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Old 12-10-2007, 11:10 PM   #1
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I ordered a 2008 WRX STI and I am going to need winter tires? What are some good ones? I like the blizzak but can't seem to find them in the 245/40/18 size?
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:24 PM   #2
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I ordered a 2008 WRX STI and I am going to need winter tires? What are some good ones? I like the blizzak but can't seem to find them in the 245/40/18 size?
Thanks
I'm Ron Burgundy???...sorry, had to. Anyways. I haven't looked into what tires come stock, but I am assuming they too come with a summer performance tire, in which case...you will need them. I'd suggest researching user ratings on tirerack or some other review site. Other than that, search here, there have been a good few threads that have come up lately.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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i doubt you'd need dedicated snow tires. a good set of all seasons would do you just fine in our area.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:36 PM   #4
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i doubt you'd need dedicated snow tires. a good set of all seasons would do you just fine in our area.
that's what i was thinking and i'm at tech
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:40 PM   #5
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Just get some snow tires. . You wreck your STi and everyone that told you to not get them will be merrily burgling down the road.

I don't know from personal use but from the reviews I've read and what people say on here the Nokian Hakkapeliittas are simply EPIC.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:16 AM   #6
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yeah but it's rare that we get sustained snowstorms in the midatlantic. the couple inches we got last week were easily handled by the falkens i have (got em for free!).

most all-seasons should handle snow with ease in our cars...but if you want sure footing on even ice, winter tires are the only way to go.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:30 AM   #7
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Dont skimp out and get all seasons, just get a set of winter tires then you will have good performing summer tires aswell. I would definitely go with blizzaks if you have the money, but the worst/cheapest snow tire is going be better than the best all season, so its your decision. On the tire size you can go down to a 225
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:38 AM   #8
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I put my Nokian WRs back on last week, not that we really get that much snow on the west side of the mountains here, but better safe than sorry...



This is my third winter on them, and they're SOOO much fun in the snow!!! They're not cheap though, but I understand that they wear like iron. Check out their web site... http://www.nokiantires.com/en/DEFAULT.ASPX
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:39 AM   #9
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I bought a set of Hankook W409 last winter and just put them back on last week. Let me tell you, on dry weather they are noisy, spongy, very unstable on highspeed, skid easily on hard braking. BUT, when you have over a foot of snow on the ground, you will be dancing all over the mountain road and freeway while watching cars getting stuck on their driveway.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:36 AM   #10
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I put my Nokian WRs back on last week, not that we really get that much snow on the west side of the mountains here, but better safe than sorry...



This is my third winter on them, and they're SOOO much fun in the snow!!! They're not cheap though, but I understand that they wear like iron. Check out their web site... http://www.nokiantires.com/en/DEFAULT.ASPX
good choice , they have good write ups on them.
im in FL and dont have to worry about this.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:39 AM   #11
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Ive been researching this for a little bit now and this is what Ive come up with. Bridgstone Blizzak LM25 225/45/18 instead of 245/40/18. This way you get a little narrower winter tire and your size is only off by about 1% or .6mph at 60 mph.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:27 PM   #12
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I ordered a 2008 WRX STI and I am going to need winter tires? What are some good ones? I like the blizzak but can't seem to find them in the 245/40/18 size?
Thanks
Are you going to put them on the stock rims? To maximize the use of snow tires you should try to stick with a smaller, narrower rim. 17" at the most due to the fact that you can't tell what's under the snow, and you want a taller tire. Lesser width will help tremendously in low traction situations.

I realize it's an STI and you want to enjoy it, but getting a huge wide snow tire cancels out a lot of what the tires can do for you.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:24 PM   #13
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I'm in PA and I put a set of Blizzaks on our STi and they are working great, last year I had all seasons and they were good, but not this good!
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:50 PM   #14
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I have the 08 STI coming in January too...I plan to take off the factory 18'' BBS wheels coming on my car and put the 17" BBS wheels with Dunlop Wintersport M3 That I use on my current 06 STI on it..I have no reason to think the lug pattern will be any different.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:51 AM   #15
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thanks all for your suggestions...!

I seem to not be able to get the Bridgestone Blizzak LM 25 due to the fact that it is late in season and winter is practically here. The other overriding factor was the difference in speed rating of the Hakka RSI vs the Blizzak LM 25. I also saw the Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D on Tire Rack, is this a good tire as comparable to the Blizzak LM 25. I ordered the 08 STI with BBS Wheels, and I was thinking can I get the 5 spoke ones separate and use which ever winter tire I choose on them? Thanks,
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:01 AM   #16
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The Dunlop SP Wintersport is in no way even close to the Blizzak LM25. I am a Blizzak fan, WS-50's (going out) WS-60's coming in will be enough for the average driver. I run LM25's on my wagon and the old WS-50's on the wifes wagon. Both are perfect for our totally different winter driving habbits.

Blizzaks FTW

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Old 12-19-2007, 09:05 AM   #17
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I've had the Dunlop M3's and now the Blizzak WS-50's.

I can say the M3's worked very well when it wasn't snowing and worked great in the snow. But the Blizzak's feel much more stable when driving on unplowed roads and in deep snow.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:13 AM   #18
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Here's Consumer Reports rating of V and H rated winter tires (to be taken with grain of salt):


I bought the Toyo Garit HT's before I saw this rating. I think it accurately describes the tires if you assume that poor dry road handling is about on par with RE92's dry road handling which is fine for daily driving.

Being in PA and with an STi you'll probably want something with a better dry and wet road capability, rather than extreme snow and ice capabilities.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:18 AM   #19
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the nokian wr finished 5th amongst a bunch of snow tires

what does that say about the hakkas!

but exactly how did the wr v-rated get only a "good" rating in the dry when it's the only all-season in the comparo?
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:31 AM   #20
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i'm in the MAIC and i have Blizzak LM25s on my STi right now. They are great tires in the snow, rain, or dry. I didn't notice a significant loss in grip in everyday driving or semi-spritied driving down back roads. I would highly reccomend them.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:04 AM   #21
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Damn I gotta firuge out something. I have summer tires on my Impreza right now and should be getting it back today or tomarrow.(wintery mix from 4pm today till 5pm tomarrow! In NESIOC region!) I might be doom on the ride home. I ran my Toyo Proxie 4's last year and they were great but I don't know if I want to contiune that. (235/40/zr18's if anyone asks) Damn I can't buy good tires at that price after paying to get the car back from the mechanics. What happened to winter tires being cheaper! WTF?!
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:16 AM   #22
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^^ With the ratings go the prices.

The consumer report above is probably biased as the poster stated "To be taken with a grain of salt".

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Old 12-19-2007, 11:47 AM   #23
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Whatever you decide always remember Snow tires are meant for snow, slush, ice conditions of sorts so its a partial given they work well in those conditions what you want to do is look at how they drive on wet, dry, and at high speeds. If your area has moderate snow (I mean less than mountain area) then go all seasons. I'm in WI and have decided to go all season we get snow but not enough to all the time. JMO
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:53 AM   #24
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Looking at TireRack, your tires are available:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compar...r=18&x=11&y=10

I had a set of Dunlop Wintersport M3's for my Suby on a second set of rims when I lived in Chicago. The wintersports are great cold weather tires. If you live in PA, you will have to deal with more snow, but less cold than Chicago.
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Old 12-22-2007, 05:50 PM   #25
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Thanks again for all your suggestions. I went with the Dunlop SP Wintersport 3D. When I get the STI and put them on I'll report back on how they do.
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