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Old 29 October 2018, 07:30 PM
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Hi guys, now that our lovely weather is over it's time to get the Winter tyres out.

I'm looking for recommendations for my Impreza STI, 19inch alloys.

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Old 30 October 2018, 10:20 AM
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I always check the tyre tests online to get some objective info. ‘tyrereviews.co.uk’ is a good place to start. There’s a bunch of very good tyres to choose from. I’ve got goodyear ultragrip performance gen-1 on 17s and am very happy with the all around performance. Of course they feel mushy in comparison the summer set up.
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Old 30 October 2018, 10:43 AM
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Nokian , Finnish manufacturer, good price, but obviously winter tyres don't handle like summers
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Old 30 October 2018, 06:34 PM
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I've been using the Pirelli Sottozero 3's for the last three winters (this'll be the fourth) and have absolutely loved them. For reference, I've been using winter tyres for the last fifteen years so I'm not someone who's just tried them for the first time and thought 'wow, these are amazing'.

Michelin Pilot Alpin's are good, whereas my experience of the Cooper Weathermaster's were awful. In the past I've also used Continental WinterContact TS790, 830 and 850. The Pirelli in contrast to these I've found to be less squirmy, have better turn in and seem to be lasting longer. That said, I reckon the 850 were marginally better in deep snow whereas the Sottozero's party piece is in thick slush where they're the most stable tyre I've used. I reckon this'll be their last winter as they're down to 5.5mm which is about as low as I really want to go with a winter tyre for winter conditions. In the three years I've used them though I've probably covered about 15k miles at a reasonable pace on country roads. Last winter I was out climbing in the winter conditions at least twice a week on average and got up some seriously treacherous roads with no drama whatsoever (including eighteen inch deep powder up Glen Orchy's single track road).

Any of the top tyres from the likes of Conti, Michelin, Nokian or Pirelli will do you well - read the proper tests though to see which excel in the area you place most importance on. For me it's ice and slush as these are the conditions I'm usually driving in.
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Old 30 October 2018, 11:38 PM
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Thanks guys,

I was thinking about the Sottozero 3, thanks for the positive review of them.
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Old 31 October 2018, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by stavrossthegreek View Post
Thanks guys,

I was thinking about the Sottozero 3, thanks for the positive review of them.
No problem. They're probably a bit cheaper than when I was got them too, I think they were pretty new out back then.

This is an example of the roads I was on regularly (the snow in the base of the ruts was 6" deep from the farmers Defender the night before). It's pretty awesome being able to actually have fun on these roads. Snow covered A roads can be driven at the NSL quite comfortably if you're aware of what's going on around you. I see you've got a newer one, but on my 2003 the biggest improvement that can be made is disabling the ABS. The only downside with winters and AWD is the inevitable number of times you have to help pull people free when either their talent or traction's run out (or, quite often, both)!



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Old 01 November 2018, 07:12 PM
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This will be my 3rd winter on Winter Tyres. I'm currently running a 2016 STI with Dunlop WinterSport5 as they seemed the nearest tyre to the OEM tyres on the car.

Positive
- Excellent performance in deep snow
- Consistent feel in temps from abour 4 and lower
- Very reassuring in heavy rain with a surprising ability to stay planted where previous cars have lifted
- Seem to wear quite slowly too
- Reasonable price
- Still capable of performing at higher speeds in very poor conditions, so long as you're smooth with inputs

Negative
- Turn in isn't quite as sharp, so you have to be more progressive with the steering wheel, but once it's turning, it's easy to make adjustments

I've used Nokians on cars before my Subaru and felt very re-assured with them. I may try them back to back on the Scoob when I invariably wear the current set out.

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Old 01 November 2018, 08:38 PM
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I put the cheapest winter tyres on some spare rims and they still massively out perform summer tyres in those conditions, never had any problems with them and as only used a few months a year I didn’t want to spend loads.
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Old 01 November 2018, 10:24 PM
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I`ve run Nokians over 8 years, but on the family car 2 years ago I had a ripped tyre 3 days before departing to the Alps, and the only tyre that I could get was a Tigar. They are Serbian, but owned by Michelin, and cost under £70 a corner for a 18 inch rim......just a budget option, worked great on ice and snow at minus 15
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Old 02 November 2018, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by daz1968 View Post
I put the cheapest winter tyres on some spare rims and they still massively out perform summer tyres in those conditions, never had any problems with them and as only used a few months a year I didnít want to spend loads.
They will outperform summer tyres in winter conditions for sure. But that said, if you fit proper performance winters you can actually enjoy driving the car all year round. It all depends on where you live too. I had mine on from last October through to mid April, so nearly six months, and for most of that I was very glad I had them on the car - including driving on sheet ice numerous times where the Cooper Weathermasters I originally used as winters on the WRX would have seen me in the ditch.
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