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Old 12-08-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default New england rims and wheels

Obviously there are many threads pertaining to fitment and best rim size and tire brand and blah blah. But New England, especially mass as we all know can be 70 degrees in November and -7 in December with ice and sleet. My question is

Best all year tires? Obv all seasons but any particular brands with bang for buck value?

Best size rims for the weather and areas terrain (2008 wrx hatchback for me) any input from anyone else with the same car is appreciated. Or just any general info on this subject.

Obv snow and ice aren't our biggest problems but a decent looking rim with a nice set of meaty tires on it doesn't hurt.

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Old 12-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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I just look through tirerack.com and read the consumer ratings.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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I just look through tirerack.com and read the consumer ratings.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat as you. Right now I have Dunlop Winter SP I bought used for my 16s. Just waiting on the snow to see how they are. Next year Ill get some Firestone Winterforce since it seems good for the buck and has a decent tirerack rating...
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #5
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Personally I would get 17x8 wheel w/ Conti DWS 235/45/17 for year round use on a 08-10 wrx. But, I prefer having a summer and winter set...
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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Any one Rollin around on 20s? Hahahhahahaha
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Most people around here are going to say go with a set of wheels for summer, and a set of wheels for winter. I run Star Specs in the summer, and Nokians on stock wheels for the winter, and I love it. If you're planning on buying new wheels, why not just dedicate your stock wheels to being winter wheels? That way, your new wheels will stay nice a shiny
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #8
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It seems like most people around here get a Miata for the summer.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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Most people around here are going to say go with a set of wheels for summer, and a set of wheels for winter. I run Star Specs in the summer, and Nokians on stock wheels for the winter, and I love it. If you're planning on buying new wheels, why not just dedicate your stock wheels to being winter wheels? That way, your new wheels will stay nice a shiny
Good point.

Also, to the miata comment, I won't fit
I wa originally looking to get an S2000 before I got my wrx. It was a little snug to say the least. Haha
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #10
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I got my car almost a year ago, since then I've gotten new wheels that I like, and use summer tires with those. I'm just using the stock rims with the all-seasons that came on them for the winter. What I've found-- the summers are very worth using! The all seasons that I have on the stocks don't slip in the snow like the summers, so they'll do fine until they're worn out.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
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Also, to the miata comment, I won't fit
I'm 6'2" and I didnt "fit" in mine either. Had to fab some seat mounts to get the helmet below the roll bar. On the plus side, I got an awesome reclined driving position without the gansta lean

Side note: I run summer/winter tires. Mainly as I found a good deal on the snows. My summers are toast and I was just going to replace them with a good all season. However, all season tires are marginal in all conditions. There is plenty of debate on snows vs all seasons. Are they worth it? Do you need them? Count how many times you drove last year on more than 2" of snow.... BUT whats your deductible if your all seasons quit on you in a turn and you bounce off a curb or worser, someone else...

you pay your money, you take your choice

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:13 PM   #12
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A great all-the-time tire would be a performance snow. I've run these on a car I bought used and they were fine during the summer. They don't have the squishy sidewalls that full blown snows have, but have good tread and usable rubber for cold temperatures.

As for wearing more quickly, feel free to search for any of my 45,465 comments about how we have put 60k miles on my wife's first set of Dunlop Graspic snows (the only tires the car had, we bought it with RE-92's, had the dealer switch them and I sold the RE-92's). I've now replaced them with a set of.....Dunlop Graspics on WRX wheels and will go back to the first set once the summer sets in again.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:57 PM   #13
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Would have to agree w jack. Had my Han hankook w310's performance snows on for ~25K since last Dec. Eyeballing it I would say about 2/32 from the snow bar at the moment. Pretty stiff wall for a snow. Handling was pretty decent in the summer although they tend to under steer huge compared to 235/35/18 dunlop star spec but that's to be expected. They are just a hair less predicable compared to new in the snow, can't beat it since I didn't have the cash to pick up summer wheels this year.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #14
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IMO, the best all season tires for new england are Nokian WR and WRG2s. (and, no, they are not sold by Tirerack) I've run 4 sets on 3 vehicles over the past 8 years and they have never disappointed. They are a snow biased all season. with both great summer and winter performance. Last winter I didn't even put my snows on, just ran WRs all winter. Plus they wear like iron, I usually get >35K miles on a set. To me worth every penny. If you need one set of meats for new england, these are what you get.

Some will offer up Conti extreme contacts as an option for an all season, but they did not come close to the Nokian WR in testing at Team O'Neil--laughable really.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #15
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i have a 09 rex hatch an im just running the oem rims with general tire artic alti max i like them there pretty sweet im from western mass
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:03 AM   #16
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I run Goodyear eagle gt's 225/45/17 year round on my 08 .. Never had a problem I'd definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a good true all season tire. I've tried many different tires over the last 20 years on my various cars these are the best to date
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #17
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:52 PM   #18
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