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Old 10-01-2008, 10:13 PM   #20
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Minnesota
2009 WRX 5dr


year: 2009
make: subaru
model: wrx
location: minnesota
tires only or winter package: tires

The rim size is 17x7. Stock tire is 225x45r17

Is it better to get a wider winter tire or narrower winter tire? I see in rally racing they use pretty narrow tires on the snow stages, but they are also studded. I would think on ice a wider tire would allow a larger contact patch, where a narrower tire would allow your tire to get closer to the road (more weight concentrated on a smaller area).

In minnesota it does snow often but they roads get plowed quickly (atleast where i live), so you are rarely driving on fresh snow. Typically the snow is really well packed or the roads are icy. I am looking for a tire that is better on the ice than the snow. I want a tire that wont wear out quickly since it will see much more pavement time than snow/ice time.

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