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View Poll Results: All-Seasons or Winter Tire?
All-Seasons 4 17.39%
Dedicated Winters 19 82.61%
I drive my Summers in the snow just fine! 0 0%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-16-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Member#: 324810
Join Date: Jul 2012
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
2013 STi

Default IL: [All-Seasons or Winter tires?]

So I'm in the market for buying 4 new Winter or All-season tires.

I'm wondering what is the general consensus for people in the MWSOC Region, specifically in Illinois.

If anyone has personal experience with an All-season or Winter please post it here!

I'm specifically torn between two options.

Option A: All-Season [General Tire G-Max AS-03] (225/40R18)

Option B: Dedicated Winter [General Tire Altimax Arctic] (225/45R17)

They are both priced the same. Only difference is that with Option B, I would have to spend $400 more for 17x8 winter wheels. Whereas, Option A allows me to use my stock 18x8.5 Enkei on my '13 STi base sedan.

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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Member#: 299841
Join Date: Nov 2011
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Dekalb, IL
2005 STi
Aspen White


I have dedicated winter wheels and tires. Winter rubber on my stock, road rashed bbs wheels, and summer tires on my rota grids. Last winter was my first winter with the sti, and it was a mild winter, but it was a beast in the couple bad snow storms we had. I would rather have awesome tires for winter and awesome tires for summer vs. decent/ok tires for winter and decent/ok tires for summer, which is what all seasons basically are
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: aurora
04 wagonier


How many threads about snow all season tires can we have
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:59 AM   #4
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Member#: 291947
Join Date: Aug 2011
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Chicago
2008 Impreza WRX


Pretty sure everyone here is gonna say winter. I say winter. I had a evo8 before my rex and the evo with the tires I bought them on(all seasons) was terrible in the snow. Seriously. Like I slid on all turns. There is even a sticker on the door(if it still has it) that says switch to winter tires in winter. Switched to winter tires( had the all seasons on in snow because it was a freak snow storm) and I was pulling out of a parking spot in 6in of snow like the road was clear.
Putting my winter tires on my stockers this week and they will be designated for the season. New rims/tires in spring.

Ps. You drive a 2013 sti? You should know the answer
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #5
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Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: NW Chicago
2009 Scrambler
Bitches love Scramblers


I run dedicated all-seasons in the winter (snow rated), and summers on a different set of wheels.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Evanston
'02 Bawkeye WRX
'04 tOtaledBS | '68 MGBGT


I run winters, the same generals in 16, but I also use them as my rallyx tires year round. RS-3's don't do so well on soy bean fields.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #7
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Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Milwaukee, WI
2013 WRX Hatch


run on the stockers.

205/45/18 should be fine
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Central Illinois
2012 WRX


Summers, only summers. Bring on the snow!!!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:10 AM   #9
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Join Date: Oct 2005
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Rockford, IL
2015 FoST, WRX, RS
MR2, Legacy SS


Dedicated snow tires. If you have the budget and wheels for it, don't even waste your money on all-seasons. With the decreased braking distance, better turning ability and confidence, snows can't be beat.
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