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This is a discussion on Winter tires within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hi everyone I am about to experience my first winter in my WRX and am looking for suggestions on good ...

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    Winter tires

    Hi everyone I am about to experience my first winter in my WRX and am looking for suggestions on good winter tires. The guy at discount tire recommended some cheaper tires but when I asked him for something a bit nicer I was shown the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 235/45R-17. So far I've seen positive reviews but figured I'd ask the WRX community their opinion. Thanks.

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    I have th eGeneral Altimax and can't complain. They're certainly not on a par with a tracked vehicle, but what is?! There are limits to any and all tires, so unless you're willing to spend for extra performance, I'm willing to live with the cheaper choise.
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    Re: Winter tires

    I use the Altimax as well. Fantastic in the snow and ice, lame on dry pavement. I think next time I'll spend a few more dollars and get a more performance oriented tire. (I say that because I don't live in a snow belt, if I did I'd definitely buy the Altimax again.


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    I use the blizzaks and they are awesome. I thought they were fairly cheap when i purchased them from tire-rack.

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    Re: Winter tires

    I use the Altimax's too and they definitely do the trick.

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    I too rock the Atlimax Arctics.. I'd go for a performance winter like the wintersport 3D's but I live in the snow belt.

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    I don't like Blizzaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I don't like Blizzaks

    Just curious...what is it about them that you don't like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I don't like Blizzaks

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    Oops posted inside your quote somehow...I was wondering what it is about the blizzaks that you don't like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi
    Just curious...what is it about them that you don't like?
    You pay a premium for the Blizzak name. The compound that makes them good wears off after a few seasons, and you're left with the winter performance of an A/S tire.

    I've run Blizzaks on multiple vehicles. I wouldn't again.
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    Hmmm...that is good to know for my next set of winter tires. I have run mine for two winters going on my third and they still look like they barely have any wear. Certainly much better than the summers! What are you running for summers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    You pay a premium for the Blizzak name. The compound that makes them good wears off after a few seasons, and you're left with the winter performance of an A/S tire.

    I've run Blizzaks on multiple vehicles. I wouldn't again.
    Does your experience extend to the WS70s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball
    Does your experience extend to the WS70s?
    I have not run the WS70s. Every Blizzak tire I've run, however, has been the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi
    What are you running for summers?
    I currently run Cooper RS3-S for summer tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I have not run the WS70s. Every Blizzak tire I've run, however, has been the same.
    Gotcha. Just curious. I got mine used for a very good price, so even if I only get a couple years out of them I will consider my investment to be prudent. What tire do you prefer?
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