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Old 11-11-2012, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can i get by with all season tires on my subbie in Colorado ? Or should i shell out the 700 bux for snow tires?
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Snow tires are great, but IMO are unnecessary if you live in the Denver metro area. Dry pavement wears them like pencil erasers and the Front Range really doesn't get all that much snow. Hell, even up in the foothills I wouldn't have them. Just not enough days with snowpacked roads to rationalize them. I wouldn't have them unless I lived west of the divide in the mountains. That's when they'd be practical IMO.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think winter tires are completely worth it, especially on a Subaru. But, you don't have to buy new ones, look on Craigslist. I found 4 General Altimax Artics with one season on them for $180. Just look around. Honestly, best winter tires I've ever used.
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Im all about snow tires. Matter of fact I put mine on just today.
I get about 3 seasons on mine before they need replacing. Not bad for a great snow tire run 5 months out of the year. Only $75 a tire as well, love my Hankook iPike's

Never at a loss for traction....ground clearance is another issue... now the roof rack needs to go on, our hill may open next week for sure Dec 1 it will be up there.

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I live and drive the same route/area as L'gorge, and have the opposite view. I've met the man and can say with confidence that we both know what we are talking about.

I just put my snowtires on from nov-march or mid april usually, with 2 sets of tires and proper rotation you can really make your money last with rubber.

I'm also driving into the mountains like 3-5 days a week during the season.

Many truck drivers swear by AT tires only, however many people who have enjoyed the experience of snow tires will put them on everything, full size trucks, SUVs, you name it.

Oh and I'm in a fwd coupe, not an awd wagon.

Nothing is more important than driver skill and a respect for physics on ice. I narrowly avoided a pretty gnarly accident last night on I70 as a suby who was trying to show off mashed the gas next to me and lost it.

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I just got home driving down a 7% incline in a snowstorm on i70 and came within a fucking matrix scene of getting taken out by some dickhead as he mashed the gas and went sideways backed into the middle median in front of me at about 60mph and then came forward into my lane just behind me crashing into the right wall as well and causing a pileup behind. Pretty drivey hot and bothered right now!
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I think winter tires are completely worth it, especially on a Subaru. But, you don't have to buy new ones, look on Craigslist. I found 4 General Altimax Artics with one season on them for $180. Just look around. Honestly, best winter tires I've ever used.
Be careful doing this. Most snow tires have a base rubber compound that's hard as a rock. The soft rubber only goes down to about 50% tread life. Most snow tires are shot at 50%. There's a reason why you see a bunch of 50% worn snow tires on CraigsList and the like.
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Snow tires are great, but IMO are unnecessary if you live in the Denver metro area. Dry pavement wears them like pencil erasers and the Front Range really doesn't get all that much snow. Hell, even up in the foothills I wouldn't have them. Just not enough days with snowpacked roads to rationalize them. I wouldn't have them unless I lived west of the divide in the mountains. That's when they'd be practical IMO.
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I think winter tires are completely worth it, especially on a Subaru. But, you don't have to buy new ones, look on Craigslist. I found 4 General Altimax Artics with one season on them for $180. Just look around. Honestly, best winter tires I've ever used.
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Im all about snow tires. Matter of fact I put mine on just today.
I get about 3 seasons on mine before they need replacing. Not bad for a great snow tire run 5 months out of the year. Only $75 a tire as well, love my Hankook iPike's

Never at a loss for traction....ground clearance is another issue... now the roof rack needs to go on, our hill may open next week for sure Dec 1 it will be up there.

I will be driving from okc to pagosa roughly 5 times this season, and we do not see a lot of snow here. I was just curious if it would be dangerous road tripping 1200 miles per trip on all seasons. Also curious if the tires would wear out a lot faster driving around on them without snow or ice lol. Sorry i know this is a dumb question, but they are kinda pricey. I have been thinking about just buying a new set of rims, and putting the all seasons on those, and swapping out the rims before each trip.

What would you do personally. I have no experience in this area . THanks guys, you all are always a lot of help <3.'

p.s - If all seasons will work decently for what im planning on doing, which brand / model would you recommend ?
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I used all-seasons for years. Now I put snows on in the winter. All-seasons are better than just regular tires (I've gone that route too, when I was young and poor) but snows are better than all-seasons. Frankly, it's one thing if I'm just going to work, or going to pick the wife up or something, but if I'm heading to the mountain, I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GET THERE!! NO compromises!!
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Totally understand, blizzaks it is =D. Thank you sir.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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There are just as good or better tires than Blizzak for less money. Just a thought.
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