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Old 11-15-2008, 02:02 AM   #1
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Default Tire help, 2008 STI stock wheels for winter

Hey everybody,

I'm about to purchase a 2008 STI and am hoping to use the stock wheels (non-bbs) for winter. Our winters usually aren't too bad so I'm thinking a winter biased all season is the best choice. From what I've read, though, wide tires in winter aren't the best idea.

I'm thinking of doing 245/40 18" Continental ContiExtreme Contacts as that's the stock size, but would it be better to mount a smaller size, like 225/45 18"s?

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Old 11-15-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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for an all -season tire I would choose the Potenza RE960 from Bridgestone
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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I'd stay away from the ContiSport Contacts. I had them on my last last car and they're just as bad as the re92. You could probably end up cheaper by going to a 17 inch wheel since those tires don't cost as much. You are correct in that the narrower the winter tire the better traction it will give u in snow.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:43 AM   #4
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for an all -season tire I would choose the Potenza RE960 from Bridgestone
I thought about getting those, but they're just as expensive as getting Dunlop Wintersport 3ds, so if I wanted to spend that much I'd probably get the Dunlops. Plus the Bridgestones aren't available in 235/40 18, which seems to be the best size to run for winter on these wheels.

I've narrowed it down to three choices (all in 235/40 18):

1. Continental Contiextreme Contact, $599.54 shipped, Tire Weight: 21 lbs

2. Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season. $658.42 shipped, $50 rebate, Tire Weight: 27 lbs

3. Dunlop Wintersport 3Ds, $806.78 shipped, $50 rebate, Tire Weight: 27 lbs

Luke, from what I've read on this forum, you seem to prefer the Goodyears to the Continentals for an all season tire. From what I've read elsewhere, it seems like the Continentals are the best all season for winter (except for perhaps the much more expensive RE960s). I also like the fact the Continentals are pretty light. Why do you like the Goodyears better than the Continentals?

I'm still considering the Dunlops, I just wish they weren't so much more expensive than the others. My other concern with them is tread life. Are they going to last me more than a couple winters, and are they going to get squirmy and wear like crazy if the temperature starts to bounce into the 50s? We often have days here in Iowa where we have 30-40 degree bounces in the temperature in the day, and that makes me worry about putting on a dedicated winter.

Thanks everyone.

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:02 AM   #5
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I run Bridgestone Potenza RE960s on my STI during the winter. They are a great tire for the winter months if you're not driving through tons of snows.

My tires are 235/45-17 and are mounted on 07 STI Limited wheels. Why not go with 17s? They are cheaper tires and will perform better in inclement weather.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:11 AM   #6
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I'm not getting 17s because I'm using my heavy stock STI wheels for winter (18"), and down the line will pick up some lighter wheels for summer.
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ah yes...those rolling bricks. I'm looking to get rid of mine by next summer.
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I decided to go with the Continentals! They're lighter and cheaper, seem to be great in winter, and a lot of people like them. I read too many reviews of excess road noise after a while with the Goodyears, and the Dunlops weren't worth it to me.
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