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Old 11-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #3126
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You need tpms sensors in the wheels and they need to be flashed to the car. Otherwise they will blink and stay on.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:08 AM   #3127
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year:2012
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tires only or winter package: Dunlop snows on 16" (Nitrogen fill)

TPMS lit up this morning (installed the tires yesterday).
Is this to be expected using wheels that aren't same size?
FYI - The wheels are used. (old WRX 02-03 wheels)
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You need tpms sensors in the wheels and they need to be flashed to the car. Otherwise they will blink and stay on.
That ^

Pain in the ass in my opinion. I just deal with the light.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:20 AM   #3128
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if anyone has a tire depth gauge can tell me right now trying to figure if i can use these tires using a quarter

measure A: the tip of his nose
measure B: his eyebrows

see if there is a 2/32 difference
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:59 AM   #3129
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Would you recommend 225/45/17 or 225/50/17 on stock 2012 WRX wheels with EPIC LOWERING SPRINGS?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:24 PM   #3130
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Would you recommend 225/45/17 or 225/50/17 on stock 2012 WRX wheels with EPIC LOWERING SPRINGS?
225/45 or 215/50.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:45 PM   #3131
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215/50
Gonna be stretched on an 8" wheel.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:04 PM   #3132
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Gonna be stretched on an 8" wheel.
Not really....
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:54 PM   #3133
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Not really....
Care to elaborate? According to TireRack's website, they recommend nothing wider than 7.5" on a 215.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:04 PM   #3134
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Care to elaborate? According to TireRack's website, they recommend nothing wider than 7.5" on a 215.
Tire rack also calls the v12 ventus a max performance summer tire. Their website isn't always correct.

http://customwheelsmarket.com/rimwheelwidth1.html

Not to mention plenty of people run 215's.



On the left is 215/45/17's on 8" wheels, which is slightly shorter than what I suggested. Taller sidewalls actually come out slightly further than shorter sidewalls to support the height of the tire, and will be less stretched than a 215/45...if you even want to call tha "stretches".

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:25 PM   #3135
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Tire rack also calls the v12 ventus a max performance summer tire. Their website isn't always correct.

http://customwheelsmarket.com/rimwheelwidth1.html

Not to mention plenty of people run 215's.



On the left is 215/45/17's on 8" wheels, which is slightly shorter than what I suggested. Taller sidewalls actually come out slightly further than shorter sidewalls to support the height of the tire, and will be less stretched than a 215/45...if you even want to call tha "stretches".
That website you quoted also states 6.5-7.5" wheels for a 215/50. I didn't say he couldn't run it or that others haven't, but there are plenty of pictures out there of 215s on 8" wheels and they're stretched. Either way, he can do whatever he wants.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:33 PM   #3136
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.5" will not cuase big problems but one is out of spec per manufacturer (check manufacturer web site for specs, Tirerack may be wrong). I suspect that if you have warranty claim (wear issue for example) they may use it agaist you.

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #3137
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Default Tire Pressure in Blizzaks?

I've read elsewhere that people are running a little higher pressure in their Blizzaks than their summer tires. From other forums it seems that anywhere between spec OEM psi and up to near 37 psi for the Blizzaks has had good results.

Anyone have best results at a certain psi?

Last year I ran 35 psi front and rear and they felt solid all winter.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #3138
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just slapped some bugeye wheels on my 2012 with a 205/60/16 tire.

need moar snow!

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Old 11-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #3139
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My dealership is trying to get rid of some 16" moda md12 wheels. I'm thinking about grabbing them for my winter set up as they are only asking about $10 per wheel more than the steel wheels I was going to be getting. I don't love them but for the price I think it's definitely an upgrade from steel in terms of looks but is there any reason I wouldn't want something like this for winter wheel? One of my friends said I would be dealing with snow getting stuck in between the spokes. The other said less will get stuck than in the steel wheels and it will even be easier to get out.

Any input would be appreciated
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:34 PM   #3140
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'13 BRZ
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I currently have 225/45/17 Dunlop Wintersport 3Ds (about 25,000 miles) from my previous WRX. Problem is that one of the tires developed a bubble on the sidewall and I'm not sure whether to replace just the single tire or to replace all four. The local tire shop shows the 3Ds as discontinued in my size but might be able to track one down (albeit at a price of ~$250).

They recommended Nexen Winguard Sports but I've not seen too many reviews. Any other recommendations in the ~$150 per tire range ideal for southern NE conditions? I'd prefer a winter performance tire more than a normal winter tire but I'm open to suggestions in the 205/50/17or 215/45/17 sizes.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #3141
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just slapped some bugeye wheels on my 2012 with a 205/60/16 tire.

need moar snow!

Painted or powdercoated?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #3142
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Consider checking your local stores too. I stopped in an American tire/discount tire. Explained Costco wouldn't put on blizzak ws70 in stock size because of the drastic speed rating difference, discount tire had a $100 off on eBay, and the Nokian dealer offered a decent trade on my 6.5k mile stock dunlops. Walked out with ws70 in 235/45r17 with full balance/mount for $645 after an hour wait.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #3143
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Painted or powdercoated?
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:44 PM   #3144
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because winter:

17x7

225/50/17

BRING IT ON MOTHER NATURE!

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #3145
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That website you quoted also states 6.5-7.5" wheels for a 215/50. I didn't say he couldn't run it or that others haven't, but there are plenty of pictures out there of 215s on 8" wheels and they're stretched. Either way, he can do whatever he wants.

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I ran 205/50 general arctic on my stock wheels last year. A little stretch but looked fine and the narrow tire handled awesome in the snow.

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I'm running saab wheels this year tho
it aint that bad.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:33 PM   #3146
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year: 2011
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I have a set of 16" wheels I got off a 02-04 WRX. I went to the Tire rack website and looked for the 16" recommended tire size for my car. I'm looking to buy Winter performance tires for my car but couldn't find any for my size. Does anyone know what the next recommended size would be?
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:02 PM   #3147
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I have a set of 16" wheels I got off a 02-04 WRX. I went to the Tire rack website and looked for the 16" recommended tire size for my car. I'm looking to buy Winter performance tires for my car but couldn't find any for my size. Does anyone know what the next recommended size would be?
post 3138 has the info. this size is cheaper than the recommended 215/55 and fits those wheels fine
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #3148
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My best recommendation for u would be to get a set of good wet weather tires as the stockers really do suck in wet weather.

If u r going into the mountains alot I would consider steel wheels with studded snow tires as the Seattle mountain ranges get alot of ice and snow hope this helps.
I like this advice a lot, I'm looking at tires and I am thinking the Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero after reading about many tires, noted to be good for wet and still decent in dry conditions, a little longer lasting, but only ok in snow (still better than my stock tires).

I'm thinking of stepping down to a 16" diameter for the winter set to save some cash and I plan on buying dedicated rims anyways, the standard size on the Premium model 2012 Impreza's is 205/55-16, however Tirerack.com recommends 195/60-16 for winter tires. Would anyone here recommend the stock size for 16" on 2012 Impreza's or should I be getting a slightly narrower and higher tire?

Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #3149
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For my 2012 Impreza Limited I bought Blizzak WS60 in 195/60/16 size. Car performed like a tank during our first snowstorm. I really don't think you should go smaller.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #3150
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I like this advice a lot, I'm looking at tires and I am thinking the Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero after reading about many tires, noted to be good for wet and still decent in dry conditions, a little longer lasting, but only ok in snow (still better than my stock tires).

I'm thinking of stepping down to a 16" diameter for the winter set to save some cash and I plan on buying dedicated rims anyways, the standard size on the Premium model 2012 Impreza's is 205/55-16, however Tirerack.com recommends 195/60-16 for winter tires. Would anyone here recommend the stock size for 16" on 2012 Impreza's or should I be getting a slightly narrower and higher tire?

Thanks!
I would downsize to the 15" wheel setup. The overall size of the wheel is the same and 195/65-15 works fine on my Sport. It will save you a little more money overall and the only real difference is the height of the sidewall.
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