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Old 12-17-2017, 01:31 PM   #1
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I am new to Subarus but this isn't my first awd sports sedan. I really like the WRX and decide to get rid of my gas hog truck for an 18 WRX Limited in Blue Pearl.

I have two questions and I have done some searching but didn't find the answer's for what i am wondering. I guess I could search longer to find those answers though

Which all season tires? Michelin PS A/S 3+, Bridgestone RE980as, or conti extreme contact DWS06. The local tire shop is pushing Contis but the michelin are only $40 more. I didn't get a price on the bridgestones

I live in TN and will not see enough snow to make me want winter tires or wheels and tires. These will become year round tires and the dunlop maxx tires will be sold for whatever they bring

I have had the conti dws on an Audi s4 and they did not last. The other two I have not tried out since they are newer and I have had a truck since 2013

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which floor liners do you prefer? I have the factory rubber all weather mats but want more coverage in the back. I looked at weather tech and husky but its hard to tell in the online pictures which is the best. I have owned vehicles that one fit better than the other and others where it was the opposite

Thanks for any help you can provide and sorry for the newbie questions
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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The tire choice is really up to you, and your needs. Go with what you want, not with what anyone else says. At the end of the day, you are the one paying for the product. I would go on to tirerack.com and look up reviews. As far as the floor mats, google floor mats that you are interested in. I'm certain that people with Impreza models have posted pictures with their floor mats. That should give you an idea of what it would look like in your WRX.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:23 PM   #3
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The tire choice is really up to you, and your needs. Go with what you want, not with what anyone else says. At the end of the day, you are the one paying for the product. I would go on to tirerack.com and look up reviews. As far as the floor mats, google floor mats that you are interested in. I'm certain that people with Impreza models have posted pictures with their floor mats. That should give you an idea of what it would look like in your WRX.
I'd like to get someone elses impression on both tires and the mats. Tire rack recommends the Michelins and predicts the Bridgestones to be better but they are new tires. The local tire store the recommended Continentals

Thanks for the reply though.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:41 PM   #4
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Forget the all season tires and spend money on some cheap, dedicated snow tires and wheels. If you're patient you can find extremely good deals on packages at discount tire direct, I'm talking less than $500 for snow tires and wheels, mounted balanced and shipped to your door. In almost thirty years of driving I've never come across a set of all seasons that have come close to a Max performance summer tire, in my opinion you'd be doing this car a disservice going to an all season. Snow tires are not just for snow, the tread compound of obviously more suited to cold temps. You may not get a lot of snow in TN but I'm sure you get low temps. All seasons are such a compromise, you're much better off getting two sets of tires instead of one that isn't really great at anything.

As for the mats, get the husky liners, they cover more, they're cheaper and they're made from a more durable material. The OEM mats are garbage.

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Old 12-17-2017, 04:45 PM   #5
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I'd like to get someone elses impression on both tires and the mats. Tire rack recommends the Michelins and predicts the Bridgestones to be better but they are new tires. The local tire store the recommended Continentals

Thanks for the reply though.
Fair enough, good luck with the search.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:26 PM   #6
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Well first full day with it and I have ordered Husky liners which I chose after reading @2015Sappers reply and subispeed's video. I realized subispeed like weathertech but I wanted the most coverage. I also picked up a change holder off subispeeds website after seeing them available and thinking the fuse door would of been a great place for another storage spot

Other than adding tint to the windows and swapping tires I will stay stock for a while if not forever. Possibly some cosmetic changes here or there but nothing crazy

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Old 12-18-2017, 10:16 AM   #7
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I ran on the previous gen DWS contis' so I can at least give you feedback on those ive never used the other two.

I found the DWS extemely surefooted in rain and competent enough in snow.

dry performance was... ok but the tires did feel a tad soft unelss inflated a tad higher. Steering also felt heavier with them compared to the stock summers.

overall I would buy them again probably.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:46 PM   #8
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I ran on the previous gen DWS contis' so I can at least give you feedback on those ive never used the other two.

I found the DWS extemely surefooted in rain and competent enough in snow.

dry performance was... ok but the tires did feel a tad soft unelss inflated a tad higher. Steering also felt heavier with them compared to the stock summers.

overall I would buy them again probably.
Thanks for the reply. I spoke with a guy I work with today who has an older STI and he runs the DWS also.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:21 PM   #9
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I run DWS's On my SRT Grand cherokee.

Best tire IMHO i managed to get 40k out of them I love the Built in Tread depth gauge. Water performance is Amazing. snow does great aswell

Just put the DWS 06's on and they are great aswell.

When I get the STI back from being rebuilt I plan to put DWS's on it also.

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Old 12-18-2017, 10:29 PM   #10
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I run DWS's On my SRT Grand cherokee.

Best tire IMHO i managed to get 40k out of them I love the Built in Tread depth gauge. Water performance is Amazing. snow does great aswell

Just put the DWS 06's on and they are great aswell.

When I get the STI back from being rebuilt I plan to put DWS's on it also.


Iíve done DWS before and they were my favorite tire of all time. Friends with some of the first DWS06 complain about flatspotting when the car sits during the day, some reviews ons online also mention it. Any problems with your set?
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:17 PM   #11
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Looks like a lot of people like the DWS's. My experience with them was on an Audi S4 which I had while living in south florida and they didn't last like I thought they should have. I guess mine were the original DWS's and I might have to try the newer ones. I will stop at a few more local shops and see what they recommend

Thanks for the replies

Any idea what I should ask for the stock Dunlops? I know they wont bring much since they are used but I would like to recoup some money
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:24 AM   #12
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Everyone responding are talking about the Conti DWS. The Conti DWS06 are a better tire. I run the DWS06 on the GTI, it's driven year round and even in light snow. I also have the Conti DWS06 on the Corvette (never goes out in the snow but makes a heck of a difference from the Michelin Pilot SS I run in warm weather). I am ordering the DWS06 for the Subaru. I have friends that have the Michelin A/S+3 on their cars that are driven only in cold weather and light snow and can't really tell much of a difference between them and the Conti DWS06. It sounds like you are like me, and swap out for summers and winters. Do yourself a favor and buy a second set of wheels to mount the cold weather tires. (There are some decent wheels that are not too expensive)....so why do I say this. Well many shops charge around $50 each time you swap those tires over. The other reason is that if TN is like CO, we often have winter days that will jump up into the 50's or above and you can easily jack up your car and put back on the summer tires if you like. I decided to buy good looking second pair of wheels, so I don't mind leaving the Continentals on...plus they perform great as an all season tire.....as long as you are not looking for max summer weather performance.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:10 AM   #13
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Looks like a lot of people like the DWS's. My experience with them was on an Audi S4 which I had while living in south florida and they didn't last like I thought they should have. I guess mine were the original DWS's and I might have to try the newer ones. I will stop at a few more local shops and see what they recommend

Thanks for the replies

Any idea what I should ask for the stock Dunlops? I know they wont bring much since they are used but I would like to recoup some money
I sold mine for about 400/450 if i remember back in the day.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:24 AM   #14
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If it was early spring or summer, I would think you could easily get $400-450; however with it already being winter they may be hard to sell for a decent price. I think you would be happy with the newer DWS06. The ones on the VW have been on for about 15K and aren't showing any wear yet.

Keep in mind that many local stores will recommend what they have in stock...of course there are also many that are able to order and willing to give an almost unbiased opinion.

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Looks like a lot of people like the DWS's. My experience with them was on an Audi S4 which I had while living in south florida and they didn't last like I thought they should have. I guess mine were the original DWS's and I might have to try the newer ones. I will stop at a few more local shops and see what they recommend

Thanks for the replies

Any idea what I should ask for the stock Dunlops? I know they wont bring much since they are used but I would like to recoup some money
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Consider picking up some performance winter tires on cheap alloys. Tire Rack has good packages. I've done this many times. Even with little snow, winter tires work far better in low temperatures. This way, you get the best in the summer and the best in the winter. Otherwise, you get "meh" all year round.
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Great idea, except the OP said his area doesn't get much snow. Also we tend to forget that the majority of folks never drive their cars near it's potential.

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Consider picking up some performance winter tires on cheap alloys. Tire Rack has good packages. I've done this many times. Even with little snow, winter tires work far better in low temperatures. This way, you get the best in the summer and the best in the winter. Otherwise, you get "meh" all year round.
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Consider picking up some performance winter tires on cheap alloys. Tire Rack has good packages. I've done this many times. Even with little snow, winter tires work far better in low temperatures. This way, you get the best in the summer and the best in the winter. Otherwise, you get "meh" all year round.
Live in Boston, MA area so winter tires a must...but even if "light snow" area there's no comparison for performance between summers (Dunlop Maxx GT in my case) and dedicated winters (Bridgestone Blizzak WS80). First really cold day with light snow or sleet and braking distances are the primary concern...as you slide into that other car/tree/off road, the concerns about "handling" disappear!
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Old 12-19-2017, 07:38 PM   #18
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Thanks for the replies

As mentioned above winters here are unpredictable with highs in the 20's one day and 50's the next or teens in the morning with highs 50-60. I will never track this car or drive recklessly so I don't need UHP Summer tires which aren't going to last a long time anyway. I bought this car because its fun to drive and awd so I can drive to and from work on the possibly 2-3 days that snow is on the road all winter and I hate front wheel drive cars.

If I can get a tire that will last the 1-2 years I will have this car and still be able to have fun on some of the local backroads I will be happy.

The WRX was my way of getting an awd car with decent performance without having to pay 50K+ for another car or SUV. I am really happy with it so far other than the rev hang which I am getting use to and the stall at higher rpms. Overall this is a good car that needs some adjustments to make it better. I debated on getting another Audi S4 or a used SRT Grand Cherokee and after driving the WRX I chose it and the lower cost.
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Great idea, except the OP said his area doesn't get much snow. Also we tend to forget that the majority of folks never drive their cars near it's potential.
Yah, I get it. Some people have a violent aversion to using the best tires for conditions. Even with zero snow, winter tires perform better when temperatures fall below 40.
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I agree. Don't forget to consider that true winter tires tend to wear out really fast in areas where the roads are mostly dry all winter long. I lived in Germany for over twenty years and you can bet I used the highest performance summer tires in the summer and the highest performance winter tires in the winter. For the record, true winter tires perform better when the weather is cold AND wet/snowy. If just hovering around 40 and no snow, a really good all season tire is just fine. Living in TN where the weather is not super cold or snowy for long periods might not justify the highest performance true winter tires for the OP.

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I just picked up the BFG G-force Comp 2 A/S for my 18. Winter tires were not in the budget. I was between those and the continentals; however, picked the BFGs because I have had good experiences with that brand tires on all of my previous vehicles. On the dry road they feel similar to the stocks except much more quiet. In icy conditions they felt grippier and stopped better than the Dunlops. We recently got 4/5 inches of snow so I was able to sneak out before the plow trucks got to my street. My neighborhood has some twisting roads and one big/steep hill. The tires did great, I was really surprised by the control/traction I had. Of course your milage will vary and it all could have been just the subi being the beast that it is ....
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Good choice with the husky liners. Picked up my '18 WRX last week and that was the first thing I got. They did feel somewhat flimsy compared to the all-weather mats I had in my previous car (e46), but they covered the entire area very well and they come with a lifetime warranty. The only thing I did notice and wasn't aware of prior to buying them, is that the mat covers the gas release lever completely. So you have to pull up the mat to open the gas door. Not a big deal though.
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I have the DWS06. From tirerack's review the Michelin are better handling more stiffer but I kinda like the DWS06 being a bit more comfortable as the WRX suspension really is on the harsh side.
Plus DWS06 has better snow performance. The DWS06 does flat spot a bit but it goes away after a mile or two. Most high performance tires do that.
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Old 12-21-2017, 04:15 PM   #24
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Good choice with the husky liners. Picked up my '18 WRX last week and that was the first thing I got. They did feel somewhat flimsy compared to the all-weather mats I had in my previous car (e46), but they covered the entire area very well and they come with a lifetime warranty. The only thing I did notice and wasn't aware of prior to buying them, is that the mat covers the gas release lever completely. So you have to pull up the mat to open the gas door. Not a big deal though.
You can always take a knife and cut it out but I prefer to have mine covered so water and dirt won't get in there.
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Old 12-21-2017, 05:11 PM   #25
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I’ve done DWS before and they were my favorite tire of all time. Friends with some of the first DWS06 complain about flatspotting when the car sits during the day, some reviews ons online also mention it. Any problems with your set?
The SRT is 5,000 pounds pretty much all the SRT tires face flat spotting, I had it even on my Stock run flats. There's actually a TSB about it. Size I run on my Jeep is 295/40/20XL

So big wide tire not alot of side wall with a 5,000 lb jeep gonna get a flat spot for first few miles works its way out quickly.
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