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Old 11-14-2004, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default NW winter tire setups w/ reviews...

I was wondering what you guys use for the winter months especially since we really don't get much snow/ice.

Does anyone do fine on good, high performance all seasons for the winter?

I was thinking of either Falken Ziex 512's or Nokian WR's for my STI for the winter, stockers for the summer. Any all seasons with good sub 40 degree wet/dry performance?

I don't venture up to the passes much, so I don't think I want to lose all dry performance as I would with snow tires.

What do you think of this idea?

Last year I tried to drive to the tire shop in snow on TOYO(225/40/18)T1-s and it was SCARY!!! I went back to RE-92's for the rest of the mild winter last year and it wasn't great but not scary either.
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Old 11-14-2004, 07:26 PM   #2
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im thinking of just getting my re92's siped. its cheap and one of the guys i work with swears by it on his 4x4.
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Old 11-14-2004, 08:35 PM   #3
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I heard somewhere that they won't sipe your tires unless they are new. Is that true? If not who will do it and how much?

I have the falken 512s in 225/50/16 on my 87 supra. They were ok in all conditions. I had them on for last winters snow. I had to avoid going up hills though (rear drive in snow is A LOT harder to drive, but A LOT more fun ). I would say they are a lot better than the RE 92s in the dry and rain. Not sure about snow and ice.
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Old 11-14-2004, 10:28 PM   #4
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I suspect shops might not sipe used tires because of the grit and grime that would/could/can dull the siping knife.

If, and only if, it snows real good, will I put on my snow tires. Then look out! Thats cause I took a knife too them and cut out (ie removed completely) the tread in a zig zag pattern all around the tire. I didnt want to, but had to, remove the studs. This is because they are my RallyCross tires. If I get another set of studded snow tires, I will do the same, but keep the studs. As it is, lets just say there is no comparison to stock snow tires! Snow Ahoy!
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Old 11-15-2004, 01:08 AM   #5
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as far as siping your tires goes.... there are plenty of shops around my place that advertise "get your tires siped for the rain" etc etc...

the only reason they might NOT sipe a tire is if there's a conflict with an old plug repair or the tread is too worn..... at least, that's what i've heard

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