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Old 02-25-2004, 11:50 AM   #1
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I may be moving to Colorado in a couple of months but I need new tires regardless if I do or don't. I just need tires for normal law-abiding street driving that can handle ice and snow (and whatever Colorado throws at me) if needed. I've lived in Florida since before getting a driver's license so I was wondering what sort of tires are needed or if I'm good with stock.
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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Additional info: I'm looking to move to Denver.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:25 PM   #3
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I've got a set of Bridgestone B420 all-seasons on my stock wheels for the winter and Falken Ziex ZE-512's on my 17's for the summer. Pretty much any all-season tire will work year round, but it's more fun to have a performance tire for the summer.

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Old 02-25-2004, 03:31 PM   #4
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I have a set of "skinny" Kumho Ecsta ASX (all-seasons) on my SS for the winter. If all-seasons work on that thing, they'll work just fine on a Subaru Of course I have nice fat summer tires for when the snow goes away.

They do a really good job cleaning the streets around here so an all-season will do you just fine.

BTW: when I had my RS I ran all-seasons with no problems. When I had a DSM I threw snows on there and it was pretty neat how much extra grip they had over the all-seasons. As long as you don't try to drive in the snow like you do in the dry you'll be ok.
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Old 02-25-2004, 04:33 PM   #5
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As long as you don't try to drive in the snow like you do in the dry you'll be ok.
Haven't driven in snow yet. Just turn the wheel all the way to the left and floor it, right? Look out Denver!!!
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Old 02-25-2004, 04:54 PM   #6
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no, you got it all wrong. You have to turn it all the way to the RIGHT!
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Old 02-25-2004, 09:30 PM   #7
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it doesn't snow often enough or stick around long enough to justify dedicated snow tires in denver, IMO.
I run your average all seasons too.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:27 AM   #8
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I'm currently running the Yokohama YK420 all season. Not a bad tire. They have done well so far (snow, rain, dry). If the place I got these from would have had the Dunlop SP5000's in stock I would have gotten those instead.

I say go with ContiExtremes or SP5000's.
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:30 PM   #9
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c'mon up for this weekend....if we're gonna get it like the weathermen are predicting then I'll show you what driving in the snow is all about...
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Old 02-27-2004, 09:04 AM   #10
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I say go with ContiExtremes or SP5000's.
Agreed. I've got the SP5000s on my car now and have no complaints. Need to replace them though, so I'm going to give the ContiExrtemes a try next. Both have good reviews on tirerack, but the contis are about $25 cheaper/tire.
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:28 PM   #11
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Definately go with the Continental ContiExtreme Contacts. Cheap, but awesome tire. (I have them on my car)
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:26 PM   #12
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I will also recommend the ContiExtreme tires. I have been very happy with their snow performance and they aren't that bad in the dry either. I am using them for winter only though.
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:23 PM   #13
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BFG KDWS are by far the best do everything tire I have ever used. Great for the Front Range. Dry A, Wet A+, Dirt A, Snow B, Ice C. Doesn't snow in Denver nearly as much as advertised. When it does it melts quickly. I would recommend snow tires only if you plan on going into the mountains every weekend to ski.

BTW Colorado WRX owners hang out at clubwrx.net. Welcome.
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Old 02-28-2004, 11:10 PM   #14
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I have Continental ContiExtreme Contacts on my car also. I would HIGHLY recommend them, great in the snow, rain and in the mountains.
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Old 02-29-2004, 10:06 AM   #15
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KDWS blows away the Continentals. Continentals have too much sidewall flex. The BFG's are about $25 more per tire but you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:41 AM   #16
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Just FYI...I have a set of Bridestone Blizzak LM-22's for sale with 4000 miles wear (97% tread remaining). Size is 225/45/17 and am asking $350 shipped...check out the reviews on Tire Rack....have a good one.
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:19 AM   #17
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spammer! ban him, ban him!!
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Old 03-02-2004, 01:11 AM   #18
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Just FYI...I have a set of Bridestone Blizzak LM-22's for sale with 4000 miles wear (97% tread remaining). Size is 225/45/17 and am asking $350 shipped...check out the reviews on Tire Rack....have a good one.
where the hell were you last fall?
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Old 03-02-2004, 06:06 AM   #19
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Stock tires were good enough for me all last winter for 36 ski days driving up to the resorts including a weekend driving up and back 3 times on 200 miles each way snow-packed roads all the way from Denver to Vail and Beaver Creek.

If you are just going to stay in town and not drive to the mountains, stock tires are more than good enough. In 2 months, it'll be May, and probably no snow storms of any accumulation then. But if your stock tires are almost bald and you need to replace anyway, I've heard the Continental Extreme Contacts are superior to stock in snow as well as dry.
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:04 PM   #20
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If you are just going to stay in town and not drive to the mountains, stock tires are more than good enough. In 2 months, it'll be May, and probably no snow storms of any accumulation then. But if your stock tires are almost bald and you need to replace anyway, I've heard the Continental Extreme Contacts are superior to stock in snow as well as dry.
My tires are stock and they are definitely going bald, I will need to replace them before I attempt to drive from here to Colorado. Hopefully I'll be able to find a job that pays me enough so I can afford to go into the mountains. I'm not a beach person, I'm a mountain person. I don't know if I'll be there in time to catch the end of this snow season.

Thanks to everyone for their help.
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:51 PM   #21
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I've been running Nokian's that are studded when snow is forecast or when I go skiing and it's been snowing. I've been running some random cheapo big-o all-weather when it's dry. (gotta make those nokian's last ) Anyways, if you go skiing a lot then it's half the fun of going when you blast up Berthoud Pass like a jackass. For the summer I think I'll move to something like Azenis in 17s. And also maybe some dogmeat to chew up at Second Creek.

-Brian

P.S. I'm looking for 17" wheels, email me at my user name at yahoo.com if you're looking to sell some.

*Edit* Also, I've driven my Scoob around in snow storms with SP8000's (performance dry tires). Not fun unless you want to spin and twirl like a balerina...
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Old 03-02-2004, 11:40 PM   #22
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^ Werd to the Berthoud pass thing, I love that pass with a passion. Hell, I go ski for 3 hours at Mary Jane just to drive the pass as fast as I can.
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Old 03-10-2004, 04:49 AM   #23
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Just spent 6 wks in CO and MT... Had my LM-22s - stock size, on the older RS wheels on for the trip. Those plus PPP3 = unstoppable / unbeatable over Berthoud
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