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Yup pretty much says it this year
 

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yeah, that ST isn't going anywhere. Even on my wife's AWD Escape Ti, it wasn't the winter to even attempt all season tires.
 

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Oddly i would have been stuck with all seasons had i NOT bought a FiST two months ago... my Mini had all-seasons which made it hard to justify getting dedicated snow tires... but with the FiST's OEM summers i didn't have a choice but to buy snowies haha this car just keeps rewarding me in every way possible :joyful:
 

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I will get some dedicated snows this next winter...but right now want to get some wheels and tires.for auto cross use.

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My AWD Freestyle and spare set of snow tires are in the garage in Arizona. My ST on summer B'stones is in the garage here in Wisconsin. Oh well...
 

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Could be mostly gone by you next week ;)
 

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My AWD Freestyle and spare set of snow tires are in the garage in Arizona. My ST on summer B'stones is in the garage here in Wisconsin. Oh well...

Sounds like you got that one mixed up. If i was you i would have left the Freestyle and snow tires in the garage in Wisconsin and been enjoying Arizona with my FiST and her summer tires
 

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I've still been driving around on the stock tires here in Mich. It snowed last night and this morning I didn't have any issues. Then again I have never bought a pair of snow tires, so maybe I'm just used to the lack of grip?
 

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I've still been driving around on the stock tires here in Mich. It snowed last night and this morning I didn't have any issues. Then again I have never bought a pair of snow tires, so maybe I'm just used to the lack of grip?
I drove for about 15 feet in the snow on the stock tires (on my driveway), and I almost wasn't able to make it into my garage. My driveway has a very very slight incline, and I almost had to get my wife to push me to get into the garage. The stock tires are SCARY in the cold and snow IMO.
 

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Yea, these things are not even meant to be driven in the cold...let alone the snow. It took me 40 minutes to get it out of my drive way and turned around on Thursday - which was the day that picture was taken.

The traction control will kick in even just letting the clutch out on my driveway.
 

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These cars are crippled on the performance tires in winter months. Even a set of 4-bolt Focus take-offs with mediocre all-seasons (Craig's list, any town, $200) is a huge step up in seasonal performance, grip, oh... and safety.
 

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Luckily I don't have to drive this when it snows...I can work from home whenever I need and I have a VW tiguan to get around in...next winter a set of 15's with some skinny snow tires will be on the car for sure. 185 60s or something like that should do the trick
 

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This past Fall before the snow and real cold came I had the stock tires on knowing they were 40 degF tire and it was like maybe 35 degF. Talk about easy wheel spin.. now mind you I was learning the Cobb Stage 1 tune at the time and didn't realize the tune removed torque limits in 1 an 2 gears .. got rubber into thrid gear more than once with out trying too hard .. Not to say my lil 15 inch snow tires can't be overpowered but they do make a world of difference in over all handleing and stability.. FUN FUN FUN
 

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This morning a kid in an audi a4 with the the 2.0T was next to me at a light we each gave it a bit of welly from the lights and in first and second I struggled to keep the wheels from breaking loose...once I got to 3rd I FiST-ed him good, on a warm day it would have been a better showing....but cold and summer tires is slippery. Even in my wrx with my summer tires I would have to keep a light right foot on cold fall mornings...of course in Vermont from October to Late April I had that on Nokian Studded tires - that was a fun snow, ice, gravel set up.
 

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Luckily I don't have to drive this when it snows...I can work from home whenever I need and I have a VW tiguan to get around in...next winter a set of 15's with some skinny snow tires will be on the car for sure. 185 60s or something like that should do the trick
My snows are 15"s with 185/60 tires, but most people run 195.
 

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It's not just the "going". It's the turning and stopping. I crashed my Focus on a slight incline a few years back because I had similar rubber on it when it snowed about an inch. I drove the FiST home in January and the next day put on all seasons.
 

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My snows are 15"s with 185/60 tires, but most people run 195.
hi, i see you have the 15 inch tires I have a question for you, Im buying 185/60/R15 88R XL tires today no wheels though im planning on buying steel black ones after i buy the tires, the guy Im buying them from online has the tires so Im just wondering if they would fit fine, ..will the brakes fit and will it catch on the wheel archers or anything, any info would be appreciated thank you
 
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