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Old 10-31-2016, 09:53 PM   #1
MyBlueSTI
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I'm torn between getting continental DWS06 for my wrx or a set of dedicated snow tires. I'm currently running the stock Dunlop sport maxx that comes on the new wrx, I'm not sure if the conti dws can match the dry performance of that. I'm looking for opinions, it's snows decently here in Wenatchee, and I'd like to run up to the mountain to snow board. Thanks, make NWIC great again!
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Old 11-01-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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after buying my first set of snow tires last year, I can tell you that it is a NIGHT AND DAY difference from using an all season or summer tire in snow.

I had a terrible time the year before trying to get up to Timberline on Mt.Hood with summer tires. After getting to the parking lot? FORGET it. I had to park all the way at the very end because the car slid every time I tried to slow down for a space. after the snow tires, I can fly up/down the hill. Its crazy how much of a difference they made. I can initiate a slide at will, but also bring it back under control basically instantly as well.

Also, I dont even have the best snow tires. I have Hankook I'cept Evos. Ive heard ehh reviews about them. Get some Blizzaks if you can, I've heard great things about them. Studdless is the way to go too unless you have to drive in crazy snow all the time.

Hope this helps! Happy snow season

EDIT: obviously it also helps to have a second set of wheels if you can find a cheap set. It will save you money in the long run vs going and paying for mount/dismount and balance every year. There's always cheap rep 5x100 wheels on here and craigslist.

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Old 11-01-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'm sold. I'll probably just get a set of steelies in 5x114.3, that way I can go with a thinner tire. Thanks for selling me on it
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:51 AM   #4
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I second the snow tire idea. It doesn't snow much if any here in Portland and I still put on a set of Blizzaks as soon as we get our first real freeze. I love my Blizzaks. I have done 55 on highway 30 in the snow before with no traction issues. (it was flat and straight and few other cars, so it was safe in this particular situation)
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