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Old 12-16-2003, 05:39 AM   #1
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Question Who has upgraded their Potenzas?

The stock Potenza's aren't horrid by any means. But i've been doing some digging and browsing on tirerack.

Can some of my New England friends shed some light on their experiences with upgrading to Winter and/or other season tires?

I know the Blizzak's seem to be the running favorite, but that's mainly from the industry-side, i want to know what actual owners feel.

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Old 12-16-2003, 08:28 PM   #2
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Take it from a fellow New Englander...I had 4 Blizzaks for my SVX and they were awesome! After the last two storms, I'm thinking of getting them for my new Baja.

By the way, if there are any SVX owners out there looking for some slightly used Blizzaks, let me know. I think they are still in my Dad's garage.
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Old 12-16-2003, 09:13 PM   #3
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Put some Falken ZIEX 512's in stock size on 1 month ago. This was after 30K miles on the RE92's. Falkens are awesome in the rain, equal to stock tires in dry, and great (but not awesome) in the snow. Then again, they are an all-season, not a winter tire. Sidewall seems a little softer than stock, which I actually like as the tires remain predictable when cornering and suffer less when you hit an expansion joint in the highway. All in all, very good tire at a good price. Check www.vulcantire.com for details. BTW, the Falkens won a recent tire comparo in Consumer Reports.
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Old 12-21-2003, 01:13 PM   #4
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I have Good Year Ultra Grip Snow and Ice on the wagon. A directional snow tire with sipes cut for glazed snow/ice so the lugs "grab" the ice. Not too shabby, middle of the road tire, cheaper than Blizzaks, more than Dunlop Graspics. Last year I installed a ton of Graspics on Saturns at work and never heard any complaints. Also last year I had Mich Alpins on my Saturn coupe and those where very quiet, but didn't have any deep square lugs like other snows I've seen. They did well.

It seems this winter isn't going to pound us like it started to, so I'm keeping the new Potenzas on the Baja until next Dec.
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Old 12-27-2003, 11:06 AM   #5
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Someone from canada also recommended the GoodYear for our WRX - the Potenzas aren't made for snow, that's for sure.
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Old 01-03-2004, 09:34 PM   #6
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blizzaks, stunning on ice, incredible ! freakin snowmobile
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Old 01-05-2004, 06:03 PM   #7
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Sorry, I haven't seen snow in over 10 years so I have no advice. I can't believe it's Janurary and still almost 80 degrees here!
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