Me and me new WR Blue WRX Premium with 300 miles, were 5th online this morning at 7:45, waiting for my local Mavis to open
Swapped out the stock Dunlops for the Conti Extreme DWS tires at $164 each, including mounting and balance...Mavis did a awesome job, no scratches or dings on the wheels, my 'OLD" tires were doubled bagged and waiting to take home for sale (stay tuned for another post on this)
Now to the disclaimer (OK, its a rant) about Subaru putting those stock summer tires on WRXs:
I can understand STIs coming with Summer Performance Tires...but really...does the WRX need to come with them (especially in the North East)...just to increase the skid pad and slalom times in the trade mags?
Why spend the extra $$$ for winter tires (and maybe steel wheels) in order to keep the summer tires during the warmer months...who road races or rally's their car daily against the likes of Citroen, or comes across Ken Block in his Ford, on your commute to work, where you wanna keep up with them?
Just my 5 cents (inflation)
FWIW,, my decision to go with UHP All Season Tires -vs- buying snows and keeping the stock summer tires, was based off of my personal experience with my 2005 WRX with the factory Bridgestone UHP All Season tires: They kept me glued to the road in the summer months, and allowed me to hit dirt roads with virgin snow in the Winter, for some FUN OF GO IN THE SNOW, for 2 years!
Results may vary...pending where your drive...consult your right foot and the go pedal (and at times...your left foot and the need to use the stop pedal)