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Old 01-26-2004, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Blizzak WS-50's or Dunlop P Winter Sport M3 for STi Snow tire

I am looking for snow tires for an STi. I will putting the stockers back on in the summer so I would rather just get a dedicated snow tire so I can have some real fun in the snow. I am down to the Winter Sport M3 and the WS-50's. From tirerack I got the feeling the M3 were a little better on dry, both about the same in the snow, and the WS-50's are a bit cheaper. So is there anything else that may seperate one from the other to help me make a choice.
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Old 01-26-2004, 09:13 AM   #2
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We have run out of the M3's (except for the runflat version) but, I would recommend the high performance winter tire like the M3 for an STi .... I really like the LM22 Blizzak ..... that's what I would suggest

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Old 01-26-2004, 04:23 PM   #3
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Luke set me up with a set of LM-22 Blizzaks on my Rota wheels and I'm lovin him for it. Packed snow, ice and fresh snow are no problems for me, I just keep accelerating through it.

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Old 01-26-2004, 08:45 PM   #4
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The M3 are listed as instock on the site it that inorrect?
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:29 PM   #5
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There is a run-flat version of the M3???

I just mounted 4 M3 this weekend (got the tires from you guys)...how to tell if my tires are run-flat or not?

and anything different about them???
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:30 PM   #6
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Don't use WS - 50 unless your always driving on ice or snow. In the dry and above 32F they suck big time. On the ice & snow they are great.
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Luke

The M3 are listed as instock on the site it that inorrect?

in the 225/45-17 ... they are gone for the season unless they are DSST tires (Dunlop self-supporting technology)
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Luke:
There is a run-flat version of the M3???

I just mounted 4 M3 this weekend (got the tires from you guys)...how to tell if my tires are run-flat or not?

and anything different about them???
they will be marked with the letters "DSST" (Dunlop self-supporting technology)
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Old 01-27-2004, 10:43 AM   #9
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what advantages would the DSST tires have over a regular tire?

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they will be marked with the letters "DSST" (Dunlop self-supporting technology)
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:25 PM   #10
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I've put LM-22s on my car in stock size. I am quite happy with them as far. I had LM-22s on my Eclipse some time ago and had no complaints as well. Pretty predictable and grip fine at snow. Soft, but these are winters not RE070.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:35 PM   #11
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Don't use WS - 50 unless your always driving on ice or snow. In the dry and above 32F they suck big time. On the ice & snow they are great.
I can attest to the great. I've got deep tracks in fresh snow on my 10 acres. You stop, give it a little torque and you go, simple as that.

Tight circles are like with rwd on chains, a similar feel, but with more total traction.

Heck, my snow blower just spun the knobby wheels, so I had to put chains over them. Even with chains and a locked differential I had to push or rock the thing as well every now and then. That's the kind of snow it was.

As far as I am concerned the 16" wheels with WS-50's and 17" wheels with SO-3's were a good choice.
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M3's or LM-22's, if you're going to be doing road/highway driving on mostly clear roads. I've driven both, and there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the two.

If you're going to be doing any Ice Trials or other Winter fun, then get the WS-50's. Guys with no power & heavy cars (but with Blizzaks) were running rings around my M2-shod WRX at a local Ice Trials event a couple weekends ago.

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Thanks ordered the LM-22. Boy getting wheels and tires 2nd dayed is killer on the wallet. Oh well get her Friday. Woo hoo.
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