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Old 08-30-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations for Winter Tires (WRX Wagon, SW MI)

I myself have no problems driving my WRX with all seasons in southwest MI winters, however I lost one due to a sidewall bubble, so I switched to some summer tires on the cheap, and now with fall approaching, I'm wanting to pickup a set of winter tires to throw on the stock 16s for better winter driving when the AS's were ..falling behind

We have pretty odd winters around here. Sometimes really cold and lots of snow, othertimes in the 30-40s.

IN past I've always used winterforce tires on my RWD vehicles. Main appeal to them is price, and the fact they they don't wear out after one season.


Is there a blizzak or comparable winter tire that will give me decent life while still being on the performance winter tire category, or should I just stick with the winterforce? I typically drive around 1000 miles a month..
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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I run the Dunlop Graspics. But I avoid the performance winter tires and aim for standard snow tires. Would rather have maximum traction when the roads sucks than better dry.

For performance winter I think you are down to Bridgestone, Michelin or Dunlop.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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General Ultramax Arctic

I have run them for 40k continuously winter and summer over 2+years ...this will be the 3rd winter, and they still have 1/3 tread left. I have a 02 WRX wagon at 310whp and drive it hard more then half the time. I have s second set sitting in the garage just waiting to be used because of how impressed I am with them.
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #4
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I'm waiting to test the new Michelin X-Ice XI3's ... it looks very interesting. The Extreme Winter OCntact is also a good option

While it has its' place the WinterForce isn't really in the discussion at the top level of winter tires
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
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For MI just get the cheapest winter Tires u can find considering the sub zero temps we get. Save your money on a good set of summer tires and some sweet wheels to put them on lol.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:26 PM   #6
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Performance winters are in short supply in the USA, not that many choices.
Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D is decent tire.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....oModel=Impreza WRX Wagon&autoModClar=&autoMake=Subaru&autoYear=2002&a utoModel=Impreza WRX Wagon&autoModClar=

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #7
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For MI just get the cheapest winter Tires u can find considering the sub zero temps we get. Save your money on a good set of summer tires and some sweet wheels to put them on lol.
That's the plan. Wanting to migrate to 17"s with summer tires and use the 16s for the winter. Can't wait to get rid of these Falken Azenis tires. Driving me crazy the noise!
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:33 PM   #8
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I'm waiting to test the new Michelin X-Ice XI3's ... it looks very interesting. The Extreme Winter OCntact is also a good option

While it has its' place the WinterForce isn't really in the discussion at the top level of winter tires
gotcha. Yeah I wasn't certainly trying to say the winterforce's were in the top level of winter tires, but for price point, I've had great luck with them. Friend have even had success with the winter tires that sams/walmart get in every year, and would just rock those cheapos, but I still want to maintain stock height and those were only ever offered in odd ball sizes and had soft side walls like the winterforce tires.

You know if you want to test the Michilen's I wouldn't object if I set of 4 showed up on my door step
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:54 PM   #9
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On my '06 I had the Dunlop sp winters and loved em. Last year on my '11 I bought 16" Michelin x-ice xi2. In Chicago we had a fairly mild winter and didn't get much time in the snow. With michelins rebate going on currently and when I bought, made it well worth it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:36 PM   #10
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Has anyone tried the same winter tires with and without studs?
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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I'm getting ready to replace some circa 2004 Pirelli Snowsport 210 tires on my 05 STi. I stuck with the stock size (225/45/17) and they served me well, but since then I've experienced the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires on my wife's 08 Legacy spec.B and LOVE them. I picked them due to the reviews from Tire Rack and the rankings in your survey list. For my STi, I was going to go with either the Dunlop WS 3D or the Michelin Alpin PA3 but discovered that the the Dunlop 4D and the Alpin PA4s are available in the rest of the world. By a direct name search I found the PA4s on Tirerack (expensive!), but nothing on the 4D. My question(s) to you is/are: will the 4D tires be available in the US this year, and if not why? Also, are the PA4s that much better/worth the price than the others I mentioned? I'm in Omaha, Nebraska and we get some deep stuff sometimes, but the major roads are plowed relatively quickly. I don't want to give up too much handling with my winter tires, but I like the option of 'driving it like I stole it' when on empty roads and no other cars are around too. Your thoughts please?
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:45 PM   #12
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The USA seems to be starved for new performance winter tires.
What are manufacturers doing?

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:30 PM   #13
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While it has its' place the WinterForce isn't really in the discussion at the top level of winter tires
Not sure what you mean by this. Are they still considered good winter tires? My friend offered me a set of 4 with 90% tread left for $100 total. Sounded like a good deal. I have 2012 impreza and still have the stock yokos on that I'd like to get off before winter hits NE Ohio. Im thinking on picking up some cheaper rims too to dedicate to winter, not sure how the 17s on my premium sport will hold up to all the salt they spew out up here.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:49 PM   #14
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Went with the X-ice 2's..
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