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Old 01-06-2010, 11:17 PM   #876
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Luke what pressure do you recommend? I would normally run about 36 front 32 rear.

sounds about right
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:38 AM   #877
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tires only or winter package: tires only (EDIT: On 16x7" 6 spoke RS wheels)

NoVA is weird during the winter and is either dry, covered in ice, or knee deep in snow. Mostly it's pretty mild. I do ski and head to WV (Snowshoe) but thats usually 1-2 times per year. Also the winter weather usually doesn't last very long as the temperatures fluctuate a lot between above and below freezing.

I'm looking at the Michelin Pilot Alipn PA2 (locally, and non-run flat I believe) or the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D. Should I be looking at "Perfomance Winter" or should I go studdless?

I'm also concerned about tire life. Do the soft winter compounds wear faster? What about the wear characteristics of these tires?

I'm kinda leaning towards the Michelins because they are local (and cheaper due to the lack of shipping etc...) but are they any good? I've heard that Dunlops wear fast, is this true?

Thanks.

both are good choices but, I would opt for the Dunlop since that is a discontinued Michelin

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Old 01-07-2010, 07:51 PM   #878
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Hey Luke,

what would you recommend for winter tires for a 2006 Civic Hybrid?

are there any good all-seasons that would work for it? it'll be driven in Denver.

Cheers

Michelin HydroEdge GreenX

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:40 PM   #879
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Trying to decide if I should buy a '08 STI, or a '10 WRX. Curious what the best snow tires are for each. For either car, I will get a dedicated set of winter wheels and tires. The priority is on getting to ski resorts and backcountry skiing trailheads. I'm not really concerned with dry pavement performance - I live a mile from work, the only time the car will go anywhere in the winter is when I'm going skiing.

year: 2010
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Stock outer diameter for a WRX appears to be 25.0", so I'm considering 195/60R16 (25.2") or 205/55R16 24.9", but wondering if I can go up to a 205/60R16 (25.7") or 205/65R16 (26.5"). I've heard of a guy using 215/65/16 (27.0") on an Impreza with a 1" lift, and he called that "a very tight fit". For any of the sizes, I'm leaning towards a Blizzak WS60.

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Doesn't sound like any 16" wheels will clear the STI brakes, so if I got an STI I'd go with 17s. Stock outer diameter is 25.7". There's a Blizzak LM60 available in 235/50R17 (26.25"), or a Blizzak WS60 in 235/45R17 (25.3"). I like the OD of the LM60, but I've heard the LM60 isn't as good of a snow tire as the WS60. The problem with the WS60 is the small outer diameter. Also, for both options 235 seems wider than I'd want. Could you recommend a good snow tire in 205/55R17 (25.9") or 215/55R17 (26.3")? No Blizzaks come in those sizes. Also, how big of an outer diameter can I go with on an STI? 205/60R17 would be 26.7", and the 1/2" of extra ground clearance would be a welcome benefit.

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been out of touch for a few days .... sorry for the delayed response

I would opt for the increased performance of the STi providing it hasn't been beat on too bad. and look at the Winter Sport 3D from Dunlop

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Old 01-13-2010, 10:08 AM   #880
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tires only or winter package: 3 snow tires on 3 rims...oddball question

A little background:

I had 4 205/60/16 Winterforce snows on 16x6 black steel wheels on our forester. The rims were bought secondhand but fit the forester with no issues. my wife clipped a curb and put a nasty dent in the passenger front rim. Sidewall punctures took out both passenger side tires. I replaced the tires in the same size. The front rim was replaced with a new one from Tire rack. It ends up being 16 x 6.5" vs 16" x 6". Will the extra 1/2" make a difference if i use the same size tires on all 4? my thinking is that the contact patch and diameter difference wont be enough to matter. i don't want to replace 3 perfectly good steelies, pay to have the tires removed, remounted and balanced. They are on the car from about November to April before i put on the stock wheel/tires. Thanks for any help. Please PM if you's like or pose here.

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running three 6" wheels and 1 6.5" wheel is not something I would recommend. It adversely effect the cars handling

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Old 01-19-2010, 02:51 PM   #881
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Luke,

I will be putting my stock summer tires on my Enkei RPF-1's, and I am looking for a set of Winter Performance tires for snowboarding trips to Big Bear Lakes (primarily) during snow storms. With that said, I need a set of tires that will hold up on the 40-50 mile drive (highway driving) to the bottom of the mountain (where the snow starts), but will also provide some measure of "invincibility" during moderate winter driving conditions.

Please advise

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any of the performance winter tires will be able to meet your needs .. I would probably choose the Winter Sport 3d

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:47 PM   #882
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i got a problem

i have the powerslot bb kit and 17s are all i can clear and i am trying to figure out if anyone that knows of a car that uses 17 steel wheels or knows were to find some 17 in steel wheels ??

i am looking to sell or trade a perfect set of 16 stockers from an 04 with re92s on them looking to trade for just the rims or a set of 17 if i can find them!

HELP PLEASE!

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Old 01-20-2010, 12:36 AM   #883
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i have a set of blizzak WS60's and these tires eat hardcore... my old tires i was able to kick my car around all over road nice for messing around drifting and what not but now i can barely break her loose these tires are insane and highly recommended .... ride great on dry ground no road noise or vibration!!!! Awesome tire for subarus actually Awesome tire for any car!!!
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:25 PM   #884
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I am looking to buy a very lightly used set (almost new) of Toyo Observe G-02 snow tires and I am looking to see if they are a good snow tire. I am replacing an old set of dunlop snow tires and only put on my winter set up when I head up to the mountain and take them off when I get back. I have heard great reviews about blizzaks and nokians but nothing really about toyo's observe. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 01-25-2010, 02:05 PM   #885
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I am looking to buy a very lightly used set (almost new) of Toyo Observe G-02 snow tires and I am looking to see if they are a good snow tire. I am replacing an old set of dunlop snow tires and only put on my winter set up when I head up to the mountain and take them off when I get back. I have heard great reviews about blizzaks and nokians but nothing really about toyo's observe. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!

Chris
A 2008 Canadian test (French language, Quebec origin?) gave the G0-2 Plus top marks, comparable to the WS60 and IG20, which were their outstanding ("Best" - "5-Star") recommendations for "Touring Tires."

The Toyo Observe Garit KX was their outstanding ("Best" - "5-Star") recommendation for the "Performance Vehicle Tires" category.

I unfortunately can no longer find a valid URL link for the article. Originally, outahere on LGT.com had sourced it from a private .pdf scan via a fellow Subaru enthusiast in Montreal, but it's no longer hosted there.

From my discussions on that article (note that my usual screen-name is TSi+WRX):

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It also seems that the Quebec testing also had differences based on tire size, with the touring, performance, and SUV categories utilizing different tire size "standards" for both pricing as well as performance cross-comparison.

I almost wonder if [this] test, with its closer choice of tire to those typically purchased for our fitment, might not be the better test to get advice from, despite its seeming non-quantitative nature, as the "Performance Vehicles" category utilizes a 225/45/17 tire as the construct...... ?
change agent, a fellow LGT.com member in Montreal, then cited the following:

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Here the bias is toward heavy snow first and then normal snow and ice conditions.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #886
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^^Thanks for the info, I actually ended up buying the Garits. I thought they were the G-02 from the pic but sure enough they weren't. I went home last night and actually found that same post somewhere on here.I tried looking for the .PDF too but no luck. I was really pleased to find that most tire retailers and even Subaru recommend the garit kx because of their reinforced side wall.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:46 AM   #887
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^ No problem - glad to have been of-service.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #888
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I found out this morning that the Dunlop tires they put on the new WRX are quite pathetic in the snow, which means it's time to buy some winter tires. I'm pretty set on either the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 or the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and I was just curious about the tire size. Should I stick to the stock size, or should I go with a slightly bigger sidewall? No clue if it would help or not...

stick with the stock size and you'll be fine with either of the tires you mentioned

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:05 AM   #889
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Tires Only 17X8 wheels.


so in april i am moving with a freind to fairbanks. It should be a very wet drive until i get into canada. As far as what im looking for, is mainly tread life, then performance, then price.

being a michelin fanboy i noticed you have mostly suggested the X-Ice Xi2 for similar areas.

others i have seen you suggest are: pirelli sottozero, a continental tire, wintersport 3D, and the blizzaks.


personally after reading through the thread, im pretty set on a set of 235/45/17 michelin X's, but if you have a different opinion id love to hear it. also maybe a little more reasoning as to why.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:05 PM   #890
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I would suggest a snowmobile.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:49 PM   #891
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One of my old WS-50s has a gash in the sidewall and I don't feel comfortable driving on it. The tire has had a slow leak for a while. The wheel is true.



I was hoping these tires would last me through the end of March, but I guess its just time. I'm looking at the Blizzak WS-60's and the Michelin Alpin PA3's. I've been happy with my WS-50's performance and would assume the WS-60's are similar.
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I would suggest a snowmobile.
i have heard people up there dont like it when you call them "snowmobiles" they call them snow machines or some crap.

personally i call them ice tractors.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:16 PM   #893
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our steel wheels are sold out for the season .... sorry

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Old 02-08-2010, 11:56 AM   #894
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year: 2007
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NoVA is weird during the winter and is either dry, covered in ice, or knee deep in snow. Mostly it's pretty mild. I do ski and head to WV (Snowshoe) but thats usually 1-2 times per year. Also the winter weather usually doesn't last very long as the temperatures fluctuate a lot between above and below freezing.

I'm looking at the Michelin Pilot Alipn PA2 (locally, and non-run flat I believe) or the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D. Should I be looking at "Perfomance Winter" or should I go studdless?

I'm also concerned about tire life. Do the soft winter compounds wear faster? What about the wear characteristics of these tires?

I'm kinda leaning towards the Michelins because they are local (and cheaper due to the lack of shipping etc...) but are they any good? I've heard that Dunlops wear fast, is this true?

Thanks.

both are good choices but, I would opt for the Dunlop since that is a discontinued Michelin
I went with the Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds and I had ZERO issues getting around during the aftermath of the DC area's Snowpocalypes 2010. Most roads were "mostly" plowed with either hard pack snow, or 3"+ of soft/slushy snow on top. No issues at all. Thanks for suggesting them Luke!
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:23 AM   #895
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look at the Winter Sports from Dunlop

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Old 02-23-2010, 10:05 AM   #896
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I found a used package of 16" steelies with 205/55/16 Blizzaks, was wondering why they are sized down? How will this affect the car?
What are your thoughts on the use of steelies?

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:25 PM   #897
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I am looking at a set of slightly used Mastercraft Glacier Grip II tires from a local seller. I looked on here and online but I am having a tough time finding a review on this tire. Is it a decent winter tire? I see they sell for around $100 per tire and that seems ok and all I just dont se reivews.

I had Blizzak LM-25's on my last car and they were awesome but I found these at a decent deal. Are they worth it or should I look for a diff set of winter tires?


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Luke will be getting winter tires for two vehicles in a few months when budget permits;

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tires only or winter package: I'm looking for a tire that does well in winter time. We get lots of salt and roads plow'd. When it snows hard here the roads dont get plowed fast enough and there is a blanket of snow everywhere. Some roads in staten island or long island do not get plowed. I also plan on going to PA for some winter paintball and upstate to snowboard. Which tire is good for me? Dunlop wintersport 3d? I dont want the wear to be terrible because there isnt enough snow..
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I have used the Dunlop 3D's for three winters. They are very good in snow but they absolutuely excell at driving on clear roads when the temperature is 40 degrees or below, including 0 - 20 degrees. They have the feel of a summer tire, handle very well, and are quiet and not harsh on the road. They are by far the best winter tire I have ever owned. As far as wear: I have 16,000 miles on them and they have most of their tread left.
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