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This is a discussion on Cheap on tires within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have a friend that's told me I was crazy to spend 0 for all season tires on my sti. ...

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    Cheap on tires

    I have a friend that's told me I was crazy to spend $900 for all season tires on my sti. I bought some extremecontact dws for the light snow around the area. Anyways, my bud was mocking me cause he only spent like $200 on his set of all seasons. He bought some no name brand tires. He has a 12' wrx.

    Are no name brands really that good to trust in light snow vs say my dws?
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    tires isnt the thing u want to cheap out on. let your friend run whatever he wants but 50$ a tire isnt something youd catch me putting on my car. id rather spend the extra money and get the better performance/saftey then possibly have a tire explode at highway speeds and cause a fatal accident.

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    If you're going to get all seasons, the contis consistently come up as favorites. There are some other good ones out there but yours are amongst the tops (anecdotally). You can also check out the various test articles on tire rack, they seem fairly thorough and scientific.

    I would never want any tires that cost $50 each on my wrx.
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    Your friend is an idiot unless he has a sweet hook up.
    Does he also have a BOV/CAI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    Your friend is an idiot unless he has a sweet hook up.
    Does he also have a BOV/CAI?
    lulz he bought that with the money he saved on good all seasons. and no CAI, short ram of course :P jkkk. and if he has a wrx he should be a member on here so we can tell him to buy safer tires!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    Your friend is an idiot unless he has a sweet hook up.
    Does he also have a BOV/CAI?
    No he didn't get any killer deals on his tires. Both of us went down to the local tire shop and we bought our tires.


    I don't think he's that big of an idiot to put a bov or CAI on his car, but I don't know anymore. He did spend money on cheapo tires.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe most STI tires are going to be more expensive due to the bigger wheels because of the brembo brakes. The WRX can nicely fit a 16" wheel which allows for much cheaper tires.

    Now, I'll agree that $50 each is definitely going cheap, but I got my Firestone snow tires for 80 each and they're supposed to be pretty capable. If he's just getting something to run in the winter/cold and you don't get a lot of snow, AND he doesn't plan on driving hard in the winter, then I don't see any reason to get anything expensive. Summer tires, now that's a totally different story

    You've made a good choice though, so don't feel bad. I'm sure yours will last longer!

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    I should tell him to join this forum and have you guys tell him he's a moron for being cheap and that I wasn't being swindled into spending 900 for tires.
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    Please, we're all curious on what tires he got.

    Hell my 205/55/16(small, standard size) Goodyear Eagle GTs were $520 all around and those were the "cheap" all seasons. I attribute them for keeping my family safe when we went up a rainy, snowy, iced up mountain. When everyone was slipping bad, including SUVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axex View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe most STI tires are going to be more expensive due to the bigger wheels because of the brembo brakes. The WRX can nicely fit a 16" wheel which allows for much cheaper tires.

    Now, I'll agree that $50 each is definitely going cheap, but I got my Firestone snow tires for 80 each and they're supposed to be pretty capable. If he's just getting something to run in the winter/cold and you don't get a lot of snow, AND he doesn't plan on driving hard in the winter, then I don't see any reason to get anything expensive. Summer tires, now that's a totally different story

    You've made a good choice though, so don't feel bad. I'm sure yours will last longer!
    I think he sold his oem tires. So those tires are his new all season tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    Please, we're all curious on what tires he got.

    Hell my 205/55/16(small, standard size) Goodyear Eagle GTs were $520 all around and those were the "cheap" all seasons. I attribute them for keeping my family safe when we went up a rainy, snowy, iced up mountain. When everyone was slipping bad, including SUVs.
    I know he bought some Chinese brand tires. I think they were ling ling or something along that name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandisher
    I know he bought some Chinese brand tires. I think they were ling ling or something along that name.
    Ling Long is a tire brand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandisher View Post
    I think he sold his oem tires. So those tires are his new all season tires.
    Well that I do not agree with!

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    There is no point in buying a high performance car for >$30K and then wasting a significant proportion of the car's potential for a major chunk of its total lifespan buy cheaping out on tires. Tires are the most important component for handling.
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    lol Ling Long previously used tires with edge wear, feathering, and 3/32 inch tread left. What a deal

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