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Old 09-23-2005, 11:34 AM   #1
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Hey guys,
My brother and myself are in need of some tires for late fall through early spring. We are kinda on the fence --not sure if we should go with winters(Hankook w300) or all-seasons(Falken zeix 512). Anyone out there have any experience with both of these tires? We get snow, mainly december through february, but the roads never stay bad for very long. I know the snow grip would be a lot better with the Hankooks, but what about tire wear? A significant part of our winters are just cold with no fresh snow --would this cause the hankooks to wear very fast? Is the added grip that significant, or worth the extra $20 per tire? BTW, these tires would be mounted on stock wrx rims and 17x8 torques(for the STi). We were thinking snows for the wrx, and all-seasons for the STi(because of dccd).

I know... do a search I have, but but found that many posts conflicted. Just looking for some info from people who have similar winter weather climates and have been through these(or similar) tires. Thanks everyone.

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edit. just saw the conti sport contacts. Tread looks good for snow. Would these kinda bridge tha gap between the w300's and zeix 512's?
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Old 09-23-2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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.....d00d....the sti NEEDS a better tire than the 512....really.....and if ya wanna have the LEAST possible chance of bending yer rig, get 100% snow tires and screw AS tires.

....dccd has NOTHING whatsoever to do with it.
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Old 09-23-2005, 11:48 AM   #3
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I've got two seasons on my Dunlop M3's, and expect to get two more out of them.

I will probably switch to all seasons when these wear out. Likely the Nokian WR (snow rated a/s) or Continental Extreme Contact (an EVO running them was a consistent winner in the snow tire AWD group at the Winnebago ice races).

I don't think we get enough snow on the ground to justify the reduced dry performance of a dedicated snow tire.

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Old 09-23-2005, 12:13 PM   #4
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The dry performance of the M3s is better than a lot of A/S tires.
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Old 09-23-2005, 12:27 PM   #5
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The dry performance of the M3s is better than a lot of A/S tires.
It was better than the RE92s, that's for sure.
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Old 09-23-2005, 01:11 PM   #6
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Whatever wear you put on your winter tires is wear you save on your summer tires.

A lot of STi guys in this neck of the woods use Nokian WR's for winter and a perfomance summer tire in summer. This is a good set up if most of your driving is on highways and paved roads.
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Old 09-23-2005, 02:46 PM   #7
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Thanks so much guys. Looks like snow tires for me. I will probably go with the Hankook w300's --can't really find anything negative about them. Any reason to look elsewhere? 225/45/17's are only 90 bucks a tire --that seems awsome!

Also considering Nokian wr's --every owner of this set seems to rave about these. I can't find any sites that list price. About what do these run in a 225/45/17 size?

Thanks again everyone,
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Old 09-23-2005, 03:55 PM   #8
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Also considering Nokian wr's --every owner of this set seems to rave about these. I can't find any sites that list price. About what do these run in a 225/45/17 size?

Thanks again everyone,
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i know the 205/55/16 nokian WRs run roughly $150...so its gotta be north of that for the 17s

i thought the contisportcontact is a summer tire. have fun wrapping your sti around a tree. and you can tell if a tire is good in the snow by their tread pattern?! oy...
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:53 PM   #9
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"i thought the contisportcontact is a summer tire. have fun wrapping your sti around a tree. and you can tell if a tire is good in the snow by their tread pattern?! oy..."


I meant the all-seasons(conti extreme contact)... give me a little credit

I've read tread pattern has a lot to do with how a tire handles different conditions --is that wrong? I know rubber compound plays a big part too. Thanks for estamate on the nokians --I hadn't seen any prices on those listed. Price is a little steep for me. I've made it through 2 winters now with re92's --cheap snows can't be any worse --I hope. Anyways, thanks everyone for your responses.
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"i thought the contisportcontact is a summer tire. have fun wrapping your sti around a tree. and you can tell if a tire is good in the snow by their tread pattern?! oy..."


I meant the all-seasons(conti extreme contact)... give me a little credit

I've read tread pattern has a lot to do with how a tire handles different conditions --is that wrong? I know rubber compound plays a big part too. Thanks for estamate on the nokians --I hadn't seen any prices on those listed. Price is a little steep for me. I've made it through 2 winters now with re92's --cheap snows can't be any worse --I hope. Anyways, thanks everyone for your responses.
hey, dont let your eyes deceive you. gravel tires look ALOT like snow tires but they actually use summer compound. they would completely suck in the snow.

i am sure the w300 or the w404 are plenty adequate if you're coming from re92s.
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