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Old 08-09-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default Which wheel+Tire package should I get?

I plan to get some new rims and tires. I'm looking at a package on DiscountTire (around $900 with MB Sport 17 Inch + Tires) and a package at SubyDude (around $1200 with DownShift 17 Inch + Tires).
As you can see, the one at SubyDude costs a few hundreds more. I'm wondering if the worth the money? or should I stick with the cheaper package at DiscountTire?
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:10 PM   #2
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if you really want some help with this, we need to know:

where you live, i.e. weather conditions
what kind of driving do you do - street, some auto-x or track, handling and performance of interest to you or do you want comfort and mileage?

I went to the DiscountTireDirect website and found an $836 package for an '03 wagon - 17x7 ET48 MB Weapon wheels w/225/45x17 Falken ZX512's - is that the package you're talking about? seems like a lot for the money - but I would change the tires, see below.

MB wheels are an unknown quantity to me - I own Rotas and have nothing but good things to say about them and the company.

went to SubyDude's site - did not see a Downshift package so you must be talking about a custom package they are making for you - right?

not sure if you like the look, but SubyDude's wagon-specific package with ET53 SDR's and Falken ZR512's for $1143 is a good deal if you want an all-season tire. The 53mm offset wheel will allow you to run lowering springs on the wagon with 225/45x17 tires and not have any rubbing problems. I would personally upgrade the tires to FK451's for superb wet/great dry summer performance, or the not quite as good but longer wearing and quieter ST115's.

You could also upgrade the DiscountTireDirect package to the FK451's or ST115's and have a much better handling tire wet and dry.

The Rota wheels are wider, come in tons of color options, and if you get the ET53 SDR's you won't have rubbing problems on your wagon. Both Rota and SubyDude are known on this board for providing superb customer service. I doubt that MB has the same customer commitment as Rota, and I know from personal experience that DiscountTireDirect is not as customer oriented as SubyDude. Nice cheap place to buy tires from - but they are not a Subaru specific vendor nor very knowledgeable about our cars as a company - obviously your local Discount Tire store may be better or worse in this respect - mine is worse.

finally, you could email Luke@TireRack about a package in those price ranges. They have Kazera wheels and lots of tires to choose from that would be in the same ballpark as the two you mentioned above.

lots of options out there - you need to be more specific for us to help you further...
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:10 PM   #3
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links? specs?? pics???
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:17 PM   #4
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I'm running MB package... no issues at 800 miles...

http://geocities.com/themacman2002/carpics.htm

and it looks alright too
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:18 PM   #5
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ur downshift package is 1200?... kinda pricy... i think.. for rota's
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:28 PM   #6
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The price depends on what wheel is selected and what tire you choose. Our pricing includes the wheels, tires, mounting/balancing, and shipping. Also for all nasioc members we will throw in a free set of spline drive lugs. We also offer more packages that aren't listed on our website. If you need a quote please pm us or give the shop a call.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:44 PM   #7
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I appreciate the responses. I have doubt about buying the MB Weapon package from DiscountTire. I'm not saying that they're not good, it's just I've heard about Rota from Subies alot more than MB. Besides, I don't think they have many colors to choose in that package.

As far as buying the Rotas, I think I'll consider buying them from SubyDude. I live in Kentucky, most driving will be on the street. So, I guess I do need some all season + performance tires that will handle wet, snow, and dry conditions.

I'd rather substitute the SDR for Grid or Downshift. Unless the SDR weight less than Grid or Downshift.
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Old 08-10-2005, 01:45 AM   #8
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Man, buy a wheel that is hub-centric to the subies! you'll be glad you did!
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:11 AM   #9
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I was worried about rings on the MB package... I've had no issues and have now exceeed 100 mph on a track... no issues

If I had the excess money I would of went with rota sdr's... but I figure these are nice enough for my purposes...
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Old 08-11-2005, 03:47 AM   #10
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Quote:
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I plan to get some new rims and tires. I'm looking at a package on DiscountTire (around $900 with MB Sport 17 Inch + Tires) and a package at SubyDude (around $1200 with DownShift 17 Inch + Tires).
As you can see, the one at SubyDude costs a few hundreds more. I'm wondering if the worth the money? or should I stick with the cheaper package at DiscountTire?

^ you get what you pay for. you pay crap, you get crap. live and learn son.





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Old 08-11-2005, 12:40 PM   #11
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well I'll tell you they are no where near crap. Perfect Fit / No slop

No vibration, they are a 17 x 8 wheel.

( I have nailed some potholes, was worried... but no damage)

I'd say this package is a really good deal. It would be a good deal even at 950 or 1,000.

Although in the view of wheels alone... rota's are a cheap brand. Some wheels easily cost near 1,000 a set. Rota is under 700. These were 500.

Someone is going to have a tough time jusifying that rota's are worth the extra 200.00 a set. In respect to function. Sure everyone thinks looks are everything. The weights are very similar.

I'm taking the money saved for some EM as that will make up for any pound or two of difference in weight... If the MB are heavier then the Rota.
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:41 PM   #12
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^ you get what you pay for. you pay crap, you get crap. live and learn son.





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You have plenty to learn with you mere 26 posts so far...
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