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Well, I had no TCS issues at all, at any speed. I can't speak for the squared setup guys.
All I can tell you is that it worked perfectly for me. I had no issues getting stuck or loosing control. Traction was very linear. Tire slip will be encountered at launch if you are not careful with throttle inputs, but that is to be expected.
Handling was still confident, controllable and predictable as with the OEM summer/all seasons. However, the taller sidewall results in more body roll and less snappy steering response. The smaller contact patch in the rear will have less dry road traction, which may lead to increased over-steer and more dry pavement wheel spin on launch. On the flip side, you can cut through slush and deep snow better with the skinner, taller sidewall tires.
Keep in mind that the spongy, soft tire compound causes increased noise and steering harmonics/vibrations. The winter tire compound may feel spongy when cornering and a bit less eager to push the limits, ie you can't pull the same corner speeds and have different braking dynamics as you would with non-winter tires, ON DRY PAVEMENT (see how I stress that).
That all said, these tires are MILES ahead of the OEM tire(s) wet/cold/snow traction abilities. You will feel confident taking corners in snow pack, driving on cold, wet highways at speed, and stopping in town or on country roads.
Keep in mind that you may be able to stop in time because of your super awesome winter setup, but the retard behind you on bald summer tires tailgating you on the 401 in December probably not be able to stop. React accordingly, or suffer the same fate as me and a few others!
Thanks for the replies.
Simply Tire offers 215/55/17 squared in their packages. Putting the staggered or squared debate aside, would 225 be the better choice?
As per SinSina, those with squared set up, please let us know your experience.
Simply Tires groupbuy has started. From my research, they seem to have the best prices around. Slight discounts if you order early and/or install them yourself.
Rudy let me know if you do find anything... I'm still looking too.. Maybe we could score a group discount of some sort
Worst case scenario though is I'm gonna order from Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels, you can find a good package on there for under $1500 CAD shipped
If I can find slightly used winters in staggered setup for a good price, I'd rather go that route. However, I did email them 2 days ago and havn't heard back yet, will give it a few more days.
I did get this quote from Go4Tires though, for whoever else is on the hunt:
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (non-Brembo) – Winter Steel Wheel & Tire Package
2 x 225/50R17 Front Winter Tires
2 x 225/55R17 Rear Winter Tires
4 x 17x6.5 Hyundai Hubcentric Steel Wheels (OEM Fitment)
4 x Michelin Plastic Bags OR disposal of old tires
4 x Mount, Balance, Installation (inc’s new valves)
**Optional Free Lifetime Flat Tire Repair
Package #1 with Sigma Winter Claw Extreme Grip --- $872.99/set
Package #2 with Barum Polaris 3 --- $962.69/set
Package #3 with Hankook W409 iPike --- $1029.23/set
Package #4 with Michelin X-Ice Xi3 (NEW) --- $1294.55/set (additional $70 Michelin Mail-in-Rebate available)
Package #5 with Toyo Observe Garit KX --- $1432.16/set (additional $70 Toyo Mail-in-Rebate available)
Package #6 with Hankook W310 Winter iCept evo --- $1140.39/set (additional $50 Hankook Mail-in-Rebate available)
**Just minus $248.55/set from price above if you don’t require steel wheels
I just picked up the Hankook W310 icept evo package.
225/50/17 and 225/55/17
Feels like all seasons on dry pavement ( just a little softer), no loud road noise.
Then it started to rain hard !! Some of the reviews gave a lower rating for wet performance.
I didnt really push it, but no TC issues, and did not slip once in heavy rain.
So far so good
I'm not too worried about snow/ice , it got top scores in that section.
Just my 2cents if anyone is thinking about the icepts.