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#1 rweddy

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Posted 13 October 2004 - 04:07 PM

I am looking for tire recommendations for my 96 OBW.

I live in Colorado and commute 48 miles one way in snow, rain, etc.
I want a tire that is very good in snow; ice is generally not an issue here in Colorado.
I have never run dedicated snow tires before, is there that much difference?
Worth the cost of 2nd set of wheel and tires?
I would like to get away with an aggressive All-Season if I can.

#2 MorganM

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Posted 13 October 2004 - 05:24 PM

How about a set of these? :brow: I'd consider them an 'aggressive allseason' !

http://groups.msn.co...oto&PhotoID=879

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 06:08 AM

I am looking for tire recommendations for my 96 OBW.

I live in Colorado and commute 48 miles one way in snow, rain, etc.
I want a tire that is very good in snow; ice is generally not an issue here in Colorado.
I have never run dedicated snow tires before, is there that much difference?
Worth the cost of 2nd set of wheel and tires?
I would like to get away with an aggressive All-Season if I can.

I don't have a specific recommendation, but I will throw in my $0.02.

I drive 52 miles each way to work, in what can only be described as one of the worst winter environments in the continental US. We have severe ice and frequent heavy lake effect snow. Coming home to find 12"-18" of snow on the dirt road that I live on is not unusual. With that said I consider an all-season tire completely innapropriate for driving in snow. Sure, lots of people use them, but lots of people also drive 20 MPH and lots of people end up in the ditch. I should qualify my dislike for all-seasons with an admission that the newer ones are supposedly much better, and I haven't used all-seasons in years.

This year I am going to be running blizzaks on the outback, and either studded snows or greendiamonds on the jeep. Blizzaks are good for this part of the country with the ice we get, but they are easily overwhelmed in heavy snow, so I don't recommend them for you. I would probably recommend a dedicated snow tire with a relatively durable compound, blizzaks are really soft. I have yet to see anything that rivals a good luggy snow tire populated with studs. Blizzaks don't have nearly the ice nor snow performance of a studded snow in my experience. The greendiamonds are supposed to have good snow performance due to tread design, with good ice performance due to embedded pieces of silicon carbide, with lower noise and road damage than a studded tire. If I can find them in a 225/75/15 they are my first choice.

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 09:10 AM

I don't have a specific recommendation, but I will throw in my $0.02.

I drive 52 miles each way to work, in what can only be described as one of the worst winter environments in the continental US. We have severe ice and frequent heavy lake effect snow. Coming home to find 12"-18" of snow on the dirt road that I live on is not unusual. With that said I consider an all-season tire completely innapropriate for driving in snow. Sure, lots of people use them, but lots of people also drive 20 MPH and lots of people end up in the ditch. I should qualify my dislike for all-seasons with an admission that the newer ones are supposedly much better, and I haven't used all-seasons in years.

This year I am going to be running blizzaks on the outback, and either studded snows or greendiamonds on the jeep. Blizzaks are good for this part of the country with the ice we get, but they are easily overwhelmed in heavy snow, so I don't recommend them for you. I would probably recommend a dedicated snow tire with a relatively durable compound, blizzaks are really soft. I have yet to see anything that rivals a good luggy snow tire populated with studs. Blizzaks don't have nearly the ice nor snow performance of a studded snow in my experience. The greendiamonds are supposed to have good snow performance due to tread design, with good ice performance due to embedded pieces of silicon carbide, with lower noise and road damage than a studded tire. If I can find them in a 225/75/15 they are my first choice.

Thanks for the input.
Do you have a seperate set of wheels for the winter tires?
Why 225/75/15?
Is this a taller tire than the Stock is 205/70/15?

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 09:11 AM

How about a set of these? :brow: I'd consider them an 'aggressive allseason' !

http://groups.msn.co...oto&PhotoID=879


I like them!! But I do not think they would be best for a 100 mile daily commute!

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 09:24 AM

I should have been more clear. The 225/75/15's are for the jeep. I am a wimp when it comes to changing tire sizes, I like to stick to the factory size. For the subaru I have a set of steel wheels for the winter and the OEM alloys for the summer tires. I have a set of OEM steel wheels for the jeep that I will use for the winter tires and then in the spring I plan on buying a set of used OEM alloys and a set of new summer tires. Having two sets of wheels is easier on the wallet and the tires, not to mention that is makes mounting very convenient.




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