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« on: September 29, 2004, 03:05:02 AM »
So, it is creeping slowly into my mind... what should I do for Winter Tires?  I am really looking for a dedicated performance winter tire to mount on my OEM 17" rims.  Here are my current choices...

1) Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3 - $137 each
2) Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 - $173 each  8O
3) Nokian WR - ???$$$

So, what do you think???  I am looking for serious traction in the snow and ice but also want reasonable street performance when it is dry... and I don't want a soft tire that rolls too easily...

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2004, 04:40:20 AM »
I picked up a set of Toyo ice raceing tires havent put them on so I dont have personal experence with them yet but they come very highly recomended. Ill get you model info tomarow morning.

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2004, 04:40:20 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2004, 11:43:33 AM »
I love my M2 Wintersports, and the M3's are supposed to have better dry traction, maybe someone who has them can comment.  The M2's have great traction in the snow / slush.  Not bad on dry, but probably not to your standards as far as "high performance"   :P

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2004, 12:25:31 PM »
Thanks guys, how long have you been using the M2's?
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2004, 12:47:50 PM »
I have the Blizzak tires I run in the winter and I am quite happy with them.  I drive in to the mountains almost every weekend in the winter and have always had great traction.

They are not the best for high speed driving, but they are stable.  Wear has been good too, but I think they will die at the end of this winter after a total of 20K on them.

I think they M2 / M3 would suit city driving better.

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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2004, 01:32:37 PM »
Take a good look at the V-rated WRs.  I would consider the M3s a close second from what I've read.  Keep in mind I've never had either.  I sent an e-mail yesterday to Meadow Creek for a price on WRs.  Still awaiting response.  Quote from Swis Tire for WRs was about $930.  I think I'm getting ContiExtremeContacts for cheap.  If you'd consider those, call me.
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2004, 01:33:36 PM »
Here is that tire info on the Toyo's for you Jason and a couple pics.





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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2004, 01:37:13 PM »
Those are ice racing tires?  Why do you say that?  I thought ice racing tires were super skinny with massive studs.
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2004, 01:41:01 PM »
I have the Blizzak LM's on my stock 16" wheels and I'm extremely happy with them.
Excellent traction and braking in packed snow and ice, with very low tire noise.

That price seems pretty high.  Did you check the prices on Tirerack.com?

I used to have a set of Kuhmo snow tires on my Acura Legend and those tires rock.  I got them in Canada so I'm not sure if they are available here.
Eventhough they are made for snow, they performed beautifully on dry hot summer roads at speeds of over 110mph and have excellent wear -- you can't really say that about most snow tires.
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2004, 01:44:11 PM »
Pat, I am considering the Conti's because I was really happy with them on my Jetta.  How do you think those may compare with the pure winter tires?  Marginal difference or significant difference?
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2004, 01:45:59 PM »
Quote from: "blueGOLFturbo"
Here is that tire info on the Toyo's for you Jason and a couple pics.




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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2004, 01:47:06 PM »
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Those are ice racing tires?  Why do you say that?  I thought ice racing tires were super skinny with massive studs.


Sorry I should have put [sarcasm] quotes around that, when my friend and I went to pick them up thatís what the guy at Big O called them; we politely corrected him saying that they were stud less snow tires but he kept insisting that they were ice racing tires. So we have jokingly referred to them as ice racing tires ever since. Sorry for the confusion :lol:
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« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2004, 04:39:17 PM »
I've had Nokians and more recently Blizzaks...  Ice seems to be a bigger problem that the deep snow out here...

These are great tires and do well on ice...  The last set of Blizzaks that I had lasted 3 seasons easily...

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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2004, 04:41:26 PM »
I would highly recommend the Michellin Pilot Aplins.  I've had them on my last couple cars and they are VERY good.  Only other one that I liked more was the Pirelli Winter SnowSports.  I had those on two S4s and they were awesome.

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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2004, 05:35:35 PM »
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Thanks guys, how long have you been using the M2's?


Have had the M2's on for 2 winters (well, I guess 1.5 winters), this will be my 3rd and they still look and drive great.  I think I have 2 more winters on these tires.  I only use them from about November till March.

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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2004, 06:27:53 PM »
I had a set of M2's last winter and will use them again this winter.  They performed really well in dry conditions,  did good enough in snow and were not good on ice.
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2004, 12:07:17 PM »
I wouldn't know. I use regular old working man's studless winters. I'm not rich like ya'll to have $1000 rubber on each wheel :lol:

I did write a review on them, but they're not what you're looking for Jason. I'm incredibly happy with them...but I don't race in the snow :wink:
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