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legacychick
09-06-2012, 07:24 PM
So right now I have 2 sets of 18" wheels with summer tires on them. I'd rather not put my stockers on for the winter, so my Enkeis will probably become my winter set. Now the question is, do I buy snow tires or all-seasons for these wheels? Last winter makes me think all-seasons, but you never know in this part of the country. 18" snow tires are pretty expensive, but that's not a huge deal.

What should I do?

timsti
09-06-2012, 08:17 PM
I've always used inexpensive all-seasons (Falken) on my winter wheels and never had a problem.

Black Dragon
09-06-2012, 08:43 PM
All season tires should be fine, for the 2-3" of snow KC gets.

twhet
09-06-2012, 08:53 PM
The only reason I had winter tires was for when I drove the car to MN and CO in the winter....

You have super-tacky high-performance summer tires to maximize the performance of your car in the summer right? You wouldn't run all season tires in the summer because they would just be "okay".

So, why buy a set of tires that are just "okay" when you could get tires that are great for winter?

I mean I understand that they are more expensive, don't last as long, etc, etc, etc... but still... Performance.

NoAffiliationSTi
09-06-2012, 10:05 PM
I think we are going to get hit more this winter, especially with all of this moisture later in the year. I have a set of hankook ipikes and they are awesome

rjnolen
09-06-2012, 11:05 PM
blizzaks are awesome but i went with the conti DWS extreme contacts (all seasons) so i didnt have to swap out wheels/tires. we'll see how they do this winter, if we get any snow worth a dang

dukenukem
09-06-2012, 11:21 PM
A decent all-season tire is all you need if you are not going to venture out of kc metro area.

tyranosaurs-WRX
09-07-2012, 01:13 PM
http://kcsubaru.com/showthread.php?9894-Conti-DWS-245-40-18-one-season-tires-lt-10k

these, I couldn't possibly have any complaints with these. I loved the DWS' on my wrx I litterally had enough traction to plow through a 3' snow bank caused by a plow. easily mind you.

legacychick
09-07-2012, 04:36 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I was thinking about the Contis if I go with all-seasons.

legacychick
09-09-2012, 08:01 AM
Here's another silly question. When I got my oil changed yesterday, they measured the tread depth of my summer tires. The fronts were at 7/32, and the rears at 6/32. Is this something I should be concerned about? I've run these for about 5,000 miles.

tyranosaurs-WRX
09-09-2012, 09:03 AM
Here's another silly question. When I got my oil changed yesterday, they measured the tread depth of my summer tires. The fronts were at 7/32, and the rears at 6/32. Is this something I should be concerned about? I've run these for about 5,000 miles.

I call shenanigans on those measurements

vwTech
09-09-2012, 10:49 PM
Here's another silly question. When I got my oil changed yesterday, they measured the tread depth of my summer tires. The fronts were at 7/32, and the rears at 6/32. Is this something I should be concerned about? I've run these for about 5,000 miles.

Why would you be concerned? Plenty of tire left.

cubedweller
09-09-2012, 11:43 PM
5K miles seems short to have affected treadwear like that...but rotate the tires and check treadwear in another 5k. What camber do you run in the rear, and where did they measure?

Second thing: if you're buying a tire and it's between all-season and snow, go with snow. We're due for a real winter.

legacychick
09-10-2012, 06:19 AM
I bought the wheels and tires used with around 15,000 miles on them. Since then I've put on another 5k. I just wasn't sure if the difference in tread depth could be bad for my differentials. They measured the tread at LSS when I got my oil change on Saturday.

vwTech
09-10-2012, 08:06 AM
The difference between tread depth there is minimal and wouldn't worry about it.

stinole
09-10-2012, 08:25 AM
Let me run them at the next autox. I'll equal them out.

tyranosaurs-WRX
09-10-2012, 08:31 AM
I bought the wheels and tires used with around 15,000 miles on them. Since then I've put on another 5k. I just wasn't sure if the difference in tread depth could be bad for my differentials. They measured the tread at LSS when I got my oil change on Saturday.

would looking at the wear difference on my tires make you feel better? lol

Sinisterbred_GM6
09-21-2012, 09:07 AM
its not that significant of a change of tread to have to worry about center diffs. id be more worried about running diff tire sizes and running on a donut. those do more damage

fishawrx
09-25-2012, 06:09 PM
I would go with all seasons around here. I put about 500 miles on grendle's WRX with blizzaks on dry pavement and those things are scary at highway speeds. I'm sure they're awesome in the snow, but we got like 1/2" last year in kc. You should be able to get through anything KC throws at you on public streets in a subaru with all seasons.

grendel
09-25-2012, 10:22 PM
all season for sure. i'm in the mountains and am switching to "performance winter" this year because the snow tires are just awful unless it's sub 30. true snow tires have a very limited range of conditions where they don't suck/are awesome

VF34RX
09-26-2012, 10:58 AM
Its not going to be a dry winter like last year. I ran a set of dunlop 3d winter sport tires for over two years straight without a single issue.

legacychick
09-26-2012, 12:00 PM
Dunlop - SP Winter Sport 3D: $937.44 shipped

Continental - ExtremeContact DWS: $624.68 shipped

Would the Dunlops be worth the price difference?

VF34RX
09-26-2012, 12:27 PM
Dunlop - SP Winter Sport 3D: $937.44 shipped

Continental - ExtremeContact DWS: $624.68 shipped

Would the Dunlops be worth the price difference?

Wow that is a huge price difference. I remember paying about $150 a tire for mine at 205/55/16.

timsti
09-26-2012, 12:54 PM
I can't imagine they would be worth another $300. I paid $420 shipped for my Falken all-seasons and have a hard time believing Conti's are worth another $200.

legacychick
09-26-2012, 01:15 PM
These prices are for 225/40/18

VF34RX
09-26-2012, 01:27 PM
Save yourself some money then.

stinole
09-26-2012, 05:45 PM
My Michelin's last year were great in the dry. Who knows about the snow, but they got good ratings in the snow.

In your case, I'd get the DWS's. I'm keeping my all seasons on a much less snow capable car and hoping they get me through to March or so. I'll buy some bags of litter or something and throw it in the trunk to help with traction...