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Charles
May 9, 2004

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Fermented Tinal posted:

Seconding this, they're my go to winter tire since Blizzaks got lovely.

What's wrong with Blizzak? I have WS80s on my Mazda and they're awesome.

Preoptopus posted:

What's worse is that tire shaving is a thing. Don't wanna replace all 4 tires on your awd cause of a screw in or near the sidewall. Some shops will shave a brand new tire down to match your other tread depths.

What's wrong with that?


Number_6 posted:

Since the overall performance of all cars depends heavily on the tires, I'm kind of surprised there isn't a running thread (at least, that I could find) for this topic. We can discuss and debate the top tires in each category; the best "bang for the buck" tire in each category; etc. Race tires, summer tires, HP all-seasons, touring, winter, off road, etc. Goons can discuss their experience with their own personal choice of rubber. It could have a silly thread title like "Tires: Where the rubber meets the road" or "Steel-Belted Radial Insanity" or whatever.




To start off with, I'll ask AI's opinion on using summer performance tires for year round duty on a daily driver. For much of the '90s and early 2000s, I drove cars on summer tires like Goodyear Eagle GS-C or BFG KDW through the winter, without any real worries or problems. (In central Texas, there is rarely enough snow or ice on the road to matter...but it does get below freezing sometimes.) But summer tires now come with dire warnings about not using them when it's cold, even if it's dry. If you lived in a climate where it was warm most of the year, but had maybe 15 days a year below freezing would you go with the summer tire or settle for a good all-season?

I just use all-season tires for my summer tires because just driving on the street they're good enough for me. I still blow by everybody on the outside lane of the on-ramp.
edit: I got Continental PureContact LS for my Mazda 3. (205-50/17 I believe)

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Charles
May 9, 2004

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MrOnBicycle posted:

Labour costs in Sweden. I'm actually surprised it's that cheap. The repair is $47 (including mounting and balancing it), the tires ~$100 then there is mounting cost and balancing cost, so probably ~130 in the end. Goodyear Efficientgrip Performance. Goodyear might have some warranty, but I probably missed some step in the fine print.
Good to hear the repair is reliable. I'm going to try that first. Thanks guys.

That's an inexpensive tire. What size is it?

Charles
May 9, 2004

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You really should specify model
I bet you can still buy Bridgestone Re92s.
Should I say Bridgestone are all terrible?

Charles
May 9, 2004

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RIP Paul Walker posted:

Bias alert!

I’ve spent plenty of time driving on RE92’s (Oh Scion tC, what a piece of poo poo you were), I’m convinced they were made by Goodyear 🥳

/bias

I have actually heard very good things about the newest Goodyear summer tire, generally couched by “never thought I’d say this but...”, ... take what I say with a big dose of salt.

I actually didn't have any trouble with Re92s on my WRX, just you could get a lot better and for cheaper.

Charles
May 9, 2004

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CornHolio posted:

So Goodyears are garbage, is there anything other than the Michelins in a 245/45R20 all season that are a little, uh, cheaper?

I'm assuming I'm only going to get 20k out of these tires, and I'm not so much of an enthusiast that I'll notice a difference between a really good tire and a good tire.

https://m.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...ter=20#allTitle

Sort by customer rating, price, etc here
Looks like Vredestein Quadtrac 5s are a good value?

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May 9, 2004

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CornHolio posted:

I've been using Tire Rack's website (and will be buying from them most likely) and I'm tempted to go with another set of Sumitomos because I like them enough, but yeah they only lasted about 20k miles. Those Vredesteins look like they'd last even less.

There are well rated tires on there with wear ratings of 700 and up.

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I don't know how the prices compare but I passed everybody with my Blizzak WS80s on my FWD Mazda. I hear the Michelin X-ICE 3s are really good too. Since you're already putting them on a Subaru you basically can't go wrong with anything halfway decent.

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Preoptopus posted:

5x114.3 is a common Japanese size as well so you can see if you could find a set used off someones Toyota or Honda or score them at a junk yard if there is such a think where you live.

Don't forget you need to keep in mind offset and center bore. Aftermarket wheels usually have a large center bore and you put in a hub ring tailored for your car.

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May 9, 2004

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Charles posted:

What's wrong with Blizzak? I have WS80s on my Mazda and they're awesome.

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BraveUlysses posted:

saw this today:
https://www.discounttiredirect.co...flash-sale

100 off select sets of tires. can be doubled with mfr rebates.

(see website for which brands of tires are on sale)

I think its time for some Michelin PS4S! 170 off the set and free shipping. very unfortunate that DTD charges sales tax in my state.

bad link :P

Charles
May 9, 2004

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Carry one of your summers as a spare? That would take up a lot of trunk space, obviously.

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May 9, 2004

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Uthor posted:

I didn't think "I don't have a spare, should I get a kit or an extra tire" was over complicating anything, but okay. I'll probably get a kit and keep a summer tire in the trunk for longer trips in case and call it a day.

Haven't decided if I wanna get a new set of wheels or stop by the local junk yard. That's where I got wheels for my old car. That steelie is more expensive than cheap alloys at Tire Rack, so...

I got good advice here, I'm going to just pick up a set of winter tires next month.

Carrying one of my winter tires (in addition to the space saver spare) is what I do when I drive into the country during summer, but I also have a rooftop box and am stuffed with supplies so not sure if that compares. There is no cell service though so it feels kind of necessary.

Speaking of the spare, it's 14 years old now. I should see what it costs to get a new one.

Charles
May 9, 2004

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Mazama Reputation is Les Schwab's store brand, I think made by Sumitomo (at least some of them are), which makes it really hard to get good info on it. By the picture and description it looks like a generic all season tire that's overpriced. I thought we're looking at Winter Tires?

Cooper is a huge tire company, but it doesn't have enough ratings yet on Tire Rack, IDK what their previous model was to compare it to.


LRADIKAL posted:

I was recommended Continental by a few people

I cannot say this enough: A Brand Is Not A Good Enough Recommendation. Model quality varies immensely, even amongst the same brand.

If you're looking for a recommendation, I would get Michelin X-Ice 3s. You can try the new Bridgestone Blizzak WS90s which nobody has had for a winter season yet (unless they're in the southern hemisphere maybe), the previous-gen WS80s were quite good, or you can even try and get the WS80s on closeout. Another good option is the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT.

Anybody should be able to order those.

Charles
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LRADIKAL posted:

I'm telling you what it has and that they are slippery, and I want something less slippery for winter. Check my thread history if you are actually trying to help.

Hey, I am trying to help, but it's still not clear what exactly you decided upon. You're mentioning buying another set of wheels, so I figured that means you want winter tires, right? I gave some recommendations.
Or, do you want to not use what you have on the car at all now?
Another question, would you try driving in the snow like we had in February?

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May 9, 2004

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If you can sit out driving on the rare major snow days we have I'd just get an all-season tire and drive it year round.

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Preoptopus posted:

You should do it hours before a major snow storm when everyone else does it and then get super upset with the guy at the desk cause he cant get you in right away despite the waiting room full of people patiently waiting their turn. But your special cause how the gently caress are you gonna make it home to Vail with these bald tires its snowing up there right now arnt you getting how your problem is my problem?!?!?!
Thats the best time to do it.




I was going to say, be sure to make an appointment several days in advance, they get crazy busy. I jumped the gun and put mine on when there was snow in the passes already, and feels kind of bad driving when it was 60F out the other day, but otherwise it hasn't gotten much over 50F which is usually my criteria.

Go with one of the tires I mentioned above and I think you'll be very happy. Or the Continental VikingContact 7 MrOnBicycle mentioned. I usually base my purchasing decision on consumer reviews on TireRack, which the Continentals don't have yet, but a Swedish magazine is a credible choice when it comes to winter tires! (We might actually get a different tire than the European market but I'm guessing it will be close enough.)

And yeah I've been using Discount Tire / America's Tire for a long time and have been quite happy with their customer service.

Charles
May 9, 2004

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👏

Charles
May 9, 2004

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Charles posted:

https://amazon.com/LUMITECO-Compres...ref_=ast_bbp_dp

Is this what I want?

They also have this style:
https://amazon.com/LUMITECO-inflato...ref_=ast_bbp_dp


Does hotlinking images from Amazon work?

Cross posting, thought this thread may be appropriate. I have to replace the plug end on my inflator, is there any disadvantage to the spring loaded kind vs the locking one?

Charles
May 9, 2004

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Nah

Charles
May 9, 2004

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I try and find a good alignment shop separate from any dealer or anything else. I've had bad results with almost everybody else.

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Charles
May 9, 2004

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Mods asked me not to post this

Charles fucked around with this message at 04:42 on Jun 10, 2020

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