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    Yeah, I learned how to drive a manny on my brand new car lol. I had more than enogh to pay cash for this baby..I hurt it leaving the dealership..lots of letting out the clutch fast..it's so touchy. Hopfully nothing got damaged lol...)

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    Like any tips on driving it would be great...is there really a 3,000mile break in period? went 120 a couple times..so hard not to.

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    Re: 225 vs 235 winter tire size. Need help, about to order!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackOnBlack View Post
    Like any tips on driving it would be great...is there really a 3,000mile break in period? went 120 a couple times..so hard not to.
    I was told by the dealer/manual its a 1000

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    I've seen a bunch of recommendations for 1k mile break in and doing oil change at that point too.

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    Try not to go over 4k rpms the first 1000miles. After that she's all yours. I did my first oil change at 3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackOnBlack View Post
    Like any tips on driving it would be great...is there really a 3,000mile break in period? went 120 a couple times..so hard not to.
    It's in the manual.

    New Car Break-in period

    1000 miles: Drive calmly for the first 1,000 miles and vary your driving with a normal mix of city and highway.

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    City and freeway driving is fine because that will vary the speeds
    I hope you weren't driving 120 mph on public roads. Driving of that nature is not really looked upon well on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackOnBlack View Post
    Like any tips on driving it would be great...is there really a 3,000mile break in period? went 120 a couple times..so hard not to.
    Please be careful hopefully you were not on public roads going that fast. The wrx is a fun car to drive but please don't give us a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidgel
    I vote for the blizzaks when I lived in Alaska that's what everyone ran up there and they were awesome tires
    The problem with Blizzaks is that the compound that makes them "awesome" wears off after a season or two, at which point, they're equivalent to A/S tires (maybe a slight bit above).

    I have run them in the past. I've since made the switch to Nokian and won't look back...

    In terms of size, what you want in a winter tire is different than what you want in a summer tire. For winters, your goal is to have a narrower tire (so it "cuts" through snow), where for summer, you want a wide tire (for maximum contact patch).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsibanez View Post
    I doubt there'll be enough performance difference between narower tires. It's snow..
    But how is there more traction with less rubber?
    The taller, narrower tire results in more pressure on the contact patch, so it bites through the snow to the road better. The wider tires float on the snow more and have to push more of the snow out of the way like a plow.
    Winter Tech - Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires

    I've been debating back and forth recently with a 205/50-17 or 215/55-16 set-up for my car. Either way, I'll be mounting up the General Altimax Arctic since I've been very pleased with General tires in the past and I've read good things about these ones too.

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    I have the General Altimax Arctic too. Third season soon on the set. Great tires. Just a tad bit too noisy on the freeway. Snow traction is fantastic. I'm just not too crazy about it in the dry. But then again it is a studless snow tire & it performs where it is meant to perform.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx
    I have the General Altimax Arctic too. Third season soon on the set. Great tires. Just a tad bit too noisy on the freeway. Snow traction is fantastic. I'm just not too crazy about it in the dry. But then again it is a studless snow tire & it performs where it is meant to perform.
    This is my go-to recommendation for budget winter tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djk5077 View Post
    The taller, narrower tire results in more pressure on the contact patch, so it bites through the snow to the road better. The wider tires float on the snow more and have to push more of the snow out of the way like a plow.
    Winter Tech - Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires

    I've been debating back and forth recently with a 205/50-17 or 215/55-16 set-up for my car. Either way, I'll be mounting up the General Altimax Arctic since I've been very pleased with General tires in the past and I've read good things about these ones too.
    Awesome man, thanks for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by djk5077 View Post
    The taller, narrower tire results in more pressure on the contact patch, so it bites through the snow to the road better. The wider tires float on the snow more and have to push more of the snow out of the way like a plow.
    Winter Tech - Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires

    I've been debating back and forth recently with a 205/50-17 or 215/55-16 set-up for my car. Either way, I'll be mounting up the General Altimax Arctic since I've been very pleased with General tires in the past and I've read good things about these ones too.

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    I used 215/50/17 WS70 Blizzaks on my other wrx. Worked great but never put enough miles on them comment on how they performed once they lost some tread. On this car I'm using the stock wheels for winter with the General Altimax 235/45/17's. After the rebate and cash back on my card they cost me $470 shipped so I couldn't pass them up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackOnBlack View Post
    Hey man, I'm actually in the same boat. I just got my 13 wrx last week & winter is coming next month. What is a good solid tire to purchase? I really don't know much about cars, but have money to spend. Any recommendations are welcome..price isn't an issue. (Minnesota)
    Dunlop Winter Sport. Definitely the very best snow/cold weather performance tire out there. I've run them for hundreds of thousands of miles on Subarus, Porsches, and other cars and will never buy another snow tire as long as they make them. Awesome in all conditions, temps, roads, etc.
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