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Allseason Tires for Summer 2010

Hey, these opinions tend to change year to year, so I thought I'd ask what you guys are running.

I'm looking at replacing my allseason set for midwest and east coast driving all year (ie, snow included). I'd give up comfort for better traction.

I have BF Goodrich Traction T/A's now and they've been giving me premature balancing problems, so I'd like to avoid them.

Seems like I've narrowed down to the following:

Continental ContiExtremeContact
General Altimax HP
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred

All opinions are welcome!
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^^ Yokohama AVID Envigor

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Continental ContiExtremeContact would be my choice. Good for the winter at least with good tread. We have them on my wife's Mazda 5.

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In addition to the Yokohama ENVigor, I'd also consider the Michelin Primacy MXV4.

The solution I've found to balancing problems is to find a shop that offers the Hunter Road Force GSP9700 balancer and is on Tire Rack's recommended vendor list.

For example, I use Curry's Auto Service in my neck of the woods.

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I'm surprised by the yokohama recommendation. I dont see any subaru users reviewing the tire elsewhere. Is it a new model or somthing?
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I'm interested in this thread too, my 2010 2.5X has 16,500 miles on it already (we bought it in September of '09) and I'm getting close to the wear bars. I've looked pricing at Michelin Hydroedge, Nokian WRG2, and BF Goodrich Premier Touring. It looks like the Yokohoma and Goodrich are new tires, so not a lot of reviews on Tirerack.

Good luck with the tire search!

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I'm surprised by the yokohama recommendation. I dont see any subaru users reviewing the tire elsewhere. Is it a new model or somthing?
The ENVigor is indeed a fairly new model, made here in the U.S. in Yokohama's plant in Salem, Virginia.

Initial reviews look quite promising, IMHO, as do the results of Tire Rack's in-house test report (May, 2010).

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I compared the Envigors to the DWS and chose the DWS. Envigors seem to have better turn in and dry traction however there are not many reviews on wet, and especially snow because they are so new. DWS has been around a little bit longer and although has less dry traction, its wet traction is awesome and snow is sorta like using dedicated snow tires (at low level snow). This is what made me choose the DWS as it only takes 1 bad day of bad weather to ruin the rest of your year. DWS seems to be a true "ALL-SEASON" tire excelling in the more inclimate weathers.
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I love the continentals, but if you don't need a performance tire I'd look at the altimax HP more (however I haven't gotten to use them yet in the snow), my friend has them on his forester and we have them on our prius and they're a great all around tire. However the contiextremecontact is still my single favorite tire on the market.

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Yes I think the continental extreme contacts are the type of grip I want. Can you comment on flatspotting and soft sidewalls on them? These are the two issues I commonly see in reviews of this tire and are the reason why I'm still looking at other options.

I have seen several people even going as far as saying the continentals extreme contacts are prone to sidewall blowouts....


The Yoko's dont look like they'd be good in snow, so I'm a bit wary there too unless I see more feedback. You have to be really careful which reviews you read on tirerack. I tend to ignore anyone reviewing a tire with less than 3000 mi on them.

The reviews for the generals are all over the place. It's like people either love them or think they roll over the sidewalls way to much.
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I have the Yokohama AVID Envigor's on my '03 RS and they are great, particularly compared to the old stock RE92. Rain traction is good, plan to get them for my Forester once the current tires on it wear out. But I definitely see them as a street tire, if you do off-roading other tires may be better fit.
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I just got a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season. Haven't put many miles on them yet, but I like them so far, worth taking a look IMO.

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I'm looking at these.

Yokohama Tires ? YK520 All Season Handling Comfort Long Treadlife

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All season for 05 XT

I too like the specs on the Yk520

Does anyone know if this will fit my 05 Forester XT? I assume if I get the exact same size I should be okay?? I have the 8 spoke wheels and am still running the Yoko Geolander G900 tires (P215 60 R 16 94 H) from the factory.
I do very little snow driving & no offroad at all.
Any other suggestion are welcome. Thanks in advance, Josea
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