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Old 09-13-2012, 10:23 AM   #26
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+1 for snow tires being cheap insurance. I have snow tires mounted on my stock wheels for the Winter and for the $378 shipped I paid, it was definitely worth it. People think their SUVs with all-season tires are good in the snow, they should try getting around in a Subaru with dedicated snow tires; the thing can get anywhere. The only thing that would stop me is ground clearance since I'm lowered with a front lip.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:24 PM   #27
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okay so heres my question i live by the beach.. not in the mountains. Im not trying to drive up in a snow storm. but i do like chasing some pow.

so i cant be driving around on snow tires from the beaches up to the mountains, right? ive heard its bad for the tires to be driving on them at high speeds for extends periods (50 mph+) what would be a solution to this?
It sounds like you would benefit from good quality all-seasons. I have a set and yes, you do compromise performance on both sides; performance driving and in adverse conditions. They're kind of the jack of all trades, master of none. That said, I wear mine all year around. I have plenty of fun in the summer and come winter, I can go anywhere. I even got around in our crazy blizzard with 2' of snow and 6' drifts when my friends with pick-ups got stuck. So they do just fine for me.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #28
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It sounds like you would benefit from good quality all-seasons. I have a set and yes, you do compromise performance on both sides; performance driving and in adverse conditions. They're kind of the jack of all trades, master of none. That said, I wear mine all year around. I have plenty of fun in the summer and come winter, I can go anywhere. I even got around in our crazy blizzard with 2' of snow and 6' drifts when my friends with pick-ups got stuck. So they do just fine for me.
are the oem all season tires not up to par? im a tire noob
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:55 PM   #29
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The 2011+ WRXes come with summer performance tires. I'm not going this winter without swapping tires.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:28 PM   #30
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are the oem all season tires not up to par? im a tire noob
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The 2011+ WRXes come with summer performance tires. I'm not going this winter without swapping tires.
The WRX has had Summer tires equipped stock since the 2009 model year. They're not recommended for use in snow.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:49 PM   #31
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Didn't know they went that far back. Thanks!
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:13 PM   #32
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winter tires in the winter.... sounds like a no brainer
Exactly! Yet some people will not seem to understand that concept
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:17 PM   #33
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are the oem all season tires not up to par? im a tire noob
Not only are they not recommended, but they are also extremely dangerous to drive on...not just in snow. The rubber compound gets very rigid in temps below 40 degrees. Anyone driving on them and claims they're okay is only kidding themselves. It's not okay to drive summer tires in the winter. You're a danger to yourself and other drivers.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #34
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you must get winter tires. dont be stupid. shell out that 500 for tires. i have to but i'm searching for rims with tires already mounted and its tough cause i lucked out on some deals.

whatever works for you and fits your budget
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:10 AM   #35
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got to trust the engineering design behind winter VS summer perf tires... tests have already been conducted by various experts... it's not for mktg purposes alone... why do your own tests esp if safety of others are going to be at risk?

yes, it's an addl cost but it should've been factored into the decision of buying a car that has an OEM summer perf tires esp if the car will eventually hit snow.

ordered my winter set at tire rack way back in May, getting it before this month is over bec it was an out-of-season order. now debating if i should get RA mudflaps...

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Old 09-15-2012, 10:47 AM   #36
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I live near the beach and i bought snow tires for my wrx. I know they wont last terribly long due to the amount of driving i have to do to get to the mountains but i think it is worth the added insurance.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:48 PM   #37
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I've always run high performance snow tires in winter. They actually handle better than some all-seasons on dry pavement, which is what you drive on most of the winter even if you get a decent amount of snow storms.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:12 PM   #38
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I miss the snow. Been living in Georgia and South Carolina since 2005.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #39
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okay so heres my question i live by the beach.. not in the mountains. Im not trying to drive up in a snow storm. but i do like chasing some pow.

so i cant be driving around on snow tires from the beaches up to the mountains, right? ive heard its bad for the tires to be driving on them at high speeds for extends periods (50 mph+) what would be a solution to this?
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #40
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Not only are they not recommended, but they are also extremely dangerous to drive on...not just in snow. The rubber compound gets very rigid in temps below 40 degrees. Anyone driving on them and claims they're okay is only kidding themselves. It's not okay to drive summer tires in the winter. You're a danger to yourself and other drivers.
Though I live in Louisiana, sounds like the best thing I can do in the winter is get a set of all season tires. We almost never get snow, and seldom reach temps in the 20's. We do have plenty of mornings with the temps in the 30's.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #41
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Though I live in Louisiana, sounds like the best thing I can do in the winter is get a set of all season tires. We almost never get snow, and seldom reach temps in the 20's. We do have plenty of mornings with the temps in the 30's.
For your case I would. Even though I put my winter tires on at the end of October and take them off the end of march, inevitably I get burned and there is snow in the morning. A good set of all seasons should cover you and would actually be better. True winter tires lose traction at 8 degrees above freezing(c) . I'm sure the difference is minimal in (f)
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:11 AM   #42
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Sorry if this question is a repeat...but I'm new to the site and pretty much a noob all around. I'm looking to get some Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires onto 16x7.5 wheels and looking for some thoughts on this choice. I live in Westchester NY and deal with NY snow, and I do a fair amount of commuting. I just saw a comment from someone about brake clearance? Got me nervous. Ive got a 2012 WRX 5d limited. Looking to make the purchase on tire rack and just want to know, that the set up I mentioned will work out of the box...minus the TPS which I'm going to just deal with the light. Thanks for the advice...again, sorry for the repeat.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:06 AM   #43
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Just got my 2013 wrx today. I'm going to have to fork out some money for some winter tires as well. Summer tires are definitely not meant to be used in the snow. All-season is ok but obviously won't have the performance winter dedicated tires provide.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:28 AM   #44
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Just another advocate of winter tires. Lived in Portland for 20yrs and had a set up there. AMAZING how well they work.

To all those "careful" drivers who think they can get by on the summer tires, you've been pretty lucky so far. Yes, getting going is pretty easy on summer tires but there is no all-wheel stop. I don't care how "careful" you think you are, there will come a time those summers just aren't going to get you stopped in time....I learned through experience.

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