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Old 08-13-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
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I was running Continental DWS's on my previous car and was very happy with them, but they won't fit my new Subaru without a wheel change. For me this is not something my budget allows. Therefore I'm looking for suggestions for tires in either 195/65/15, or 205/60/15. I know not really a performance size but it's what I have to live with.

Obviously I'm looking for a tire that will offer improved dry grip and steering feel over the stock eco-friendly yokohamas. However I often take trips up to New Jersey from Virginia with my daughter, meaning there is a chance of unpredictable winter weather on our trips. So something with at least passable winter credentials would be a plus.

Obviously in a perfect world I would have a nice set of summer tires with new wheels, and use the stock steels for my winter tires, however that is just not possible on my budget.

Any suggestions would be great, would also like if Luke from tirerack could chime in.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

General Altimax HP - I have these on my daily driver and like them so far. Reasonable price and also have a rebate.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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General Altimax HP - I have these on my daily driver and like them so far. Reasonable price and also have a rebate.
I had seen these, I like the price and the weight per tire, I'm wondering how they compare to some of the other more aggressive tires like the Michelin Exalto, Falken 912, and Yokohama Envigor. I've seen less then stellar reviews for the last two when in comes to winter traction

What do you like most about the HP's?
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Maybe closer to what you are looking for -

BridgestonePotenza RE960AS Pole Position

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I was definitely leaning toward the RE960, especially with tireracks prices. I was just wondering if anyone had positive personal experiences with other tires that were of a newer design.
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The Exaltos really aren't a performance tire IMO. Falken 912s aren't a bad choice for what your looking for. Bridgestone 960's and Yokohama YK580's also come to mind. FWIW, the 960s and YK580s would definitely be better than the Falkens, should you ever see snow.
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The 960s seem to be the best bet so far. While the YK580s seem nice, I can't find any empirical tests on them plus I'm a bit skeptical of the performance considering that wear and low rolling resistance were two of the tires key design points.

The only other UHP all season I can find in a 15in size is the Kuhmo 4x but they come in 205/55. Tirerack's testing suggests they're a good tire and seem to be designed with the Conti DWS buyer in mind.

That being said does anyone know if going from a tire OD of 25" to 24" will have any adverse effects on subaru's VDC, or the abs system?
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