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Old 12-15-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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Anyone have any suggestions on snow tires for the Baja? I know I really don't need them but I'd like to get a set just in case the road conditions get bad enough.
Studded tires are legal here in Washington so I wouldn't mind a set of those.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3's are all I use.

High Performance Winter tires. Awesome grip in the snow, rain and better traction in the dry than most All-Seasons.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:15 PM   #3
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I use the Dunlop Wintersport M3s too. Look on youtube for "baja sti" It's me playin' around on mine. 245 45 18s There are a lot people who swear by blizzaks and hakkas. While they are probably the best snow and ice tires out there .......... they give up dry and wet handling characteristics. My advise is to look for a snow tire that has the BEST dry and wet handling first and snow and ice second. Our all wheel drive more than makes up the difference Ps. studded is overkill unless the roads are snowy/icy for most of the winter
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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Nokian makes good tires but it's expensive though.

Studded Tire-look for Hakkapelitta series.

I use nokian WR tire for all season.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:27 PM   #5
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I like Firestone Winterforce snows on my Baja. In these Buffalo winters, you need a good set and they have never let me down. I have used the Winterforce on all my vehicles in the past ten years( Dakota Sport,Focus SVT,Baja and Baja Turbo).
Since I'v gone All-Wheel-Drive, I'll never go back!
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:57 PM   #6
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The wintersport M3s and Hakka's listed above are both good choices. Blizzaks are also very good. The Dunlop winter sport M3s are more of a performance winter tire, they are much better when driving on a cleared road where the snow has melted than other snow tires.

As far as what I use, Dunlop Graspics. They are very affordable, and are a great Deep snow tread (useful here in MI). They are very squishy when the roads dry out so you gotta be careful, and they are not the best in the rain or slush. They do however perform wonderfully in deep snow and ice. I really don't care about dry performance in my winter tires as I am more concerned about how well they work in the absolute worst conditions (which is why I have a dedicated set of tires anyway). I have never been stuck up north in the woods with these tires and have surprised a lot of snow mobile drivers who didn't expect to see me on a seasonal road.

If I had something a little more performance oriented such as an Audi S4, STI or BMW, I would be more concerned with dry weather handling and go for something like the wintersport M3 (which is a great tire). Since I drive a stock suspension Baja, I am more focused on being able to get to and from work in all conditions, blasting through several feet of snow up north and of course the occasional Ice Racing on the bay.

So I guess it depends on how much your roads are covered in snow (mainly snow covered in winter, or mainly plowed/clear) and how aggressive you wish to be (do you have coilovers or stock suspension on your baja)
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:22 AM   #7
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In Seattle, I wouldn't recommend Bridgestone Blizzaks. Though they are great snow tires, the special sticky snow compound is only the first ~1/2 of the tread. After that, it's a 'regular' rubber compound. Since Seattle doesn't get much snow very often, you'll eat through the amazingly-good compound quickly and be left with average-at-best winter tires.

I've had Nokian Hakka Qs on a Subaru before. Bought them when I lived in freezing rain and black-ice-festival eastern Washington. They were unbelievable on ice (wonderful!). Great in snow, too (skiing, etc.). Never had the Firestone Winterforce tires, but have heard very good things about them.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:38 AM   #8
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Thanks, so many choices but that helps narrow it down a bit. I drive like a grandma so a performance tire would be a bit overkill for me.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:20 PM   #9
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I had a set of Blizzaks on my WRX last winter and was not impressed with them at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the Hankook iPikes on my roommate's car.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:57 PM   #10
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I just had new tires put on my dad's jeep. While pricing out some snow tires and wheels for my car they mentioned tire siping. Anyone have thoughts on that? I've heard both sides, some for and some against. I'm leaning more toward not doing it. If the manufacturer thought it would be better, then they would have done it already.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:08 PM   #11
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It can help a little bit on regular all-seasons, IME. I've never chosen to spend the money on any of my own tires, though, 'cause I didn't think it did all that much. (My experience is with close friends' vehicles.) The issue is that, IMO, one of the major advantages of a snow or winter tire is the tread compound. It's built to be stickier than a summer or all-season when it gets cold. In fact, many are built to get stickier the colder it gets. That's the opposite of what happens with most tires. So, even though the siping will give you more 'biting edges.' the rubber compound is still not built for ice and snow.

The siping a tire store does is not full-tread-depth, so it doesn't help beyond a certain wear point. One of the nice things about the hyper-expensive Nokians is that the siping is full-depth.

Now, I realize you're talking about an already-bought set of tires when asking about the siping. I'm just trying to offer comparisons/perspective.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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We use the winterforce tires on my wifes 06 Outback XT Ltd. If your driving is tame and you don't mind a little noise they ARE an inexpensive and AWESOME snow tire
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:41 PM   #13
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I like Firestone Winterforce snows on my Baja. In these Buffalo winters, you need a good set and they have never let me down. I have used the Winterforce on all my vehicles in the past ten years( Dakota Sport,Focus SVT,Baja and Baja Turbo).
Since I'v gone All-Wheel-Drive, I'll never go back!
Agreed! I have been using Winterforce tires for the past 4 years and they are a good snow tire, especially for the price.
You state that you don't drive too hard, and this would be a very good choice, IMHO!
If you can, get a set of wheels, second hand if you can, mount these tires for winter use and keep your summer tires on the stock wheels. Best way to go!
Keep it under 90, folks!
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:57 PM   #14
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I guess I should have gone out to buy snow tires sooner. Now that we're expecting more snow here in Seattle, I'm going to have to compete with all the panicked buyers at the tire shops.
It's a good thing that I really don't need them. They would be nice to have but I might decide to wait and avoid driving.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:55 PM   #15
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Had to hunt for the Noakian WR last year around this time, Tire Factory is the regional distributor for them. Yes, you pay BIG $$$ for them, but you can run them in the fall, winter, and spring. They have performed better than I thought, for a 4 season tire, even in the rain, which we get more of than anything else, except for the occasional snow. I have found that they handle great in the rain, just like running on drive pavement.

This is my second set, the first on a Saab 9-5, and I will probably never put anything else on a passenger car again. I like the fact that I have one set of tires (so does the wife) and we can go whenever we want. One thing that I will point out, is that the tire is rated as a "winter" tire with the snow emblem, so it classifies as a traction tire for driving when that is called for.
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