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Old 10-13-2004, 08:32 AM   #76
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Subaru model:1992 legacy sport sedan

Mods: amsoil ts-74 air filter, sti tranny mount, kyb GR-2 struts

tire size: 185/65 r 15

tire model: nokian hakka 1 unstudded

total cost: $450 or so in 2002.

personal comments:
fantastic grip. good for winter safety school @ Team O'Neil. Also used for rally-x. decent on highway. Currently have about 17,000 miles on them. This may be the last season on them, but I think one more will be possible.
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Old 10-15-2004, 11:54 AM   #77
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04 WRX Wagon

Cobb Stage 2+ and suspension stuff

205/55/16

Nokian Hakka 2 Unstudded

~$500 from New England Tire and Battery

Haven't put these on yet this winter but they come recommended by many winter snow rally drivers and other Mainers. I have used Blizzaks in the past and while they are excellent on snow, one of their secrets is that only the first half of the tread is actually a snow compound. They wear much more quickly than the Nokians and they're not even useful as anything but an all season tire past the first 50% of tread. I could barely get 3 winters of driving out of them driving VERY gently (imagine your grandparents) on my old non turbo.
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Old 10-16-2004, 07:38 PM   #78
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Subaru model: 2002 WRX wagon

Mods: Perrin Short Shift kit, Goodridge lines and KVR pads

tire size: 16" [same as stock sizing]

tire model: Hakka Q's on heavy black steel wheels

total cost: around $1000 Canadian including wheels, mounting, etc.

personal comments: The Hakka Q's are stellar! My buddy ['02 Legacy GT] and I were looking for tires and we both ended up getting these. The grip on these tires is awesome - way better than the RE92 stock tires. The cornering on snow and ice was inspiring to say the least. They even performed well on dry roads in warm conditions - hard cornering and braking on bumpy pavement was no problem. I'd recommend these to anyone. I put on 10,000 km in four months of winter driving and there is barely any wear.
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Old 10-25-2004, 02:48 AM   #79
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Subaru model: 2004 Legacy L Sedan

Mods: None

tire size: 205/60/15

tire model: LM-18 Blizzak

total cost: Free (came with car)

personal comments: So far so good, I've driven with them for the last part of the summer and they worked great although they have some road noise. When it snowed here they worked very well with snow and ice it was about 95% as good as dry pavement. Only missed one turn on sheet ice with a light snow cover.
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Old 10-31-2004, 08:59 PM   #80
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Mods: 2004 STi - Group N top mounts + Eibach pro kit

tire size: 225/45/17

tire model: Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW3

total cost: $800cdn mounted & balanced

Quiter than the Re070 summer tires!
Excellent highspeed/prefomance winter tire - V speed rated.

Was not available in the US when I bought last December.

Have a look:
http://www.goodyear.ca/goodyeartires...rktarea=Winter
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Old 11-01-2004, 10:47 AM   #81
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Winter Setup
Subaru Model: 2004 Impreza WRX Sedan

Mods: Too many to list, and still growin'.

Tire Size: Stock 16's

Tire Model: Dunlop Winter Sport M3's

Total Cost: Around $600


Thanx to Apollo Tire in Denville for the great help .

Stock RE92's with about 18,680 miles are for sale (PM if interested!) - Sold to Brandon

-Jeff

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Old 11-02-2004, 09:58 AM   #82
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2004 Subaru WRX

tire size: 205/50/15

tire model: Kumho "Ice Hugger"

total cost: $1000 mounted (balancing ain't gonna happen )

Superior ice traction, no tire is better… guaranteed!

Rough riding, loud, severe pull, requires 55 – 60 psi and leaks about 10 – 15 psi daily.

Not recommended for street use.

See for yourself (post #8)
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Old 11-02-2004, 02:48 PM   #83
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Old 11-07-2004, 03:49 PM   #84
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Does anyone have any comments on the Pirelli Winter Carving?
They look to be in a price range I want to stay in ~70.
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Old 11-07-2004, 08:34 PM   #85
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Subaru model: 2005 WRX Sport Wagon

Mods: Maglite 6 C-cell flashlight for tire checks ;-) I.E.-Bone Stock and loving it.

tire size: 205/55HR16

tire model: Dunlop Winter Sport M2 mounted/balanced on steels

total cost: ~640USD from Tirerack thru the dealer

personal comments: No snow or rain has fallen here lately but I put them on early to scrub off the mold release and check them for dry handling. In modest acceleration and thru curves, they are the equal of the stock RE92s.
They do tend to pick up the gravel really well and throw it for quite a while afterwards. :-( I do not expect these High Performance Snows to be miracle tires but I suspect somewhere pretty close to great. Noise is (just barely) noticably more than stocks and ride is unchanged. That being said, I haven't reached the 1000 mile break-in yet and I hope to do that before the snow flies. I'll report on this, too.

Best wishes for a happy safe snow season,
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Old 11-11-2004, 02:53 PM   #86
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Subaru model: 2004 TS Wagon

Mods: None

tire size: 195/60HR15

tire model: Pirelli Winter 210 Snowsport mounted/balanced on replica steel wheels

total cost: $890 CDN tires and wheels from 1010Tires + shipping (or what would have probably been about $575 US last year)

personal comments: Bought steel rims with the tires and came individually boxed shipped from Vancouver. So far so good for a higher performance all-around winter ice/snow tire. They use a lot of sand and gravel up here in Calgary and the tires throw up a bit more than the stock RE92s. So I'm thinking of getting stock mud flaps for protect the crappy paint.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:42 PM   #87
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Default Nokian RSi

Subaru model:Impreza

Mods:Winter setup

tire size:205/55R16

tire model:Nokian RSi

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personal comments:Replaced Nokian NRWs
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Old 11-26-2004, 10:24 PM   #88
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Subaru model: 2002 WRX

Mods: Stock

tire size: 205/55 16

tire model:Nokian WR H-rated

total cost: $565

comments: Some road noise can be heard, low speed turning effort is much lower than 225/45 17 'normal' all-seasons. Nothing unexpected though. I can't imagine better control and stability in heavy rain or slush/light snow. Will update after first heavy snow.
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:05 AM   #89
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Subaru model: 2004 WRX Sedan

Mods: Stock

tire size: 205/55/16

tire model: Nokian Hakka 2 (non-studded)

total cost: $960.00 Cdn (mounted, balanced, tax included)

personal comments: I didn`t try them in snow or ice cause it`s my first winter with those tires. So, on dry pavement, they feel less squirrly than Blizzak WS-50.
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:07 PM   #90
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Subaru model: 2004 STi

Mods: Stock

tire size: Stock

tire model: Dunlop Wintersport M3

total cost: Tirerack

personal comments: I can't believe I wavered for so long between these and the Nokian WR. After Dry, Rain, and Snow, I am completely satisfied. If the WR is indeed a better tire, I don't need it.
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Old 11-28-2004, 04:13 PM   #91
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Quote:
Originally Posted by whtlegacy
I have used Blizzaks in the past and while they are excellent on snow, one of their secrets is that only the first half of the tread is actually a snow compound.
That is incorrect. The first half of the thread is an ICE compound. After that you are back to an ordinary snow tire compound.
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:03 PM   #92
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Subaru model: 2000 RS Coupe

Mods: V6 Struts/Springs, FHi 4-Pots, Cobb brake lines, there's more, but why am I listing this stuff?

tire size: 205/55HR16

tire model: Dunlop Winter Sport M2 mounted/balanced on stock 00RS 16x7 alloys

total cost: ~400USD from Tirerack

personal comments: Have had a few days of snow and a couple weeks of dry weather. In the dry, they are surprisingly grippy and responsive, tho I wouldn't want to push them. They are winter tires and will probably wear fast. Roads have been pretty clear, but whatever has accumulated hasn't been a problem. Even took them thru some frozen gravel roads covered in snow w/ some fairly steep grades(25-30 degrees) and had no problem at all getting up or down. The only incident was an iced over, then snowed over asphalt road in high wind. One tire dropped off the shoulder(because I couldn't see the road, it was so covered) and I couldn't change direction. Once I hit the softer dirt tho, I had no trouble turning or stopping or going. Overall pretty good, but not an ice tire, i've decided.
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:11 PM   #93
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Subaru model: 2004 wrx

Mods: bone stock ( my insurance is 4100 a year, its still winter )

tire size: 205/55-16

tire model:nokian Hakkapeliitta rsi

total cost: 850 canadian installed, like 180 + tax a tire ( cdn)

personal comments: these tires are better than the horse***** stock bridgestone potenzas on dry pavement. i had the first snowfall ,followed by freezing rain last night. it might as well of been mid july because there wasnt even a hint of tire slippage. the tires are hardcore expensive but worth every penny with a deadly quebec winter ahead.
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:31 PM   #94
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02 wrx wagon

205/55/16

Good Year Ultra grip

$cant remember, around 90 ea.

comments;
Purdy dang good. Quiet, awesome in the sloppy snow, awesome in the sloppy snow while rallycrossing, awesome on glare ice. I wont bother with Dunlop M2 or M3s ever again.
Looking for some for my Baja now.
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Old 12-06-2004, 03:03 PM   #95
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Subaru model: 2003 WRX

Mods: stage4 - 300 AWHP(VF23, TXS TMIC, UTEC, UP/TBE, etc.)

tire size: 205/55-16

tire modelunlop Winter Sport m2s

total cost: 38X.XX shipped in 2 days

personal comments: I haven't had the chance to try these in the snow yet but I wanted to comment that they are pretty amazing in the cold rain. Keeps all my horses on the road instead of sliding around in teh wet stuff as usual. And they were on sale at tirerack.
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Old 12-07-2004, 07:38 PM   #96
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Mods: STI Pink Wagon springs, 20mm rear sway bar, K-Boy Short Throw Shifter, K& N Filter

tire size: 205/55R16 on 2005 OE 16X6.5 rims

tire model: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA

total cost: $525 installed (at Pete's Tirebarn)

personal comments: better than OE all-seasons on dry and wet - firmer, harder feel vs. floating insecurity, no hydroplaning at 80-90 mph in medium rain. seem at least as good as Dunlop Sport M2s which I had on my sedan last winter. will report back after snow/ice use.
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Old 12-07-2004, 10:35 PM   #97
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pinksprings
Subaru model:2004 WRX Wagon

Mods: STI Pink Wagon springs, 20mm rear sway bar, K-Boy Short Throw Shifter, K& N Filter

tire size: 205/55R16 on 2005 OE 16X6.5 rims

tire model: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA

total cost: $525 installed (at Pete's Tirebarn)

personal comments: better than OE all-seasons on dry and wet - firmer, harder feel vs. floating insecurity, no hydroplaning at 80-90 mph in medium rain. seem at least as good as Dunlop Sport M2s which I had on my sedan last winter. will report back after snow/ice use.
Hey. I cant seem to find a solid answer about the M2s. How much air pressure did you run with them?
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Old 12-07-2004, 11:08 PM   #98
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Subaru model: 2004 Impreza TS

Mods: Intake, Exhaust, S-AFC II, MRT Frt Springs, WRX Wagon Rear Springs, WRX Struts, 20mm Rear Swaybar

tire size: 185/65/15

tire model: Kumho Ecsta 716 HP4

total cost: $185

personal comments: I also ran these on my former modded Forester XT, loved them! These tires are amazing for the money, they are great in the snow, good on ice, great in rain and fantastic on dry pavement. They are very quiet and smooth. These have more grip in the corners then the Toyo Proxies I replaced. Since the roads are plowed 90% of the winter, I'd rather have a better overall performing tire for the price, these fit the bill better then any other all-season tire out there.
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Old 12-09-2004, 06:13 PM   #99
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Default Air Pressure in Dunlop M2s

I run the same for all my tires summer (Yoko AVS 225/45R16s) and Winter.

So I run 33 in front and 30 in rear - and have for both 2002 sedan (whre I had the Dunlop M2s) and current 2004 wagon and it seems to work well in both summer and winter.

Have never felt under-tired (but maybe I should push harder
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Old 12-13-2004, 07:17 PM   #100
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Subaru model: 2005 Outback XT Ltd

Mods: None yet, other than a Momo shift knob

tire size: 225/55/17

tire model: Michelin X-Ice
total cost: $640

personal comments: Expensive but so far they seem to be worth it. I live on a lake at the end of a very twisty, steep, and narrow 3 mile long dirt trail, so I need the best winter traction I can get. Over the last 2 weeks we've seen it all, freezing rain, ice pellets, wet snow, powder snow, packed snow. These tires have performed admirably.

The last two years I had Blizzaks WS-50 and they offered amazing ice traction, rivaling some studded tires. However, they were very soft and were seriously detrimental to dry handling. They wer also very noisy.

These new Michelins seem to offer about 90-95 % of the WS-50's ice grip, but they are vastly superior in every other way. They offer decent dry and wet handling (better then RE-92s!) and they are very quiet. Didn't notice much change in steering response. It also looks like they will last longer then the Blizzaks who lasted only 2 winters.

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