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Old 10-20-2010, 03:44 PM   #201
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Wow the Conti's did well in that test. I have heard rumors of soft sidewall's on the Conti's...what are your thoughts on this?
I've not had an issue, and I chuck it into corners pretty good. Feels firm enough for me, compared to RE92's.
Firmer still compared to my ford focus and the all seasons on that. (I only use the all seasons on that in the summer.)
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:48 PM   #202
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Really?? The lady is from Michigan and we were just back there...I was floored at the smoothness of the highways. Is that a rare thing?
Yeah, very rare, granted they did a lot of repairs this summer the roads will be **** by spring. Which highway, whereabouts? 696 is a freaking minefield as is most of 94 and 75. Most of the surface streets are crap as well, got a pothole? Fill it with asphalt!
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:53 PM   #203
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Ah, we flew into Detroit and then drove north (looking at the map, I275>I96>sr23>I75), stopping in Flint and eventually to the folks' place in Midland.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:31 PM   #204
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I've not had an issue, and I chuck it into corners pretty good. Feels firm enough for me, compared to RE92's.
Firmer still compared to my ford focus and the all seasons on that. (I only use the all seasons on that in the summer.)

I keep mine maintained at 38psi. It helps. They don't do so hot at 32 psi (IMO). No sidewall laying over but feel like driving in mashed potatoes compared to upper 30's. Then again 225 on stock 16s.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:35 PM   #205
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Ah, we flew into Detroit and then drove north (looking at the map, I275>I96>sr23>I75), stopping in Flint and eventually to the folks' place in Midland.
275 was just completely re-done down there about 3 years ago (complete tear up etc) same with 96. 23 and north 75 don't get the heavy traffic like the Detroit area gets, you got lucky.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:31 PM   #206
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i work at mt. baker and drive up to the mt about 60 days a year. and i have always used all seasons. and have never had an issue. up at the mountain or around town. this was with all seasons in my driveway


but for this year im going to be picking up some general altimax arctic(no studs), they have rated a little higher than the iPikes, thats my reasoning for choosing them. ya I'll be spending money on summer and winter tires but i will be able to split my mileage between the two sets and they will last longer.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #207
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remember youve got 4wheels turning.
Although this is true.. AWD does nothing in helping you stop unless you have proper tires and engine brake.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:36 PM   #208
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<3 my Blizzaks. Yay for being too low for chains and never needing them in any conditions.

This being said, I had all seasons for a long time before I was low and never got stuck once. The dedicated tires have way more control but you can get away with out if you drive smart.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:03 AM   #209
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I lived in AK for 25 plus years and in the end you can get away with all seasons but the best would be dedicated winter tires. more than snow be worried about ice while our cars handle better than almost anything out there in the winter, ICE beats all cars and the soft compound of a winter tire is what stops you the best in the winter. I would go with studs normally just because i hate chains and refuse to get them near my car. I will swear by my hankook w404's, alas they are no longer made.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:30 PM   #210
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Hankook Ipikes from discount tire direct....love them and free shipping
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:42 PM   #211
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Default Moving to Seattle, Do I need my snow tires?

I'm moving from Colorado to the Seattle area. I use snow tires in the winter here, but I can't think of a reason to keep them in the move. Is there any reason that I need snow tires in Seattle?
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #212
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You're going to want them... snow in Seattle isn't rare, and this winter is supposed to be a rough one.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:48 PM   #213
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If you plan on going to the mountains in the winter, yes. They frequently require snow tires in the mountain passes. Chains for 2wd and sometimes awd. It's supposed to snow in the city this winter as well, and they don't plow anything but the interstate.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:51 PM   #214
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If you plan on going to the mountains in the winter, yes. They frequently require snow tires in the mountain passes. Chains for 2wd and sometimes awd. It's supposed to snow in the city this winter as well, and they don't plow anything but the interstate.
pretty much sums it up. soo yes, keep them. ooorrr, if you dont want em... give em to me when you get up here.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:04 PM   #215
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well the "only plowing the interstate" comment is an overstatement, especially after 2 winters ago. they are going to be using salt this year and plowing more streets. but. we are supposed to have a big snowpocolypse this year, so i would bring them, definitely. if you get caught without them you will be pretty much stuck, even with a subaru, you wont be able to get up the hills on summer tires...
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:08 PM   #216
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Cool, good to know. Thanks guys.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:27 PM   #217
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do you have any other questions? do you want to know about tuner shops? or good lawyers?



welcome to the NWIC!
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:45 PM   #218
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do you have any other questions? do you want to know about tuner shops? or good lawyers?



welcome to the NWIC!
Actually, when I get there, I will probably finally get around to putting on a set of Whiteline springs and KYBs. Who's the best shop for simple jobs with relatively low labor rates?
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:45 PM   #219
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Studless snow tires are good to run through the winter here.

If you don't have any....

Hankook I-pikes are about 400shipped through discount tire direct

A 'good' set of all seasons would be fine as well but dedicated winter/snow tires are awesome to have.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:13 PM   #220
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I am going to be running Bridgestone WS70s this season. The Ipikes are alright but they don't compair to the Xice2/alpinas or ws70s. The Nokians are pretty sweet too.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:20 PM   #221
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well the "only plowing the interstate" comment is an overstatement, especially after 2 winters ago.
it was my first winter here, and after living on the east cost for 22 years, the response to the snow was quite appalling to me. 90% of the roads weren't plowed, and when they were plowed, they got to it after the snow had been packed to all hell, so the roads were incredibly rough due to patches of compacted snow.

Oh and anyone who is new to the area, learn to dodge snow chains, because idiots drive on the highway at 60+ mph, because they seem to think that's the best way to take their snow chains off. I5 was riddled with them 2 years ago.
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