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Old 09-25-2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default 09 WRX in Maine, Winter tires needed?

Hey all,
I am going to be getting at '09 wrx hatch and I live in Maine; I am unsure as to what to do regarding tires. Since it now comes with summer tires instead of all season tires; would it be wise to get a set of winter tires, if so do i just get the tire or a whole wheel set? Obviously maine has a ton of snow, so is it going to be a "requirement" to get them? I used an 08 Impreza for all of winter last year and it was fine also if that helps in the thought process.
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:41 PM   #2
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You shouldn't notice a huge difference in snow driving between an 08 Impreza and an 09 WRX, especially out of boost (below 3000 rpm). I always recommend snow tires, especially when the current setup is more summer-biased. If you plan on getting aftermarket wheels as an upgrade, then simply put snow tires on your stock wheels. Otherwise, if you want to keep your stock wheels as your nicer setup, you can buy aftermarket wheels - just note that you need to have the proper offset to clear the factory brakes. The cheapest solution would to simply buy snow tires and mount them on the factory wheels.

I grew up in Bangor, and coming home for christmas break last year (where we got 14 inches in one storm) I can say that my Dunlop snowies did fantastically in the storm.

All of these conditions also depend on how much driving you do, what you have for a commute, and where you live. But snow tires never hurt when you live in a snow-ridden area like Vacationland
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Old 09-25-2008, 06:58 PM   #3
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Vactionland is pretty amazing. I don't plan on doing any upgrades at all. I'd rather not spend anything/much unless I need to, so maybe just getting the tires and putting them on stock wheels would probably be best.

I drive about 30 miles round trip each day, part highway, part US routes.

Is it generally accepted that "shops" will put on new tires if I get them from tirerack or somewhere else?
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:11 PM   #4
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Yes, generally "shops" will. Whereabouts do you live? i have connections at shops all over the state. PM me if you want more info
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:26 PM   #5
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You must get either M+S or snow tires....driving on snow or in cold weather in summer only tires is about as bad as drinking and driving is.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, that's right. The new WRX comes rolling on summers.

You need winter tires. End of story.


I recommend buying wheels, too. Cheap ones will pay for themselves really fast, once you consider mounting tires every spring and fall. Plus, it's convenient.


EDIT: btw, tirerack sells a line of wheels (the Sport Editions) that are quite nice, and very affordable. Mostly just re-branded wheels from other mfg's. I have two, one set is made by ASA, another by, iirc, enkei. I like the A7's best, which are ASA.

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Old 09-25-2008, 09:05 PM   #7
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Yes you need winter tires. No ifs ands or buts about it.
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