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Old 11-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #3151
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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?

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My ex-wife had the 210 Sottozeros on her car.

As you mention they were best on dry/wet roads without snow or ice. They were definitely better than all-seaons in harsh conditions but they are nowhere near as good as the Blizzak or X-Ice or Continental winter option.

The difference was enough that she wanted to change them to the Michelins as she was getting stuck in the back lane. Once the change happened she didn't get stuck anymore, but complained that it felt 'funny' driving on the roads once they had cleared. In snow they are as you say only OK.

It will be a balance of what you need or expect to drive in.

Unless you are doing a lot of highway driving without snow covered roads I would not get the 210s.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:05 PM   #3152
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Hey guys,

I have an 06 Legacy 2.5GT and im looking at getting new tires put on for the winter. Im just torn between the Continental DWS like i have on my 99OBS or getting some actual snow tires like the Blizzak LM-60s. I just moved to Rhode Island so im not exactly sure how the winters are going to pan out. I drive up to 150 miles a day for work, up to northern mass and as far south as southern CT.

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Old 11-11-2012, 03:13 PM   #3153
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just slapped some bugeye wheels on my 2012 with a 205/60/16 tire.

need moar snow!

How are you liking the '02 wheels and tires? Which tires did you get?

I am picking up a set of 02 wheels this week. Still need to decide on tires.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #3154
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How are you liking the '02 wheels and tires? Which tires did you get?

I am picking up a set of 02 wheels this week. Still need to decide on tires.
i like them. they are pretty light also, 16.5 lbs on my bathroom scale. i went with general altimax tires in a 205/60 size. i was going to do a 215/55 but after some reading, i preferred the taller sidewall. the tire is also cheaper
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:12 PM   #3155
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Hey guys,

I have an 06 Legacy 2.5GT and im looking at getting new tires put on for the winter. Im just torn between the Continental DWS like i have on my 99OBS or getting some actual snow tires like the Blizzak LM-60s. I just moved to Rhode Island so im not exactly sure how the winters are going to pan out. I drive up to 150 miles a day for work, up to northern mass and as far south as southern CT.

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Do you need to drive when it is bad outside? May you be far from home and have to get back?

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #3156
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Finally decided on Wintersport 3D tires in 205/55r16 for my 02 WRX rims. Looks funny to me but I'm ready for whatever the winter brings!


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Old 11-11-2012, 04:58 PM   #3157
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Finally decided on Wintersport 3D tires in 205/55r16 for my 02 WRX rims. Looks funny to me but I'm ready for whatever the winter brings!
I had a blast driving with those tires last night it was icy and snowed about 3 inches haha

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Old 11-11-2012, 05:03 PM   #3158
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Finally decided on Wintersport 3D tires in 205/55r16 for my 02 WRX rims. Looks funny to me but I'm ready for whatever the winter brings!
I think you made a good choice for your location. I just put my Michelin Alpins on this weekend too.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:55 PM   #3159
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So just went for my first ride and the TPMS light never came on. What is going on here??? Car is a 2013 so it def has the system. Any idea what is going on.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:59 PM   #3160
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Just wait a little.

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Old 11-11-2012, 06:01 PM   #3161
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Just wait a little.

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Ok, my Gti went on instantly. Was thinking they all worked that way
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:07 PM   #3162
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So just went for my first ride and the TPMS light never came on. What is going on here??? Car is a 2013 so it def has the system. Any idea what is going on.
how long of a ride? mine took 10-15minutes to come on
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #3163
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how long of a ride? mine took 10-15minutes to come on
Only like 3-5 mins.

My GTI light came on the second I started the car
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:17 PM   #3164
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So just went for my first ride and the TPMS light never came on. What is going on here??? Car is a 2013 so it def has the system. Any idea what is going on.
its been 3 days and mine still isnt on. it flashes here and there, but its not solid yet. most of the drives were short though
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #3165
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its been 3 days and mine still isnt on. it flashes here and there, but its not solid yet. most of the drives were short though
Mine came on after 20-25 miles
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:12 PM   #3166
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Finally decided on Wintersport 3D tires in 205/55r16 for my 02 WRX rims. Looks funny to me but I'm ready for whatever the winter brings!
Thanks for the pics. I plan to do the same with my white hatch. Did you dip the wheels?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #3167
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It took mine 20 minutes. Not as annoying as I thought it would be.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:39 AM   #3168
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I drove my '11 all last season without the light coming on. When I put my winters on yesterday, it flashed for 30 secs or so and then nothing.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #3169
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Thanks for the pics. I plan to do the same with my white hatch. Did you dip the wheels?
Yep, dip, been using it since my Vw days. Perfect for winter wheels
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Mounted my winters(Altimax Arctic 205/60/16) on some used steel rims I got from a guy(craigslist) who had used them on his Saab. I called up tire vendors trying to find if these wheels would fit 100 percent by the number inside of the rim, I managed to find two different offsets for steel wheels that would fit the wrx. This wheel was said to be +41 offset, fwiw.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #3171
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They look better than the ones I have.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #3172
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Nice to see some cars with wheel and tire combos that actually fit the cars correctly.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #3173
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I'm trying to decide on tires for winter. I'm in NC, so I'll mostly be on dry pavement. We might have some ice in the morning. I'll make a few trips to the mountains for snowboarding. I already have some 16x7 rims. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:31 PM   #3174
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I'm trying to decide on tires for winter. I'm in NC, so I'll mostly be on dry pavement. We might have some ice in the morning. I'll make a few trips to the mountains for snowboarding. I already have some 16x7 rims. Any recommendations?
If dry pavement traction is your top priority, go with a performance winter, like the Dunlop 3D, etc, but don't expect excellent ice traction from a performance winter. If ice traction is your top priority, go with the Michelin Xi3.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:16 PM   #3175
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Yes, dry pavement traction is top priority. How does the dunlop 3d compare to the hankook i*cept evo?
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