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Old 01-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #1
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I am getting rid of my 18" Axis Hiro rims and lowering springs to stock springs and 17" BBS wheels. This means its time for some new tires Anyone have a recommendation for really good tires to put on the stock rims? I want something that is good year round in all weather but also is fairly high performance and will still grip up well on dry pavement. Also is the stock tire that comes on the 05 STI? Maybe I will just go that route.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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The stock STI tires are summer tires and would be marginal at best during the winters there in western WA. If you're set on sticking with a single set of wheels/tires year-round, then you'll probably want to have some ultra high performance all-season tires. I lived over in Silverdale from early '08 to early '10, and I don't think summer tires would be smart in the winter.

Have you tried searching in the NWIC forum to see what other guys are running?
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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I have not searched my chapter yet, I think I'll give that a try. I agree with you on needing some ultra high performance all-seasons.

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The stock STI tires are summer tires and would be marginal at best during the winters there in western WA. If you're set on sticking with a single set of wheels/tires year-round, then you'll probably want to have some ultra high performance all-season tires. I lived over in Silverdale from early '08 to early '10, and I don't think summer tires would be smart in the winter.

Have you tried searching in the NWIC forum to see what other guys are running?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:11 AM   #4
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How much money do you want (or are willing to spend)?
Depending on budget:
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus
Bridgestone RE960
Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W)
Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season (supposedly gets very noisy but may had been fixed)
Goodyear Eagle GT
Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Old 01-03-2011, 03:51 PM   #5
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I would go father and say the OEM RE070 tyres are down right dangerous on frozen water. Cold isn't so bad, but snow/ice you will be staying at home by choice, or stuck somewhere.

One of the first in the US to use the 070's in the snow. Poorly...
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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I am getting rid of my 18" Axis Hiro rims and lowering springs to stock springs and 17" BBS wheels. This means its time for some new tires Anyone have a recommendation for really good tires to put on the stock rims? I want something that is good year round in all weather but also is fairly high performance and will still grip up well on dry pavement. Also is the stock tire that comes on the 05 STI? Maybe I will just go that route.
Nokian is exactly what you have described.All weather WRG2 they will deliver awesome snow and ice traction excelent in wet and perform great in dry conditions.

second choice is Vredestein Wintrac extreme i run my set year round and they rock. Quiet,smooth,great traction in all weather.
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