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Old 12-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Best all season tire for 04 WRX?

I need a tire that will perform well in the dry sweet summer, yet be able to eat up the spring rains, and take me up snowboarding once in a while too.

I read reviews and saw the tire rack thread but I want to know what REAL wrx owners have to say from experience.

Id have to rate myself as a 50/50 driver. I drive casually (ok thats slightly spirited, I take turns fast cus I can in my wrx) and every once in awhile like to do REAL spirited driving. No real dirt play, just did that a few weeks ago and I cant seem to get all the mud off, even washing it twice.

I have stock 16 wheel, so I think im looking at 225/50/16.

I choose my tires by PERFORMANCE first, then tread life, then road noise.

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Old 12-26-2009, 01:54 AM   #2
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sounds like ya need 2 sets of wheels.....one with good summer tires on and one set of steelies with winter tires
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:36 AM   #3
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all-season and performance don't go together
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:18 PM   #4
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Continental Extreme DWS is a sick tire!!!!! go mine and love em....best tire for all around use!!!!
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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Yeah, I would definitly love to have two sets of wheels and pick up a torque wrench so I can swap em out on an as needed basis.
However, not many people in my area have WRX's so theres no spare wheels on craigslist.

Gunga, everyone in the tire thread says that they got the continental Extreme DWS and that they suck and have ****ty cornering.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:00 PM   #6
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you need to put 40 psi in the DWS and then they are awesome!!!!! look at tirerack, they are rated #1 for allseasons!! I love mine, the noise and the ride comfort is so much better too.....Stearing is not as good as full blown summer tires ofcourse, but really good for an allseason!!!!
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:53 AM   #7
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Bridgestone RE960AS.
They are a very good tire and well liked here.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:11 AM   #8
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dude, take the advice of others, get summer tires with nice wheels, and pick up a set of crappy wheels (you have a wrx so you have a lot to choose from, no brembos) with winter tires(or mild all seasons for the rain, but in the snow, snow tires will be great). I have my rota grids and direzza star specs for summer, and rota group As for winter with blizzaks, i live in omaha( just got hammered with 15 plus inches) and pulled my neighbors suburban out of a snow drift up hill. Trust this man, get two sets of wheels and youll be so glad you did.

as far as getting wheels, you can get steelies in a junkyard everywhere... look on here, people sell wheels in local forums and stuff all the time.

good luck tho.. just my .02
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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i would highly recommend 2 sets ..tires are designed for performance in specific weather applications...for temps over say 45 summer tires i recommend bf goodrich kdw2 awesome performance in the dry and great rain traction---again temps below that area loss of traction is probably more likely than a compound design of a winter tire so with that being said i would highly focus on winter tread---i use general altimax artics and love em great light/deep snow ice traction and offer very stable wet traction...
It has always been my theory that tires offer us the most in handling if used in right climate so think about your climate changes...hands down all season radials suck in the summer and winter....good luck
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:20 PM   #10
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I just installed BFG G-Force Super Sport A/S on my 04 STi and I must say I am damn impressed. Great performance in both dry and wet/snow for a great price. I live in the gold country in CA and these tires hold very well through twisties. A week after I bought them, it dumped 1 foot of snow in about 5 hours where I live, so they helped me a ton then too. If you live where it snows regularly, you probably want a full time snow tire, but for occasional snowfall these will be great. I will be getting a set of RPF1s with some Falken RT-615s for summer/track days.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:31 AM   #11
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Bridgestone RE960AS.
They are a very good tire and well liked here.
I use these in the winter because my area only has a handful of days where snow actually covers the streets. I just keep the car inside on these days. I plan to get some Winter Sports or Blizzaks because this year looks stormy already.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:49 AM   #12
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I also got the Continental DWS tires. I've had them on for about 3 months now and absolutely love them. Obviously, if you can get two sets (one for summer and one for winter) that would be better. But, if you are looking for just one set for all year around, I recommend the continental DWS. If you want summer tires, I used to have the Michelin Sport PS2, but they are expensive.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:33 PM   #13
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I just had Conti DWS's fitted to my WRX wagon. However, I'm not sure if I recommend them (yet). I've driven about 400 miles so far and I'm having some problems.

Since having them fitted the steering shakes above 65mph and the car noticeably pulls to the right. I've had the wheel balance checked twice and today I had the alignment checked at a reputable shop (recommended by forum members). Everything checks out OK. I had NO such issues with the old Michelin pilots

I even swapped the front wheels to the back and it made no difference.. so I'm out of ideas. I'm wondering if it might be a flaw in one (or more) of the tires?
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #14
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They might be tracking the grooves in the road. Hence why your feeling it pull right.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:49 PM   #15
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I thought that at first, but it'll even pull 'uphill' on a moderately cambered road. The vibration over 65mph is much more disturbing than the pull to the right.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:15 PM   #16
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If you don't see any measurable amount of snow (i.e. CA)... check out the Toyo Proxes4 ... one of the best proven all season M+S rated tires.

The issue you may run into with DWS (besides numbed steering response), if you have a vibration or pulling problem, is the assymetrical design... they only mount a certain way and cannot be flipped. I was considering those, but decided to go with the Toyos, as we don't see much snow here in TX.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:16 PM   #17
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I thought that at first, but it'll even pull 'uphill' on a moderately cambered road. The vibration over 65mph is much more disturbing than the pull to the right.
I had a set of tires once and one had a bulge in it BRAND NEW. I drove on them for a while and then switched to a better tire. When it is balanced, the tech should be able to notice uniformity.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:32 PM   #18
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I just bought a set of 225/45/17 BFG A/S Super Sports for my 03 WRX and I love them. Best All Season tire I've ever owned. They did well in the snow and over the summer they were great too. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good A/S tire. No vibrations, good tracking, and good performance in the snow.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:14 PM   #19
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Bridgestone RE960AS.
They are a very good tire and well liked here.
I second this based on my experience.

I also have 2 sets of wheels - Dunlop M3 for winter and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 for the summer.

If you have enough space to store extra set of wheels, it's definitely worth having 2 sets of wheels.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:36 PM   #20
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DWS FTW.

I have a mild problem of the car pulling slightly to the right, but other than that they are great. The problem you have with two sets of wheels and tires is if you go to your grandfather's (5hrs away) on your summer Dunlop SP01s in mid Oct and all of a sudden there is a freak snowstorm (usually doesn't snow till mid November) that lays 3" in a few hours and they are expecting 8" - 10" over the next few days and you have to cut vaca short at hit the trails. Not that I would know anything about that.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:41 PM   #21
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DWS FTW.

I have a mild problem of the car pulling slightly to the right, but other than that they are great. The problem you have with two sets of wheels and tires is if you go to your grandfather's (5hrs away) on your summer Dunlop SP01s in mid Oct and all of a sudden there is a freak snowstorm (usually doesn't snow till mid November) that lays 3" in a few hours and they are expecting 8" - 10" over the next few days and you have to cut vaca short at hit the trails. Not that I would know anything about that.

then ya wait out the storm and have fun while it lasts in a rental
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:05 PM   #22
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then ya wait out the storm and have fun while it lasts in a rental
Is that Unk using the word fun? For real???
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:23 PM   #23
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i have an sti so i dont havemany choices of getting steelies due to my brembos.......so im keeping my stock summer tires in the garage and slapping on one of these 4

-Dunlop Sp sport signature (high performance all season)

-Pirelli P-zero nero all season (ultra high performance all season)

-Bridgestone potenza RE960AS pole position(ultra high performance all season)

-michelon pilot sport A/S plus (ultra high performance all season)
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:47 PM   #24
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Goodyear Tripletred Assurance is another decent set of all season tires with excellent review.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:49 AM   #25
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if you have to go with all season tires, I would agree on Conti DWS. However, also look into Falken's Ziex ZE912. They were ranked #1 by Consumer reports for 2009.
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