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    Best Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tires?

    Well, the winter is approaching in a couple months here in Chicago and you know what that means...Snow! So I am looking for a nice all-season tire to replace my stock Potenzas. I know that I won't be able to find an all-season tire that will perform the way the stock Potenzas do but I want something that will grip awesome in the summer and that will perform pretty good in the snow (I want to be able to actually stop in the snow). I've heard some things about these tires:
    Potenza RE960AS Pole Position
    Continental ContiExtreme Contact
    Dunlop SP Sport 5000
    Falken Ziex ZE-512
    Toyo Proxe 4
    I was wondering if anyone had any experiences or other suggestions. If anyone uses all-season tires what do you use? And yes I have been on TireRack.com.

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    i got the continentals on my car, so far they have faired real good in like 6 inches of rain haha. Once it gets colder ill be putting them thru the tests in the snow. I will warn you that the side walls is sooooooo much weaker than the stockers it handles differently. The performance loss in my opinion is horrible with these tires
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    I have Falken Ziex ZE512's in 225/40/18 and i used to have 225/45/17's.

    These are great tires. They provide excellent support on tarmac, dry-like traction in the rain, and great traction in the snow. I actually ran my 17's for a couple months in the winter when it snowed and they were awesome. I only changed to my stockers cus of the rims getting dirty.
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    +1 to the above post...I prefer blizzacks in the winter but as for the rest of the seasons....oh my god are the ziex really nice tires for the price.

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    Despite what tirerack says, I wasn't that happy with the grip of the Pirelli P-Zero Nero M+S in the snow. In the dry and wet they are pretty good. Probably best that they're not on your list.

    Of course nothing is better or more fun than real snow tires on the snow. Nokians FTW.

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    I'd be torn between the P Zero's or the Conti's.....both get great reviews.
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    +1 on Falken ZE-512's, though I have as yet to use them in snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX
    +1 on Falken ZE-512's, though I have as yet to use them in snow.
    You wont be disappointed, quote me on it! I used them through 2 months of snow here in New England where we measure in feet. I never had an issue. I could drive out of a snowbank, i could drive into a snowbank (gotta love parking in snowed in spots since other people are afraid to get stuck), and i could drive on the highway w/ snow at good speeds (of course you have to drive slow to be safe).
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    We usually only have 1 or 2 snows in a given year, here, and it's usually just a few inches. When it does, though, the industrial park where I work has nice, wide, flat roads to drift around in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX
    We usually only have 1 or 2 snows in a given year, here, and it's usually just a few inches. When it does, though, the industrial park where I work has nice, wide, flat roads to drift around in.
    The Ziex will be fine for that. hell you could use the RE92's, I use the RE92's in the winter here so i dont damage my rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX
    +1 on Falken ZE-512's, though I have as yet to use them in snow.
    I've seen snow on TV, it's white, isn't it?

    For rain and dry and light dirt very rarely, the 512s are very good all-seasons and very well priced. They last over 20K without rotation in my RWD staggered car. They are not summer-style sticky but they are also not meant to be. A good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    I've seen snow on TV, it's white, isn't it?

    For rain and dry and light dirt very rarely, the 512s are very good all-seasons and very well priced. They last over 20K without rotation in my RWD staggered car. They are not summer-style sticky but they are also not meant to be. A good choice.
    Yeah, when I was researching them I found your information about them to be helpful...
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    Since then I've replaced the rears (225/50/15) with wear in the middle and inner camber wear. The fronts also have camber wear but are still going, and when they wear out I'll probably simply replace those as well, also with new 512s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    I've seen snow on TV, it's white, isn't it?
    No. It's actually almost perfectly black. It just looks white to people.

    Snow is an almost perfect absorber of light and heat (what we call black) in all wavelengths of light other than the small range humans can see. Why, yes I am a dork, thanks for asking.

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    haha you are man, too bad ill be moving up to denver in like 2 yrs
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