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Old 12-14-2008, 09:14 AM   #1
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Default Blizzaks or iPikes?

I'm probably going to go pick up some new tires in a week or so, wondering if I should order Blizzaks from tirerack or just get some iPikes from the local Discount Tire.

Blizzaks are $108.00 each w/o shipping
iPikes are $118.00 each don't need to be shipped
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:23 AM   #2
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blizzaks are real good but you should look into dunlop wintersport 3ds. they are less and working amazing in the winter... ive used them the last 3 winters
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:24 AM   #3
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Consider Dunlop Graspics also. I've used em all.....Hakkas, Blizzaks, LM22's, and the Graspics have outperformed all else for me. They're on both my LGT and the wife's OB. They all came from Tire Rack. If you buy online, put Luke in as the sales guy (he's the NASIOC guy) and under comments, put in "Luke is teh Awesome".

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:31 AM   #4
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Consider Dunlop Graspics also. I've used em all.....Hakkas, Blizzaks, LM22's, and the Graspics have outperformed all else for me. They're on both my LGT and the wife's OB. They all came from Tire Rack. If you buy online, put Luke in as the sales guy (he's the NASIOC guy) and under comments, put in "Luke is teh Awesome".

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So this brings up another noob question

Studless Ice and Snow
Graspic DS-2
Performance Winter
SP Winter Sport
SP Winter Sport 3D
SP Winter Sport 3D ROF
SP Winter Sport M3
SP Winter Sport M3 DSST
SP Winter Sport M3 ROF


Whats the difference between "Studless Ice and Snow" and "Perofrmance Winter"?
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:40 AM   #5
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....&AID=10398365&

just get those they work perfect... i live in the adirondack mountains in upstate ny and we get extremly harsh winters and these performed great in deep snow, slush, ice etc...
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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I can't comment on the others, cause I haven't tried them, but the iPikes have worked great for me... no complaints with them at all... highly recommended.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:51 AM   #7
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=SP+Winter+Spor t+3D&PID=3202266&AID=10398365&

just get those they work perfect... i live in the adirondack mountains in upstate ny and we get extremly harsh winters and these performed great in deep snow, slush, ice etc...
From the feedback these are on my list as well, the Graspic's aren't sold in 205/55/16's on tirerack. I should've planned ahead months ago
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i promise you wont be disapointed. its a great winter tire
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #9
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I cannot stress enough how much i love my IPIKES! Quiet and CUT!

I have them on subaru and dd neon, Friend has em Accord
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I love my Blizzaks, my grandfather (BMW enthusiast) swears by them too!!
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Old 12-14-2008, 10:01 AM   #11
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I ran Blizzaks last year, now I'm on iPikes' this year! Haven't been through much snow yet with the iPikes, so I can't say much about them yet. But the tread on the iPikes looks amazing! Very very beefy tire.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:23 AM   #12
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I've run Blizzaks (LM-22) on my Audi's, and I've not got them (LM-25) on my STi and couldn't be happier! I also had Blizzaks on my bug eye and I went every where in that thing
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:27 AM   #13
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Tire choice completely depends on what you want them to do.

There are a number of mass reviews out there if you don't mind searching a little.

I currently have a set of LM25s I'm putzing around on. They're pretty darn good on the dry. I've only seen light snow so far and they're pretty stable. I'm waiting for more snow to really give any meaningful impressions, but dry performance is very good.

Some other winter tire's I've driven on:
Dunlop Wintersport M3
Michelin X-Ice
Nokian WR/WR SUV
Goodyear Ultra Grip GW3
Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50

Most reviews point well towards The Dunlop Wintersport 3D, Bridgestone WS-60 and LM25, Contenental TS-810/TS-810S, Michelin X-Ice/X-Ice Xi2, Toyo Garret KX and Observe G-02 plus, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R and 5, Pirelli Sottozero 210/240/270, Goodyear Ultra Grip GW3, and some others.

It still comes down to what mix of what properties do you want. Great ice? Great snow? Great dry? Long wear? Quiet? Firm ride? etc... And, no one tire does it all. It's generally a trade off of various sorts.

Probably the best "winter" tire, i.e. snow/ice, is the WS-60. Basically nothing beats it on a raw scale. However, there will be no sports car kind of ride on dry roads, and it's probably not dead silent either. For dry road, something like the Continental TS-810 is the all-season turned winter type of tire, offering good winter driving but dry road pedigree. That isn't to mention a host of other dry road oriented tires, mainly EVERYTHING geared as sport winter tires, and there's a lot of them. There are also tires geared heavily towards ice and tires geared heavily towards snow, only The Michelin X-Ice is an ice geared tire. The WS-60 does great here too. For snow, the older WS-50 did better, even more so then its replacement, the WS-60. However, the WS-50 isn't all that great on ice, at least compared to a number of competitors.

In the end, it's a "best fit" approach. I don't know what that "best fit" is for you though. You never told us what you even wanted yet...
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