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Old 08-05-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Hey guys I'm looking to get a set of Blizzaks for winter for my 14' wrx. I drive highway and city for my commutes and I'm just looking for the best one suitable for me and can't decide between all the different blizzaks. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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Hey guys I'm looking to get a set of Blizzaks for winter for my 14' wrx. I drive highway and city for my commutes and I'm just looking for the best one suitable for me and can't decide between all the different blizzaks. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
OEM size or not? I've had normal winter tires and performance winter tires on my WRX. Performance winter tires have stiffer sidewalls and feel much better when you don't need a winter tire and they grip very good on very cold road surfaces. I'd get a set of Blizzak LM-32's.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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OEM size or not? I've had normal winter tires and performance winter tires on my WRX. Performance winter tires have stiffer sidewalls and feel much better when you don't need a winter tire and they grip very good on very cold road surfaces. I'd get a set of Blizzak LM-32's.
Ya they're going on my stock wheels. 235/45/17....I was thinking either the LM60 or WS70...but then again that's why I'm asking cuz I don't know lol
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:08 PM   #4
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General Altimax Arctic's.....Better then the Blizzak's they will last longer and are cheaper.

I have a set with 55k on them that I ran all season for 3-1/2 years on a 310 whp WRX, there is about 5k miles left on them IMO. I had been so impressed I got another set 2 seasons ago expecting them to wear out sooner.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #5
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General Altimax Arctic's.....Better then the Blizzak's they will last longer and are cheaper.

I have a set with 55k on them that I ran all season for 3-1/2 years on a 310 whp WRX, there is about 5k miles left on them IMO. I had been so impressed I got another set 2 seasons ago expecting them to wear out sooner.
Oh wow. Really? I have a summer set up so I don't need all seasons, but I did hear the general altimax were pretty good. Damn, not sure what to do
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:39 PM   #6
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Well it's about price then.

The Blizzaks will be softer, and wear faster,but if you have summer tread in the end it's about price
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:07 PM   #7
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I have a set of lm-32s had no issue driving the to the speed limit in 6 inches of snow. Never felt out of control or worried. First set of snow tires I have owned but they served me well.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:47 PM   #8
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I drive about 160 miles a week to work most being highway.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:13 PM   #9
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General Altimax Arctic's.....Better then the Blizzak's they will last longer and are cheaper.

I have a set with 55k on them that I ran all season for 3-1/2 years on a 310 whp WRX, there is about 5k miles left on them IMO. I had been so impressed I got another set 2 seasons ago expecting them to wear out sooner.
Did you stud these in the winter though? Or do they also have the studless?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:42 PM   #10
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If you rarely drive on ice, or in deep snow, then get a performance winter (Blizzak LM32, Dunlop 4D, etc)
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:14 AM   #11
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Did you stud these in the winter though? Or do they also have the studless?
No "studable" snow tire don't come pre studded. It's and extra thing done after they are installed onto the rim by a tire shop/garage

I don't get them studded winters are not that crazy here in SE Pennsylvania.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:26 AM   #12
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I think it's down to the general altimax or the blizzak ws70. I'm sure the blizzaks will do better in terrible conditions but I think the generals may last a little longer.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:46 AM   #13
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Put ice, snow, noise, wet and dry in order of importance.
Where are you located?

There will be WS80 available soon, buy WS70 if the price is right but there are better tires than Blizzaks out there (maybe not on glare ice, cold glare ice to be exact).

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Old 08-06-2014, 11:25 AM   #14
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Now I'm leaning more towards the continental extreme winter contacts. According to tire rack, for the money it's the best bang for buck for a studless winter tire providing great traction both on snow, ice and even dry roads. Also better handling.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:41 AM   #15
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The best "all around" winter tire right now is the Michelin X-Ice Xi3.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:53 PM   #16
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Now I'm leaning more towards the continental extreme winter contacts……...
A competent but old design compared to the latest offerings from Michelin, Nokian, Bridgestone, and Dunlop, but at the right price it would be attractive.

In the Russian and Scandinavian markets, Continental is introducing an updated version, still with an asymmetrical tread design, called the ContiVikingContact 6.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:34 PM   #17
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I loved my LM-60s.
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The best "all around" winter tire right now is the Michelin X-Ice Xi3.
My wife is very happy with them (205/55r16) on her Volvo S40. They are H rated, drive like decent all seasons in dry and wet and are better in snow than her previous Dunlop 3D.
I bought her Dunlop 4D but had problems balancing them, Xi3 replaced them.

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Old 08-06-2014, 02:18 PM   #19
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being in SE PA, you will have a lot of dry and above-freezing days, so I'd go with one of the performance winter options (LM instead of WS on Blizzaks). they will last longer than a full studless winter tire, and be less mushy on the dry days, but will have less ultimate grip in the worst conditions.
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What's the difference between the blizzak lm 32, 500 and 60?


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Old 08-06-2014, 08:11 PM   #21
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Hey guys I'm looking to get a set of Blizzaks for winter for my 14' wrx. I drive highway and city for my commutes and I'm just looking for the best one suitable for me and can't decide between all the different blizzaks. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Depends on the main function. Performance, safety, etc


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Old 08-06-2014, 10:58 PM   #22
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If you rarely drive on ice, or in deep snow, then get a performance winter (Blizzak LM32, Dunlop 4D, etc)
Talked for a bit with a guy at Tire Rack who had a GTI and looked at reviews. People aren't as hot on the 4D as even the 3D. In the end, I went with Pirelli Sottozero 3's because of their all-around winter strengths.

Blizzaks are usually the best on ice, but is SE PA you'll see lots of snow on ice, slush, cold rain, and snow -- so I would look at tires that are better all-around.
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Talked for a bit with a guy at Tire Rack who had a GTI and looked at reviews. People aren't as hot on the 4D as even the 3D. In the end, I went with Pirelli Sottozero 3's because of their all-around winter strengths.

Blizzaks are usually the best on ice, but is SE PA you'll see lots of snow on ice, slush, cold rain, and snow -- so I would look at tires that are better all-around.
Their LM series isn't just good on ice. They are studless performance.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:52 AM   #24
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LM series (not all like the LM 60) shoulder threads are more rounded like all-seasons with a higher speed rating, so they won't feel like you're driving a truck through corners. WS series shoulder threads are more squared and do better on ice and deep snow but do have a lower speed rating. The LM 60 were more similar to the WS series even though they were listed as performance winter tires. I'd say the LM 25 or LM 32 are more true performance winter tires.

If your roads are plowed most of the time and if you care about dry pavement performance, then I would get the LM 32 (I have these) or equivalent performance winter tires. If you live in the backwoods or commute on unplowed roads often and if you care more about ice and deep snow performance, then I would get the WS 70 or equivalent studless winter tires. There are trade offs on any tire, so pick which one is important to you.
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I agree with DONx3.

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