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Old 03-13-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Winter to summer tires ?

Sorry for the nube question, I'm sure it's asked every year. When do you switch back to your summer tires ? 2015 WRX and I'm in SE Michigan. 50 degree weather has me itching, and I can already feel the Blizzaks getting greasy.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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50 and above, you'll be fine. I wouldn't actually push the car hard around turns until about 65+.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:38 PM   #3
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Sorry for the nube question, I'm sure it's asked every year. When do you switch back to your summer tires ? 2015 WRX and I'm in SE Michigan. 50 degree weather has me itching, and I can already feel the Blizzaks getting greasy.

Look at the weather and see if it's going to snow. Chicago is suppose to get snow next Saturday. Discount tires said it's probably best to wait till end of the month to be sure it's over with.

One other thing is just because it gets to a high of 50's doesn't mean the road is that warm.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:52 PM   #4
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^^^ this. I'm here in grand Rapids and will not be putting my summers on till the end of the month.
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:31 PM   #5
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I wait until the middle or end of April. It seems like every year we get a day of light snow right at the end of April.
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:28 AM   #6
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I'm with Detroit Wagon, going to wait till end of April. Really don't want to get caught with summers and snow, or even really cold pavement.
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:03 PM   #7
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I wait until the middle or end of April. It seems like every year we get a day of light snow right at the end of April.
True that. Was thinking the same thing, but wanted to get concensus. End of April for me.
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:52 PM   #8
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Who's running 18" wheels this summer? Thinking about getting 18", but afraid they'll get trashed...
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:11 PM   #9
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Who's running 18" wheels this summer? Thinking about getting 18", but afraid they'll get trashed...

I'm on 18" summer and winter wheels. Never had a problem.

I wish the weather would make up its mind and just go one way. Broke the winter tires loose this morning and had traction control come on.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:54 PM   #10
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I run 18" in Indiana fine. I change mine out around mid march.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:59 PM   #11
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All depends on your commute, 45-50* I switch to summers. My commute is 20 miles round trip to work.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:04 PM   #12
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Default Winter to summer tires ?

I just bought & installed my 18s this Tuesday.
Enkei PF01 18X8 40mm offset 235/40/18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
It's a bit early & it's been a cold winter & spring but I couldn't wait any longer.

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Old 03-14-2015, 10:43 PM   #13
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Nice!! Good choice on the PSS. That's one of my favorite tires. 2nd only to Neova.

I just mounted the tires you sold me and put my summer shoes on as well.

My snow tires have little tungsten studs so, it sounded like my car went from being a truck with 35" mud tires to a Lexus. Soo quiet!

I will hold off putting my snows into storage yet. It only takes about 15 minutes to swap tires. Worst case scenario, I can swap back if it gets cold.
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:02 PM   #14
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Someone on here recommended the PSS & Discount Tires had them for $180/tire.
They were able to clone the TPMS sensors to the OEM codes, so I don't have to buy the ATEQ Quickset Tool & deal with loading the codes via the OBD2 port every spring/winter. The price was slightly higher than Tirerack, even with paying tax. At least I have road hazard repair included in case I run over a nail or something.
I'll let you know when I go autocross. Looks like I'm going to try to go to the 1st Windy City Miata one at Boomers Statium on Sun 5/3 & probably with the Audi club on Sat 5/30.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:14 AM   #15
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50 and above, you'll be fine. I wouldn't actually push the car hard around turns until about 65+.
Most winter tires are designed and recommend for use when temps are 7c(45f). Above that that get really soft and wear really fast. I'm taking my Blizzaks off today.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:45 AM   #16
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I'm yanking my blizzaks this weekend. I'll just go slow if it snows again.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:51 AM   #17
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I didn't feel lost of grip/traction when I took a fast left turn this morning at ~30mph. Tires were warm after ~15 min drive & outside temperature was 28 degrees.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:48 AM   #18
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Changing to summers on friday.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:30 PM   #19
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& it's going to snow Sunday night into Monday, hopefully just flurries, better than rain as the roads will get less wet/messy. Having a white car sucks, if there is any moisture on the roads, the car is dirty.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:38 AM   #20
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Did mine past weekend. Takes longer at Discount tires even if free so did 2 cars myself. Just don't drive like crazy in Chicagoland.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:55 AM   #21
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Yeah I'm going to swap myself even though it's free at Discount Tires.
I'm going to wash & wax them too before putting into storage.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:23 AM   #22
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I'm going to take mine to discount tires today or tomorrow but won't get it done till Monday or Tuesday because I think I need to order new tires.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:00 PM   #23
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Wait till the temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees.
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:37 PM   #24
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Since I bought my Blizzaks at the dealer I'm hoping the TPMS codes are the same as the OEM so I can swap out myself and not have the annoying light come on. Anybody have any experience reprogramming the TPMS sensors ? Or do you just take to the dealer for reset ?
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:22 PM   #25
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Not sure what sensors the dealer put in. Probably the OEM ones. The guy at Discount Tires that programmed the sensors I bought there said he used the same codes as a '14 WRX that was there earlier in the day. Not sure if this information helps. Good luck.
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