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Old 06-20-2018, 06:18 PM   #1
Dr. Dirty
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NOOB here, and new to Subaru’s too. Just bought a 2018 STI with 19s and summer Yokos. I’m assuming that these will be useless in Jan, Feb around here when it gets below or at freezing? Just looking for some experience from SE people. I grew up driving in snow, and love to do it, just thinking my tires may put me in a potentially dangerous situation.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:28 PM   #2
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depends... I drove on summers for a few winters without a problem, though if there was snow, it was pretty much taking the wife's car. Ice is ice.. it doesn't matter if you've got all seasons or summers.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, ice is tough. Probably get a winter setup since hospitals don’t close and I cover everything to the Tennessee border.
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:34 PM   #4
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I am in the lower mountains. I run dws06 in winter/fall and extreme summers in the summer. The dws aren't very good at all in snow, but I think it has more to do with width than the tire.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:20 AM   #5
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If you're going to be west of I-77/US 421 , Jan to April you need MINIMUM All-seasons.

West of Morganton/Wilkesboro you NEED a set of SNOW tires if you're going up 321/421.

Basically the Blue Ridge Parkway is SnowTire/All-Terrain Tire Line. Especially if you travel off the Main 4-lane roads.

I live 20 min from the TN line and I run Studded Snow tires to get up my road and driveway in Winter. Shaded spots under trees/hills in winter, refreeze and get super sketchy on my hill. 4000ft elevation, gets breezy.
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:37 AM   #6
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Hopefully the yoko’s are better than the dunlop’s. Im in Raleigh and they were sketchy anytime the temp was under 60*+ and there was any moisture on the roads. Seems like you have some good answers here though (aside from mine &#129315

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Old 09-03-2018, 07:54 AM   #7
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Depends on where you live and the average temps at that time.

I have driven year-round on RE070s, RT615s, RE11Rs, and RE01Rs (including to Feb autoxes).

They do lose grip and are not as good in the cooler conditions. I would not bomb around on them or drive them in snow. However, I have not had issues driving them at that time of year either (tire doesn't crack/fail).

I would not run tires I competed in at those temperatures (except for the day of), but in NC unless it is snowing, I have never really seen a reason to change out tires/go to a dedicated second set.

If I did live in the mountains, I would have some Methods (or STi brembo clearing wheels) that I used for rallyX/winter, and put those on for the few times in a year the summers were not safe. Albiet, I have not lived in the mountains/foothills.. Maybe then you would need 2 sets? I have only ever lived in the Piedmont.
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