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Old 12-01-2011, 04:42 PM   #2501
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:29 PM   #2502
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tires only or winter package: Depends on cost.
Have the means to simply dismount winter/mount Summer, back and forth at a reasonable cost, so I'm thinking just the tires. After last Winter, definitely want a snow tire as this is our main transportation in the snow (well, preferred). However, there's always the chance of no snow...

I was questioning the option of 225/45R18's for the narrower tire, better grip in snow? And then also the cheaper cost, as 18's are pricey. I wouldn't mind doing a 16" or 17" wheel, but didn't think they would fit on the '08 STi brakes.

Also, would it be crazy to get a taller tire? Say, a 225/45R18, 235/45R18 or a 225/50R18? Like the idea of giving it more clearance and the "off-road" look for the Winter.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:05 PM   #2503
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To the guy with the 2011 above, if you are going to keep the car for 3 years or more I'd recommend a separate set of cheap rims for your winter tires and go with the 16's for more side wall less tread width, it almost pays for the wheels vs. having to mount and remount every year.
I'm planning on getting another set for the summer (maybe 18s) which is why I'm going to use the stock for winter.

So would 225/50 work well for snow on the 8" wide stock rim? Narrower should be better right? Choices are less but the Michelins are cheaper in this size as well.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #2504
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I'm picking up my '12 WRX today, and a set of '04 WRX wheels for winter wheels tomorrow. To match stock sizes as closely as i can i should be putting 215/55/16 on those wheels correct? Everything i've read seems to point to that but i want to make sure before i drop $500 on tires.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:27 AM   #2505
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I'm picking up my '12 WRX today, and a set of '04 WRX wheels for winter wheels tomorrow. To match stock sizes as closely as i can i should be putting 215/55/16 on those wheels correct? Everything i've read seems to point to that but i want to make sure before i drop $500 on tires.
Yes 215/55 is the closest to stock, they only .1" shorter and that is what I went with. If I could do it again I would go with 205/60 which are only .3" bigger than stock to get a tad bit more ground clearance and sidewall, and the best part is that they are about 20 bucks cheaper per tire.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:06 AM   #2506
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So when is it time to get rid of the stock tires and throw on my blizzaks? Overnight lows are just getting down to near-freezing, the daytime temp (only time im driving really) is staying between 45-55 for what looks like at least the next week.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:39 AM   #2507
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So when is it time to get rid of the stock tires and throw on my blizzaks? Overnight lows are just getting down to near-freezing, the daytime temp (only time im driving really) is staying between 45-55 for what looks like at least the next week.
Snow? Rain? Dry?
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:04 PM   #2508
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I would really like all seasons was wondering the best for performance on street with decent snow/ice traction i basically would like to get passed the stupid people asking you to put chains on your car:/ I hate it and refuse to do it all season is preferred but if it recommended something else i can just change the tires each season between my summers that came with the car and winters...
id like decent tread life while still having the cornering response im used to
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:49 PM   #2509
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Snow? Rain? Dry?
So far its been dry...haven't seen a snow flake yet (knock on wood) and hasn't rained much.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:59 PM   #2510
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You should have at least 2-3 days notice before you get your first big storm, so just thow them on before it hits.
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Old 12-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #2511
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tires only or winter package:

I'm looking for a full winter package that isn't too pricey. I do have a question for those of you with 2010 STi's, I have been to numerous wheel and tire places in Denver and they insist that 17" rims will not fit over the Brembo's on our car and therefore they won't order them. I have been looking at a set of 2005-2007 STi 17x8 rims with +53 (right?) offset, will these fit over my brakes? Are discount tire/performance wheel just full of *****?

find a shop who knows what they are doing ... we have 11 different 17" wheels which clear the brakes on your car .. .start your search with this LINK

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:44 AM   #2512
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I plan on buying Blizzak WS-70's for my 04 WRX Wagon from TireRack tomorrow but I'd like to buy 205/60/16 for the stock 05 WRX wheels. Would that size be okay compared to 205/55/16? I figured taller snow tire is better plus they are cheaper. The wagon is on stock suspension and always will be since it is my DD.

Thanks Luke!


205/55-16 is the more popular choice but, many are going to the 60 series for the added height with no issues but, that does make the spare tire useless so, you better not get a flat

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Old 12-05-2011, 04:56 PM   #2513
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I plan on buying Blizzak WS-70's for my 04 WRX Wagon from TireRack tomorrow but I'd like to buy 205/60/16 for the stock 05 WRX wheels. Would that size be okay compared to 205/55/16? I figured taller snow tire is better plus they are cheaper. The wagon is on stock suspension and always will be since it is my DD.

Thanks Luke!
I just picked up WS70 205/60-16 for my 05wrx, lowered on Tein H-techs, all is good so far!

Now I just need some snow, lol
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:15 AM   #2514
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I just picked up WS70 205/60-16 for my 05wrx, lowered on Tein H-techs, all is good so far!

Now I just need some snow, lol
Thanks! I ordered my tires last night. They called to make sure I wanted the size too

I might have to buy some rally armor mudflaps now..
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:34 AM   #2515
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year: 2010
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I'm looking for a full winter package that isn't too pricey. I do have a question for those of you with 2010 STi's, I have been to numerous wheel and tire places in Denver and they insist that 17" rims will not fit over the Brembo's on our car and therefore they won't order them. I have been looking at a set of 2005-2007 STi 17x8 rims with +53 (right?) offset, will these fit over my brakes? Are discount tire/performance wheel just full of *****?
They are full of it. I have them on my STi and they fit fine. 235/45-17 tires on a set of 06 STi (+53) goldies.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:00 PM   #2516
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tires only or winter package: tires only

I'm keeping the stock steel wheels (15x6) and was looking at the General Altimax Arctic in my stock size of 195/60/15. They seem to rate very high in your surveys. I was originally looking at the Firestone Winterforce. The weathermen are already saying this winter is going to be the same or worse than last year, so want to be prepared for my 60 mile round-trip commute to work. Any other tires you suggest I consider that aren't going to cost much more? Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:37 AM   #2517
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I'm looking for a full winter package that isn't too pricey. I do have a question for those of you with 2010 STi's, I have been to numerous wheel and tire places in Denver and they insist that 17" rims will not fit over the Brembo's on our car and therefore they won't order them. I have been looking at a set of 2005-2007 STi 17x8 rims with +53 (right?) offset, will these fit over my brakes? Are discount tire/performance wheel just full of *****?
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They are full of it. I have them on my STi and they fit fine. 235/45-17 tires on a set of 06 STi (+53) goldies.
Well you are both right in a way. *Some* 17" wheels fit. It depends on the spoke design and the offset. The 2005-2007 STi BBS wheels naturally fit, since the older STI had the same Brembo calipers. I use 2005 STi BBS wheels myself in the winter on my 2010 STi.

Some aftermarket wheels fit as well, but many don't, so make sure any you look at will fit before you buy them. If you go to Tire Rack's website tell it you have a 2005-2007 STi and filter for 17" wheels. Any of those will fit all 2005-2011 STi's.

Do *not* get wheels from or for a 2004 STi. They had a different bolt pattern.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:43 AM   #2518
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I have a 2011 WRX
And I just got my winter set up. 215/55/16 on just some cheap alloys. I was curious would the optimal tire pressure be the same as my stock 235/45/17 which is 33psi front and 32 psi rear? Being that the tires are different dimensions, with different max psi, and how it would react in the snow?
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:10 PM   #2519
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You should probably pull the stock tires off and switch to winter when the temperatures drop consistently below ~40F.
The summer only tires really start to loose grip at temperatures around and below 40F.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:12 PM   #2520
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Just looking at our 2012 WRX on 205/55/16's makes me think that more ground clearance would be a good thing especially with the fragile front bumper.

If we didn't already have this set left over from our '08 OBS I would have considered the 205/60/16's to gain even more clearance than the recommended 215/55/16's.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:15 PM   #2521
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Currently running our Dunlop Wintersport 3D 205/55/16's at 36psi front 35psi rear on a 2012 WRX. Turn in is sharp and ride is decent. No snow here in CNY yet but i'll post when we have driven thru some.

Used the same pressures on our 2008 OBS and the 2006 2.5i with no issues for 2 previous sets of the 3D's for around 3 winters and 35,000 miles per set.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:27 PM   #2522
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And I just got my winter set up. 215/55/16 on just some cheap alloys. I was curious would the optimal tire pressure be the same as my stock 235/45/17 which is 33psi front and 32 psi rear? Being that the tires are different dimensions, with different max psi, and how it would react in the snow?
http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/...jsp?techid=168

And I'll put what Unabomber would put, only you can determine what is a good pressure for your driving habits / conditions, ignore the doorcard (even with your summer tires).
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:37 PM   #2523
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http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/...jsp?techid=168

And I'll put what Unabomber would put, only you can determine what is a good pressure for your driving habits / conditions, ignore the doorcard (even with your summer tires).
Gotcha, thanks
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:19 PM   #2524
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Hello,
Searched the thread but didn't see anything specific to my model...

2009 WRX Sedan Premium

Just purchased a 16" steel wheel/winter tire package from TireRack. Will I be able to use the lugnuts that came with the OEM wheels?

Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:45 PM   #2525
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Looking to pick up some winter tires this weekend and narrowed it down to the following tires:

Continental ExtremeWinterContact - Seems to be the all rounder with Tire rack give high accolades rating it higher than the WS70 and the Xice2.
Toyo Observe Garit GSi5 - New tire so haven't been able to find any good reviews. The G-02 Plus was a top rated tire with APA so expecting the GSi5 to be even better.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70 - Highly recommended by many reviews but also the least durable especially in wet winters.


I live in Vancouver, Canada so winters are typically wet, slushy and icy depending on the time of day but we do get the occasional dump of snow which I'm expecting this year.
Which do you recommend?


not really familiar with the Toyo you mentioned and while the Conti is better on dry or wet roads I like the Blizzak for snow and ice

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