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Old 12-23-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I am in need of new tires on my WRX. I live in PA and do drive to the mountain once a week or so. so there will be snow involved, now im not going out to drive in the snow specifically but i'm looking for a tire that will be a good all season tire, or should i search for winter tires?

I got a list from tire rack, are any of these choices good?
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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Performance wise you want 2 sets of wheels, summer and winter, wide for the summer, narrow for the winter. Stock wheels are fine for the winter and you want to find a decent winter tire to put on them. And if you were suggesting running winter tires year round, thats really not a good idea winter tires wear fast especially in hot weather. If your going to stick with one set of wheels and tires get an all season tire. as far as which ones i cant help you with that because honestly i dont buy all season tires.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:15 AM   #3
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I personally use twosets of wheels and tires. If you don't want to do that I would go with the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position. It is an ultra high performance all season tire. It is also the only tire of its kind with a mileage guarantee (40k) and it handles like a champ, they ate pretty pricey though.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:39 AM   #4
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all seasons...lol

you mean "no seasons".
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #5
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What you need is a set of all weather Nokian's.They will deliver awesome traction in snow, ice, slush and are excellent on dry roads.

They carry the severe service emblem,use low-aromatic purified oils to be enviromentaly friendly,H speed rated carrys a 50k millage warranty,

We have good stock let me know if i can help.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:26 AM   #6
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Dedicated snow tires & wheels

Dedicated Summer tires & wheels

FTW

All-season tires aren't good at anything, dry, wet, snow. But they dont suck at anything.

If that option is too expensive, I guess you are stuck with "all-season" tires, as they call them.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:23 PM   #7
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i suggest buying a set of 02-05 wrx wheels and a set of winter tires.
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agree with the two sets. if you can only afford one set, then I would suggest you try the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, a very good all season. but again, you did say mountains and if I were you, I would feel more comfortable with snow tires on twisty incline/decline roads covered somewhat with snow or freezing rain with a dropoff at one side of the road.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:48 AM   #9
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alright well, a set of summer tires it is!.. well winter for now, what are some good winter choices for our cars? the tires will be going on my stock rim.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:15 PM   #11
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Nokian WRG2 all weather, Hakkapeliitta R
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:15 PM   #12
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I personally use twosets of wheels and tires. If you don't want to do that I would go with the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position. It is an ultra high performance all season tire. It is also the only tire of its kind with a mileage guarantee (40k) and it handles like a champ, they ate pretty pricey though.
I have these as my "3-season" tires on my WRX, and like them. They are not rated all that great for snow though. The Conti DWS has a much better snow rating on TireRack.com (and is also currently the top-rated UHPAS overall).

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i suggest buying a set of 02-05 wrx wheels and a set of winter tires.
This is what I did. If you do get a separate set of winter tires, I suggest the Dunlop 3Ds. I have had them on both my cars for several years and am very happy with them.
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This is what I did. If you do get a separate set of winter tires, I suggest the Dunlop 3Ds. I have had them on both my cars for several years and am very happy with them.
How were the dunlop 3Ds in initial turn in? I have the michelin pilot alphin pa3s and they are not good for initial turn in, even in just barely wet conditions. I would have to stay on the throttle for awd system to kick in and pull me out of the slide. They are good other than that, very inspiring for spirited driving.
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sorted by snow/winter performance
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:32 PM   #15
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How were the dunlop 3Ds in initial turn in? I have the michelin pilot alphin pa3s and they are not good for initial turn in, even in just barely wet conditions. I would have to stay on the throttle for awd system to kick in and pull me out of the slide. They are good other than that, very inspiring for spirited driving.
I don't really know. I don't push them hard; they are still just winter tires after all.
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:44 PM   #16
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thats a good tire
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How were the dunlop 3Ds in initial turn in? I have the michelin pilot alphin pa3s and they are not good for initial turn in, even in just barely wet conditions. I would have to stay on the throttle for awd system to kick in and pull me out of the slide. They are good other than that, very inspiring for spirited driving.
Hard to say....

Using break-out data from the Europeans, the PA3s (in studying the PA3s, in most cases, we have to rewind to last year, as the PA3s are being replaced by the PA4s, which are already on-market in Europe) are generally rated higher when it comes to clear-dry performance, but lower overall in clear-wet (although, it seems, in terms of laterals, they are near-equals - the 3Ds seem to be significantly better when it comes to the straight-line stuff).

In snow and ice, the 3Ds seem to have the edge in all aspects.

Several of our locals also cite a propensity for the 3Ds to understeer - in all conditions: instead, they prefer the Pirelli Sottozero Serie II. The weird thing? Virtually all test data would argue that it's the other way around: that the Sottozero IIs, per the data, should be noticeably inferior to the 3Ds (and the Pilot PA3s).



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alright well, a set of summer tires it is!.. well winter for now, what are some good winter choices for our cars? the tires will be going on my stock rim.
It's not just about our cars - rather, more depends on what you want, specifically, out of your tires.

Do you want a tire that excels in the clear-dry/clear-wet conditions that's most often seen in MD and the surrounding areas (well, at least when it's not Snowmgeddon, that is! )?

Or are you willing to compromise some clear-roads performance for more safety margin/absolute performance when there's a foot of fresh powder on the ground?

The more detailed of a picture you can paint about your driving situation and preferences, as well as your need and wants, the better any of us can advise you with regard to what tire would best/better suit your end-goals.

Unfortunately, for the time being, there is no one perfect tire: it's all a matter of give-and-take. Tire selection is all about compromises: and the critical thing for any one person is to find the right set of compromises for that specific person.
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Thanks for the feedback lgt+wrx.
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^ NP. Glad to be of-service - I just wish I'd have had a chance to really drive the Pilot PA3s and was able to give you more solid feedback.
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