Re: 04 HFP Si winter tire question
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We can set up 2 different type of snow packages - a
"blizzard" type of snow package or "performance winter" package.
The "blizzard" package would give the best snow capability in blizzard conditions but since it is optimized for snow, it will change how the car drives if driven fast and aggressively during good winter weather. With the blizzard package, if you drive fast during a stretch of good weather, the tires will feel mushy. If you want to go with a blizzard package, best tire choice would be 205/55-16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50's see:
We're based in South Bend, Indiana about 1.5 hours east of Chicago and I was a little disappointed with winter performance package I went with last year. With the car being so light, I would recommend running the WS-50.
As for ride comfort, you'll get some ride improvement by going to the higher profile 16" tires especially since the Yokohama AVS ES100's ride a little hard. Given the relatively short wheelbase of the car, there's only so much you can much you can do to improve the ride.
As for winter tires on dry pavement, it's not the dry pavement the causes excessive wear but the warmer weather so the key is get them off as early as possible in the spring.
Overall, I've been pretty happy with the car but still kind of miss my Prelude a little. The Prelude did a better job of combining great handling with decent ride.