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Old 09-27-2012, 07:14 PM   #2726
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Hmm...Im debating between the General Altimax Arctic and the Michelin Xi3 for the pacific north west.

I drive 90% in the city: 35% dry. 50% wet. 8% slush, and 7% snow. Temperature is typically around a few degrees above freezing, but does occasionally drop to below.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #2727
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yesterday I was able to test the new Michelin X-Ice XI3 and we will be publishing an official report pretty soon but, here is my opinion of what I was able to take away from the experience.

The tires in the test were
Blizzak WS70
Extreme Winter Contact
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while both Continental and Michelin offerings are getting closer to the ice traction of the Bridgestone WS70 they are still haven't caught up. The Michelin is closer than the Conti and the Goodyear is solidly in fourth among the tires tested. ............
True to past form, when it comes to testing of ice traction, Tire Rack results and Consumer Reports results do not totally agree with each other. CR does their ice braking tests in an ice rink from 10mph, like TR. But they don't do an ice acceleration test, or low speed ice handling test, like TR usually does. CR tested the size 215/60-16. Their ratings for ice braking (in Nov 2012 issue of the magazine):

Michelin XIce Xi3: excellent
Michelin XIce Xi2: excellent
Blizzak WS70: very good
Continental EWC: very good
GY UltraGripIce WRT: good
Nokian Hakka R : good

In dry and wet handling, CR says the Xi3 is slightly worse than the Xi2.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:02 AM   #2728
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Default 205/65-R16 will these fit?

I have a set of 205/65-R16 Blizzak WS70's mounted on steelies that were used on a Forester. Will these work on a 2013 Impreza Sport Limited?
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #2729
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car is a 2011 wrx. i found a set of 99 rs wheels w/ some beefy tires. Do i NEED tpms in them or i can use them for a couple months w/o it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:26 PM   #2730
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Right, I have a 2012 WRX 5DR Hatchback. The thing is that I want a set of tires that are good in the winter cold weather / snow. THING is, I want to buy a set from Tirerack.com that comes with the Rims. I can't seem to understand the whole Tires thing... Would anyone like to suggest a certain type of tire for cold weather / occasional snow ( New York ). I want to buy them with the Wheels as well ass I don't have proper tools to swap out tires on my stock wheels. Also, I find it easier to just change the wheels.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:35 PM   #2731
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Right, I have a 2012 WRX 5DR Hatchback. The thing is that I want a set of tires that are good in the winter cold weather / snow. THING is, I want to buy a set from Tirerack.com that comes with the Rims. I can't seem to understand the whole Tires thing... Would anyone like to suggest a certain type of tire for cold weather / occasional snow ( New York ). I want to buy them with the Wheels as well ass I don't have proper tools to swap out tires on my stock wheels. Also, I find it easier to just change the wheels.
What exactly don't you understand?
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #2732
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What exactly don't you understand?
What brands are good and what kind of tires are good.

Performance Snow, Studdless Snow, Studdable Snow, Ice and Snow, and etc.

Which ones are good for an Impreza that needs grip in the cold and can handle snow if there is any >.<? This is where I'm staring at with a "Patrick ordering @ Krusty Krab" face : http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterT...ty21=4&Qty22=4
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #2733
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What brands are good and what kind of tires are good.

Performance Snow, Studdless Snow, Studdable Snow, Ice and Snow, and etc.

Which ones are good for an Impreza that needs grip in the cold and can handle snow if there is any >.<? This is where I'm staring at with a "Patrick ordering @ Krusty Krab" face
You're in Queens, don't worry about studs or studdable tires.

Also:

TireRack: Winter/Snow tires

That section "Useful links" on the right/middle of the page should answer all of your questions.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #2734
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How Does A 205/55/16 For An 11 Wrx Sound?
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #2735
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How Does A 205/55/16 For An 11 Wrx Sound?
That's fine, or you could use a 215/55/16 if you wanted to maintain the same diameter as the stock wheels and tires.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:16 PM   #2736
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Smart idea to stick w 17" inch rims w tires? Getting some glacier grip II. Should be an interesting winter. More like wet and slush but should hold up fine?

Guys I would assume that 16's would be ideal for any car during the winter.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:23 PM   #2737
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Not for a car with brakes too large to fit under 16" wheels.

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:14 AM   #2738
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Does anyone know if a set of 215/55/R16 will fit for the winter on a 2013 STi base sedan

My mom bought these as a winter set for her C320 and they are 10mm too wide (205's is what she needs)

They are bridgestone Blizzaks WS-15's with full tread left.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:18 AM   #2739
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^ Not even close. Your car has 18" dia wheels, and your front brakes will not acomodate anything smaller than 17", and they are picky about that.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:37 AM   #2740
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^ Not even close. Your car has 18" dia wheels, and your front brakes will not acomodate anything smaller than 17", and they are picky about that.
Lol yeah I just checked tirerack lmao

Ain't gonna fly lol anyways gonna "bump" my request since it kinda got looked over..


Year: 2013 ETA 10/15
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Model: WRX STi 4dr sedan base
Location: Chicago, IL
Tires only or Winter Package: Winter Package

Looking for the best performing option and the cheapest

Any tips Luke?
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:29 PM   #2741
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.............They are bridgestone Blizzaks WS-15's with full tread left.
Those WS-15s must be pretty old by now. Maybe too old to drive on.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:18 PM   #2742
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car is a 2011 wrx. i found a set of 99 rs wheels w/ some beefy tires. Do i NEED tpms in them or i can use them for a couple months w/o it.
No, you don't need tpms. You may have a flashy light on your dash, but no biggie.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #2743
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Which blizzaks do I need to get for my '12 wrx hatch
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:00 PM   #2744
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Lol yeah I just checked tirerack lmao

Ain't gonna fly lol anyways gonna "bump" my request since it kinda got looked over..


Year: 2013 ETA 10/15
Make: Subaru
Model: WRX STi 4dr sedan base
Location: Chicago, IL
Tires only or Winter Package: Winter Package

Looking for the best performing option and the cheapest

Any tips Luke?
in the Chicago area most people use a performance winter like the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D, Blizzak LM60 or the Primacy Pilot Alpin PA2. If you travel out to the 'burbns or the occasional ski trip the X-Ice XI3, Extreme Winter Contact, or Blizzak WS70 makes more since
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #2745
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So is it confirmed that the 2013 WRX will take the 2011-2012 WRX rims?
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:21 PM   #2746
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Which blizzaks do I need to get for my '12 wrx hatch
Put ice, snow, wet, dry, noise in order of importance.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:49 PM   #2747
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Just ordered a 2013 wrx, should be here at the end of November.

I currently have steel wheels with new hankook winter tires mounted.

Steel Wheels: 16x6.5 +39mm 5x100

Now from a "will it fit" standpoint I know they will fit; but am I doing any damage with such a wide variation in offset from the OE specs (+53)

Thanks!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #2748
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I've been running Blizzak's for the last few years - WS70's currently, but I'm considering changing over to the Dunlops... The weather is hit or miss up here in Boston.. When it snows, we usually get a few inches but there will be large stretches of no snow... The WS70s were great and no complaints other than them being real mushy... Anyone run the Dunlops in some decent weather?
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Which Dunlops?

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #2750
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Sorry, the Winter Sport 3D
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