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Old 12-14-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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So I originally thought I could go another season on my current wheel/tires. (stock 16" w/ Falken 912s) There was about 6-7/32" left on each tire. I would save up some money and hopefully buy new wheels and A/S (like the DWS) sometime next year. But right now i can't afford $1000+.

Yesterday night there was some light snow and pretty cold weather. So i did a bit of testing late at night on empty roads. Braking seemed fine and nothing ridiculous. Did a few spirited turns and some normal turns. On the spirited turns i ended up having to counter multiple times and give gas to correct myself. (kinda scary) and the normal turns i still felt the tires slip a bit. I am under the assumption that these Falken 912s are just terrible for the winter. Anybody else have experience with these 912s in winter?


My options I am down to...
1. Buy A/S Conti DWS for my stock 16". if i buy new wheel/tire set later on, sell these off & cut my $ losses. ($400 shipped)
2. Buy Cheap Winter tires for my stock 16". The Michelin X-Ice Xi2. And force myself to buy new wheels & summer tires. (Xi2 will cost $420 shipped)
3. Option 2 but Studless tires in NJ are stupid. Spend the extra $60 and get the Alpin PA3. ($480 shipped)
4. 912s are okay. You are just a bad driver... Survive the winter then buy a new A/S wheel & tire set.

I know driving style is a major factor. I do mostly 50/50 city highway and I am usually a modest driver. Sometimes i do get the AWD devil on my shoulder telling me to push it. Mostly i am confused to what will suffice living in the NY/NJ area.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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North NJ? Option 2.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
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Option 5:

Sell me your stockers and 912s.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:49 PM   #4
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So I originally thought I could go another season on my current wheel/tires. (stock 16" w/ Falken 912s) There was about 6-7/32" left on each tire. I would save up some money and hopefully buy new wheels and A/S (like the DWS) sometime next year. But right now i can't afford $1000+.

Yesterday night there was some light snow and pretty cold weather. So i did a bit of testing late at night on empty roads. Braking seemed fine and nothing ridiculous. Did a few spirited turns and some normal turns. On the spirited turns i ended up having to counter multiple times and give gas to correct myself. (kinda scary) and the normal turns i still felt the tires slip a bit. I am under the assumption that these Falken 912s are just terrible for the winter. Anybody else have experience with these 912s in winter?


My options I am down to...
1. Buy A/S Conti DWS for my stock 16". if i buy new wheel/tire set later on, sell these off & cut my $ losses. ($400 shipped)
2. Buy Cheap Winter tires for my stock 16". The Michelin X-Ice Xi2. And force myself to buy new wheels & summer tires. (Xi2 will cost $420 shipped)
3. Option 2 but Studless tires in NJ are stupid. Spend the extra $60 and get the Alpin PA3. ($480 shipped)
4. 912s are okay. You are just a bad driver... Survive the winter then buy a new A/S wheel & tire set.

I know driving style is a major factor. I do mostly 50/50 city highway and I am usually a modest driver. Sometimes i do get the AWD devil on my shoulder telling me to push it. Mostly i am confused to what will suffice living in the NY/NJ area.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:56 PM   #5
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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Option 2a.) Buy cheap winter tires (General Altimax Arctics.)

Odds are you'll find them a good chunk of change cheaper. They'll handle any winter stuff you need, and don't completely suck at dry roads.
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