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Old 10-07-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default All-season Tire- Best snow/road noise

Looking for opinions on what tire out there best combines winter/snow performance with a minimum amount if road noise. I drive my car 60 miles a day on rural northern Illinois roads, so snow performance is more important than spirited handling characteristics. Road noise is a very close second in my book. As we all know our WRX's and STi's are not exactly well insulated from outside noise, so as a daily driver quite tires are important. Thanks for any feedback!
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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Take a look at the Nov 2012 issue of CR. They tested 62 AS tires for noise, acceleration on snow, and other performance factors.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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Rural northern Illinois in winter probably asks for real winter tires.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #4
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Get winters if you get alot of snow.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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I put continental extremecontact dws's on my car last year and they did great in the snow, but we only had at most 4 inches or so on the road at any given time. But compared to actual winter tires they dont really compare.. road noise is definitely less compared to the potenzas that came with the car also. That being said, if you plan on driving in lots of snow id still go with winter tires. Also, id check out tirerack.com for reviews on winter tires with regards to road noise, traction, etc
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:28 AM   #6
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Snow tires are more than just for snow. They work great on cold dry roads as the rubber the tires are made of is made to stay pliable in cold weather. You're welcome.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:51 AM   #7
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I do plan on getting an extra set of rims with snow tires, but probably not this year. I have to get new tires this week (one tire blew this weekend). I have been leaning towards the conti DWS's but was curious if there's any bad reviews on them or possibly some better choice. I have been reading reviews on tirerack.com and was wondering about the P-zero Nero's too. As of now DWS's are at the top of my list.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:56 AM   #8
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People say the sidewalls are terrible on the DWS's because the sidewalls are so soft. They were on the top of my list too until I read this http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...0&postcount=49 My Generals will be at my door today!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:23 AM   #9
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potenzas are horrible. dws are pretty good they have a decent amount of road noise but still a great tire for the price
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:41 PM   #10
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People say the sidewalls are terrible on the DWS's because the sidewalls are so soft. They were on the top of my list too until I read this http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...0&postcount=49 My Generals will be at my door today!
Soft sidewalls= poor handling/lots of tire roll... any other reason i should care about soft sidewalls?
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #11
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Comfort?

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:35 PM   #12
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I would think a soft side wall would offer a little extra ride comfort
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #13
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Yeah soft side walls would make the ride a bit less jarring at the expense of a bit less performance.
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