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Being tired (heh) of purchasing budget-resctricted Walmart/Canadian
Tire "sport" brands, and currently running on my spare for the moment,
the time has come to get a good decent set of treads.

I'm looking for an all-season set, but a summer set would work fine
too. They have to serve me well on the autocross/slalom courses, and if
they're all-seasons, they must handle snow and ice well, aside from not
hydroplaning like my current tires do. Something like these (but I
don't think they're out yet, and I'm looking for a new set of tires
this week):
Goodyear tire ratings.
Want these. Badly.

As for being on a budget, I'm willing to go expensive, but I don't want
dedicated racing tires that will only last me a few months. probably
$150usd MAX per tire is my budget, pricing preferably around $100 each
would be sw33t.

They have to fit on 14" rims though, I'm not ready yet to get new shiny
wheels. The rims I have on now can fit a bit wider than stock LX 7-
spokers (which I still have, and should probably sell or paint or
something...).

So what other brands of rubber could I look for? Keep in mind that it
would be best if they were available in Canada and not limited to the
US - as long as I could order them in.

Thanks to y'all in advance! =^.^=
 

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i have 15 inch rims (GT) but i got BF Goodrich Touring T/A's from Sam's Club for like $60 a piece, and they're pretty good tires, i pretty much beat the snot out of them day in and day out, and they're holding up pretty good. i put them on just as the winter was rolling in here in michigan, and they did pretty good, they handle alright. they grip good though, especially considering the fact that the back end of my car is so fricken light. but at sam's club, i got the entire set for $270 out the door, mounted/balanced, and i get free tire rotation every 7000 miles. i think they are a 50,000 tread too. i hope i've helped. by the way, i have P195/60R15's
 

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I run Goodyear Regatta 2's (185's, I'd like to see if I could fit 205's) on 14" rims. They're pretty decent, about 90-100 bucks a piece, depending on where/who you buy from. They do good in snow and especially well in rain.
 

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If I were you, I'd buy a set of winter tires and a set of summer tires.

By trying to cover all the bases, you're just comprimising performance in both fields.

Besides, you're going to use up two sets of tires eventually, so why not get two sets and just use them for summer/winter?

It just seems foolish to me to buy "all-season" tires.
 

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A word of warning about the first tires you brought up juggernaut. I was looking at their speed ratings, and there are oinly three tires that meet Ford's mandated speed rating for the Escort (if you drive a GT that is)

I found out about this when I bought a new set of tires three years ago (I blew the left driver's tire on the way home from Junior Prom). Apparently Ford has dictated that only H-rated or better tires can be installed on an Escort GT (since it is the sport model) and that if anyone sells you tires that are underrated they can get in trouble if your tire blows in a turn or at speed anywhere and you get into an accident. but to my knowledge that only applies if you have a GT...

Anyway, I personally think the Falken's or the Yokohama's are the best choice, but if you actually need "winter tires" then do like Sirigan said and buy two sets, it will give you the best preformance in both sets of conditions. But if you are like me in "Sunny California" and summer is the same as winter then ust get a good set of all season tires, they'll work the same all year.
 

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Dang those Yoko's are nice... =<.<=

I've a few reasons I'm just getting a set of all seasons for now:
Firstly, Canadian weather (Calgary, AB especially) is crazy, and in some months I'd be changing rims every week. This months alone it's gone from beautiful 25C to the negative temps with snow.

The other reason is that since I recently moved (until Christmas), I don't have my 2nd set of rims - they were left at home. So I'd have to buy a 3rd set of rims to go for the winter tires, regardless how cheap the plain stock metal would be. Just that much more clutter around the garage.

I do plan, when I get back home, to get a dedicated set of summer rims, which would likely be those sw33t Yokohama's. The tires (those Nokians) I'm getting tomorrow will likely become my winter set, depending how they do. Hopefully I won't have to test them in winter conditions until later this year, but in Calgary you can never know for sure...

As for speed ratings, Misfit, aside the fact that I've an LX, why would that matter? I drive my LX just as hard and fast as I would if I had a GT. I don't ever reach excessive speeds, like beyond 130kph, so I don't think ratings would be much of a problem. Even autoslaloming, I've yet to go beyond 90kph. I understand the reasoning though, but I did quite well for a couple years on Wal-Mart brand tires without any problems. If I ever had a flat, it was due to a nail on the road or something.
 

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hankook

go to pep boys and get hankooks ventus' their like 70$ a piece and they handle really good thats wat i got.. their wrapped around my 16 inch motegi mr7s
 

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Heh, in good time...

So I've been using these Nokians for about a week, and even had a chance to try them out in pouring rain conditions. I must say - these freakin' rock. 10x better grip on dry roads than my old ones ever were, and I finally DON'T hydroplane! If you're looking for a budget set of all weathers, I highly recommend these.
 
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