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Old 03-22-2002, 06:34 PM   #1
lee griffith
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Default Question:moving to Cleveland, do i need snow tires??

hello, i;m moving to cleveland to do my residency at cleveland clinic. i got a wrx w/ 17 inch bbs wheels and wondering if i'm gonna have to invest in snow tires?

thanks
lee
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Old 03-22-2002, 06:57 PM   #2
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Cleveland gets about 4 and half feet of snow annually.

Can you afford to stay home until the roads are cleared when it snows?

If the answer is, "Yes", then you don't need snow tires. If you answer, "No", then do you mind not being able to avoid the out-of-control knuckleheads?
If that answer is "Yes", you need snow tires.

In other words, if you have to drive in snow, and you want to be able to stay away from the wrecks that will happen, you're going to want snow tires.
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Old 03-22-2002, 10:17 PM   #3
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Ummm, I often visit my Parents and my bro in Cleveland area, and hell I am even using my RE92 now...I never had any problem. I live a bit over an hour west of Cleveland, and noooo snow tires. I don't think it's necessary, unless you have the cash for it.

I am going for Summer tires/new rims, saving my stock rims w/RE92 for now. If you really concern about it (but without getting new rims), then get a high preformance all-season that works well on snow - Dunlop SP5000. Check out Tire Rack and see the review

If you are rich though, seeing that you have the BBS, then have 3 set of rims - 1 for summer tires, 1 for all season, and 1 for snow

Maybe we will meet each other someday in Cleveland area.

Good Luck

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Old 03-23-2002, 12:24 AM   #4
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If you have snow experience, me thinks you should be ok. A lot of RS owners in this area run Re92s. I personally chose to run full snow tires, because my car is suspended, which means less compliance in low traction, and I have pretty close to zip experience in the white stuff. I'm learning though. Especially in parking lots late at night.

Don
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Old 03-23-2002, 02:02 AM   #5
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Lee,

Where are you moving to in the Cleveland area? There is a drastic difference in the snow around the greater Cleveland area. west along the lake, and around to the southwest, there is not too much snow. As you get further east, the snow increases dramatically. When hillman said we get 4+ feet of snow, he is correct...but only in limited areas.

Look at a map of Ohio, and see where Cleveland is. Notice that Lake Erie sorta runs southwest to northeast? When the west wind blows across the lake, it picks up moisture and dumps it over land, especially on the hills east of Cleveland. Out here on the west side, the wind just comes across the land and doesn't pick up much moisture.

There have been times I've gone to work in Elyria (25 miles west of downtown Cleveland) with no snow anywhere, and there are cars in the parking lot with a foot or more of snow on them from near east side commuters. The guys on the far east side couldn't even move because of more than 4 feet of drifting snow.

For the past two or three years out here west of Cleveland, we have not seen more than two inches on the ground at any given time. I've lived here for 17 years, never had snow tires, and my two previous vehicles were a Ford F-150 and a Ranger, both 2WD pick-ups, and notorious for lousy traction.

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Old 03-23-2002, 08:49 PM   #6
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hey guys thanks for the help...

im likely moving near cleveland clinic, in cleveland hts, university hts, or shaker hts... so on the east side

when i bought my wrx, i got both sets of wheels, the std 16 inchers and the 17 inch bbs(for free btw!!!)

im gonna be driving very early 5am most days....

my decision is this, do i keep the 16s w the re92 for winter and run the bbs in the summer, or can i get away w the bbs yr round?

thanks,
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Old 03-24-2002, 12:42 AM   #7
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Lee,
It's nice to see that you got the BBS (for free)
I got myself the OZ P1 and that's for summer use (well I have summer tires installed w/that). My stock rims will be used as Winter driving, so you are not alone in thinking that way.
If you like your BBS too much, then that's a good idea; otherwise, using your BBS year around is fine.
The RE92 isn't the best all-season, but still works (hey I used it for almost 4 yrs now). However, if I have enough cash then I will change it to Dunlop SP5000 for all-season driving.
Road may be froze up in the morning, so be careful when driving. Just to let you know that if you are driving fast and sudden stop, even the winter tires won't help you; so driving carefully is the way to go
Btw, my brother is working at Cleveland Clinic too Maybe I'll go visit him and you in the future!

Good day.

-Benson (Another MY98 Owner)
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Old 03-24-2002, 02:00 AM   #8
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no need to freak out....re92 will be fine.
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