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Old 10-03-2018, 08:02 PM   #26
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Not exactly... Lol.. that was, bought them used, (from the rich) in State College.
Ran them winter(325whp)/summer(400whp)/winter(400), then sold the wheels with the tires on them.

My old man, runs them year round, on his SF..
No handling issues or tread squirm during the summer?
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:08 AM   #27
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My daily driver (not a Subaru) runs Michelin X-Ice in the winter. They're okay. When they wear out, I'll probably go with Nokian all-seasons (pricey but good) or the above mentioned Generals (cheap and good for the price) since I put a lot of miles on the car.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:49 PM   #28
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No handling issues or tread squirm during the summer?
None, a stock WRX would notice.
Plus you will be running a lower profile tire, then a 225/55/r17..

A tiny bit, with the added power but nothing that every made it feel unsafe or unconnected to the road.

I had major tire brand, tires.. That were less safe feeling and would wash out, on damp roads.. (not snow tires)
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:07 AM   #29
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My daily driver (not a Subaru) runs Michelin X-Ice in the winter. They're okay. When they wear out, I'll probably go with Nokian all-seasons (pricey but good) or the above mentioned Generals (cheap and good for the price) since I put a lot of miles on the car.
Nokians are what our Outback came with from the first owner. At first I thought "what is that noise?" then realized it was road noise from the tires.

I did some numbers comparison on tire rack & it looks like pirelli winter sottozero 3's have similar ice braking and snow handling to xi3s but with better dry & wet braking.

I think I'm going to go for sure this time with 225/50R17 sottozero 3s on 17x8 +45 wheels (should fit without issues whatsoever).

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Old 11-02-2018, 08:47 PM   #30
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Well, as the WRX is arriving at the dealership on Monday, I ordered the wheel & tire set from tire rack.

Went with winter sottozero 3s in 225/50 mounted on 17x8 +45 Motegi MMR 118s. Dealership will put them on and stick the stocks in the trunk.

I think I'm now set for winter.

It's going to be interesting as I'm going to be working near Buffalo and driving back to Montrose on the weekends.
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Old 12-28-2018, 02:02 PM   #31
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General Altimax Artic got me through years with no issues
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:43 PM   #32
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I'm running Michelin X-Ice xi3s and quite like them. They handled our first real snowfall here just fine, and I'm excited for more!
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:56 PM   #33
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I run Bridgestone Blizzak studless during the winter on my WRX, phenomenal in the snow and very little road noise on the freeways.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:51 PM   #34
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I'm sure you already made your selection, but General Altimax Artic is my go to winter tire that performs well and doesn't break the bank. I've got Michelin X-Ice XI3 on my Crosstrek for the 4th winter right now (previously ran them on my 05 OBXT the 3 winters prior) and sold a set of General Altimax Artics with my OBXT. My 19 Outback has Nokian Hakka R3 on them and I'm pretty impressed. They are a bit squishy, but that's also due to a big sidewall on the 17" wheels.

You won't go wrong with the Generals, Nokians, or Michelin. Blizzaks get great reviews, but don't last as long as Bridgestone uses different tread compounds as the tire wears and where I can easily get 4+ winter's out of other snow tires, you are lucky to get 3 out of the blizzaks. BTW, we aren't too far away from eat other.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:24 AM   #35
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I'm sure you already made your selection, but General Altimax Artic is my go to winter tire that performs well and doesn't break the bank. I've got Michelin X-Ice XI3 on my Crosstrek for the 4th winter right now (previously ran them on my 05 OBXT the 3 winters prior) and sold a set of General Altimax Artics with my OBXT. My 19 Outback has Nokian Hakka R3 on them and I'm pretty impressed. They are a bit squishy, but that's also due to a big sidewall on the 17" wheels.

You won't go wrong with the Generals, Nokians, or Michelin. Blizzaks get great reviews, but don't last as long as Bridgestone uses different tread compounds as the tire wears and where I can easily get 4+ winter's out of other snow tires, you are lucky to get 3 out of the blizzaks. BTW, we aren't too far away from eat other.
Yup, I made my decision over 2 months ago. I went with Pirelli winter sottozero 3 winter performance tires.

I have not regretted my decision. However, with the amount of driving I'm doing, I might regret it if they don't last till spring. I don't know how many miles of winter driving these will get me. I'm already over 9k miles on the tires. At around 8k during dealership service (OCI), they said I had 7/32 left on the tires. No clue what the depth was at the start.

Oh we're really close, since I work just outside of East Aurora.
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Yup, I made my decision over 2 months ago. I went with Pirelli winter sottozero 3 winter performance tires.

I have not regretted my decision. However, with the amount of driving I'm doing, I might regret it if they don't last till spring. I don't know how many miles of winter driving these will get me. I'm already over 9k miles on the tires. At around 8k during dealership service (OCI), they said I had 7/32 left on the tires. No clue what the depth was at the start.

Oh we're really close, since I work just outside of East Aurora.
Yeah, I had a bit over 20k on my 3 season old x-ice tires this fall when I put them on my Crosstrek and they had about 8/32" left. I think they were 10/32" when new. Pretty good IMHO.
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Old 01-14-2019, 04:19 PM   #37
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Good. I considered x-ice, but thought about what kind of conditions I'd be driving in, and it was mostly pavement and with the climate we're in, even with heavy snowfall, the roads will be actively plowed so not a lot of pure on-snow driving but lots of thin slush, light ice, light snow on road driving. So I went with winter performance that handles more wet and dry than snow in the very cold.

My wife, on the other hand with the outback, we're going to replace her nokians (previous owner used their studless ice & snow tires as year round tires, so this winter is the last season the nokians will be used) with a decent studless ice & snow tire from Sam's next winter, and this spring we'll put on an all season wheel & tire set onto her outback.
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Well, I just ordered a 19 WRX so I'll have to pick up another set of winter tires and hopefully some 17" wheels to go with them. For a long time, I've had multiple Subarus that all take 5x100 wheels and now in the span of only a few months I'm going to have two 5x114.3 Subarus so I'm going to have to make some adjustments.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:33 AM   #39
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Well, I just ordered a 19 WRX so I'll have to pick up another set of winter tires and hopefully some 17" wheels to go with them. For a long time, I've had multiple Subarus that all take 5x100 wheels and now in the span of only a few months I'm going to have two 5x114.3 Subarus so I'm going to have to make some adjustments.
I did quite well going with base model wheel sizing when picking out my winter setup. So, while my WRX came with 18x8.5 wheels with summer tires, I went with 17x8 wheels for the winters.

If you look around, you'll see that I went with some motegis bought from Tire Rack. Offset is +45 and it looks good on the car, too. 225/50 fits just fine on them and has same overall diameter as the wheel + tire diameter on stock 18x8.5s.
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