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Old 06-15-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default STi stock tires and snow - do they mix?

I'm getting closer to pulling the trigger on an Sti. A question for the Sti owners here: how do the stock tires work in snow? Will I need to buy snows when winter comes?

I also drove an R32 Golf yesterday. Very very nice. Fun to drive a car with low end torque.
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Old 06-15-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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Stock tires in snow?

Yes, you'll need snow or all seasons. The stockers are summer tires.
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Old 06-15-2004, 02:58 PM   #3
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I'm getting closer to pulling the trigger on an Sti. A question for the Sti owners here: how do the stock tires work in snow? Will I need to buy snows when winter comes?

I also drove an R32 Golf yesterday. Very very nice. Fun to drive a car with low end torque.
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Old 06-15-2004, 03:01 PM   #4
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The stock tires are not even close to all seasons, ask Mark (TheMadScientist) as he had quite the adventure bringing his sti home the first night in the snow. It's just not worth risking it at all.
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Old 06-15-2004, 03:29 PM   #5
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Those tires are less efficient than wrapping your wheels with raw pizza dough in the snow. I didn't even try one on the street, moving 3-4 of them around the lot in a few inches of snow was exciting enough!!!! A few people I know did 18" Hakkas and said they were great in the wet stuff....just my $.02!

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Old 06-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #6
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Do not under any circumstances use the summer stockers in the snow.

Also beware of "high-performance all-season" tires; I have the Pirelli PZeroNero M+S on my STi and they are poor in the snow (although very good on dry and good on wet).
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Old 06-15-2004, 03:53 PM   #7
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Wow. I thought they looked suspect, but this raises the question of spending another $1000 or more. Hmmmm. The plot thickens.

I'm running BFG G force KDWS on my 02 rex right now and they worked quite well last winter.

Thanks for the feedback
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Old 06-15-2004, 04:14 PM   #8
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Yes sir, you def. need some all seasons or snows. I am running on some Conti-extreeme IIs right now and they are all-seaons, but I also have 2 sets of snows (shameless have one set for sale plug) and the OEM tires as well. So yes, it's an investment, but me thinks a good investment.

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PS. If you want to get a second set of rims be sure you can get a set that you can put wheel weights on the outside and the inside (provided you are staying with 17", 18" should be no problem) so that you will get a dynamic wheel balance as opposed to a static wheel balance . Eg. the Tarmac IIs you can't put weights on the outside. If you use sticky wheel weights they scrape the calipers pretty badly as both raj and I can attest to.

NOTE: don't know if there is a problem with the MY05
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Old 06-15-2004, 04:47 PM   #9
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NOTE: don't know if there is a problem with the MY05 [/b][/quote]

I think the wheels are .5 in wider, but the clearance on the inside lip is probably no better. That is a good question....anybody?
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Old 06-15-2004, 04:55 PM   #10
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Ask the dealer to throw in a pair of snow or all seasons in to make the deal final. That's what I did and I got my tires included in the deal at no extra charge. Itt is worth a try anyway, it can't hurt to ask.

And about the high performance all seasons, they really aren't that great in the snow, but they are a million times better than the stock ones in the same stuff.
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Old 06-15-2004, 07:18 PM   #11
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Think of it this way too: You'll have less wear on both sets of tires and won't have to replace them as often, so you're not really paying more for tires. Its the swapping or 2nd set of rims that will cost you. Go for a set of Rotas and it won't be that bad and you'll keep your expensive BBS rims nice and salt free.
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