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Old 10-10-2012, 07:37 PM   #2826
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I definitely don't recommend that. Are you talking the original tires on the 11+ WRX?

I had to do it too when I bought the car back in January of 2011 and it was extremely dangerous. The tires harden significantly below 50 degrees F and its simply not safe.

I replaced them with all seasons as soon as I had the cash. Please, be careful out there.
Lol I wouldn't recommend it either but if you don't have the funds be warned it's dangerous and you must be extremely careful. This was with a 2006 or 07.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #2827
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The car came with 205/50/R17s however I'm looking to find a 16 or 15 inch rim and matching tire size that will fit the car. I'm leaning towards the Michelin X-Ice 3s or the Blizzak WS70s but am unsure what sizes I should look at ordering. I've received some dodgy feedback from local vendors indicating a smaller wheel diameter that wouldn't fit but the base model of the car uses a 195/65/R15. Would that fit my limited?

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So similar question, but with a 2013 Impreza Hatch Touring (similar to Premium in the states). Comes with 205/55-16 wheels stock.
A local vendor had concerns about the 15" fitting due to caliper clearance. But again, aren't the base model wheels 15" steel? They don't change brake configurations between trim levels do they?
Also thinking of going with the 195/55-15.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #2828
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So similar question, but with a 2013 Impreza Hatch Touring (similar to Premium in the states). Comes with 205/55-16 wheels stock.
A local vendor had concerns about the 15" fitting due to caliper clearance. But again, aren't the base model wheels 15" steel? They don't change brake configurations between trim levels do they?
Also thinking of going with the 195/55-15.
As I went through the same exercise for my 2012 Impreza, here's info on the base model's Tire Rack recommended winter wheel/tire package. 15's! I instead went with XI2's, see my post above for specifics. Good luck. As I went through the same exercise for my 2012 Impreza, here's info on the base model's Tire Rack recommended winter wheel/tire package. 15's! I instead went with XI2's, see my post above for specifics. Good luck. As I went through the same exercise for my 2012 Impreza, here's info on the base model's Tire Rack recommended winter wheel/tire package. 15's! I instead went with XI2's, see my post above for specifics. Good luck.
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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (Studless Ice & Snow) Snow Tire
Warranty Rating 3.5
Sidewall Style: Blackwall Size: 195/65-15 (4)
Serv. Desc: 91T UTQG: None
Price: $396.00
Estimated Availability: In Stock
Optional Road Hazard Program: additional $12.03 per tire

Sport Edition A7 (Silver Painted) Sport_Edition A7
Size: 15x6.5 (4)
Offset: +38mm
Backspacing: 5.31
Bolt Pattern: 5-100
Weight: 17.0lbs.
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Price: $340.00
Estimated Availability: In Stock Package Total: $736.00 (not including Road Hazard)
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:29 PM   #2829
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Firestone Winterforces the size is 225/50R17

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Blizzak ??? Size is P235/55 R17

local sellers. thoughts?
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #2830
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Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D

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General Altimax Arctic?

both in 205/50R17

Pittsburgh winters have been light recently or have good road clearing. Used WinterSport 3D's on a previous FWD car with no problems. Hesitant about the Altimax's because they're not performance winters. In the snow I'm sure they're better but I don't want the car to turn into a marshmallow when the roads are dry and clean.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:51 PM   #2831
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Why not the stock size? I went with 235/45 R17 winter sports 3D and already took them through some snow I love them. They handle good too pretty quiet too
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #2832
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Why not the stock size? I went with 235/45 R17 winter sports 3D and already took them through some snow I love them. They handle good too pretty quiet too
I usually try to buy narrower winters. Actually I found a better deal on Altimax in 215/50R17. Makes me feel better than the 205's.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #2833
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I usually try to buy narrower winters. Actually I found a better deal on Altimax in 215/50R17. Makes me feel better than the 205's.
Tire technology is better now a days that you can run wide snows. I'm just using the stock rim to become my winter wheels and then ill buy new rims in the summer. I do like the

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:07 PM   #2834
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I usually try to buy narrower winters. Actually I found a better deal on Altimax in 215/50R17. Makes me feel better than the 205's.
You made the right decision. Both the Hankook winter i pike and the general Altimax take really well to a little higher air pressure. I've run 40 psi or so in my 205/50R16 winter i pike tires and it handles decently for a winter tire.

Some people tend to think a narrower tire is better to go through snow, I would rather have a little wider tire and have been traction in some snow, compact snow and then have the benefit of a little better stability on bare roads Just experiment with the air pressure some to see how you like the response in both snowy and bare conditions.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:15 PM   #2835
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Why not the stock size? I went with 235/45 R17 winter sports 3D and already took them through some snow I love them. They handle good too pretty quiet too
Better deep snow traction and less cost. My stock tires are 225/45/17 and I went with 205/50/17. They're perfect for what I need.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:24 PM   #2836
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Better deep snow traction and less cost. My stock tires are 225/45/17 and I went with 205/50/17. They're perfect for what I need.
For me winter is mostly bare roads. So that's why I went with that I went with.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #2837
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I usually try to buy narrower winters. Actually I found a better deal on Altimax in 215/50R17. Makes me feel better than the 205's.
I'd go with the 205's but would stick with a performance winter tire if u don't want your suby to feel mushy going down the road
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:37 PM   #2838
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Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830 P
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

... what's the big differences between these two tires? the TS is supposed to handle better in dry/wet, is that correct? better mileage as well?
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:43 PM   #2839
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Question...

Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D

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General Altimax Arctic?

both in 205/50R17

Pittsburgh winters have been light recently or have good road clearing. Used WinterSport 3D's on a previous FWD car with no problems. Hesitant about the Altimax's because they're not performance winters. In the snow I'm sure they're better but I don't want the car to turn into a marshmallow when the roads are dry and clean.
I think you answered your own question. Cant have the best of both worlds unfortunately. Either marshmallows that grip in snow, or give up some snow grip for dry stability. IMHO, unless you're doing a ton of mountain driving where you're scared of driving off a cliff, it woudln't make sense to get the Altimax.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:27 PM   #2840
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Year: 2012
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Model: Base WRX
Location: Iowa
Tires only or Winter Package: Up for grabs

I am able to get a 10% discount through Bridgestone and Tires Plus. If I get them there they will also swap/rotate/balance the tires for free each season for as long as I use the tires.

I was planning on getting Dunlop 3D with new rims in the spring until this deal came up. Now I am thinking about the LM-60. I drive ~50 miles for work on state highway so I will most likely be on clear wet/dry pavement. Iowa does get a decent amount of snow but I do not plan on being off pavement.

The quote difference between tirerack and the retail store is ~$100.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:23 PM   #2841
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Continental ContiWinterContact TS 830 P
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

... what's the big differences between these two tires? the TS is supposed to handle better in dry/wet, is that correct? better mileage as well?
Yes, TS are performance winter and WEC is studless winter.

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Old 10-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #2842
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Question...

Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D

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General Altimax Arctic?

both in 205/50R17

Pittsburgh winters have been light recently or have good road clearing. Used WinterSport 3D's on a previous FWD car with no problems. Hesitant about the Altimax's because they're not performance winters. In the snow I'm sure they're better but I don't want the car to turn into a marshmallow when the roads are dry and clean.
Living in Pittsburgh I'd go with the 3D's in the stock 235/45/17's because I personally don't see a point in getting a performance winter but going narrower than stock size.

I live near Ebensburg which is approx 75mins east of you and it's a completely different world up here during the winter. I plan on getting some 18's for summer so I just got 235/45/17 Altimax for my stock wheels.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:50 PM   #2843
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year: 2012
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model: WRX
location: Cleveland, OH
tires only or winter package: either or

I've been researching for weeks but still can't decide what to do. I do pretty much all city driving and they are pretty good about plowing eventually, we do get some really bad storms but it can be a blizzard one day and 50 degrees out the next. I'm most worried about getting to work in the morning on the highway.

Thinking of 235/45/17 either Dunlop Winter Sport 3D or Continental Extreme Winter Contact most likely mounted on stock rims but thinking of ordering from Tire Rack with a cheap set of 17s mounted and balanced. Any other tires I should be considering? 16s with steelies are an option but it's going to suck when it's a nice day out and roads are clear I know.

Also what is the typical tread life of a performance winter versus say Artimax or Blizzak WS70? I hope to get at least 3-4 years out of them, only drive about 1,000 miles a month.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:42 PM   #2844
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Hmmm, nothing really for 205/50-16 (my current tire size) or even 195/50-16..........

Going to a thinner tire (45, 40, ect.) is not an option, and I'd rather not go taller either for the sake of stress on the drivetrain, and wheel clearance........
....but I guess I could consider a 55r (maybe)

I also think a performance winter/snow tire would fit my area's needs for winter driving.

Edit:
ONLY 195/50-16 on tirerack: Pirelli Winter Snowsport

ONLY 205/50-16 on tirerack: Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

Both will cost me over $600, wtf......

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:56 PM   #2845
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Hmmm, nothing really for 205/50-16 (my current tire size) or even 195/50-16..........

Going to a thinner tire (45, 40, ect.) is not an option, and I'd rather not go taller either for the sake of stress on the drivetrain, and wheel clearance........
....but I guess I could consider a 55r (maybe)

I also think a performance winter/snow tire would fit my area's needs for winter driving.

Edit:
ONLY 195/50-16 on tirerack: Pirelli Winter Snowsport

ONLY 205/50-16 on tirerack: Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

Both will cost me over $600, wtf......
Tires are expensive... I spent close to 800
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:58 PM   #2846
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does anyone know what other rims fit the 2012 wrx? like 205's and 215's?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:07 PM   #2847
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I've been researching for weeks but still can't decide what to do. I do pretty much all city driving and they are pretty good about plowing eventually, we do get some really bad storms but it can be a blizzard one day and 50 degrees out the next. I'm most worried about getting to work in the morning on the highway.

Thinking of 235/45/17 either Dunlop Winter Sport 3D or Continental Extreme Winter Contact most likely mounted on stock rims but thinking of ordering from Tire Rack with a cheap set of 17s mounted and balanced. Any other tires I should be considering? 16s with steelies are an option but it's going to suck when it's a nice day out and roads are clear I know.

Also what is the typical tread life of a performance winter versus say Artimax or Blizzak WS70? I hope to get at least 3-4 years out of them, only drive about 1,000 miles a month.
Looking at the big picture, I would not get a studless winter tire for a few blizzards a season in your climate and location; so much given up for a few days of superior traction on relatively flat terrain. Performance winter IMHO.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:16 PM   #2848
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Looking at the big picture, I would not get a studless winter tire for a few blizzards a season in your climate and location; so much given up for a few days of superior traction on relatively flat terrain. Performance winter IMHO.
I second this. 3d's
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:46 AM   #2849
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Do you have to use tpms? if you dont have it installed on your winter tires what happens?
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Do you have to use tpms? if you dont have it installed on your winter tires what happens?
They are not a required feature and will not effect the vehicle in any way other than a dash light coming on.
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