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Old 01-15-2017, 06:29 PM   #301
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Just picked up my 2017 wrx. Got lucky a friend of mine had his old speed3 winter set up (blizzaks ws60 215 50 17 msw wheels) kwasting away in his basement (he moved up to a 2012 c63 amg). Luckily they were within the 1/4 in rule. Should get 2 seasons out of them. Have yet to see snow but love the way the set up looks.

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Old 01-15-2017, 08:04 PM   #302
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We don't get a heck of a lot of snow in Portland Oregon, but I still have dedicated winter tires on both cars. The Baja has Blizzak WS80's and the lifted Impreza has Hankook IPikes with studs.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:29 PM   #303
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We don't get a heck of a lot of snow in Portland Oregon, but I still have dedicated winter tires on both cars. The Baja has Blizzak WS80's and the lifted Impreza has Hankook IPikes with studs.

Great choices. I have iPikes on the WRX and WS80 on the wife's outback sport. The WS80 is a good bit softer than the ipikes.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:07 PM   #304
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Snow an mud the ws80s are a beast, or maybe its the AWD... what works for ice? Actual stud tires?
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:12 PM   #305
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Snow an mud the ws80s are a beast, or maybe its the AWD... what works for ice? Actual stud tires?
Quality snow tires are 75% better than "all season" tires but studded or chains (where applicable) take the cake on ice.
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:55 PM   #306
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Brand new WS80's or XI3's for ice. Studs still work but modern studless have been more than adept at any ice we get. Granted I dont live in especially icy country, we do get it. Most of us have to split the difference because we dont get just one kind of snow. We just got 4 days of heavy rain followed by 120" of snow. Dry, powdery awesome snow, but in the process, it fell on wetness, making lots of slush and standing water, and because there was so much snow and so many people up skiing populating the roads, it turned to ice from so many people driving on it before they could clear it all. It was an icy mess and they just got caught up.

Point is, the advantage on ice of studs is only as good as the brand of conditions you get in your area. Studs will help on straight ice, but wont really contribute anywhere else on the snow spectrum.Also that modern studless are very good, albeit different than, studded tires. You do drive them differently, but Ive used a bunch and they are very very good on ice, especially when new. Never regretted leaving studs behind 15 years ago or more.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:35 PM   #307
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I live in Wisconsin and I've had snow tires on a 2013 Outback and my ex-girlfriend has 2007 Outback with snow tires. My Impreza does not have snow tires. I've noticed there's a difference between the two. Even with the all-wheel drive being so aggressive the lack of grip is noticed. My all season tires seem to do a fair enough job.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:04 PM   #308
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Quality snow tires are 75% better than "all season" tires but studded or chains (where applicable) take the cake on ice.
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I live in Wisconsin and I've had snow tires on a 2013 Outback and my ex-girlfriend has 2007 Outback with snow tires. My Impreza does not have snow tires. I've noticed there's a difference between the two. Even with the all-wheel drive being so aggressive the lack of grip is noticed. My all season tires seem to do a fair enough job.
My car....I use good all seasons year round.
For my wife's old 99 Impreza L wagon, she had 2 sets of wheels. A set of "9 month tires" and a decent of Blizzaks for winter.
Why? Just a bit more margin and she was normally driving the kids around.

Yes, ice is a WHOLE different animal.....period.
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:49 AM   #309
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What does anyone think of the Continental Wintercontact SI tires.

Living in Detroit currently, snow gets bad, they dont plow very often, turns to compacted snow/ice mix on the roads.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:37 AM   #310
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You need to come on over here, lots of discussion and info. Youll wanna join up toward the last several pages, where this season comes in, everyones discussing the current models. Your Q's will be best answered there.
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=1608459
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:41 PM   #311
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The answer should be all of them.

If you live somewhere it snows you should have snow tires regardless of if you have AWD or not.

If you live somewhere it doesn't snow than you shouldn't own a Subaru or any AWD for that matter unless you live down a muddy road.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:30 PM   #312
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Summer setup:
Stocker BBS/Dunlops

Winter setup:
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Old 04-27-2018, 06:14 PM   #313
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I have a 2007 outback and a 2010 forester - both with summer and snow tires. The snow tires are worth every penny.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:46 PM   #314
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MD driver here.

I switch to a set of Dunlop Winter 3D's from December through March. Keeps me planted in poor conditions.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:31 AM   #315
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Whether Subaru or otherwise, yes, I live where there is enough winter to use snows and remove them about...now for either summers or AT's for the truck.

Doesnt matter if you have ten wheel drive, without appropriate tires for the conditions, physics will own the hell out of you. Rather have fwd with snows than a subaru with stock AS in an actual snow event, as far as actual driving is concerned, not getting through chain check of course. So many people get through the chain check just fine in their OEM tire clad suv's and subarus and so on, only to cause calamity further on when they learn about how important winter tires are and why theyre crashed up and blocking the interstate.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:41 AM   #316
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This is my first WRX let alone first AWD vehicle and I'll definitely be purchasing a set of dedicated winter wheel/tires. All the other vehicles I've had, whether it were only RWD or 4WD, I always had a dedicated set of winter wheel/tires. I even switched out sets on my 1/2 ton pickup.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:16 PM   #317
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First winter I had some on my old car. Now will always have them. Sold my old car, and got a new car that came with winter tires and kept mine, so I have two pairs to wear out. Curious to see how my A/Tís do in snowy stuff. Not going to be anywhere near as good as snow tires, but better than all season for sure.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:38 PM   #318
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^^actually, check up on that, a lot of tire tests showed the AS as better in snow than AT, just by a narrow margin. Tirerack has some to see i think
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:48 AM   #319
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I've been using DWS 06s year round with out any issues here in NY. They are decent in snow,wet & dry imo.
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:53 PM   #320
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I used to run DWS-06s year round, they were fine until about 4/32"-ish in the snow, then it got hairy - I bout a set of dedicated snows a few years back and was glad I did - instead of being fine in the snow, I can have a lot of fun in the snow now; huge difference, even though for an AS the DWS-06s were good in the snow. I suggest dedicated sets.

I run a 225/45/17 DWS-06 in the warm months and a 205/55/16 General Altimax Arctic in CT winters.

When the DWS-06s wear out, I'm looking to go 245/40/17 on some 17x8's for warm months with sticker rubber, because they won't have to run double duty anymore.

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Old 05-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #321
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I will be getting a set of wheels/tires to use just for winter, but not sure what will fit this car as I would like to use 18" wheels (instead of the 19" that come on it).
Are there specific 18" wheels I should look for? I don't need anything high dollar (they will be just for winter, we get a good bit of snow and the state road loves to use salt).
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