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Old 10-16-2012, 04:27 PM   #2876
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I'd actually get something narrower...
like a 215/50/17?

or a 225/45/17?

maybe even 205/50/17?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:10 PM   #2877
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like a 215/50/17?

or a 225/45/17?

maybe even 205/50/17?
205/50/17 and 215/50/17 will probably be stretched on the stock 8" wheels. I'm not sure why one of TireRack's alternate sizes for the 2012 WRX is a 205/50/17 because according to their site, it can only accomodate up to a 7.5" wheel (same with the 215 for that matter). Maybe Luke can chime in on that.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #2878
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Just curious what you guys think about buying a winter wheel & tire packaged used online?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #2879
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like a 215/50/17?

or a 225/45/17?

maybe even 205/50/17?
I ran 215/50/17's last year. 205's are too narrow and the overall diameter is a tad small for winter tires.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #2880
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like a 215/50/17?

or a 225/45/17?

maybe even 205/50/17?
Either of those would be fine.

I'd lean towards the 215.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #2881
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No one replied to my last post so I'll try again.

I have a 2012 WRX Sedan, stock rims, live in Michigan which can have some pretty harsh winters but we're pretty good at plowing the roads.. usually.

I was looking at Blizzaks and some Michelin's but I'm not really looking to spend close to $1,000 for a set of winter tires... Looking for something a bit cheaper that will fit the Michgan winter needs. Any help would be great... So far I called a local Discount Tire store and they have the Blizzaks for $910 (no way) or Cooper Weathermaster for $690. Never heard of the Cooper brand and both seem expensive as S#$t.

Any help for a first time winter WRX driver would be great lol.
When I lived in Michigan (Ann Arbor area), I did just fine with decent all-season tires. I had really good luck with Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S. I dunno if they're made any longer. But the point is, IMO, a snow tire isn't stricly necessary for Michigan winters.

If you want a proper snow tire, you can't go wrong with Blizzaks. I've never owned a set of Cooper tires, but they're a well-known, if not terribly popular brand.

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:56 PM   #2882
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For those prices, I presume they include steel wheels as well?
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:14 AM   #2883
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On recommendation here I just picked up General Altimax Arctic's in 235/45R17. They'll be mounted mid november. Kudos to Tire Rack for next day delivery! Ordered on Monday, arrived yesterday.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:53 AM   #2884
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Luke, have you guys done any testing with the new michelin alpin pa4 tires?

Year: 2012
Make: Subaru
Model: WRX Limited
Location: Portland, Oregon (frequent 'hood visits)
Tires only or Winter Package: Tires only

I have a set of OEM rims off of a 2009 WRX (17x7.5) that I will be using for my snows. I have been looking at the toyo observe garit tires in addition to the available selection on tirerack.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:55 AM   #2885
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Luke, have you guys done any testing with the new michelin alpin pa4 tires?

Year: 2012
Make: Subaru
Model: WRX Limited
Location: Portland, Oregon (frequent 'hood visits)
Tires only or Winter Package: Tires only

I have a set of OEM rims off of a 2009 WRX (17x7.5) that I will be using for my snows. I have been looking at the toyo observe garit tires in addition to the available selection on tirerack.
17x7
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:38 PM   #2886
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On recommendation here I just picked up General Altimax Arctic's in 235/45R17. They'll be mounted mid november. Kudos to Tire Rack for next day delivery! Ordered on Monday, arrived yesterday.
I was just looking into those tires at Tire Rack as well. I think I'm going to go with those, they're much cheaper than any local stores and have gotten really good reviews. Thanks for the feedback everyone.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:08 AM   #2887
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On recommendation here I just picked up General Altimax Arctic's in 235/45R17. They'll be mounted mid november. Kudos to Tire Rack for next day delivery! Ordered on Monday, arrived yesterday.
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I was just looking into those tires at Tire Rack as well. I think I'm going to go with those, they're much cheaper than any local stores and have gotten really good reviews. Thanks for the feedback everyone.
I also was looking hard on the General Altimax Arctics for my 08' WRX. I do see lots of reviews and they aren't that bad, price wise. I may run with these end of the month for the winter.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:40 AM   #2888
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I also was looking hard on the General Altimax Arctics for my 08' WRX. I do see lots of reviews and they aren't that bad, price wise. I may run with these end of the month for the winter.
My advice is to go to tirerack put in your car and scroll down to the part where it says 16in and get the artimax's with $89 rims. I went all over town and the lowest i could get in any of the autoshops for artimax's were $1100+ with stealies. tire rack was just over $900 shipped with tpms and it included all hardware like lug nuts to fit the rim that i woulda had to pay extra for and they are mounted and balanced for free. Honestly to everyone spend the money on the rims and a torque wrench and you wont have to worry about $70+ mounting and balancing fees twice a year. after 2 years you spend more then if you had just bought the rims.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:45 AM   #2889
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I was just looking into those tires at Tire Rack as well. I think I'm going to go with those, they're much cheaper than any local stores and have gotten really good reviews. Thanks for the feedback everyone.
I picked up these as well. 235/45/17's for my stock wheels. After the rebate and cash back on my card I paid $470 shipped from tire rack.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #2890
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My advice is to go to tirerack put in your car and scroll down to the part where it says 16in and get the artimax's with $89 rims. I went all over town and the lowest i could get in any of the autoshops for artimax's were $1100+ with stealies. tire rack was just over $900 shipped with tpms and it included all hardware like lug nuts to fit the rim that i woulda had to pay extra for and they are mounted and balanced for free. Honestly to everyone spend the money on the rims and a torque wrench and you wont have to worry about $70+ mounting and balancing fees twice a year. after 2 years you spend more then if you had just bought the rims.
I am fortunate and blessed to have my brother who is in the automotive field and helps me out from time to time. He has worked at Goodyear Tire & Honda as an auto tech. He's currently working at Cadillac. I get mounting & balancing done for free . Planning on getting a dedicated spring/summer set next year. Stocks will be for winter.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #2891
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Bridgestone has announced that the Blizzak LM-32 will be available in the USA in July 2013,
with V and W speed ratings.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #2892
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I have a 2013 WRX. Hopefully this is the spot for this question. The stock tires will be great for where I live all year round. But I often drive 300 mi up to Mammoth to snowboard. I have seen CHP requiring chains on 4wd trucks w/out snow tires there before. I would hate to be turned back. The best thing would be some kind of skin or thin (9mm?) chain. Sometimes they will let you go if you just have the chains onboard. Thule makes some nice looking 9mm chains. I'm sitting on the factory 235/45 R17's. Any help woud be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:25 PM   #2893
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Get some used snows and rims and throw those on before the trip.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:27 PM   #2894
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I hope one of LM-32s comes in 205/50R17, 215/45R17 or 225/45R17 size.

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Old 10-20-2012, 07:44 PM   #2895
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anyone know a good place to buy a good set od steel wheels for winter tires? and what offset would iwant? thanks guys
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #2896
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anyone know a good place to buy a good set od steel wheels for winter tires? and what offset would iwant? thanks guys
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #2897
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these are all i could find after 30 minutes of searching google...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unique-Serie...ac9ed9&vxp=mtr

Would these be acceptable? clearly i dont care about looks its purely functional, i was hoping to find some used wrx 16" wheels but ppl want way too much for them.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #2898
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Really? i will search again i went all over that sight looking for some i will check again. is it under a special sub category on there?
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #2899
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ok i see you have to select the 2002 wrx then its in its own special tab... Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:44 PM   #2900
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I have a 2013 WRX. Hopefully this is the spot for this question. The stock tires will be great for where I live all year round. But I often drive 300 mi up to Mammoth to snowboard. I have seen CHP requiring chains on 4wd trucks w/out snow tires there before. I would hate to be turned back. The best thing would be some kind of skin or thin (9mm?) chain. Sometimes they will let you go if you just have the chains onboard. Thule makes some nice looking 9mm chains. I'm sitting on the factory 235/45 R17's. Any help woud be appreciated. Thanks.
Chains?! With good snow tires and your Subaru's AWD you'll will fly past those 4x4's
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