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Old 10-17-2009, 01:04 AM   #51
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having had both observes and blizzacks in the past I felt the toyos were better in this case...I can't say anything for summer tires though.
And in all fairness i've never owned blizzaks or observes. However, never have I seen poorer wearing, noisier, more expensive tires than toyos, on a variety of passenger cars. And I had proxes 4's for 10k.
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:32 AM   #52
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And in all fairness i've never owned blizzaks or observes. However, never have I seen poorer wearing, noisier, more expensive tires than toyos, on a variety of passenger cars. And I had proxes 4's for 10k.
Wow dude, thats crazy! I could definately see why you don't like toyo. haha.

I just like them because my observes have lasted over 4 winters, and they are still going strong.

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:26 AM   #53
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I remember the many threads.

Dunlop Winter Sport 3D. A bit on the pricey side but my Winter/snow tire of choice.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:28 AM   #54
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Goodyear Ultragrip Performance. Rated as good as any of them. Got mine on sale last year and they are unstoppable. Well, nearly unstoppable.
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Old 10-17-2009, 03:14 AM   #55
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i used some Michelin Alpin's last year on my wife's OB, but i just got a set of Ipikes tonight that had 300 miles on them for $200 for her car so now im gonna use the Mich's on my impreza
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:23 AM   #56
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I'm gonna try whatever it is that the Washington State Patrol uses. They did some pretty extensive testing before deciding on winter tires for their cruisers that have to be able to get over the passes in all weather. My folks use 'em and love 'em. I just don't know what they are but I'll find out this week.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:12 PM   #57
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Question What Winter Tires do you use?

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Old 10-23-2009, 04:16 PM   #58
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blizzak 205/55/17

btw - please use the search function
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:17 PM   #59
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789 threads in the NWIC for "winter tires".
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:50 PM   #60
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789 threads in the NWIC for "winter tires".
I count 47 threads. (use the search by thread title, not entire post)

Also, my bad, I searched "Winter Tire" which gave me 6 thread, not "Winter Tires" which gave me 47.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:01 PM   #61
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I've taken off the summer tires and put on the OE wheels, and they're looking a little low on tread...

What tire brand/model/size do you use for winter?
is the answer, or are the answers on the first page not good enough?
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:19 PM   #62
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is the answer, or are the answers on the first page not good enough?
I made another thread, which was deleted, and added to this one...
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:22 PM   #63
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I'm gonna try whatever it is that the Washington State Patrol uses. They did some pretty extensive testing before deciding on winter tires for their cruisers that have to be able to get over the passes in all weather. My folks use 'em and love 'em. I just don't know what they are but I'll find out this week.
Did you find out?
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:02 PM   #64
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I remember the many threads.

Dunlop Winter Sport 3D. A bit on the pricey side but my Winter/snow tire of choice.
+1, good stuff
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:09 PM   #65
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Make sure they're at most the same width as your stockers, or more narrow than your stockers. I run 195's for winter, 205's, 215's, or 225's for summer tires.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:31 PM   #66
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i have blizzak lm22s. feel pretty good on the wet pavement so far
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:00 PM   #67
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Did you find out?
Yeah, I found out my folks actually *aren't* using them. Apparently the WSP gets it's winter tires from Goodyear and they're a special tire made for law enforcement agencies. Apparently my dad didn't find any dealers that carried them so he went and bought Les Schwab tires instead. Since he didn't buy the WSP tires and this was a while ago and he's 85 years old, he doesn't remember what the model was called. My guess is that they could probably be special ordered from Goodyear, but I dunno...?

FWIW - both he and my stepmom rave about how good the Les Schwab tires are. They live in Wenatchee and drive the passes a lot in the winter plus get a fair amount of snow and ice over there too. Not sure which model they have though dad said they were the most expensive ones Les Schwab carried.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:27 PM   #68
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do you want studs or non studded? i personally cant stand the noise of studs so i went with hakka pzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 4 non-studded and absolutely love them. this will be my second year with them.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:49 PM   #69
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Studs are absolutely a false sense of security. You gain very little over a decent studless tire. I can't tell you how many people I pushed out of the ditch by my house last winter with studded tires. Nothing beats a good set a studless tires and knowing how to drive.

"oh crap, I locked up my brakes and now my car is sliding in a direction I don't want it to... maybe if I just push harder on the brakes and turn my steering wheel the other wa... nope. Guess i'll just stay on the brakes and turn on my flashers while sliding, people will get out of my way"

Kid you not, i've seen people turn on their 4-way flashers while sliding!

All the dedicated snow tires mentioned in this thread are really decent.

I've been on
Hankook iPikes
Toyo observes
Michelin Arctic Alpin's

and currently have a set of Blizzaks i'll be using this winter.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:35 PM   #70
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Does anyone know the difference between the Michelin Artic Alpins and the X-ice's?

JRach, how did you like the Aplins?
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Does anyone know the difference between the Michelin Artic Alpins and the X-ice's?

JRach, how did you like the Aplins?
The Alpins are michelins "performance snow" tire. The X-ices are their "studless snow" tire.

Aplins deliver slightly better performance/road manners when you're not on the snow, while the x-ice delivers better snow traction.

However, having been on a pure snow tire (ipikes) and a performance snow (alpines), I really liked the alpines more. The snow performance of the iPikes was nearly unbeatable, but the alpines delivered 97% of the snow traction.

I used to go up to the pass 40+ times a season along with the few days of snow we'd get in the lowlands... and even with that amount of snow driving i've never had ANY issues in the snow/ice with a "performance snow" tire, and they're much better mannered for the road when there's not snow present.

With that being said, don't compare a performance snow tire to an all season tire... in the snow there is a night/day difference.
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...With that being said, don't compare a performance snow tire to an all season tire... in the snow there is a night/day difference.
So, out of the snow, how does an all season compare to a performance snow? The same?
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So, out of the snow, how does an all season compare to a performance snow? The same?
Just like a all season doesn't compare to a snow tire in the snow, a 'performance snow tire' isn't going to be a fair comparison off the snow...
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Old 10-24-2009, 04:29 PM   #74
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believe it or not, there is a whole forum dedicated to tires and wheels

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=88
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Yeah, but i'd prefer a Northwest Driver's opinion.
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