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Old 11-21-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Recently relocated back to Northern NJ from Knoxville, TN where I was able to run summer tires all year long. If weather got bad I,which it rarely did, I just drove my Cherokee. Well the Cherokee stayed in Tennessee and I'm already seeing reports of a possible Nor'easter next week.

Just wondering if most people in the area prefer to run Performance or Studless tires. I'm willing to give up a little comfort if it means getting around. Thinking of splurging on a set of X-ice, but the Sport 4Ds look good too. Thoughts?

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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depends on the type of driving that you do. for example, i have nokian wgr2 on my daily driver because i put on a lot of miles and would chew through a set of studless tires in a season or two. but my wife's outback has blizzaks because she just drives around town.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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I commute into the city, so my STI is really just a nights and weekends car now. Its the only all-wheel drive care we have though, so my wife may need it to get to work during a storm. I'd expect to put maybe 4k miles on the tires this winter.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:12 AM   #4
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i had the pirello sottozero II snow tires on my STi, loved them, great in snow and felt nice in the dry.

right now on my BRZ i have the studless snow blizzaks and they are too soft. i wish i went with a winter performance tire or a good all-season like the WRG2..
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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Blizzaks all the way...Had them in 18 " and did awesome.Then i got a front mount and put a end to that.Im not saying that just cause im selling them but i felt extremely safe riding with these tires.I was very impressed.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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i just installed snows. i have dunlop winter maxx. they are a new tire model. i got 225/45/17. drove around on them today. seem to handle normal roads fairly well. they are an assymetrical tread pattern. im used to 18s and re11 extreme performance summers so these are a bit more mushy obviously.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:41 AM   #7
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In an urban area winter performance is good enough. Roads are regularly plowed. If you want to take the precaution get some studless. Studless snow tires get ruined pretty quick though. Its like running r888 or a048's in the summer.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:03 AM   #8
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I've had lm 22 & 25, ws-50, ipike 409s, winter sport m3 and the continental extreme winter or whatever they are called. The Dunlop m3s were by far my favorite of the group. I'll probably be getting a set for this winter again.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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I run an "ultra high performance A/S" Bridgestone Potenza RE907 Pole Position for the winter here in NYC. Our winters roads don't stay gnarly for more than a couple of days at a clip, for less than 3 months. A dedicated Snow tire is not worth it and a waste IMO; unless you're a super rich-kid and can run with 2 sets of wheel/tyre combos.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:40 AM   #10
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I've had lm 22 & 25, ws-50, ipike 409s, winter sport m3 and the continental extreme winter or whatever they are called. The Dunlop m3s were by far my favorite of the group. I'll probably be getting a set for this winter again.
Weren't the m3 discontinued? And replaced with the 3D?
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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Just ordered a set of the 3D's. Should be getting some snow this week. I'll post a initial review.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:13 PM   #12
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I run an "ultra high performance A/S" Bridgestone Potenza RE907 Pole Position for the winter here in NYC. Our winters roads don't stay gnarly for more than a couple of days at a clip, for less than 3 months. A dedicated Snow tire is not worth it and a waste IMO; unless you're a super rich-kid and can run with 2 sets of wheel/tyre combos.
Lol it's pretty cheap to run two sets and switch out yourself. I have a set of 215/55r16 Bridgestone ws70s on 02/03 wrx wheels. Picked them up for 300 barely used. They handle better than I expected for a "t" rated winter tire. Nice and smooth, feels more like a corolla now lol.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:14 PM   #13
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Ended up ordering a set of LM-60s from Tirerack. They got to my house today. Hopefully I can get em on in time for the storm hitting later this week.

FWIW I'm not a super-rich kid, but I will take a few trips to New England this winter including my in-laws that live on a dirt road. I need something that will make me feel as safe up there as I am driving down the GSP.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:56 AM   #14
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I think if living in the north east winter tires are a must...better safe than sorry
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #15
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traveling anywhere outside of the 5 boros, I would get a winter performance tire.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #16
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Winter tires are a must
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #17
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Over 10 years on high performance a/s tires with no issues. But that does not mean the winter tires are the way to go.

I just don't see burning through winter tires with all that dry weather we have.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #18
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I think it depends.. My wife is in the medical field so at any amount of snow she needs to get to the hospital. My winter tires came in handy for the early morning times she gets called in before the plows had a chance to hit the streets. As for me, in bad weather I can work from home. I also live up on the highest point in town with some pretty steep hills; my blizzaks are beast!

I think an extra set comes in handy, even for occasional ski trips up north.
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:38 PM   #19
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Over 10 years on high performance a/s tires with no issues. But that does not mean the winter tires are the way to go.

I just don't see burning through winter tires with all that dry weather we have.
Its not as bad as you think it is. Been running the same set for upcoming 4 winters now. And it hasn't gone down past 75% yet
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:13 PM   #20
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I always run winter tires from November to March (or later, if I have an upstate trip). If you have storage space and keep your car for a few years, two sets pays off, and you can run your summer tires until almost bald.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:37 PM   #21
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Its not as bad as you think it is. Been running the same set for upcoming 4 winters now. And it hasn't gone down past 75% yet
I know, but we get maybe 8 days of snow where winter tires really would help. I can survive those 8 days and not have to deal with squishy winters for all those dry days.

A good high performance a/s works just fine for me. Plus a little slip in the snow can be fun.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #22
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I have general altimax Arctics q rated 205 55 16 on my 04 wagon.
4th winter start. Though i just traded in... anyway:

* I got insane mileage out of them
* They have insane snow and ice grip
* They SUCK on highways or highway speed driving.

it's give and take really, how much grip do you want?

I just got a 2014 WRX, any recommendations for tire/wheel model and size combos?
All I know is blazzack lm60's on steelies for stock size is almost $1000 bucks . but other brands werent much cheaper.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:21 AM   #23
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and i've heard people praise the Continental Extreme contact DWS, for those who dont want a true snow tire. I had the DW for summer tires and they're great.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #24
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I have been running hankook winter ipike 409's for a few seasons and love them.

It may be overkill, but I like having zero fear in the snow.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:50 PM   #25
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Firestone winter force, cheap, handle good and great in snow.
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