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Old 07-28-2004, 09:43 AM   #1
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Have an 02 WRX wagon. I'm moving to CO and have no experience with snow. Are the RE92's livable in the snow?
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Old 07-28-2004, 10:39 AM   #2
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My experience over in Utah where we have the "Greatest Snow on Earth" my potenza's handled pretty good. My suggestion is just slow down in the snow, and take the low-profiles OFF your car if you have them.
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:06 AM   #3
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The RE92's are definitely livable in snow. The biggest thing you have to remember is that having AWD doesn't mean you have unlimited traction in the snow.
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:33 AM   #4
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Could depend on where in Colorado you are going to live.

I have a set of Blizzaks and never have to worry about the snow.
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Old 07-28-2004, 12:10 PM   #5
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Thanks, it's pretty much a stocker right now, I just didn't know if the RE92's would be particularly bad on the snow. I can adjust my driving accordingly, just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to be on a really bad tire. I'll be moving just west of Denver, probably Evergreen or Golden.

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Old 07-28-2004, 01:47 PM   #6
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After driving a tire that is more capable in the snow, you'll see that the re-92's aren't that great.

If you will live in the hills(evergreen), I would suggest a set of snow tires(blizzaks or dunlop'sM2) for the winter. Down in town, you can get away with out them. Really only a few days of commuting in stormy weather.

If you can afford them, get 'em if you plan to drive around a lot in the winter and go up skiing.
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:02 AM   #7
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How many miles do you have on the tires?

I drove up from Denver for skiing about 30 days the first year and had no problems with about 8000 miles on my RE92s. One weekend, I drove up and back 3 times, with 120 miles of snowpacked roads all the way from Denver to Beaver Creek. Keep in mind, as the tires wear down, you have less tread, so I don't yet know how they'll perform after 16000 miles of wear.
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:21 PM   #8
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What jibco says is true. Once you leave the RE-92's in favor of a better suited tire, you realize the 'poos are crap. But I managed a couple of winters out of mine and I'm alive.

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Old 08-02-2004, 11:34 AM   #9
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A pretty darn decent all season tire is the Kumho ASX. A v rated tire with a pretty heavy tread pattern. Pretty cheap too. Get the thinnest sidewall you can because the 55's I ran for a bit were kinda floppy.
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Old 08-02-2004, 03:43 PM   #10
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If i can survive in a Miata with Cooper Cobra all seasons in the snow, i think your WRX should be fine. I tried to move out of my parking space in the snow with my Azenis, and i just sat there. it was funny.

I would reccomend a set of blizzaks on steel or stock wheels though. I had them on my RS and it was pretty much unstoppable.
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Old 08-02-2004, 06:15 PM   #11
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I've got some Dunlop wintersport M3's. They kicked A for me this last winter
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Old 08-03-2004, 01:15 AM   #12
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I've got dunlop wintersports on stock wheels on mine. Very hardcore awesome snow tires... but a bit much for dry pavement.
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:09 PM   #13
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The RE92's did pretty well for me in the snow for my first two years. I just used them up and upgraded to the Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S. I just put them on, but they are significantly better in the dry and wet, and I anticipate they will be at least as good as the RE92's in the snow. I highly recommend them if you are looking for an all-season tire.
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Old 08-17-2004, 05:44 AM   #14
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RE92's are fine in the snow, as long as they have enough tread and you drive at sane speeds. they dont do so well on ice though, as my RF wheel will tell you...
studs are the only thing that is any good on ice though.
Cant wait for winter!!
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Old 08-18-2004, 02:48 AM   #15
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My re92's took me through everything just fine. It's not so much the tire as it is the driver. Sure, if you're rolling your 18s in the winter with low profile tires you're going to slide all over. I stuck with the re92s through the winter and went up skiing about 25 times. One time it snowed about 2 feet overnight and I got from the cabin to the opening lift without a single holdup due to traction.

Simply put, Subaru's OWN the winter and the mountains. I dare someone to try and beat a Subaru in the mountains with another car. Anyone to beat me over Berthoud pass in a near whiteout in another brand of car wins $20.
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