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      09-24-2008, 11:01 PM   #1
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Winter Drivers - what's on your 18s?

For all you people that live thru 4 seasons and have only one set of 18" wheels, what tires (brand, size, stagger/non) are you running?

I have the stock 17's and about to install v3's. Really want the 189s but trying to decide whether to stagger or not. If not, I think I'd do 235/40/18 all around. But, curious to see what people are doing and why.

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      09-25-2008, 12:36 AM   #2
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I still have the stock 18 hp's looking to buy a set of 18's or 17 for winter
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Dont stagger and being in Chicago you are going to want plenty of rubber to help out with those potholes that lurk beneath the snow. You might want to consider making the 17" set for winter and 18" for summer (unless you are tracking).

Arguibly, the best winter tires are blizzacks but they are quite noisy at highway speeds when the conditions are nice. Also, Dunlop winter sports (M2, M3) are a well balanced combo between sport and snow.
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Not xi, but I run my 189's on 225/40/18 LM25's.. drives great
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I love my Dunlop Winter Sport 3D. Just put any winters on and you'll be good to go.
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Thanks for the responses so far. To clarify, I'm most interested in hearing options that involve only 1 set of wheels and tires. I don't drive much (train/bus to work) so I'm not going with the snow tire option.

Anyone else here use a "compromise" setting with 18's and all-seasons? If so, what size and brand? Thanks.
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I am getting some replica 17's and putting on the Michelin Alpin Pilot PA3.

Not till November now though, I ditched the shit RFTs and got some great A/S tires
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Next week I ditch the RFT's and am putting a set of staggered Yokohama ADVAN S.4's on 161's. I'll let you know in a few weeks how they feel once they are worn in a bit.
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Lexor,
I'm leaning toward the Advan S4s too. Will your staggered setup be 235/40/18 + 255/35/18?
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try goodyear eagle f1 A/S's if you want 1 set for the whole year.
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S4s are adequate in all season for an xi.

I had a set of S4s before I decided to get winter tires. They are great until you hit a very bad storm. You will still be able to get around if they are mounted on xi

Of course, most people would say a set of winter tires would be even better.
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Im looking into the F-1 A/S for my car--but you cannot even get 255/35/18's now, they are backordered every place and not in stock till 15 Oct at the earliest.
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AS contenders

For an all year set up with staggers, I think the good options are:

Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S
Pirelli PZero Nero M+S
Yokohama Advan S4

...assuming you can find the tires, as stated above.
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The only winter tires that come in the staggared stock sizes that are runflat are the Pirelli Sottozero's.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Sizes....+240+Sottozero

So that is what I am running this year. Stock 189 18" rims. They aren't cheap, but I like the runflat security.

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18" Hankook W300 Ice Bears (non-RFT). Same size as the original.
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