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Old 01-02-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
WTypeRogerX
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Looks like I have a slow leak in my tire which will probably be completely flat by morning. So I'll probably have to put on my spare to drive over there. I've been to the Discount Tire on Havana@Iliff in the past and they put a few nicks on my old CRX which was over 7 years old and already had 1 rim curbed and a some other rock/nick damage, so I didn't have a fit over that, but I don't want to risk my newish WRX rims there. Anybody have any experience with the Discount Tire on Iliff@Quebec? How about BigO on Havana@Jewell?

I have a bit of a heat ring on the sidewall - I have no idea how long I was driving around with low pressure before it went noticibly flat. In the event they can't repair it, do you guys recommend buying a pair of tires for just the rear (rear driver is flat), or buying an entire set of 4? The tires have 12,000 miles, and I was hoping to get near 30,000 on them. If I have to buy a whole set of 4, I might get snows (too poor though ). What recommendations and costs? (I'll try to search and read up on snows, but any help here is appreciated.)
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Old 01-03-2004, 12:03 PM   #2
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As for Snow tires I have the Dunlop WInterSport M3's and I love them and their ranked #1 at TireRack . We've also been dumped on this last week and I've had no problem with traction and control, well execpt when I was messing around and tapped a curb. Not to mention I swear my street is the last city street to get plowed, plus the mountain I ski at has a pretty steep grade to it.

Oh, and I think they do just as well as the re92's in the dry. I could be wrong on this, I'm just not as "in tune" with my car as some people.

Anyway, just my opinion. Good luck with it.
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Old 01-03-2004, 03:29 PM   #3
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Ok, in the even they can't patch or plug it and I have to buy a new set of tires, what do you guys recommend? I don't think I can afford snow tires and a 2nd set of rims and summer tires so I'm looking at Ultra High Performance All-Seasons. My question is, will these tires have the snow handling comparable to the RE92s? My schedule might not allow me to do much skiing at all this winter and the RE92s served me well for 36 ski days last year, so another reason I don't need snows. I'm going to be using the OEM rims, so do you recommend staying with 205/55/16 size or going wider?
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Old 01-05-2004, 11:29 AM   #4
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I decided to do something similar recently. I needed new tires all around so I sat around thinking how I wanted to resolve my dilema. I want dedicated summer tires but I need good winter tires. Since winter was coming up I decided to get 205/55 16 all seasons from Big O. These have become my dedicated winter tires. I was thinking about 215's but then I relized I was going to really get dedicated summer tires and I figured the 205's might be better in the snow so I was willing to give up the minimal gains in grip from the 215's and went with the 205's. Still ok durring the warmer parts of the winter when there is no snow but really great grip on ice and snow when compared to the re92 and especially since they are all seasons and not M/S. I've decided to get 17's for the summer and since I already have brand new tires, I have no real pressure to get them imidietly, allowing me some time to pay off some credit cards before I buy new wheel/tires. I'm sure I'll get somebody saying "why didn't you get full on M/S tires?" Well for one the tires I got brand new from Big O, were $34 a peice! cheap cheap and that's my style when I'm poor! besides I like Big O. I've never had a bad experience with them and since they get so much buisness from myself and my family we get discounts on everything, and usually they throw in a couple of things for free. Damn maybe I should buy my summer tires from them! If I do that I'm sure I'll get snickers from everyone "hehe look those 17's are ridding on Big O tires haha! " oh well I don't care I could probably get those tires for like $60 a piece! I know that probably doesn't help much but. . .
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Old 01-05-2004, 03:25 PM   #5
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When my RE-92's finally bit the dust, I bought a set of Kumho Ecsta HP4-716 tires in 205/55/16 from Tire Rack. They aren't considered a "high performance" tire, but they work well enough in the dry.

I've been happily surprised by their performance on the snow & ice as well, and at about $60 a wheel, the pricing was right -- leaving more $$ to go into my tire budget for Solo II.

I suppose if I drove harder on the street, I might want a grippier tire, but with a 16-month old kid in the back, I take it easy on the streets.
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