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Old 12-01-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Sorry in advance if this has been beaten to death on here already...

I'm looking for a winter set for my '04 WRX Wagon as I will be up North skiing every other weekend.

I live in central jersey, so while we do get a good amount of winter weather, they will see alot of dry pavement as well.

My original intention was to run a set of blizzaks or similar, but decided against this due to softness/speedrating.

What are people's opinions/experience with the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred? I'm thinking of picking up a set of these for my winter set-up.

I have read that they are highly rated/well liked amongst Suby owners

Comments/Suggestions please...

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Old 12-01-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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there are MUCH better choices....see long winter tire thread, here
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:17 PM   #3
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I lived in Princeton, NJ, for 3 yrs and never bothered with snow tires. But if you are going to have a separate winter set, I would get Dunlop 3D snow tires. I have them on both my current cars. They drive almost as well as all-seasons on dry pavement but are much better on snow.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:32 PM   #4
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it makes no sense to have a winter setup and run all-seasons. good performance winters won't feel much different from an all-season in the dry, but they'll be far better in the cold, snow, and ice.

plus real skiiers buy winter tires
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:32 PM   #5
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My issue is that I do still drive alot of dry pavement, even up north it is not *always* snow covered.

That being said, I am worried a winter performance tire will wear out very quickly, due to my 70%+ dry road driving.

I had read that the Assurance TripleTred has a very good snow rating for an all season. My parents have them on one of the Outbacks, and they do handle well in the snow...

The tires I have on the car now proved to be horrible last winter. They are some cheap brand that the previous owner put on the car, just waiting for them to wear out in the summer before I put something better on for summer/spring....but def not good enough for the winter
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As stated above, "performance winter" tires will do just fine on dry pavement in cold conditions. The overwhelming majority of the mileage on the winter tires on both my CTS-V and my Subaru has been dry, cold pavement.

Honestly, I think it's a toss-up. People here love to say all-season tires are good for nothing, but the fact that the majority of drivers don't have dedicated winter tires would tend to disprove that. (That's strictly a personal observation, primarily based on living in southern New England and western WA. In more extreme winter regions I'm sure there's a higher percentage of drivers on dedicated winter tires. But even when I lived in upstate NY for a winter I would say more than 1/2 the cars were on all-seasons.) This winter, the Subaru will be getting the winter tires from last year re-mounted, while the CTS-V gets all-seasons that will be happier about the cold temps than the summer tires on the car now and will capable of dealing with snow if the car (unexpectedly) encounters any. The performance winter tires that were on the CTS-V last winter (and did a ~6000mi cross-country trek, of which ~20mi was on snow) still had tons of tread on them and were sold to someone else.

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Edit: This 2009 Car and Driver article was pretty interesting. Note that there are some UHPAS tires that do better in the snow than the Pilot A/S, so the gap between the UHPAS, HPAS, and performance winter would've been less extreme.

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Old 12-03-2010, 06:39 PM   #7
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I'm thinking now maybe I will get a set of Dunlop Wintersport 3D's.

V-rated, supposedly have good reviews for dry pavement driving/stability for a winter tire as well

Seems like several Suby people on NASIOC are running them/happy

Price isn't bad either

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:24 PM   #8
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Goodyear Assurance TripleTred are good tires, dry, wet, or snow, but are not performance tires and thus are not rated for your car. Put another way: they are not speed rated [high enough] for the WRX.

Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season tires are excellent dry and wet (rain) street tires (not track tires) and are performance tires. They are also ok for light snow. But if you have modified your chassis/suspension, then these tires will not work for you. Their sidewalls are stiff to begin with and any chassis/suspension modifications will only add to making the car want to float over the snow.

A set of high-performance snow-tires may be what you are looking for and it seems that this is the route you will be taking.
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My issue is that I do still drive alot of dry pavement, even up north it is not *always* snow covered.

That being said, I am worried a winter performance tire will wear out very quickly, due to my 70%+ dry road driving.

I had read that the Assurance TripleTred has a very good snow rating for an all season. My parents have them on one of the Outbacks, and they do handle well in the snow...

The tires I have on the car now proved to be horrible last winter. They are some cheap brand that the previous owner put on the car, just waiting for them to wear out in the summer before I put something better on for summer/spring....but def not good enough for the winter
the wintersport 3d's wear great. with 15,000 miles of 95% dry roads they have 80% tread left.
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