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Old 10-21-2012, 10:32 AM   #2901
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Chains?! With good snow tires and your Subaru's AWD you'll will fly past those 4x4's
So the suggestion is to put snow tires on all winter to drive around at the Southern California beach. Then drive 300 miles up to the snow so I can have them on for <1% of my driving this winter? That can't be the best solution. Maybe I buy snow tires on cheap rims and impact them on myself before I go? That will be considerably more than a set of cables/skins/socks/9mm chains. I should probably just ask my performance guy what people like me do (there has to be a lot of us in the SD/LA area). I'm sure once I get to drive it in the snow I may just decide to ditch the snowboard and drive the AWD around on the snowmobile trails!
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:31 PM   #2902
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So the suggestion is to put snow tires on all winter to drive around at the Southern California beach. Then drive 300 miles up to the snow so I can have them on for <1% of my driving this winter? That can't be the best solution. Maybe I buy snow tires on cheap rims and impact them on myself before I go? That will be considerably more than a set of cables/skins/socks/9mm chains. I should probably just ask my performance guy what people like me do (there has to be a lot of us in the SD/LA area). I'm sure once I get to drive it in the snow I may just decide to ditch the snowboard and drive the AWD around on the snowmobile trails!
That's what I implied... Put them on before you go up... It's not that hard to mount and dismount tires. Socks will get chewed up if there isn't snow on the ground. Cables and chains will destroy your rims. So I guess it's your choice
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:42 PM   #2903
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Rent a car to go snowboarding. Would it be cheaper than dedicated set of wheels/tires?
Maybe.
Not sure if there is enough clearance to fit chains on WRX. I do know that on my 2005 Legacy GT with 225/45R17 Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 I do not have enough space to put my pinky betwen the perch and tire.

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #2904
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........I do know that on my 2005 Legacy GT with 225/45R17 Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 I do not have enough space to put my pinky betwen the perch and tire.

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What size wheels are you using, and what offset?
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:51 PM   #2905
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My summer setup uses Saabaru BBS wheels 17x7 with +48 offset, if my memory works.
I did switchover yesterday so I should remember ;-)

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Old 10-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #2906
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I hope one of LM-32s comes in 205/50R17, 215/45R17 or 225/45R17 size.

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You like what you have read about the LM32?

From Auto Zeitung:

"Dry: Poor rolling resistance but strong dry braking and very quiet. Sluggish in the handling tests
Wet: Long braking distances and sluggish handling characterise the Bridgestone in the wet. Tends to understeer. Excellent aquaplaning result
Snow: The Blizzak doesn't offer much grip on the snow, but is much better in the slush
Overall: Excellent in standing water and slush, the Bridgestone is comparatively poor in the dry and the wet"

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article...-Tyre-Test.htm

Maybe your relatives in Europe can send you a set of Continental TS850.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #2907
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So if Michelin brough their Pilot Alpin PA4, Bridgestone may bring LM-32 (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....=Blizzak+LM-32) - 2 sizes available now, and Dunlop may bring 4D (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....inter+Sport+4D) - 1 size available now then Continental will follow the suite and bring TS 830 and 850.

I am glad I did not need new tires this winter as it seems that US market is starved by lack of new performance winter tires (except Michelin offerings).

Next winter looks promising.

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PS Current winter tire stable: 03 Passat GLS - 195/65R15 Continental TS 810, 05 Legacy GT - 225/45R17 Continental TS 810, 10 Volvo S40 T5 - 205/55R16 Dunlop 3D.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:36 PM   #2908
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That's what I implied... Put them on before you go up... It's not that hard to mount and dismount tires. Socks will get chewed up if there sn't snow on the ground. Cables and chains will destroy your rims. So I guess it's your choice
When you say mount and dismount "tires" do you mean the whole rim with the tires already on it, or do you mount tires on the rims like you would your bicycle? Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:00 PM   #2909
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When you say mount and dismount "tires" do you mean the whole rim with the tires already on it, or do you mount tires on the rims like you would your bicycle? Thanks.
Mount rims with tires on them. As in a winter wheel+tire set and a separate wheel + tire for summer
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:24 PM   #2910
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Mount rims with tires on them. As in a winter wheel+tire set and a separate wheel + tire for summer
Probably will go that way. Guess another grand can't hurt. Thanks!
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #2911
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Probably will go that way. Guess another grand can't hurt. Thanks!
Should be able to find used rims ect for less than that. Tire racks winter package is like 700
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #2912
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So the suggestion is to put snow tires on all winter to drive around at the Southern California beach. Then drive 300 miles up to the snow so I can have them on for <1% of my driving this winter? That can't be the best solution. Maybe I buy snow tires on cheap rims and impact them on myself before I go? That will be considerably more than a set of cables/skins/socks/9mm chains. I should probably just ask my performance guy what people like me do (there has to be a lot of us in the SD/LA area). I'm sure once I get to drive it in the snow I may just decide to ditch the snowboard and drive the AWD around on the snowmobile trails!
I live in OC and I hit up the mountains every season. That's what I've planned on doing. I got a set of dedicated snow tires last season but it sucked so much last season I didn't even get a chance to use them. I think it's much easier than having to deal with chains cause the only time you really really need chains in SoCal is when it's really bad out.

And I'd rather mount the wheels in my garage where it's dry and just drive thru the checkpoints on snow tires then have to pull over during a crazy storm half way up the mountain to put chains on. I bring them just incase though cause sometime caltrans can be a PITA.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #2913
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I live in OC and I hit up the mountains every season. That's what I've planned on doing. I got a set of dedicated snow tires last season but it sucked so much last season I didn't even get a chance to use them. I think it's much easier than having to deal with chains cause the only time you really really need chains in SoCal is when it's really bad out.

And I'd rather mount the wheels in my garage where it's dry and just drive thru the checkpoints on snow tires then have to pull over during a crazy storm half way up the mountain to put chains on. I bring them just incase though cause sometime caltrans can be a PITA.
Have you had to show your chains before?
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:13 PM   #2914
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tires only or winter package: both im looking at getting winter tires wasn't sure what to get. i was considering the bridgestone blizzak?
and for performance tires dunlop direzza sport z1 star spec?

just looking for opinions or hints or ect ect

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:57 AM   #2915
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tires only for winter(18" rims): 6-7 months driving in snow, so looking for studless tires, driving around 300miles a week, lookung for safe ... thinking for Blizzaks, used on old car... any advises? Thx
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:50 AM   #2916
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I recently purchased a 2009 wrx that has Hankook summer tires. I will be driving in the snow this winter and need suggestions on good snow tires...
Also, is it necessary to buy a second set of rims for winter?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:12 AM   #2917
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I recently purchased a 2009 wrx that has Hankook summer tires. I will be driving in the snow this winter and need suggestions on good snow tires...
Also, is it necessary to buy a second set of rims for winter?
What's winter like where you live and how far is your commute?
It's not necessary to buy another set of wheels but when TireRack.com will mount your tires on a set of new steelies for $200 or so, it'll pay for itself quickly because you won't be mounting and balancing tires on a wheel twice a year.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:34 AM   #2918
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So the suggestion is to put snow tires on all winter to drive around at the Southern California beach. Then drive 300 miles up to the snow so I can have them on for <1% of my driving this winter? That can't be the best solution. Maybe I buy snow tires on cheap rims and impact them on myself before I go? That will be considerably more than a set of cables/skins/socks/9mm chains. I should probably just ask my performance guy what people like me do (there has to be a lot of us in the SD/LA area). I'm sure once I get to drive it in the snow I may just decide to ditch the snowboard and drive the AWD around on the snowmobile trails!
Your in a pretty tough spot... id buy the Continental Extremecontact DWS

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....CDWS&tab=Sizes
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #2919
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Why is there such limited options for 205/50-16?

That size puts me in a really tough position.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #2920
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Tires only on stock steel rims

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Old 10-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #2921
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Why is there such limited options for 205/50-16?

That size puts me in a really tough position.
Try 205/55/16! It'll fit fine and their is tons of options.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #2922
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Try 205/55/16! It'll fit fine and their is tons of options.
I know it will physically fit, but I'll probably rub in the back on the bumpy roads around here.

More sidewall would be nice for said roads, but I just don't want to go taller.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:55 PM   #2923
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I know it will physically fit, but I'll probably rub in the back on the bumpy roads around here.

More sidewall would be nice for said roads, but I just don't want to go taller.
I had 235/45/17 on STi BBS's and it barely rubbed in the rear. Only on really hard cornering so for winter the 55 aspect ratio should be fine.

This was on a 97 Impreza Outback.

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #2924
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Quick TPMS question, what happens if I install Wheels / Tires without TPMS? I don't mind any dash lights, but I want to know if there will be any annoying beeping or so. ( 2012 WRX ) I will only be using these tires in the winter.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #2925
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Quick TPMS question, what happens if I install Wheels / Tires without TPMS? I don't mind any dash lights, but I want to know if there will be any annoying beeping or so. ( 2012 WRX ) I will only be using these tires in the winter.
Dash light and you should read up on the TPMS laws
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