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Old 10-26-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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I need high quality tires for snowy conditions. What are the best ones, for fair price?

Like most of you I am getting ready for winter and wondering what are the best tires for my WRX hatchback. I go up the canyon 1-2 a week and I will need some good all season tires, but at the same time I would still like to keep some performance qualities.

What are the brands I should avoid?

ps. does anyone know if you can put a wider lower profile tire on same rim as the stock tire.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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for snow and ice, blizzaks by bridgestone are the best in my opinion. Since they will be used for winter, you probably want a narrower tire then stock if you cannot find it in stock sizing.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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bump this thread. I need some winter tires ASAP! Anywhere local that I can get blizzaks? Do they wear faster than a normal all-season tire?

I ran P205/55ZR-16 Pirelli PZero Nero M&S on my old 2005 and thought they were nice, but they seemed to wear really fast.

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Old 10-26-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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Blizzaks are winter tires, not all seasons. They wear somewhat fast, but they are the best.

I would have 2 sets of tires, winter and summer... With A/S tires, you comp performance in the winter and summer.

I got my current set of blizzaks on sale from tirerack for 300 shipped.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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They wear somewhat fast*
*Somewhat dependent on temperature and driving style.

I do agree that while the initial investment in separate summer/winter setups is higher, the benefits in performance and safety are well worth the cost.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:19 PM   #6
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my hankook ice bears have been amazing. i have had 2 sets. I had x-ice michelins too, but these are the best yet.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:29 PM   #7
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Hankook Icebears are the closest thing I have used to an all season with winter tire specification.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:30 PM   #8
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Blizzaks are winter tires, not all seasons. They wear somewhat fast, but they are the best.

I would have 2 sets of tires, winter and summer... With A/S tires, you comp performance in the winter and summer.

I got my current set of blizzaks on sale from tirerack for 300 shipped.
Amen to that brotha.

I personally run on the Michelin Pilot Alpin 2's in the winter time. And they're great! I love my car in the snow.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:01 AM   #9
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You drive an '08 WRX, spend a very small amount of money for snow tires and you'll be glad you did.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #10
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i would definitely try to get a pair of winters.

but. i have had bridgestone potenza 960AS for the last year. they did good in snow and were amazing on tarmac. couldnt ever get my car to break loose. give those a shot.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #11
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Ice bears are badass.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:36 AM   #12
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Bridgestone RE960AS
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:50 AM   #13
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You can't get a tire that is perfect at everything. If you go up the canyons 1-2x a week then you will want a snow tire. I had blizzaks on my Spec B and they worked great. I just put some BFG all seasons on my GT and will see how they do compared the the Blizzaks but I don't expect that much. I don't have to drive in the snow and avoid the canyons so I think I can get away with an all season.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:09 AM   #14
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I would recommend Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season. Great for any condition, and they actually have carbon fiber in the sidewall so you don't get alot of flex that you would normally get with other all season tires. Honestly they are the best ones I've ever had.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:29 AM   #15
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If your going up the canyons at all don't settle for all seasons. God had his way with those canyons some times and you don't want to be his bitch. Get some snow tires!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:35 AM   #16
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if all seasons go for contiextremecontacts. Ive heard general makes an awesome snow, the altimax. Also anything nokian is amazing but very pricey
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:48 PM   #17
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Blizzaks or Ice Bears

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I just picked up a set of 235/40/18 LM-25s for 520 with tax, shipping, install included. Can't beat that, since the all-seasons I wanted would've been about 600 or more.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:51 PM   #18
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if all seasons go for contiextremecontacts. Ive heard general makes an awesome snow, the altimax. Also anything nokian is amazing but very pricey
Ive got the Altimax and love them. they are fairly cheap and perform great
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:31 PM   #19
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Just driving in the light snow today I was easily able to slide and lock up the tires with my all seasons. With the blizzaks that is not an issue.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:25 PM   #20
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Bridgestone potenza re019 (All seasons)
Continental Contiextreme (snow)
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:39 PM   #21
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I need high quality tires for snowy conditions. What are the best ones, for fair price?

ps. does anyone know if you can put a wider lower profile tire on same rim as the stock tire.
I've had a ton of different tires on my Subaru's and I still think you should go with the Goodyear Eagle F1 AS. Previous to having them on my 06, I had Falken Azenis RT-615's, and I didn't want to get rid of the performance for the traction in the winter. When my buddy recommended them I was sceptical, but they performed flawlessly. I wouldn't consider putting any other all season tire on my car unless someone comes out with something comparable. The carbon fiber in the sidewall makes the tire perform oustanding.

To answer your second question, you can put a wider tire on the stock rim, how much wider, I'm not sure. If you want, go speak to Dustin at the discount tire on 5600 west and 3500 south and he'll take care of you. He's great to work with.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:54 AM   #22
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I got my current set of blizzaks on sale from tirerack for 300 shipped.
Bull****.

Link me. I just added them to my cart and they were 550 w/o shipping.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:58 AM   #23
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Bull****.

Link me. I just added them to my cart and they were 550 w/o shipping.
He may not be referring to a current sale... I got my Blizzaks from Tirerack for about that much a couple years ago.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:01 AM   #24
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He may not be referring to a current sale... I got my Blizzaks from Tirerack for about that much a couple years ago.
Well hot damn. I need to find a hook up. Any local joints selling them puppies cheap?
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:53 AM   #25
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they had some 245 40r 17 that were like 300 just a couple weeks ago.
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