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Old 03-22-2018, 10:11 PM   #7176
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2018 WRX, going to use the stock 18s for permanent cold weather use. I'm in the Midwest with relatively mild winters. It's mostly wet and cold and usually the only place I'm driving on actual snow is in my neighborhood.

I think some winter biased (if that's even a thing) all seasons would suit me well. Looking to keep the price reasonably low. Any ideas?
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Old 03-23-2018, 08:25 AM   #7177
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Do you want to have two sets of wheels?

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Old 03-23-2018, 11:53 AM   #7178
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Do you want to have two sets of wheels?

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Yes, so I don't have to go back and forth mounting and unmounting tires.

I know 17s are mentioned because you can get better tires + steelies for about the same price as good 18" tires, but I'm not trying to go through the hassle of having to find 17s.
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Old 03-23-2018, 01:26 PM   #7179
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The moment you find that decent 18" tires cost as much as decent 17" tires with wheels you may change your mind.
I had to replace my winter setup due to a pothole (one wheel bent, one wheel cracked not to mention that the integrity of tires was not confidence inspiring) and I found that 16" steel wheels with mandatory TMPS were more expensive than alloy wheels without TMPS (110 vs 90).

I avoid using All Seasons so I do not have first hand experience but Michelin Pilot A/S Plus, Continental DWS 06 and Bridgestone RE 980 would be my choices from first tier brands.

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Old 03-23-2018, 01:39 PM   #7180
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What you're describing definitely sounds like good all-seasons is all you need. If you prefer to stick with your 18's, then I'd check on the prices of the recommended tires. I've tried the Pilot A/S Plus and I would go with that but price point may be of concern.
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Old 03-23-2018, 05:14 PM   #7181
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I have the Continental DWS on my car and see each season. For the money, theyíre the favorite that Iíve tried. Never had the Michelinís tho. Never wanted to pay that much, but Michelin does make a great tire. Iím happy with my choice and itís my second set.
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:41 AM   #7182
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...I think some winter biased (if that's even a thing) all seasons would suit me well...
Look for all season tires that have the 3-Peak-Mountain-Snowflake logo on the sidewall. In the USA, they are often ,but not always, called all-weather tires by the tire industry. Tires like the Nokian WR G4, the Toyo Celsius, etc.

Goodyear recently introduced an all-weather tire for the USA market, the Assurance WeatherReady:
https://www.moderntiredealer.com/new...s-weatherready
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:10 PM   #7183
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After a season with the Nokian Hakka 7's (non-studded), I have to say I was very impressed with their performance in just about all conditions that Colorado threw at them. The ONLY time I had an issue was driving back from snowboarding at Winter Park, the roads were a little wet and had a LOT of sand/gravel/road salt that had accumulated, and I was taking a pretty tight S-curve at a decent rate of speed at which point the car started to slide a bit as the debris definitely reduced traction. Nothing major and I recovered quickly without any issue, so no harm, no foul. Regarding snow and ice though, they performed like a champ and were worth every penny. I watched a number of cars end up in the ditch while I just cruised right past.
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Old 04-28-2018, 02:41 AM   #7184
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If anyone is interested in our set of nokian studded tires in Oregon, let me know. They are coming off next Tuesday. Either in the Portland area or the Prairie City area. Amazing tires, save now, and be ready for the next winter season.
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