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    Question about tires

    Hey guys I am waiting for a 2014 DGM base WRX hatchback with STi short throw and fog light kit.

    Only problem is that the car may not arrive until December. Will I be okay on summer tires since they will be brand new? If not should I go with winter tires or just get all seasons and sell the summer tires?

    Thanks for any input!

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    If you see cold temps consistently and especially if you see snow or ice of any kind winters are the way to go.

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    Summer tires (what come stock on the WRX) are not suitable for temperatures below 40, or any kind of precipitation at that level (rain, snow, sleet, ice). If you don't want dedicated summer/winter setups, work into the deal A/S tires.
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    I'd rather have winters than AWD any day if I had to chose one or the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    I'd rather have winters than AWD any day if I had to chose one or the other.
    I'd rather (and choose to) have both
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    Thanks for the input looks like I will start looking for a pair of winters. In KS our winters are unpredictable and can be bad.

    What is the best deal you guys have found on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I'd rather (and choose to) have both
    Perfect. You're driving then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by S20002STI
    What is the best deal you guys have found on them?
    My Nokians cost me ~$1000 for all four corners mounted/balanced.

    That said, they are gorgeous:


    They are also more tire than many people need.

    I doubt KS winters necessitate studs. Nokian has a studless tire that would likely be better suited for you:
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
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    Question about tires

    Wow those are great looking but I think you are right on not needing something that extreme. I just need something that will be safe for when it does hit. Sometimes we can go without any snow and then it hits all at once.

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    I live in Ks and drive 90 miles round trip every day (m-f) in a 2011 WRX.

    I went with Cooper RS3-As and have no regrets. Snow is no match for the WRX + RS3-As. I don't think ks gets frequent enough snow to justify snow tires.

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    I generally recommend the following three tires:
    1) Budget - General Altimax Arctic. These are a great winter tire, are available studded/studless. Always perform decently on tests. Don't break the bank.
    2) Performance - Dunlop Wintersport 3D. These are a winter tire designed for those who may see some snow, but will mainly see dryer weather. The compound is designed for traction in the lower temps, but can handle snow well. The price point is a little higher than the Generals, but it isn't horrible.
    3) Tank - Nokian Hakkapeliittas. Whether you go studded or unstudded, these are THE snow tires to have. They are more expensive than option 1/2, but are the best you can buy. At $800-900 for tires alone, it isn't asinine amount of money, but many people will shy away due to price tag.

    For you, my recommendation would be Option 2. KS is south enough that you shouldn't see all that much snow, and will mostly be dealing with lower temps vs accumulation (like up here in the Northeast).

    Quote Originally Posted by Cerealkillah
    I live in Ks and drive 90 miles round trip every day (m-f) in a 2011 WRX.

    I went with Cooper RS3-As and have no regrets. Snow is no match for the WRX + RS3-As. I don't think ks gets frequent enough snow to justify snow tires.
    Do you have dedicated summer tires for the warmer temperatures? Because a performance winter tire (like Option 2 I listed) will corner/stop faster in the dry than an A/S tire during colder temps, and handle snow/ice better (starting, stopping, cornering), as well. When you get into the warmer months, the differences are even greater with A/S vs dedicated tires.

    You can make due with A/S tires, don't get me wrong, but you cannot discount that having the proper tool for the job will not do it better.
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    Question about tires

    Thanks for the added comments.

    Cereal I will check out those that you are using.

    EJ-I think that a performance mixed tire would be good because that sounds like what we have. Probably wont be so much the snow as it will be wet and very cold.

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    What do you guys think of just going with all season tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S20002STI
    EJ-I think that a performance mixed tire would be good because that sounds like what we have. Probably wont be so much the snow as it will be wet and very cold.
    Quote Originally Posted by S20002STI
    What do you guys think of just going with all season tires?
    I don't know KS weather all that well (I've only been there once, and that was in July); only you can really determine that. Winter tires are designed to be run in sub-50 temperatures; they are designed with a specific compound that is geared towards those conditions. A/S tires are designed to be run from 0-100 (and beyond, on both sides of the spectrum), which means that they have to make sacrifices in grip for both hot/cold temperatures. Ever heard the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none"? This applies to A/S tires...

    You can perform open heart surgery with a butcher knife, but wouldn't you prefer to use a scalpel?

    A dedicated set of tires, when used in the conditions they were designed for, will perform better than an A/S tire in every single aspect.
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    Yeah that makes sense. I think a good winter set like you mentioned in option 2 just might be what I need.

    Thanks for the input!

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