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litoeon
 
I need some rubber for my wheels

the tread on my tires are getting low so i'm going to need to buy new ones pretty soon.

do you guys know the best place to get tires for cheap/decent price? we're moving to washington state by the end of the year and i hear it snows up there.

any recommendations on what kind of tires to get will help me out too as i usually just buy the cheapest ones.

i have an 07 mazda 3

thanks
Old 12-22-2009, 07:00 AM litoeon is offline  
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one set of direzza z1 star specs on either new wheels or your stock wheels, and one set of nokian hakkapilettas on either your stock wheels or a set of steelies.

what wheels does the car with stock? steel or alloy, what bolt pattern, and what size and width?

what size tires does your car come with stock?
Old 12-22-2009, 08:36 AM SomeoneWhoIsntMe is offline  
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You have a nice new(ish) car and are moving to a place where cold weather and snow are prevalent.

Stop being a cheap bastard and buy some nice shoes for your car.

If you aren't going to swap out with some snow tires during winter, at least get some nice All-Seasons like the GoodYear Triple Tread.
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there's no such thing as nice all seasons, especially in washington
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if you don't mind chains you'll be fine

you're obviously on a budget so try somewhere like anericas tire
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there's no such thing as nice all seasons, especially in washington

i have the triple treads and on my 96 sable it drives though 8 inches of snow like it was nothing, and are awesome on ice.
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i have the triple treads and on my 96 sable it drives though 8 inches of snow like it was nothing, and are awesome on ice.

Maybe compared to summer tires.


I like the BFG Traction TA's for cheap all seasons, but definetely recommend summers + winters.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:21 PM Viperoni is offline  
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The Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds actually perform quite well in the snow, as far as all-seasons go.

I wouldn't try driving on any mountain passes with them, but if you can only get one set of tires--those are the ones to get.
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the preferred term is

rims

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I like the BFG Traction TA's for cheap all seasons, but definetely recommend summers + winters.
Another vote for this tire. I've had them on my GTI for 4 summers now and they've got enough tread for 1 more. They're a decent handling tire. Little bit noisy but whatever. And I wouldn't call them "all-season", they're absolutely fucking useless in snow, as I reminded myself a few days ago when I finally put my winters on.

Having separate summer/winter tires and rims is the way to go. You'll want winter tires anyway, and having separate winter rims saves you from paying mounting/balancing fees every 6 months, and keeps salt from eating your alloys.
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also you want wide and low offset for summer and thin and sunk in the winter, and separate sets of wheels and tires lets you do that
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For good all-seasons that can get you home through the snow in a pinch: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....emeContact+DWS
(alternative: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....+Pole+Position )

And for winter tires that will get you through nearly everything, with the best bang-for-your-buck: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....Altimax+Arctic
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Another vote for this tire. I've had them on my GTI for 4 summers now and they've got enough tread for 1 more. They're a decent handling tire. Little bit noisy but whatever. And I wouldn't call them "all-season", they're absolutely fucking useless in snow, as I reminded myself a few days ago when I finally put my winters on.

Having separate summer/winter tires and rims is the way to go. You'll want winter tires anyway, and having separate winter rims saves you from paying mounting/balancing fees every 6 months, and keeps salt from eating your alloys.

The Traction T/A did well on my Bonneville and mom's Camry,IIRC they've been replaced by a new model.

But I have to recommend Snow/Summer setups, on my GTI it's been SOOO much better in both seasons.
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:43 PM BonneMe is offline  
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Another +1 on the winter/summer setup. I'm running Direzza star specs for summers and Blizzaks for winters.
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A set of summers and a set of winters is best way to go. No compromise in the summer OR winter.
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