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Old 07-18-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Ok, so I have 2 kumho and 2 bridgestone tires on 2008 wrx. the guy who i bought the car from said his EX girlfriend slashed the rear tires so he threw some bridgestones on it. anyways, I live in phoenix az, and am moving to odgen utah. I need to get some new tires on my wrx, since 1) the kumhos are practicaly bald after driving from des moines to phoenix, and 2) i want all 4 tires to match up. I was wondering what all weather tires would be a good choice? heres the criteria:
1) ALL WEATHER TIRES
2) good on snow
3)good on wet roads
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5) wont kill my wallet

I've lived in phoenix my entire life, so I really don't know what tires are good for snow, or anything except dry road haha. So please enlighten me, I'm listening thanks!
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:07 PM   #2
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This should get interesting. Tire Rack doesn't seem to have much test info on the light snow performance of all-seasons, so drivers who actually use the tires in snow will provide the best input.

I lived in the Ogden area a long time ago. It gets light snow and black ice and and once in a while a deep snow. Most people up there drive all seasons all year long for the valleys and keep snow chains if they might need them. In the canyons and mountains you may need snow tires or chains. Ogden has some foothills.

Keep in mind light snow performance can be a mixed bag especially if you are going to have to put the chains on anyway. The AWD and traction control on lighter cars like Subarus is a big plus in the the snow.

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Old 07-18-2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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exactly my point. but nobody seems to want to share their experience
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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Continental ContiExtremeContact are supposed to be pretty good. Best bang for the buck of all the reviews I've read. Might buy these for our '06 Impreza 2.5i.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ExtremeContact

There's also the new ExtremeContact DWS. Not many reviews on them yet, supposed to be better than the Contis and have a higher treadwear rating.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....emeContact+DWS
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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i have kuhmo asx on my 08 wrx. we get quite alot of snow here in ny. i drove through most of last winter with them. they were alot better than the stock potenzas.mine are 225/45/17.i like them and would recommend them.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:46 PM   #6
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the kumho asx is what my front tires are right now ha. I wasnt sure how good they were
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:53 PM   #7
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BFG SuperSport A/S. I had these tires in some serious snow, as well as on compact snow and ice and they behaved really nicely.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:31 PM   #8
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Have you ever driven in winter? Snow, ice, mixed percipitation?
What is the weather like in Ogden?

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Old 07-18-2009, 11:47 PM   #9
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i've pretty much driven through a blizzard. I've driven through pretty much every type of snow, rain, and mixed. the snow in ogden ranges pretty good from light to heavy snow every once in a while. utah does put salt on the roads to melt the snow/ice
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:48 AM   #10
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:42 AM   #11
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:57 PM   #12
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beware:
F1 All Season supposedly get very loud as they wear

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Old 07-19-2009, 07:54 PM   #13
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I bought a cheap generic set of all-seasons on my old car (91 Daytona) They got me through 5 years of Canadian winters ok, just as long your not doing something stupid.

They even got me through the Rockies (Vancouver to Calgary and back) in the Middle of winter.

Although it did suck abit in about 10 km's of black ice with bumper to bumper traffic.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:46 AM   #14
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Mine are very loud, bought my car used with them so I don't know how many miles are on them.
I posted this before - there's a 'silent recall' on GY Eagle F1 AS. Depending on where you bought them, you can get a new set or another tire (Eagle GT) for free.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:09 AM   #15
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All seasons suck plain and simple. No where near the same traction as a true winter tire or summer tire. I see it all here in Vermont and Im always going up or down a hill no flat spots here. I used to always run all seasons and thought they were great. Wrong. I'll never run all seasons again after getting a true winter tire. I highly recomend getting two sets of tires. Low on cash? Never go cheap on tires its the only thing that keeps you on the road. I run firestone winterforce tires and love em. They're like mud tires for your car. Fairly soft compound as the sidewalls feel like they have a lot of flex but the traction is great. I can still do 65-70 on the intereste passing all these SUVs doing 40mph in a blizzard. Not tootn my horn its the fact they grip that well and feel very confident. I was going to get blizzaks but a local dealer talked me into these and they are less expensive as well. He ran blizzaks on his car one year and then got these and liked these more. You wont be disappointed if you get a winter and summer set. Not to mention tire life great increases. ITs well worth it in the long run.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:16 AM   #16
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Bridgestone Potenza RE-960AS Pole Position. Great all-season tire, real tough to break loose on snow and ice, handle the rain really well, and dry traction isn't too shabby either. When I bought mine they were the top rated AS tire on tirerack, and I suspect they probably still are.

I got them locally, mounted and balanced, for $125 a tire, and I'm very pleased with them.

Yes, a dedicated set of snow tires will have superior traction in the snow. Yes, a dedicated set of summer tires will have superior traction on dry pavement. However, not everyone is in a position (financially, or just tight on space) to have extra tires/wheels sitting, so save your preaching. We all know that it's "better" to have two sets, but IMO the 960AS Pole Position is a good compromise.
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As far as all-season tires go, the RE960s are a great tire. I run them on my STI during the winter. I also bought a set for my Legacy yesterday.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:21 PM   #18
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How much snow do you get? If the answer is "almost none", I'd go with one of these summer tread designs with an all season compound like the p-zero and the pilot. If you get a fair bit of snow, I'd get something that can actually handle it like the ContiExtremes. If you get lots of snow, IMHO you should really have two sets. Nothing decent in the snow will be any good when you push it, especially on a summer day.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:42 PM   #19
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i'll be driving in plenty o snow. I'm a snowboard junkie, and snowbasin is only half an hour from where I'll be living.

ibanezz24_7- i'm not going cheap on tires, I'm saving some $ by buying all seasons, instead of buying two sets. maybe someday when I have a secure high paying job i can have 2 or 3 sets of wheels. but not in my budget right now. all season tires have worked great for me and my family for years, and i just wanted to check with people to see there input on what to get. i'll be driving between odgen, utah and phoenix, az quite a bit, so as soon as i get out of the snow and onto dry ground in az, there go my winter tires. they are impractical for what i'll be doing.
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Continental ContiExtremeContact are supposed to be pretty good. Best bang for the buck of all the reviews I've read. Might buy these for our '06 Impreza 2.5i.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....ExtremeContact
I have these and love them. Used to run them year round till I got dedicated summer wheels/tires. Now I still use them in the winter months.

In New England, they are really good in the snow. Not snow tire good, but good enough to get you around without much problem. In the summer they provide great performance for an all season tire. They perform really well in the rain as well. Never had any problems with them. In fact, I used to use a previous design on my old GTI and they worked really great as well.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:13 AM   #21
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Like others have said a dedicated set of snow tires is going to offer the best winter performance. That being said, I live in the Sierras about 6000' and run Michelin PS2 year round and they do quite well, but the summer heat and hard driving kill them. I've also had the ASX, good tire, but not as grippy as the Michelin, but longer lasting. My wife's family lives in Park City and we visit them every Christmas. I have never had a need for snow tires with my Subie in that area. I hope this helps.

I just wanted to add that I have spent many years in Maine and the mountains of the west. The snow is completely different. Here, even without salt, I can get away with AS tires. If I moved back to New England I would certainly opt for studded snow tires (Sliding through an intersection at 5mph in Orono taught me that lesson with AS tires).

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Old 07-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #22
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I like my Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grids but I do run full winter tires as well so I can't comment on their deep snow performance but for mud, roads, gravel, etc. they work great. A little noisier than most due to the siping and tread pattern but not too bad.
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