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    Snow tires

    Any recommendations? Size? Brand? etc.?

    Also will be needing some winter wheels

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    You don't need to go bigger than 16 in wheels. They clear the brakes. It will save you some money.

    The topic has been brought up a few times but it's all over the place. This link should help: http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-sus...now-tires.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shomare View Post
    You don't need to go bigger than 16 in wheels. They clear the brakes. It will save you some money.

    The topic has been brought up a few times but it's all over the place. This link should help: http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-sus...now-tires.html


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    Not a problem. I'm a bit nuts. As much as winter takes its toll on my car in these parts, the nastier it gets the better. Nothing more fun than driving snow covered back roads after a fresh snow.

    i've also dabbled in some ice racing on frozen lakes. Not saying that I am putting my ST one the iceany time too soon, but I have been known to have enjoyed myself on by drive to a corner station. I think one time I missed imh station and had to go all the way around to get back to it.
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    Basically Seattle weather here. Winter is November to end of Feb, so about 4 months, and on average about 2 to 5 days of snow, usually only a couple inches, turns to slush/rain pretty quick. With that in mind I'm thinking the Conti Extreme DWS which I have on my Mazda and it's excellent in snow, but is also very good in rain etc. But I want to run the summers the rest of the time for better grip (hopefully) and cornering.
    I'm thinking I'll go with the 18" and grab some rims next spring so it's an easier swap next winter, plus I'll have some other rims for a different look.
    Based on my area, I think it's the best plan, but part of me wrestles with the idea of getting Nokian's or some other winter tires just in case we get a snowier winter than expected, which does happen once every 5-6 years, and I like being better prepared for snow, but it seems like a big compromise for often months of driving with just rain.
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    So, what's the best all season / almost snow tire you can get. That's what I'd run
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    I'm wondering how bad the tires really will be in the snow. It'd be nice to have some downtime before I need to spend another grand or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I'm wondering how bad the tires really will be in the snow. It'd be nice to have some downtime before I need to spend another grand or so.
    Very very bad.


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    Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires

    If you drive in snow/icy conditions, you greatly increase your chance of losing control and possibly crashing if you use a summer tire as opposed to a winter tire. You may get lucky for a while, but luck doesn't last forever. At some point you will need to stop suddenly or avoid an obstacle in the road. Summer tires won't be able to help you when this happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    I'm wondering how bad the tires really will be in the snow. It'd be nice to have some downtime before I need to spend another grand or so.
    I've used summer tires in November in Michigan... Don't play this game.
    I didn't crash, but on multiple occasions I was completely unable to control the vehicle in conditions that even crummy all seasons were fine in. (the tires in question were BFG KDW 2's)

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