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I need new tires for the upcoming winter season (current ones are just about bald). I only drive about 2-3 miles every morning and afternoon, and not on any busy roads. So no serious winter driving. What are the best 225/60-14s on the snow that I'll also be able to use after winter?
 

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My tires are getting close to reitrement age as well, I've managed to find the following options...

Courtesy of www.tirerack.com

Michelin Pilot XGT H4 (High Performance All-Season) $99
Sumitomo HTR 4 (High Performance All-Season) $54
BFGoodrich Radial T/A (Performance All-Season) $62
Yokohama Avid S/T (Performance All-Season) $46

www.tiretrends.com adds the following option...

Dunlop G/T QUALIFIER T (All-Weather Performance Radial.) $96Cdn

Now, I have the Dunlops and I find their traction in the wet/rain to be questionable at best. I will not be putting them back on my car. If I can afford it, I will probably go with the XGT. Otherwise probably the Yokohama Avid S/T's.
 

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I just got a set of tires from the Tire Rack on Saturday. Got a good deal on the Kumho ECSTA: click here



[edit: I have 15x8 wheels on my car, not stock]
 

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Kicknsupra sells wheels and tires now, I'll be talking to him pretty soon as I am getting pretty 'slidey' in the rain. :lol:
 

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thats whats fun..you know coming to a curve downshifting and watch your rear end come up the side window...lol, i think ill need tires too, my bf goodrich radials weren't that great of snow grabbers last winter either....lol i got stuck a few times.....ehh oh well...
 

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Those Kumhos look nice, to bad they don't come in our size. At least not for those of us that have stock wheels. I still say get the Pilots if you can afford them, I have two track events on mine, plus about 12,000 miles of general driving and they are still fine and ready for more. I've driven them in a pretty heavy rainstorm with no troubles but haven't tried them out in snow. It doesn't snow a whole lot in southern california and I've managed to stay away from my original home when it's been snowy.
 

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Yes, on my Yokohama A509's.

Was hovering on 35 - 40% tread left. One night when I was going home from work, we got about 1" of snow on the freeway... :shock: :oops: Fortunately, there was practically nobody else on the freeway at the time (except a WA State Patrol cruiser who was ahead of me). Was still a eye opening experience when both myself & the WSP were both trying to go up a 1 - 2% grade on a freeway... sideways......

This is what happens when you try to drive in the snow on Performance Tires that ARE NOT M+S rated....

Didn't bother putting the snow tires on the next day, it warmed up a bit & the snow melted.

Have "actually" had good sucess on BFG Radial TA's in the snow "when the tread is still brand new"..... But they do suck when the tread get's below 50%...

Have not had the opportunity to try the Yokohama Avid S/T's yet.

Hrmm.. Here's something that I may be HATING come next year... Was watching the Noon news today.... 50/50 possibility that studded snow tires may become illegal next year in WA State.... Will either have to pull the studs out of my Dunlops, or only use them if the snow plans to stay around/below freezing for more than 5 days... :p Then again, I have not had the opportunity to use my snow tires in the last ~4 - 5 years, either the snow melts overnight, or we get a mild winter w/ nothing but rain.
 
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