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#31 Old 10-23-2013, 08:29 PM
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ah.... ya I guess I didn't think about that. Sheesh you guys think of everything.

Where would one go about picking up a spare / old set of wheels? junkyard? ebay? And by chance the wheel size for '13 WRX... 17 x 7? 7.5?
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quite the board here. good luck with your cars gents.
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So as not to create a new topic; based on the previous posts I was going to pick up a set of 16" steelies with a set of tires. Living in the Northeast, more specifically NYC Metro area, I don't get a lot of heavy snow typically, but I board so I head up into Vermont every year for a week in addition to day trips. The girlfriend's parents also live in the Binghamton area which can get a fair bit of snow.

Is there enough of a difference between a performance snow and a snow during normal winter conditions (cold, dry) to make me want one over the other? I would normally get snows for my old Outback, wasn't sure it was worth getting a performance snow for an additional $30/tire.

I guess it comes down to: is there noticeably less road noise from a performance snow? Does it handle that much better under normal conditions? Will I lose handling in mountain conditions to the point where they are not very helpful?

Thanks for any help.

EDIT: The other condition that I'd likely run into more often is that awful slush. Will the performance snows handle that well?
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Performance winters are FAR FAR better on a dry road than all out snow tires. It's not even close. I would urge anyone who has a sports car in a climate that sees freezing temperatures to get performance winters. Snows have far less rubber in contact with the road. That's not just for handling! Dry stopping distances will be far better in the performance winters. It's a season, not just a yearly blizzard.

Why snows? They're designed for penetrating deep snow. Slush isn't generally that deep once you put >500 lbs of car on top of it. Snow will not push away from the tire though with weight, it just compacts itself. That's where a pure snow tire is unbeatable.

Basically, I would say that a performance winter beats a snow tire in everything besides unplowed roads.
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Performance winters are FAR FAR better on a dry road than all out snow tires. It's not even close. I would urge anyone who has a sports car in a climate that sees freezing temperatures to get performance winters. Snows have far less rubber in contact with the road. That's not just for handling! Dry stopping distances will be far better in the performance winters. It's a season, not just a yearly blizzard.

Why snows? They're designed for penetrating deep snow. Slush isn't generally that deep once you put >500 lbs of car on top of it. Snow will not push away from the tire though with weight, it just compacts itself. That's where a pure snow tire is unbeatable.

Basically, I would say that a performance winter beats a snow tire in everything besides unplowed roads.
Thanks for the explanation.

That pushes me towards a pure snow tire rather than a performance snow. The gf's parents' house is an old farm house with a dirt road. The entire town is one street that doesn't get plowed. In addition the house I rent up in Vermont is the same deal and Vermont doesn't salt the roads, they throw sand on them for traction.

Guess it's annoying that the snows will cut down the handling, but if the performance snows won't get me to the gf's parents or the ski house then they aren't doing their job.
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