AM   #4546
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I've got a tough question. I'm looking for a set of winter wheels/tires for my wife's 2010 forester xt and my 2013 wrx.

What are the chances I could get one set for both cars? They would most likely be used on my car but it would be nice to have the ability to switch.

What's a good size?
Pretty slim, the sizes are pretty different.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:38 PM   #4547
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How about a post about wheels instead of tires?

My WRX arrives in about 2 weeks. I've come to terms with the fact that there will probably be snow on the road after I pick it up and the stock dunlops are a bad story for that kind of driving.

I also don't want to have to re-wrap the stock wheels and tires... so I want to get some beater wheels.

How are these? They'll be in matte black.
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...&rw=&rc=ILCINT

Looking for any other suggestions as I am totally oblivious when it comes to winter wheels, but I'm looking for something with some better coverage so the snow doesn't stick inside the wheels. Appreciate opinions.

Also, I guess I will add that I'm trying to go small wheel, fat tire, for the reason stated above. Hopefully I'm not going down the incorrect path.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #4548
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How about a post about wheels instead of tires?

My WRX arrives in about 2 weeks. I've come to terms with the fact that there will probably be snow on the road after I pick it up and the stock dunlops are a bad story for that kind of driving.

I also don't want to have to re-wrap the stock wheels and tires... so I want to get some beater wheels.

How are these? They'll be in matte black.
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...&rw=&rc=ILCINT

Looking for any other suggestions as I am totally oblivious when it comes to winter wheels, but I'm looking for something with some better coverage so the snow doesn't stick inside the wheels. Appreciate opinions.

Also, I guess I will add that I'm trying to go small wheel, fat tire, for the reason stated above. Hopefully I'm not going down the incorrect path.
Did you even READ the title of this thread?!

Want some beater wheels? Get some used Subaru OEM 16"+ wheels... better yet, get Subaru OEM 16" steelies... the best coverage you can get.

FYI, the wheel link you provided would NOT fit your car. Only a few 15" wheels would clear WRX (AKA rally wheels).
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:57 AM   #4549
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How about a post about wheels instead of tires? My WRX arrives in about 2 weeks. I've come to terms with the fact that there will probably be snow on the road after I pick it up and the stock dunlops are a bad story for that kind of driving. I also don't want to have to re-wrap the stock wheels and tires... so I want to get some beater wheels. How are these? They'll be in matte black. http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...&rw=&rc=ILCINT Looking for any other suggestions as I am totally oblivious when it comes to winter wheels, but I'm looking for something with some better coverage so the snow doesn't stick inside the wheels. Appreciate opinions. Also, I guess I will add that I'm trying to go small wheel, fat tire, for the reason stated above. Hopefully I'm not going down the incorrect path.

Also the wrong bolt pattern
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:17 AM   #4550
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How about a post about wheels instead of tires?

My WRX arrives in about 2 weeks. I've come to terms with the fact that there will probably be snow on the road after I pick it up and the stock dunlops are a bad story for that kind of driving.

I also don't want to have to re-wrap the stock wheels and tires... so I want to get some beater wheels.

How are these? They'll be in matte black.
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...&rw=&rc=ILCINT

Looking for any other suggestions as I am totally oblivious when it comes to winter wheels, but I'm looking for something with some better coverage so the snow doesn't stick inside the wheels. Appreciate opinions.

Also, I guess I will add that I'm trying to go small wheel, fat tire, for the reason stated above. Hopefully I'm not going down the incorrect path.
Smaller wheel, fatter tire is a good approach for winter, but as they said above, that wheel isnt for your car. Bolt circle is wrong, rest of the spec could be wrong too.

Some folks love 'steelies', they work fine. I personally hate them. After using several sets, Ive changed to using stock subaru wheels from other models instead. They look a thousand times better too and will do your wrx more justice in the feel department.

Not sure what will/wont fit the new wrx, but if its anything like the previous, most will fit and are cheap to buy, often with snows mounted already. Check the classifieds.

Every so often tirerack, in early season, will have a cheap 15" wheels that would even clear 4 pots. They get bought out pretty quick.
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