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Old 08-18-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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All right, When my STI come in, I'm replacing the tires, so witch once should I get. Now these are all from TireRack.com I live in NY, is snow about 1 to 4" a week and we normally have 4 big snow storms. That are any where from a 1 feet to 2 1/2 feet. People on the forum said to get the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-22 for winter tires. My problem is, if I get winter tires I have to get a second pair of rims.

I also found this tire, Michelin Pilot sport A/s. It looks like the best all-season tire I can find.

Can I get away with Michelins or should I just buy the bridgestones and put them on the stock rims and get some 18" rims for the summer?

Hear are the links to thw web site.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=0

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=3

I also went to my local tire shop and they said the Nokian WR's tires are the best for all-season?

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Old 08-18-2005, 10:47 PM   #2
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Get a second set of rims. The OEM tires are great summer tires. Get a great set of winters and you'll be set.
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Old 08-18-2005, 11:22 PM   #3
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Get a second set of rims. The OEM tires are great summer tires. Get a great set of winters and you'll be set.
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:27 AM   #4
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do you mean witch tire




or do you mean which tire?
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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do you mean witch tire

or do you mean which tire?
I think witch tires can usually be found on sale during Halloween!!

(Sorry, but I couldn't resist )
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:29 PM   #6
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Problem seems to be that you have to get pretty big wheels for winter to clear your brembos. Maybe you can get some Rotas for winter and keep your BBS with Re070s. If you decide to get just all seasons, you won't have any trouble selling your tires to offset the price of your new all seasons.
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Old 08-19-2005, 02:03 PM   #7
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I wouldn't get Pilot Sports AS for where you live. You need snows with the STI as it isn't great in the snow. Get another set of rims with some snows and be happy.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:22 PM   #8
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In your area go with the winters. Last winter I used Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW3 (225/45v17) and liked them. On other cars I have ran Bridgestone Blizzaks LM22 or LM25's and Pirelli Winter 210/240 SnowSports. All of them I liked too. On the Blizzaks the LM25 last a liitle longer than the LM22's. I have read that the Dunlop Wintersport M3s are also a good tire. You can't go wrong with one of them. They all have a different feel to them. If you do not need speed rated winters. Go with Blizzaks WS-50 or one of the Nokian winters.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:34 PM   #9
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Nokian WR's are great tires for fall, winter and spring, but they're not really performance tires. Many STi owners up here in Ontario use WR's as their winter tires and have another set of pure summer tires for the warmer months. It really depends on what you want. If you're only getting one set of tires then you have to sacrifice either summer performance or winter performace. If you're gettingtwo sets of tires you can get better performance all year round.
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:14 PM   #10
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If my STi was driven often in an area with snow, I'd defintely have a set of 'winter wheels'. I'd get some cheap, strong 17's that would clear the STi brembos and prolly get a 205/60/17. The larger, skinnier tire would do three things: give the car a bit more clearance, be much more forgiving on you and your shocks in the holes and ruts, and being skinnier (less surface area) dig into the snow better for better traction (look at the tires rally cars run during the snow).

My assumption is that if there is snow or the chance for ice, the loss of 'dry grip and cornering ability' really won't matter.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:31 PM   #11
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I wouldn't get Pilot Sports AS for where you live. You need snows with the STI as it isn't great in the snow. Get another set of rims with some snows and be happy.
Wait a minit, 1 of the pros of buying the STI was it was very good in the snow

I'm selling my 04 spec V because it s*** in the snow and it only has 145fwhp and massive qu. steer problem. And NO TURBO
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:31 PM   #12
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Wait a minit, 1 of the pros of buying the STI was it was very good in the snow

I'm selling my 04 spec V because it s*** in the snow and it only has 145fwhp and massive qu. steer problem. And NO TURBO
the sti is good in the snow if you have the right equipment...you get what you pay for, if you want the most out of your car...separate sets are the way to go.
all season tires will get you thru the snow just fine but you'll lose alot in the performance department, remember you came from some of the best tires available in the states RE070. for roughly $800 - it should worth every single penny. you'll thank yourself in a few months.
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:35 PM   #13
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I like the Dunlop Wintersport M3's. Also, no NEED for a second set of rims, but it certainly makes things easier.
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Old 08-20-2005, 07:49 AM   #14
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My friend had separate sets and his STI was still **** in the snow compared to my wrx with RE92's. I believe it had something to do with the differentials. His car won'r turn.
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minit...witch....I weep for the future of our nation.
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