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Old 08-16-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default Recommendation for tires...new to Utah

As stated, I am looking for a recommendation for tires for Utah winters.

I am new to the state and have a fairly new 2009 WRX sedan. They come with summer performance tires, so by the time the first snow hits, I hope to have nice set of all-season or more toward a winter/all-season tire on the car.

Just wondering what you guys all run and what you suggest!

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Old 08-16-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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I have heard great things about BLIZZAKS
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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i already asked a ton of people about this. the general consensus was that if you can afford having a set of summer and a set of winter tires, do it. if not, get the bridgestone potenzas, kumho ecstas, or there was one other one... crap... i forgot what it was. sorry
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yeah. It would be ideal to get a new set of wheels and tires, but I am broke as a joke after making the new move and my job doesn't pay a lot. I am photographer.

So I am looking more toward the awesome all-season tires.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:04 PM   #5
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I run the Hankook Ice Bears for winter and I have to really try to break them loose on ice, but you have to also be carful with a dedicated winter tire as you might get over confident and think you can push the car a little more cuz it sticks so well. But I promise you if you drive decent you will get passed on the highway, just point and laugh and you'll see them 5 miles later down the road in a ditch on their roof. Saw a H1 and a Ford F-350 both fly by me last year and a few miles down the road sat the H1 in the median and then the F-350 a few more miles down the road on its side.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:41 PM   #6
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Also here is something else to think about:

All seasons - If the temperature outside rarely drops below freezing, and you face little snow, which is often slushy when it comes anyway you can look at the all seasons marked by "M+S", meaning Mud & Snow. In particular you should look at your tire for good amounts of siping, which are the little groves on each pad on the tire.

Winter Tires - If the temperature drops below 5 F (-15 C), you will want the specially designed rubber compounds of snow tires which stay soft in these cold temperatures. You'll also be seeing enough snow & ice that you'll know you got your moneys worth out of your winter tires
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:09 PM   #7
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/index.jsp

I had ContiExtremeContacts once, not bad overall. You can piece together a set of winter tires and wheels for close to the cost of buying new all-seasons.

Ebay, Ksl classified, craigslist.

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Old 08-16-2009, 11:35 PM   #8
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blizzaks are awesome. You should really get 2 sets of tires, winter and summer. I had the triple tread goodyears on my WRX back in the day before i switched to 2 sets, and they performed pretty good. I didnt drive my wrx that hard though.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:58 PM   #9
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it's only 40 for the summer winter change over at Big-O if you want to put them on the same wheels. I have Potenza G 019 Grid for my "summer" driving (about $117 a piece for 225 45r 17) and the ContiWinterContact TS790 V for my winter tires. I am hoping this year to just keep the all seasons on and sell the winters.

For about 500 you could get a set of the all seasons and be happy.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:09 AM   #10
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^^^ Murphy's law. I on the other hand am hopeing for like another ice age for this winter. 2' dumps in the vally. That way none of this going golf crap in the winter.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:15 AM   #11
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Steve, I hope all your wildest dreams come true and it snows like a MF! I like to drive in the snow. Either way I will make like a boy scout I can keep the snow tires. My car with snow tires handles like a dream, somethign about all wheel drive and good tires???? weird
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:28 AM   #12
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Me too Jason. And so does mine.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:16 AM   #13
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I mean as long as you don't live in the mountains, a nice set of all season tires should do the trick. I made it around last year with craptastic RE92s, which barely gripped when it was dry lol. This year I am fairly confident that I will be able to get around without too much problems on RE960s. But like others mentioned, a dedicated summer and winter set would be best.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:39 AM   #14
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I mean as long as you don't live in the mountains, a nice set of all season tires should do the trick. I made it around last year with craptastic RE92s, which barely gripped when it was dry lol. This year I am fairly confident that I will be able to get around without too much problems on RE960s. But like others mentioned, a dedicated summer and winter set would be best.
This is the way I used to think until I got called into work at 4 a.m. one February morning a couple winters ago. The plows were waaaay behind on plowing. The all seasons just couldn't hack four inches of snow atop a sheet of ice, even at a crawl. I wrecked the car and vowed to run a dedicated winter tire set from then on.

Will that happen to everyone? No. But it made me a believer of using the right rubber for the right weather.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:17 AM   #15
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^^ I think the same thing about track tires, sure a summer only will do fine on the track but a race tire is by far a better tire no comparison. Sure you can drive in the snow with an all season, but a snow tire will out perform an all season EVERY day of the week. If money is a problem then yes a all season will be "good enough" but you can't compare it with a snow tire.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:54 AM   #16
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Blizzaks FTW, PM'd you
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #17
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I run the Hankook Ice Bears
I'll toss a +1 for ice bears, bought a set 2 winters ago, and immediately tested them going up and down Lambs Canyon(cliffnotes for those that don't know it, its a side road going up to park city from salt lake that winter time they don't plow it at all or rarely, the entire way up the front end of my at the time stock height car was plowing through snow) never lost that much traction, slid a little of course but I was impressed.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:28 PM   #18
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I had Blizzak LM22s on the Evo, then Kuhmo ASXs, then Ice Bears on the Porsche. The Blizzaks were the best, but the Porsche's awd system wasn't exactly the best in the world, nor was having 225 fronts and 265 rears.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:07 PM   #19
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Dunlop makes some good snow tires. Used them on my wrx last winter. cant remember the name off hand.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:11 PM   #20
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I also run Ice Bears. Have for the last two winters. I will one day get a set of winter rims so for now I just switch them out for winter.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:34 PM   #21
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Noah used to run Pirelli PZero's up snowboarding. I used the OEM RE92's as a winter setup for years with no issues (up to snowbird). My wife is more confident with snow tires though.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:05 PM   #22
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I've been on Nokian WR for three years now summer and winter.
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