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Old 09-02-2010, 03:31 PM   #101
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also eyeballing the Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus and the Continental Extreme DWS
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:11 PM   #102
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Haven't had experience with the others, but the Continental Extreme DWS are really squishy and roll over like crazy during cornering. They have decent traction in dry and wet, haven't had them in the snow yet, but I just don't like how they feel, but this is kind of to be expected with any all season tire. Just for comparison on the squishiness, before the Conti's I had Toyo Proxes4. They were solid and handled great, almost like a dedicated summer tire, but of course they sucked major balls in the snow.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:38 PM   #103
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I'm not particularly fond of the RE960s. Their sidewall roll is high which gives the drive a crappier slip angle in anything but a wide-turn freeway corner. The traction on the compound itself isn't all that hot; about on par with other more "budget" rubber and as such does offer a better tire life. They're pretty close, lifetime wise, to Falken Fk450s. I do like the FK450's stiffer sidewall. The slip angle is less so you get more confidence in your corner. Plus the tire is a little cheaper ($20/tire I think). I can't speak for the other Bridgestone you're looking at, but haven't been all that impressed by the RE960s.

The first month driving on the RE960s was summed up as, "did I just get a flat?"; harder compounds suck.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:48 PM   #104
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I run a set of nitto invo tires while I'm not on my winters. They hold strong in the rain and just as well on the track or dry days. I've only hit the snow a couple times with them but didn't have a problem at all on fresh/packed snow. My road noise was reduced compared to the toyo's I had previously as well.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:55 PM   #105
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I have those Bridgestones on my WRX and will be buying another set for my Legacy when it needs new tires.
Don't you mean your wife's WRX? You don't have a WRX anymore and you owe me for storage fees.
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:19 PM   #106
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y0re WRX? don't let Tina see this Nick....
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Old 09-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #107
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:26 PM   #108
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also eyeballing the Michelin Pilot Sport AS Plus and the Continental Extreme DWS

I love my Michelin Pilot A/S's. Put them on pretty much every high end Bimmer and Porsche where i work and the owners love them. Look at them side by side and you can see the Michelin will perform a bit better in snow from the "wider grooves" they have. Also a tri-compound tire, not a bad tire to look into if you're budget is capable
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:05 PM   #109
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Threw on Dunlop Direzza Summer U/P's last year. Ran them all Winter long, including one PR track day per month. Still at 50% tread and they still stick like glue. Best $225/tire I ever spent. I think (based on seeing others running at track) that Toyo R888's are better (even in rain), but if you can't afford ~$300/tire, then the Dunny's are a good second-best.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:42 AM   #110
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goodyear eagle gt's are pretty awesome! and they arent completely expensive
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:35 AM   #111
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Thanks all! I just ordered the Pilot Sport AS Plus. Had to pay today ($70 rebate ends Sat) and I get them installed next week when i have time.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #112
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Default Winter tires!

hey guys. i'm starting to get all set up for winter and I finally have decided to buy some winter tires after realizing AWD is even better with the right kind of tires for it.

Here's where I could use your help. Where is a place to buy some winter tires for a great price...either locally or online? I'm not sure what tires to get, whether studless or studded. What are the pros and cons of those?

Any suggestions would be very appreciated...thanks! Oh! and if you or anyone is selling a set of slightly used winter tires, I'm willing to do that too!!

Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:02 PM   #113
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besides telling you there is a ton of threads on this topic in this forum, buy your tires from tirerack.com. They are a vendor on here. Take those tires (BTW their site has ratings and prices) and have them mounted at your local shop.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #114
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you do NOT need studs in the pacific northwest. FYI
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #115
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i need all the traction i can get, what with the 12 mph spool-up.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:10 PM   #116
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besides telling you there is a ton of threads on this topic in this forum, buy your tires from tirerack.com. They are a vendor on here. Take those tires (BTW their site has ratings and prices) and have them mounted at your local shop.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:35 PM   #117
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Hankook I-pikes.

~400shipped to your door at discounttiredirect.com

I bought a set last year for winter and they were awesome. Putting them back on in a couple more months.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:52 PM   #118
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I had these one my Audi A4, and I loved them. I was able to get going on a hill with a steep grade after some idiot in front of me decided to stop half way up.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....inter+Sport+3D
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:08 PM   #119
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i heard good stuff about the michelin xice2
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:49 PM   #120
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studs aren't necessary, we don't get much ice around here.

I'm a huge fan of dunop wintersport 3d's. i remember reading on a tire rack comparison that they have some of the best hydroplane resistance of all snow tires. pretty important considering that there's almost always rain on the ground in the city when you're heading to the mountains to see snow.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:58 PM   #121
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studs aren't necessary, we don't get much ice around here.

I'm a huge fan of dunop wintersport 3d's. i remember reading on a tire rack comparison that they have some of the best hydroplane resistance of all snow tires. pretty important considering that there's almost always rain on the ground in the city when you're heading to the mountains to see snow.
I has. I like.

I've found that the wintersports are very predictable and controllable in terms of traction loss.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:39 PM   #122
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check this article out, if you have the print version even better but its a year or two old http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/tires-auto-parts/tires/tire-sorter-winter/winter-tires-1105/index.htm. While blizzaks are the best on snow they are somewhat lacking on dry/wet pavement something we are very likely to see on a regular basis throughout the winter in the northwest. I am in the same boat as you looking for my first set of winter tires and am a little hesitant at the $150 a tire price of blizzaks, so I would like to explore some cheaper options.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:53 PM   #123
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I had a set of continetal extremewintercontacts on my gti last winter in east idaho....performed well...trading the vw in on an 11 rex here soon ;-)
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:53 PM   #124
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I had continental extreme contact tires through last winter. Got em from tirerack.com and was happy as a clam until I blew the sidewall doing some time trials in the woods with friends 65mph sideways hitting a pothole. I'm very abusive to tires so replacing internet tires can be expensive and time consuming. I'm at americas tire co as I type this getting bf goodrich offroad's put on only cause they offer free replacement that I intend to use. Frequently.

Long story short if you abuse tires, Get the "road hazzard protection" offer. For daily drivers or just winter tires, tirerack.com is your very best friend.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:52 PM   #125
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Hankook W409 i pikes for sure...had em in alaska and have em now
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