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#4663077 - 02/11/18 03:08 PM Need some input on tires please
BTLew81 Offline


Registered: 10/23/06
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Loc: Illinois
Thinking of buying a wheel and tire package for my Alltrack as I don't love the stock wheels. Found wheels I like on tire rack, and my top tire choices are the Cooper CS 5 ultra or the Vredestein Quatrack 5. Price is similar, so looking for your thoughts on both of these. It's my daily driver and will be used all year. Looking for a good combo of handling, quietness, and bad weather performance. Thanks.
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#4663084 - 02/11/18 03:17 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 03/10/13
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I have the Cooper cs5 ultra touring tires. Best tires I have ever used. Very very good wet road grip. Nice smooth and quiet tire. Works fine in the snow to but it's no snow tire. I bought the tires in early 2017 and I still think about how great they are every time I drive.


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#4663086 - 02/11/18 03:18 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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All I can say is the Cooper CS4's I had were great tires.
I will buy the CS5 when the time comes.
I have no exposure to your other choice. Good luck.

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#4663092 - 02/11/18 03:20 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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I'd go for the Vredestein's.
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#4663113 - 02/11/18 03:37 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
BTLew81 Offline


Registered: 10/23/06
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Loc: Illinois
You guys aren't making this easy. Lol
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#4663124 - 02/11/18 03:45 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 03/20/08
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Get the Vredeatein Quatrac 5. They will be better in the winter. Usually the kind of person that buys an Alltrack or Allroad or Outback or similar raised wagon thing desires good driving in snow, and the Quatrac will be better at that.

An all-season tire with the 3-peak symbol, such as the Quatrac 5, will give you better snow performance than other all-season tires.

The Cooper CS5 Ultra is a good tire and a BITOG favorite, but that is largely due to the huge rebates that DTD has several times a year.

But if you're buying a second set of wheels, why not just get dedicated winter tires for it? smile

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#4663203 - 02/11/18 04:48 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: slacktide_bitog]
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Registered: 02/13/11
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog


But if you're buying a second set of wheels, why not just get dedicated winter tires for it? smile


This is what I would do...

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#4663211 - 02/11/18 05:00 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
BTLew81 Offline


Registered: 10/23/06
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Loc: Illinois
Thanks. The old wheels would be sold to get back a bit of cash. Baby due in a month so every little bit helps. Plus I think a good all season will do just fine for me.
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#4663221 - 02/11/18 05:15 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 07/26/04
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Loc: Middlesex County CT
The Coopers are manufactured in the US if that might influence your decision.



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#4663258 - 02/11/18 06:19 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 07/21/02
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I have the Quatrac 5s on the Clubman- it's an excellent tire.
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#4663304 - 02/11/18 07:44 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 06/20/11
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Go with the Coopers, the CS5 is an 80k mile tire. I put a set of Mastercraft LSR's on the Santa Fe, which is made by Cooper and the equivalent to the CS5's. Has been great this winter.
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#4663349 - 02/11/18 08:35 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: MuzzleFlash40]
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Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: North Carolina
Are you going on a Plus 1 size upgrade from the stock size?
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#4663354 - 02/11/18 08:39 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: Egg_Head]
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Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: North Carolina
Maybe I'm confusing "wheels" with tires? Are you buying new rims or just tires? Got it, both.


Edited by Egg_Head (02/11/18 08:41 PM)
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#4663356 - 02/11/18 08:41 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Registered: 10/23/06
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Loc: Illinois
Both. Wheels and tires. To answer a question above I'm going from a 17 to 18 inch.
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#4663381 - 02/11/18 09:11 PM Re: Need some input on tires please [Re: BTLew81]
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Either tire would suit you well.

What wheels are you thinking about? Tire Rack sells some wheels that won't match the quality of your stockers.
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