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I see a lot of posts of people running winter tires with different rims. My question is, can I not just purchase an all-seasons and mount those on my stock 17 rados?

I live in Kansas, we get snow... but not crazy amounts like up north. I'd like to keep the low profile look on the tires... maybe something like this come October? Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 - only concern I have is protecting the calipers from drifting snow...

Any assistance is much appreciated.
 

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About any all-season is ok but you will compromise summer handling and winter handling....
For ride comfort, quietness and all season the Conti DSW works.
The Pirelli P-0 Nero is so-so.
 

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Those only come in 16/18in though right? I didn't see a 17 on tirerack.com
 

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Might want to consider General G-Max AS-03. I got a set from Tire Rack. Have not used them yet but they came highly rated.
 

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I see a lot of posts of people running winter tires with different rims. My question is, can I not just purchase an all-seasons and mount those on my stock 17 rados?

I live in Kansas, we get snow... but not crazy amounts like up north. I'd like to keep the low profile look on the tires... maybe something like this come October? Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 - only concern I have is protecting the calipers from drifting snow...

Any assistance is much appreciated.
I've used the Conti DSW in the past. Seemed to work well enough. I've got the Michelins on my ST now and they seem OK, too. Both the Contis and the Michelin make a bit more road noise than the stock tires, but that seems to fade with mileage. That said, I don't drive in the snow nearly as much as you would, so my perspective is a bit different.

I hate to be wishy-washy on the subject, but if you haven't run these tires back-to-back, it's very difficult to compare them. I did notice that the dry grip wasn't as good as the stock summer tires, but you only notice that when you're at the limits of adhesion and if you don't habitually slide around corners then you'd likely only notice it in emergency stops or burnout starts. :)
 

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I have a set of Mich. Pilot Sport A/S 3 on my car now as my tweener tires and these things just Stick in the corners and are as good or better than out Conti extreme dws in the rain .. The seem a little square the first block or so when you first start out cold but smooth out in no time .. Very happy with wet dry and cold traction as well as road noise compared to the bridge stones road noise.. Wasn't a big fan of three season tires but these are ok. So far .. 205/45/17 fit fine with great curb protection on the tires sidewall and no rubbing at all .. These will work fine till it warms enough to get the summer tires on..
 

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Any one had any personal experience with BFG G-Force Super Sport A/S. I can get em for cheap (employee discount!) and not sure if I want to keep the stock tires for the summer or try to sell them while there still in good shape.
 

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I looked into every option available, read all the tests, talked to my tire expert and was on the fence, DWS or A/S 3 Y rated. I ordered the wheels, 17x7 Konig Feather and he forgot I had decided on the Michelin so he ordered them in but the DWS was already installed by then. I went to pick them up today and got to choose and the Mich won, much wider, far more performance oriented, will not be nearly as good in snow and in fact not that great most likely but I will see little time in the snow if any at all.

I get better looks, more rubber on the ground, far higher stick in the corners in the summer, in the rain, only 2 lbs heavier each....and I am putting on some 15x9 12.2 lbs wheels with DOT race tires for track events but can run the Mich if really cold or raining.

I swapped to 4x100 bolt pattern so I now have a great deal more wheels to pick from;)

If you need them in the snow, the DWS might be the way to go, if not, the Mich for sure.
 

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From another Kansan (KC area)--I got some Pirelli Winter Carving Edge snow tires mounted on 15" wheels for winter driving, and am now back on the OEM Bridgestones on stock wheels. I'm very glad I went that route. The stock tires on snow are absolute ----er, uh, you get the idea. Having driven lots and lots of all-seasons on lots of vehicles, including a Honda Fit as my last daily driver, I can say that I am convinced that true winter/snow tires are significantly better than all-seasons. I feel more secure with the Pirelli WCEs than I think I would with A/S tires. (The Fit had Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, BTW, FWIW.) My plan is to continue to swap back and forth between "summer" and "winter" tires. The biggest issue I'm seeing centers on the shoulder seasons. It's kinda hard to predict how long winter will last or when the next one will arrive, as you know, so it's always gonna be a bit of a roll of the dice as to when to make the swap.

Just my 17 cents worth. Either way, good luck.
 

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I will have my all seasons, track setup and if we end up dealing with to much snow when we stop traveling and settle in Carson City NV as have a grandson on the other side of the Sierra's, I might end up with a third set with the best high performance snow tires made.

I have a great deal of experience in the snow without snow tires but it is fun to be able to haul but in it with great ones on the car:)
 

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I used Conti DWS on my 2011 Fiesta with 16 inch wheels. They worked great in snow.
 

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I'm in Western Washington State, so deal with more wet roads than in most other places. I went with the Michelin Pilot Sport A3s. I'll use them year round. I don't have the experience to compare them to other tires, but I know they stick more than I have the guts to find out how much, wet and dry.
 
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I had Conti DSW on my Focus ST and my Mustang GT for the winter months since we don't get that much snow here. I loved them. For the Fiesta ST I just went with the G-Max AS-03. They're not bad (and we had a very snowy winter), but I probably won't buy them again.
 

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had the Mich Pilot Sports A/S3 in some wet slucky snow this moring maybe a inch or so the kinda that once over with the tire and its packed ice.. Anyway once I turned ESC to sport the car and tires did a fine job getting UP into my drivway that was covered .. So on the dry GREAT in the wet GREAT and in the snow the are OK not snow tires but better than summer tires .. so far so good..
 

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hmm... I appreciate all the feedback. Any issues with snow effecting the calipers if I just stick with the stock rims? Those who use them...
 

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Yea I live in an apartment so I really don't have the room to store all the extra rims/tires.
 

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Several years back, I ran the Nitto Neogen and loved them overall. They're $88 at Discounttiredirect The Pilot Sport A/S 3 would probably be one of the best options, they're $138 or so.
 

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I love my Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s. Marginal loss in dry weather grip and response, but excellent in the wet and in the cold, and satisfactory in snow. I remain impressed at the exceptional dry/warm performance. I don't feel like I've sacrificed much of anything.
 
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