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    I am running Winter Sport 3D's on a set of 17" rotas for my 08' STi

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    From Consumer Reports ... UHP all season:
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    Winter performance:
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    When is the winter rating from? Dunlop moved on to the Winter Sport 3D from the M3 a year back or so.

    The 3D appears to be an improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    When is the winter rating from? Dunlop moved on to the Winter Sport 3D from the M3 a year back or so.

    The 3D appears to be an improvement.
    Looking that up now ... brb

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    Question submitted. Stay tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwray View Post
    I'm looking to throw some winter rubber on the stock wheels this year. Then going to be getting a new set of wheels to put the stock rubber back on for the summer.

    I know I don't need a "true" ice and snow winter tire for this area, but just HOW much worse is a cheap (~100$) tire, like the Altimax, versus the Sport 3Ds? I'd save about $200 or so, it looks like.

    Also, is it possible to have the tire shop take out the TPMS from the stock wheels to put into my summer wheels ? If I have to drive around with a light, I'd obviously like to minimize how many months out of the year it's on...
    Just remember that most of the time you'll be driving in 30-40 degree dry weather or rain, not snow. You may not want compromise your speed or handling too much with cheap nonperformance winters.

    I think TPMS is a valvestem sensor, so they should be able to swap them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavia View Post
    Just remember that most of the time you'll be driving in 30-40 degree dry weather or rain, not snow. You may not want compromise your speed or handling too much with cheap nonperformance winters.
    Agreed. Without decent grip, you are screwed.

    Edit - Consumer Reports performance winter tire ratings were published Nov 09
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    Got to pop the iPike's cherry last night. 2-3 inches. Braking/steering are good. You definitely have to try to get them to break loose. And I am happy to say that they still work pretty awesome through fields covered in snow, aprox speeds of 40mph are no problem. Control is good. Tires are a bit wiggily as far as pavement. But is to be expected. After I rip these apart I will go with run-flat snows.
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    So I settled with 205/55R16 Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 ROF RunFlat on 16X6.5 Steel Wheels. I was originally planning on Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT, but the sales said the reviews were better for the Dunlops. We'll see how they do over the winter.

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    Just curious how everyone's winter tires were with the recent snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theiguy View Post
    Just curious how everyone's winter tires were with the recent snow.
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    My snow tires didn't slip once during the recent snow... partially because they were sitting in the garage still waiting on me to take them to get mounted.

    Got them on last night (Hankook Icebear W300) and so far they're much better than the stock summers.

    Even though the roads were mostly clear, some side roads still aren't looking too good. Stopping inspired much more confidence on these than on the summers. I don't know how much of that is thanks to the tread design and siping, or simply that the temperatures were just too low for the stock rubber to be of any worth.
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    Still trying to source my winter set up...

    The summers suck, but most of my commute is major roads that are well cleaned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    Dunlop Wintersport 3D.
    Quote Originally Posted by PA06REX View Post
    I am running Winter Sport 3D's on a set of 17" rotas for my 08' STi
    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    When is the winter rating from? Dunlop moved on to the Winter Sport 3D from the M3 a year back or so.

    The 3D appears to be an improvement.
    I've used the Winter Sport M3 on a couple of cars now (Porsche and... something) and they are outstanding tires. There's a reason Porsche recommends them.

    I got a set of 3D for my STi and they were similarly amazing.

    You won't go wrong with them.
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