ok i ordered winter tires and wheels yesterday! Can’t wait to see how they do even though we haven't gotten an ounce of snow yet (but we will!!)
i have had Bridgestone WS-60's studdless ice/snow tires on my 09 and i thought they were awesome! i got my wife WS-70's for her 2010 accord last year and they are way better than her OEM tires but for some reason i don’t like them as much on her car. of course she is FWD but it’s the braking im talking about. for some reason it just didn’t seem to stop as well.
last winter i also tried Conti DWS all seasons when I had a spare 18” wheel set. they did make their way through everything but just not that great since they don’t have slits like winters do and of course there all seasons. you just have to stop a little sooner with snow and of course for ice conditions! for dry road conditions they handled really well and were quiet like my Conti DW summer tires. i really like Conti's!!
sadly monies tight so this winter i went with the best/cheapest i could find. I wanted Conti Extreme Winters but price was too high. i always end up buying a tire that gets 1st place for the year and in its category in Tire Racks tests. the tire i went with is the General Tire Altimax Arctic studdable ice/snow. i thought long and hard about which size to get but i ended up going with the cheapest yet still will work for the vehicle.
The stock size is a 235/45/17 which is a 25.3” diameter. My current tire is a 245/35/18 with a 24.8” diameter. Mosc and I believe the high 24” range is best all around and best for drag racing, weight, rev’s etc. I wish I could have kept close to that number but again, price. Im glad 2 of my friends have 2011 STI’s because I saw that they run a 245/40/18 which is a 25.7” diameter and that tells me this chassis can handle the size. Because you want a thinner tire to cut through the snow I ended up getting a 205/60/16 on new black steel 16x6.5” wheels. The diameter is 25.7” like the OEM STI and only .4” more than OEM for the WRX so im not worried. Each wheel was only $56 and each tire was $81 so I say it’s a pretty good deal with free mounting and balancing.
Ill post pics when they come, it should be funny to see a 245 next to a little 205! Here a pic of the 09 OEM 225/45/17 next to my 245’s. this even looks night and day.