The general consensus on every WRX board is that All-Season tires are "No Season" tires. I had an '08 WRX that came with the stock All-Season tires and they were great the first winter I had them, but then we had a blizzard the next winter and the tires were worn down causing me to slide into a snowbank and through stop signs at low speeds. I did separate wheels with winter tires on my '11 since you absolutely can't use the stock summers in the winter but this winter was so mild I didn't really get to use them much.I live in Orem, Utah and I'm looking into getting new tires. I was wondering if I should do summer and winter tires or just all-season tires. Is it really worth it to have both or should the all-weathers be fine?
On the cheap end there are Firestone Winterforce and General Altimax Arctic (I have the latter). On the more expensive end there are Bridgestone Blizzaks and a few others. The more expensive tires tend to be more performance based for dry winter roads, and also tend to have shorter lifespans.I have been persuaded. Where would you recommend buying the tires from? What winter tires?
The problem with that is stopping. I generally feel fine with the snow performance of AS tires with the AWD for driving around and such, but they just plain suck at stopping. I have Blizzak tires for the winter and the stopping ability is superb.I actually have a set of wheels with summer tires, and a set with AS, since even in the winter I spend more
time driving on dry roads than in snow. I'm satisfied with the snow performance of my AS, and I've driven them in pretty sketchy conditions. You have to know how to use the throttle to steer the car, though.
Blizzaks are a great tire for the first winter or two. When the tread starts getting down to ~50%, they turn into meh tires. I've run Blizzaks for years, have made the switch to Nokian, and I won't go back.daddyb said:Blizzaks from Discount Tire are always dependable.
Budget and use?daddyb said:Any suggestions out there for better summer tires than the Dunlops furnished on the Rex?
For someone not going to see much ice and a moderate amount of snow, the WS3Ds are a good option; I'd run them on my car, but I feel better with non-performance tires for my conditions. A typical rock salt application on my driveway is 320-400lbs (hence, the studded tires). I lose 10-15mph on the off-ramp curve I take heading home from work running the Nokians vs my summer tires, but when the bad weather hits, I'm glad I bought them over other options.Dramlin said:For winters I would highly recommend Dunlop Winter Sport 3D's if you can afford them. Although we had a very mild winter this last year I did take my WRX out for fun a few times when it did snow. The dunlops were absolutely perfect in just about every way, and since they are performance tires, they've been great on the dry roads as well.