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Oh I HATE those stock Potenza's in the snow....they STINK! I drove the Subaru the past couple days while the wife did some "thinking" work from home. We had a couple of inches of snow, nothing major, but those tires make it like driving on a skating rink.

I want to replace them with a set of Goodrich Traction T/A's, but we both like the white lettered style, and the T/A's only come in blackwall. Does anyone know of another tire, with white lettered sidewalls, with good all season (ie good in snow) capabilities?

I've thought about painting the letters onthe T/A's, but with what? Anyone ever do this?
 

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I like the white letters too but in the end chose new tyres that only have blackwall - Frankly, you need to decide what is more important to you, Staying on the road? or looking good?
 

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ottiehund said:
I like the white letters too but in the end chose new tyres that only have blackwall - Frankly, you need to decide what is more important to you, Staying on the road? or looking good?
Exactly my thoughts, go for Nokians! :D
 

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you might be able to have both. Waynerd, they do make tire paint for just this purpose, try JCWhitney or local otto partz. i have no idea how it works or how long it lasts before it starts to fade. suspect it works fine but you have to reapply periodically.
 

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White lettering on a Subaru? Arghh!

Personally I despise white lettering. I think they look fine on 1960's muscle cars or big monster trucks with giant tires. I don't think they belong on a modern sophisticated car like the Outback anymore than fake wood side-panelling.

To each his own I guess. But I would definitely go for safety instead of worrying about the lettering...
 

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i agree, have always turned it inwards when stuck with it, local tire store can't understand why i'd want to do that.

altho i've often thot a Forester would make a cool woody.....get ready, i'm betting that's another item that's coming back in on the crest fo the retro wave, at least on the Amurrrikin wagons
 

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We like them on the Outback 'cause it gives it a little "rugged" look. I agree on the '05's it may not look right.

I swapped the Goodyears off my Pilot at 300 miles for white lettered Michelins, to make it look more like an SUV vs. a tall station wagon. They're much better tires, anyway.

I'll look around Auto Zone for the paint this weekend...gotta get winter blades for the Pilot anyway.

i've often thot a Forester would make a cool woody
My aunt had a "woody" PT Cruiser for a couple of months...'till she totaled in avoiding somebody pulling out in front of her. She said she had a moment of temporary insanity buying that thing....no power, terrible gas mileage, and high insurance. The only PT cruiser that didn't look like a hearse!
 
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