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Old 08-03-2009, 01:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to get input from 09 owners as to what snow tires worked for them, we live in Vermont and winter challenges start right at our steep driveway. Also are there older, used Subaru wheels that will fit the 09/10 forester so we can mount the snow tires permanently? Anyone use studded tires and if so was the road noise tolerable?
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The road noise on studded tires is worst at slow speeds such as in parking lots, otherwise its not too bad. The best cheap snow tire are the firestone winterforce, and the "best" are the hakkas. either can be studded. A good nonstudded tire is the blizzak. You can use any 5x100 16"+ subaru wheel (just about everything aside from sti, tribeca and svx) and you want an offset around +48. I loved my studded winterforce tires in rochester, not the best handling or anything, but absolutely amazing grip, I never had a problem except in fresh deep snow when offroading. I actually had to pull some of my buddies out of the snow in their jeep wranglers on 33"+ offroad tires.
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I run studded winterforces. I LOVE THEM. They are the only snow tire with a mud rating as well, so they suit my offroading very well. They beat my all terrain tires in the snow and ice for traction hands down. On the road not bad either, definitely better than my all terrains.

You won't notice the studs except in parking lots like funkymonkey said.
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Thanks to all for advice. I had seen else where that there is a school of thought to go down a tire/wheel size to have better winter traction. Anyone got a good explanation? The forester we have has 17 inch wheels now. I would like to put my snows on rims and miss out on that rush to get them mounted in the fall.
New to Subaru and so far love the Forester.
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Something to do with a smaller footprint. I run 16s.
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Check the laws in states that you might tend to drive in to see how they feel about studs.
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I would recommend Dunlop Wintersport 3D's for performance winter tires.
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any good reason not to get studded snows for my kids car? it's a 2003 Chevy Impala. mostly they will just be driving to and from school but you never know they may wind up on the highway with it. I've never owned/used studded snows except when i was bike commuting through the winter of 2009-10
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