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Old 11-12-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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So I have a bit of a dilemma . . . I currently have Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50's on 16" steelies. I also have my stock RE92s on stock 16" wheels, but they're pretty much done.

I do have a bit of money to spend, and I want 17" wheels. My original plan was to get some good summer performance tires, and only switch to the Blizzaks when I know I'm going to be heading into some serious snow/ice. However, there are enough times where I might be heading to a ski hill where about 90% of the drive would be on bare pavement and only the last 10% or so would be in snow or sketchy conditions. It doesn't seem worth putting all that wear on relatively short-lived (and expensive) snow tires, but then again it doesn't seem smart to be driving to ski hills on 17" performance tires, either.

So, should I still get performance tires for winter and then buy some cheap 16" all seasons for the rest of the year and save the Blizzaks for ice racing and hard-core snow driving? Or should I settle for an all-round compromise (and save some money) and just get good 17" all seasons?

BTW, I was strongly leaning towards the BFGoodrich KDW for a summer tire.

EDIT - I should also add that in Vancouver, a "summer" tire has to be excellent in the rain as well, so wet traction really takes precedence over dry traction, ultimately.
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Old 11-13-2004, 07:59 AM   #2
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get summer tires for the 17's and don't worry about the over exaggerated wear characteristics of the WS50 (they only have wear issues when it's warm i.e. above 50 degrees)
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Old 11-13-2004, 11:29 PM   #3
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Get 17" rims and put on good high performance all season tires like Pirelli PZero Nero M&S. They perform as well as summer tires and you no longer have to worry about anything. Switch to WS-50's whenever weather is at extreme.
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Old 11-14-2004, 04:34 PM   #4
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Nokian WR. The only four-season tire to carries the Severe Service Emblem exceeding new government snow condition regulations
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Old 11-14-2004, 07:44 PM   #5
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Hey banman....

run what I have for the 17s, which is the Goodyear F1 GS-D3. Get them from TireRack seeing that the exchange rate favours us, and never look back. I'm still running the F1s (summer tires) now and I've driven them in hail passing others. Definitely the right wet performance tire for Vancouver, and I doubt you will need the little bit of extra grip in the dry that you might get from the SO3s and such.
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Old 11-14-2004, 07:45 PM   #6
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One more thing - running the winters here between December and April shouldn't be a problem. The F1s should probably last me till December before I have to swap them out for my Kumho KW15s. FYI I just got the F1s in April/May of this year.
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