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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 11:47 PM
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Snow tires > all season in the winter. I bought Dunlop SP winter sport 3d's for my WRX from the tirerack this fall. Had them installed at the Subie Dealership for $50 (total for all 4). Bring on the snow!!!
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Of course dedicated winter tire would be best, but if we are being honest a lot of people can't afford a dedicated set of winter tires. All seasons aren't the best but they are also not too bad as well. I think you could get by with a good set of all seasons. Getting them siped would also help a good bit with traction. You could also just keep a cheap set of snow chains/cables in your car if it really gets bad. But with an awd subie i wouldn't be TOO worried.

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I deal with motor vehicle fatalities. I swear by snow tires and so do all my accident reconstruction engineers. Best money you will ever spend. Do it.
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If you can afford to have 2 sets of tires, snow tires are definitely the way to go. With snow tires and Quattro, I've never gotten stuck and never have to bother with chains.

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Keep in mind if you do have two sets of tires, you are going to get a lot more wear out of them. I generally get about 2-3 seasons out of my snow tires. My regular set lasts even longer since I am swapping them out. It's a bitch at the start to have them both, but in the long run it'll save you money and headaches if you are driving up in the mountains frequently. I can't tell you how many times my FWD vehicle has gotten through stuff where AWD and 4WD vehicles were plain stuck.
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I just bought what I call all weather tires for my VW. They are like snows and all seasons all in one. Leagal for use on hwy in the snowy months and have the snowflake symbol on them like a snow tire does too. Good choice if you cant afford 2 sets and need new tires or just dont have the room for two sets.

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Keep in mind if you do have two sets of tires, you are going to get a lot more wear out of them. I generally get about 2-3 seasons out of my snow tires. My regular set lasts even longer since I am swapping them out. It's a bitch at the start to have them both, but in the long run it'll save you money and headaches if you are driving up in the mountains frequently. I can't tell you how many times my FWD vehicle has gotten through stuff where AWD and 4WD vehicles were plain stuck.
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I just bought what I call all weather tires for my VW. They are like snows and all seasons all in one. Leagal for use on hwy in the snowy months and have the snowflake symbol on them like a snow tire does too. Good choice if you cant afford 2 sets and need new tires or just dont have the room for two sets.

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the main problem here is that if you drive your winter tires all summer not only do they perform like shit but you are rubbing all the siping and soft glass rubber off.

As Kill so eloquently explained, if you are driving in the mountains, a 2nd set of tires is not "more money". You need rubber for your wheels. 2 sets lasts 2x as long. Throw in a full size spare or 2 and your 2 sets will go 3-5 years. Not to mention you can use your summer set to they straight show steel and wear the fuck out...diligence on snow tires pays tho....

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Look into winter performance tire. They aren't as good as snow tires in the snow but are still way better then normal all season tires. What they give up in snow performance they make up for in dry cold road performance. Basically a half way point between full snows and all seasons. Great for areas that have snow only sometimes.

I'm thinking of getting some of these for my car. Pirelli*Winter Sottozero Serie II


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Depends on a lot of things,

If you drive less than 2-30 miles per day and cross mountain passes then yea get 2 sets of tires a set of snow tires and a set of AT or Hiway tires.

If you drive 40+ miles per day f it and just get some good long wearing AT's and deal with it.

Worst case scenario get your old tires SIPED if their not too worn down and BAM you have snow tires.....kinda

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How often if ever do they have chain laws in effect on the i-70 and other passes? And are you exempt if you have 4x4? I remember it being like that a few times driving up to Big Bear but only when they were getting dumped on...
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