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Old 10-09-2012, 11:04 AM   #2801
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Anyone use any nexen n5000's?
I'm getting a set of 06/07 stock wheels for winter and they're coming with these tires in a 215/45/17?
I'm in southern west Virginia and have an 01 forester for rough winters, but I would like to play in the wrx some. My cheapest options would be keep the nexens, but needing some opinions.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:49 PM   #2802
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I just got a '13 WRX and it came with Summer Dunlop tires and I am trying to decide if the summer tires will be fine to use in the winter or if i absolutely need to shell out the extra cash for the winter tires? Kinda bummed it didn't come with All-Seasons. Anyone drive the summer tires in the winter before? Any suggestions will help. Thanks
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:56 PM   #2803
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I just got a '13 WRX and it came with Summer Dunlop tires and I am trying to decide if the summer tires will be fine to use in the winter or if i absolutely need to shell out the extra cash for the winter tires? Kinda bummed it didn't come with All-Seasons. Anyone drive the summer tires in the winter before? Any suggestions will help. Thanks
Yes it's suicide if you get more than 1 inch of snow... Friend couldn't even get up his driveway with 2 inches of snow without a few goes at it and its not even steep. Put winter tires on the stock rims then get new rims and tires in the summer or put your stock Dunlops on new rims next summer. Lots of us guys run a dedicated winter and summer rim/tires
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #2804
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Hey Luke

I am pretty set on getting Nokian Hakka R's for the STi but I was just wondering if I could run a 235/50/18 tire on the OEM rims? I was planning on throwing the winters onto the stock rims and getting dedicated summer tires/rims come spring. Would I be ok with wheel well clearance going with this taller tire? If the tires are too tall would it be possible running 235/40/18 or even 225/40/18 tires on the OEM rims?

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:10 PM   #2805
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Yes it's suicide if you get more than 1 inch of snow... Friend couldn't even get up his driveway with 2 inches of snow without a few goes at it and its not even steep. Put winter tires on the stock rims then get new rims and tires in the summer or put your stock Dunlops on new rims next summer. Lots of us guys run a dedicated winter and summer rim/tires
Yikes. I was afraid to hear that. Thanks for the feedback. How much roughly should I be paying for installation of my stock rims into winter tires and onto the car?
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:12 PM   #2806
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I just got a '13 WRX and it came with Summer Dunlop tires and I am trying to decide if the summer tires will be fine to use in the winter or if i absolutely need to shell out the extra cash for the winter tires? Kinda bummed it didn't come with All-Seasons. Anyone drive the summer tires in the winter before? Any suggestions will help. Thanks
You won't be able to stop and turn well at all if there is any snow on the ground. Also, the rubber on Summer tires gets very hard/stiff in subfreezing temperatures and that's no good. You can get some cheap made-in-China no-name snows that will do MUCH better than the stock tires for like $375 shipped if you look around, that's what I did. I have the snows mounted on the stock wheels for Winter and Summer tires with aftermarket wheels for the rest of the year.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #2807
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You won't be able to stop and turn well at all if there is any snow on the ground. Also, the rubber on Summer tires gets very hard/stiff in subfreezing temperatures and that's no good. You can get some cheap made-in-China no-name snows that will do MUCH better than the stock tires for like $375 shipped if you look around, that's what I did. I have the snows mounted on the stock wheels for Winter and Summer tires with aftermarket wheels for the rest of the year.
I was thinking about going to some place like Discount Tire to get things priced out and I guess go from there. Bummed this car didn't come with All-Seasons.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #2808
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Thinking of going with 205/55/16 on steelies, usually have mixture of ice and snow year round... Which would be the better option, Blizzaks or Michelin X-Ice?
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #2809
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Thinking of going with 205/55/16 on steelies, usually have mixture of ice and snow year round... Which would be the better option, Blizzaks or Michelin X-Ice?
Both r a great tire but feel the michelins r much better. Have a look at reviews and tests on YouTube and other web sights.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #2810
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Yikes. I was afraid to hear that. Thanks for the feedback. How much roughly should I be paying for installation of my stock rims into winter tires and onto the car?
10-15ish per wheel if you have the tires. Talk to Luke at tire rack and then discount and get them to price match. How much snow do you get?
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:55 PM   #2811
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #2812
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Lol, a friend of mine survived winter on the original Potenzas. He's word of advice is, as long as you don't have to stop and don't mind drifting every corner you'll be alright. Also, never exceed 25mph on backroads.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:52 AM   #2813
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Thanks Luke,

Do all 16" steelies fit the 2012 WRX? And is TPMS a requirement?
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:34 AM   #2814
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Thanks Luke,

Do all 16" steelies fit the 2012 WRX? And is TPMS a requirement?
The recommended winte package on their site has the wrx with 16 inch steels and blizzak WS70

As for TPMS
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #2815
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #2816
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The recommended winte package on their site has the wrx with 16 inch steels and blizzak WS70

As for TPMS
They can sell wheels without the TPMS but a garage isn't aloud to install those wheels on a car. If a shop gives you a hard time say they are in there but you need to take it to a dealer to be programed to recognize the sensors. It should take some time for the light to go on, I went like 3/4 days before the light went on once the whole system is junk. Any competent person should be able to look at the tire and tell if it needs air. Also, in an AWD car you should check tire pressure regularly anyways!
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:49 AM   #2817
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They can sell wheels without the TPMS but a garage isn't aloud to install those wheels on a car. If a shop gives you a hard time say they are in there but you need to take it to a dealer to be programed to recognize the sensors. It should take some time for the light to go on, I went like 3/4 days before the light went on once the whole system is junk. Any competent person should be able to look at the tire and tell if it needs air. Also, in an AWD car you should check tire pressure regularly anyways!
So you want to lie to federally break a law you know about

It really isn't expensive and when you swap wheels each season discount will sync them for free
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:58 AM   #2818
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Anyone know if there is a fuse to pull on the 2012 / 2013 wrx to temporarily disable the tpms light during the winter?

I'm going to be ordering and putting on myself a set of winter wheels, I'd prefer not to spend an extra 150 bucks on sensors but also don't want to stare at a light all winter.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:25 PM   #2819
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Hey Luke

I am pretty set on getting Nokian Hakka R's for the STi but I was just wondering if I could run a 235/50/18 tire on the OEM rims? I was planning on throwing the winters onto the stock rims and getting dedicated summer tires/rims come spring. Would I be ok with wheel well clearance going with this taller tire? If the tires are too tall would it be possible running 235/40/18 or even 225/40/18 tires on the OEM rims?

Thanks
I run 235/45/18 Michelin X-Ice Xi2s on my 2010 (on the OEM rims). Not quite as tall a sidewall, but I've had no issues whatsoever. My car is 100% stock. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #2820
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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?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:23 PM   #2821
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Tires only or Winter Package: Winter Package

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?

Thanks in advance.
I just did the following for my 20-2 Impreza hatch: I just had delivered a set of Michelin XI2's mounted on Tire Racks house A7 sports wheels in 15x6.5" size. Tire Rack was blowing out an odd size, the 205/65/15 were $79 for the tire and $85 for the wheel. Arrived mounted and balanced and will be sending in for a $50 rebate. Net will be about $735. Have not mounted them on the car yet here in Northern NJ. Good luck!

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #2822
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I just did the following for my 20-2 Impreza hatch: I just had delivered a set of Michelin XI2's mounted on Tire Racks house A7 sports wheels in 15x6.5" size. Tire Rack was blowing out an odd size, the 205/65/15 were $79 for the tire and $85 for the wheel. Arrived mounted and balanced and will be sending in for a $50 rebate. Net will be about $735. Have not mounted them on the car yet here in Northern NJ. Good luck!

Best, Nick.
Thanks Nick. The local vendor told me that the 15's would not fit over the brakes etc... I'd be interested to know if you have any issues mounting them. I would also like a set of 15s but locally the rims alone are 120. Might be some cheaper options in the 16s. Would 205/55/16s work? How can I tell if a different wheel/tire size would be compatible with my vehicle. We are entering our snow season up here and I don't want to miss the bus in getting my winter tires. Thanks again.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #2823
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So you want to lie to federally break a law you know about

It really isn't expensive and when you swap wheels each season discount will sync them for free
I would choose to lie in order for another business to break a federal law. They wouldn't be in trouble because they did it in good faith, if I was 'caught'. I swap wheels myself anyways so I'm not concerned. Also, I think TPMS are a waist of money because the current technology isn't consumer friendly.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #2824
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Lol, a friend of mine survived winter on the original Potenzas. He's word of advice is, as long as you don't have to stop and don't mind drifting every corner you'll be alright. Also, never exceed 25mph on backroads.
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.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #2825
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Thanks Nick. The local vendor told me that the 15's would not fit over the brakes etc... I'd be interested to know if you have any issues mounting them. I would also like a set of 15s but locally the rims alone are 120. Might be some cheaper options in the 16s. Would 205/55/16s work? How can I tell if a different wheel/tire size would be compatible with my vehicle. We are entering our snow season up here and I don't want to miss the bus in getting my winter tires. Thanks again.
PB911, I will post when I do, but it's not going to be until early November until I put the tires and wheels on. In the meantime, why not visit the Discount Tire Direct and Tire Rack websites and use their "configurators" to tell you what their experience and software say should fit your vehicle? DTD has a plus zero/plus 1/plus 2/minus 1 thingamajigger to tell you alternative sizes.

I pulled the trigger now since I do a commute of 80 miles per day, and wanted to ensure I didn't have to settle for tires that were available NEXT month, versus having my choice of winter tires right now. Plus the financial incentives (the closeout on the XI2's in that size, and rebate of $50) were significant enough to do it now.

Best, Nick.
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