First set of snows: Blizzak DM-V2 vs X-Ice Xi3

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  1. Jason Hex
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    First set of 17" snow tires for my 2014 Forester XT (2nd winter in Twin Cities). I'm using TireRack and leaning toward either Blizzak DM-V2 $142 or Xice $153 with steel wheels and no sensors. Anyone got any input? I'm favoring the Xice. Thanks!
     
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    General Altimax Arctics on steelies.
     
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    I had the older X-Ices on my MINI and those tires sucked pretty hard. Blizzaks were alright on my SJ FXT, but I'd definitely go Altimaxes or get real snows with Nokians.
     
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    Yea, either of those are going to be an excellent tire.

    The Generals aren't quite as good, but fantastic for the money, and worlds better than the best all-season.

    I ran a set of steel wheels for snow tires once (Worth mentioning they had about 150k miles on them when I got them, but OEM). They were ruined from road salt, rusty to the point of some seriously nasty leaks well before the tires were worn. Never again, alloys do corrode, but not nearly as badly. They're stronger, lighter and better looking, too.
     
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    We have the Michelins on our 2013 Escape. Great tire. Had the Generals on my mother-in-law's 2010 Escape...I hated them as they were very noisy on the highway. Just my opinion.
     
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    I have Blizzak WS80's on the RA. I would never buy anything else. Blizzak FTW!
     
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    I've had Goodyear Ultra Grips, Blizzaks, and now Nokians (Hakkapeliitta R2). I've been more than satisfied with all 3.
     
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    Depends on your expected typical conditions. If you're in the TC metro where snow is going to be cleared within 12-24 hours then the xice's are very nice. If you're in an outlying area or otherwise expect to deal with snow cover a lot more regularly than the blizzaks are the better choice.
     
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    I suggest you try the new (to the US) Continental Viking Contact 7...looks like they are just a few bucks more for OEM sizing. They get great reviews, and so far have been great on the STi.
     
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    jubella2 GC8 FTW

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    asking about tires is almost as bad as asking about oil change intervals
     
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    run them until you have engine failure since its inevitable anyway?
     
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    Do whatever you feel like as long as it is equal to or less than the manufacturer's recommendation.
     

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