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Old 12-22-2011, 12:07 AM   #2576
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Got a set of 04 WRX wheels in mint condition with Blizzaks for 300! So stoked
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:51 AM   #2577
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The stock tire size is 225/45/17 but I have been have problems finding anywhere that stocks winter tires in that size. Is there an alternate size that I can run on without damaging anything? I thought maybe a 215/50/17 would be ok, tire calculator said the speedo would be off 5%, does anyone run an alternate winter tire size?

Also, do I REALLY need winter tires? I have never really run them before on any of my cars and I haven't really had problems with it. My tires are down to 4/32nds and just need to replace them with something
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:45 AM   #2578
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...45&diameter=17

You can use 205/50R17 but I am not sure that it will be good in dry.

Where do you drive? Put wet, snow, ice, noise and dry performance in order of importance.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:35 AM   #2579
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My post says I live in Denver, so I live in Denver I was looking to buy locally because I kind of need tires, and was hoping to get them before this storm that came in last night dumped on us, and it seems like a lot of local places have out the door prices as cheap, or cheaper than tirerack + shipping.

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:17 AM   #2580
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If you live in Denver it does not mean that you drive only in Denver.
If you need tires now then you are limited to what is in stock and you are out of luck if there is nothing in stock. Note for the future - plan tire purchase sooner.

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #2581
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My post says I live in Denver, so I live in Denver
He's trying to help...
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #2582
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Hey guys getting my '12 WRX sedan in January and trying to get some winter wheels. I would like to use a set of winter tires that I have off my old car. Will this wheel work??

Tire - 215/50/17
Wheel - Enkei EKM3: 17x7 et45
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #2583
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My post says I live in Denver, so I live in Denver I was looking to buy locally because I kind of need tires, and was hoping to get them before this storm that came in last night dumped on us, and it seems like a lot of local places have out the door prices as cheap, or cheaper than tirerack + shipping.
Just FYI, I am running the Continental Extreme Contact DWS (stock size on an '11 WRX) and I had no problem getting around this morning (Im about 15 minutes south of downtown Denver). My driveway was covered with about 10 inches of snow when I got up. I plowed right through it without any issues. I know some people do not think highly of All Seasons, but I have run nothing but A/S tires on my cars and never had problems driving in snow (my last car was an 08 Civic SI which had a set of the DWS tires as well).
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:18 PM   #2584
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Just FYI, I am running the Continental Extreme Contact DWS (stock size on an '11 WRX) and I had no problem getting around this morning (Im about 15 minutes south of downtown Denver). My driveway was covered with about 10 inches of snow when I got up. I plowed right through it without any issues. I know some people do not think highly of All Seasons, but I have run nothing but A/S tires on my cars and never had problems driving in snow (my last car was an 08 Civic SI which had a set of the DWS tires as well).
i've only ever used all-seasons too...this morning wasn't too bad. there were some deep spots turning on and off the main roads where it got a little deep and then it was just a clearance issue...and I got stuck getting into the parking lot at work because of a clearance issue, but other than that i've had no problems using all-seasons in snow.


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If you live in Denver it does not mean that you drive only in Denver.
If you need tires now then you are limited to what is in stock and you are out of luck if there is nothing in stock. Note for the future - plan tire purchase sooner.

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I just purchased this car a week ago, not a whole lot of time to plan for purchasing tires, which is why I asked about the alternate size since that size seems to be in stock a lot of places.

But you think that the alternate size won't handle as good on dry pavement?

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Old 12-22-2011, 01:35 PM   #2585
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I wish some other STi owners would chime in as I have 05 Legacy GT so no first hand experience.

You can use 205/50R17, 215/45R17, 225/45R17 for sure.

You may be able to use the size you picked 215/50R17 or 235/45R17 (new STi size) but I am not sure.

Some 205/50 may be as wide as some 225/45 but you would need to compare manufacturer specs.

You still did not write where you drive.

City only probably all seasons are OK but I never been to Denver or Colorado.
If you venture outside and cannot stay home during snow storm and your biggest concern is ice then studded tires are your best bet (if legal and noise is not an issue).
Winter performance - if ice is not your biggest concern and/or you care about dry/wet performance.
Studless winter if ice/snow is the biggest concern and dry/wet is the least. Less noise than studded.

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #2586
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Well, most of the roads in the city decently plowed and salty (which is why I have never really used winter tires). I do go skiing a 2-3 times a week, but I-70 is always kept plowed and rarely closed due to weather(at least when I go up). It really doesn't snow that often, but the roads stay slick and cold in the mountains which is why i'd like something that performs well in those conditions.

I actually was talking to a co-worker who has some Gislaved Nordfrost's he has left over from his car. How well do they hold up? I can't really find any reviews on them.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:48 PM   #2587
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..........I actually was talking to a co-worker who has some Gislaved Nordfrost's he has left over from his car. How well do they hold up? I can't really find any reviews on them.
Which version Nordfrost? Are they studded? If they are older than 6 years, I would pass on them, unless they are free.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:14 PM   #2588
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Looking to get a set of winter tires for my '12 WRX, I already have 16" steelies from our old toyota matrix. The problem comes to picking the tires. Heres the deal: I live in southern california where it never snows. Just get a few good rain storms in the winter, but I snowboard a lot, usually Mammoth, which is 300 miles away. With little to no snow for about a solid 260 miles of that. Or occasionally big bear which has windy roads and can be dumping snow randomly. for the last 15 miles of the 60-70 mile trip.
I have the same problem having to drive the long distance to Mammoth which is why I went with all seasons. I spend more time in transit that I do in the snow. I have 195/65R15 (fifteen, no typo) BFG Traction T/A's on gravel rally wheels on my WRX wagon. The tires are on their last season and I'll have to decide what to get for next winter.



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Old 12-22-2011, 06:41 PM   #2589
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Which version Nordfrost? Are they studded? If they are older than 6 years, I would pass on them, unless they are free.
Nordfrost 3's, non-studded. They were on his Volvo last winter, till he switched out this summer and hasn't used them since. They were MFG'd in early 2010...
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:49 AM   #2590
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Nordfrost 3's, non-studded. They were on his Volvo last winter, till he switched out this summer and hasn't used them since. They were MFG'd in early 2010...
I didn't think the Nordfrost3 was still being manufactured. I assumed it was discontinued in 2006 when the Nordfrost5 came to market. Are you sure they are Nordfrost3?

I do recall that the NF3 performed very well in the Scandinavian winter tests around 2004 and 2005. It has a tread pattern identical to the Altimax Arctic, I believe.

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Old 12-23-2011, 09:34 AM   #2591
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Gislaved and General both belong to Continental, I think.

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Old 12-23-2011, 10:11 AM   #2592
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Winter tires are usually louder than summer or all seasons. What tires do you have?

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I would normally agree, especially the tires I had last year (Hakka 4 studded), but my current Michelin X-Ice2 are noticeably quieter than the RE-01R that I use in the summer.

But it is generally correct to assume that the winter tires will be louder than an all-season/summer tire.

The guy I gave my Hakka 4s to took his car back to the installer b/c of the noise (haha), but was told that that is the way they are. The noise was the main reason I got rid of the studded winter tires and the parking deck was getting on my case about driving with studded tires (damaging their floor).

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Old 12-23-2011, 03:58 PM   #2593
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Looking to get a set of winter tires for my '12 WRX, I already have 16" steelies from our old toyota matrix. The problem comes to picking the tires. Heres the deal: I live in southern california where it never snows. Just get a few good rain storms in the winter, but I snowboard a lot, usually Mammoth, which is 300 miles away. With little to no snow for about a solid 260 miles of that. Or occasionally big bear which has windy roads and can be dumping snow randomly. for the last 15 miles of the 60-70 mile trip.

I was considering getting the General Altimax Arctic (was also recommended to check out Nokian by my neighbor) in the 205/55/16 size but was not sure on the wear if driving them on dry pavement for 520 miles out of the 600 miles round trip I will be driving. Granted they would only be on when I go boarding, which is about 15-20 times a year. With this would I be better off with something like the DWS? I know people say all seasons are no seasons but most of the driving will be on dry/wet pavement.

Thanks in advanced.
Anyone have any input on this? I'm in the same boat. Want to get winters but I'll be putting about 3-4k miles per year on them and 80% is on dry clear roads. Hesitant to get winters if they only last one or two seasons
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:41 PM   #2594
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Anyone have any input on this? I'm in the same boat. Want to get winters but I'll be putting about 3-4k miles per year on them and 80% is on dry clear roads. Hesitant to get winters if they only last one or two seasons
Get a performance winter. Or use all-seasons with chains. Or get an "all weather" tire like the Nokian WRG2.

If you are going with a performance winter, the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 is long wearing, according to a 2009 ADAC test. Even longer wearing than the WRG2.
http://www.adac.de/infotestrat/tests...cePageId=31821

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Old 12-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #2595
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I know some people do not think highly of All Seasons, but I have run nothing but A/S tires on my cars and never had problems driving in snow (my last car was an 08 Civic SI which had a set of the DWS tires as well).
you will get by on GOOD all seasons but you will get by better on a proper winter tire. there are numerous tests done by car magazines, automobile associations, consumer groups where winter tires can give you half the acceleration time and half the braking distance of an all season on snow.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:42 AM   #2596
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tires only: Stock 17" wheels

What tire do you recommend for MD winter, would like to get away as cheap as possible.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:31 AM   #2597
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What tire do you recommend for MD winter, would like to get away as cheap as possible.
i would go with 215/50-17 general artic altimax tires for MD IMO
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:26 PM   #2598
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Tires only or winter package: Package (16")

I'm looking into a package to use for the occasional snow storms in NM with the intent on using them also for the occasional vacation trip to the Durango area. In reality these will spend 95 percent of the year in the garage. Unfortunately, I found myself out on the road the last three storms we had and the stock tires are ok in the dry but are lacking on ice and snowpack.

Which has better performance on icy/snowpack roads?
Which has better performance in the slush and wet?
Which has a better ride?
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or WS60
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:44 PM   #2599
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Which has better performance on icy/snowpack roads?
Which has better performance in the slush and wet?
Which has a better ride?
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or WS60
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
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For ice, the Xi2 or WS70
For slush, the Conti EWC
For ride, the Xi2 or EWC
For wet, a performance winter.
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It looks appropriate.

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