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Old 10-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #3701
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Base '12+ Impreza (not WRX) comes w/ 15" steelies... even cheaper option.
I wish 15" wheels fit on my Legacy! (Can't even fit 16 inchers.) Could have saved about $250 compared to the cost of the 17" winter tires I just bought.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:18 PM   #3702
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Year: 2013
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Location: New York (nyc/long island)
Tires: Buying steelies and winter tires

I entered in my vehicle information and they gave me a choice for preset "winter kits". I have a choice between:

16" 215/55-16
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17" 235/45-17
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17" 205/50-17

My question is, will the steelie/winter tire combos be okay regarding brake clearance and offset? Would you guys recommend going 16" over 17"? Which of the 17" combos would you guys recommend? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:41 PM   #3703
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The first question is:
studless, studded or performance winter.

Size comes later.

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Old 10-02-2013, 10:45 AM   #3704
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year: 2013 (maybe 2014?)
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model: Impreza Sport (hatch/wagon)
location: Ann Arbor Michigan
tires only or winter package: Tires only

The wife is picking up a new lease car for work in a couple of weeks. The company will buy one set of tires over the course of the lease (3 years). I want to get winter tires for her out of the gate. She puts a lot of highway miles on the car from Ann Arbor to Columbus so I'm looking for something to serve highway duty. I'm thinking that something that offers good performance in slush would be good. I run the Blizzak WS70 on my WRX and love them, but I don't think her company would want to foot the bill on something that expensive (think I paid $600 for tires only). Let's call the budget $500 for the set.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:29 AM   #3705
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The first question is:
studless, studded or performance winter.

Size comes later.

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Hey thanks for the response. I'm looking to go studless or performance winter. Some say the NY winters aren't too bad so maybe I'd be interested in performance winters (if thats a common thing in NY). Other than that, I'm definitely going studless over studded.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:33 AM   #3706
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If you want cheaper go with 16" (usually). You will lose more steering feel.
If you want better dry performance go with 235.
Better wet, snow - 205/50.

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Old 10-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #3707
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2014 Subaru WRX STi Sedan

Going to be ordering some winter wheels and tires soon for my STi and just wondering if i should go as extreme with a 215 wide tire or just stick with a 235. I know the narrower the tire the better it will be but i dont really want to give up dry weather handling by cutting the tire width by 30mm. what are your thoughts?
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #3708
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2014 Subaru WRX STi Sedan

Going to be ordering some winter wheels and tires soon for my STi and just wondering if i should go as extreme with a 215 wide tire or just stick with a 235. I know the narrower the tire the better it will be but i dont really want to give up dry weather handling by cutting the tire width by 30mm. what are your thoughts?
See:
http://www.continental-tires.com/www...ide_tires.html
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:06 PM   #3709
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2014 Subaru WRX STi Sedan

Going to be ordering some winter wheels and tires soon for my STi and just wondering if i should go as extreme with a 215 wide tire or just stick with a 235. I know the narrower the tire the better it will be but i dont really want to give up dry weather handling by cutting the tire width by 30mm. what are your thoughts?
I got a set of 177 wheels mated with 225/45/17 blizzak lm 60's and they work great in our canadian winters lol.

I would be more concerned about tires being properly speed rated if its a performance winter tire u r looking for.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:25 AM   #3710
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........She puts a lot of highway miles on the car from Ann Arbor to Columbus so I'm looking for something to serve highway duty. I'm thinking that something that offers good performance in slush would be good. I run the Blizzak WS70 on my WRX and love them, but I don't think her company would want to foot the bill on something that expensive (think I paid $600 for tires only). Let's call the budget $500 for the set.
For highway miles and slush, look at performance winters. If 15" or 16" tires are possible for this car, $500 can buy you some high quality tires from Dunlop, Michelin, Goodyear, Pirelli, Nokian, or Bridgestone
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #3711
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Default Advice re New 2013 WRX Hatch winter tires

Likley somewhere on this forum but recently bought:
2013 Charcoal Gray WRX Limited Hatch
Has Dunlop 235/45 R17's

Want a dedicated winter tire for Calgary, Alberta which is mainly cold but some snow. More interested in dry handling. Studless wanted.
Suggestions?

Also dedicated alloy wheels? Suggestions?

Also bought in Canada so no TMPS. If I buy in USA (Montana) and installed there are they forced to put TMPS on by law?( for another $200.00)

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:26 AM   #3712
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2013 Subaru WRX 4dr Sedan

Looking into wheels and winter tires for moderate look and great handling of northeast United States sometimes brutal elements.

Found a decent set of rims and tires for about $800 mounted and balanced from tire rack. Wanted to know of any thoughts of the rims( quality and if there are better ones for similar price), tires, or addition of the tpms (worth it or not).

Rims sport edition

Tire blizzak ws70

Sorry if someone has posted info to this, but as I am limited to use of phone and this being over 100 pages I could not browse them all.

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Old 10-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #3713
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Default Blizzak vs. Dunlop 4D's

year: 2013
make: Subaru
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location: NJ
tires only or winter package: Tires only.

I work in emergency services, and love that my WRX (had an 02 before this one) can get around easier than a RWD Crown Vic with chains. I used to have UHPAS (Potenzas) that worked pretty well, but I got a new WRX (yay) earlier this year, and I definitely don't trust the Dunlop SP1s, which are rated as summer tires, in the winter.. and a little surprised Subaru ships with those stock in the NE. But anyway, I definitely want to purchase a new set of tires for winter use, as I use my personal vehicle to respond to emergencies, and I was trying to decide between UHPAS and performance winter. It seems performance winter is the best bet, I am willing to trade a little bit of dry performance and road noise for less risk in the snow, and it seems a bit silly to switch out summer and all seasons twice a year, and I do like the stock dunlop summer tires.

What it seems from the thread here is that the Blizzak LM-60s are better in deeper snow, but not as great on dry/light snow as the Dunlop SP Winter 4Ds, but I'm not sure. We don't usually get super deep snow, but my are has some pretty steep hills. I'd like to cover all the bases, especially light snow/slush/freezing rain situations on hilly surfaces without giving up too much dry handling. Any advice or thoughts much appreciated!
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:39 PM   #3714
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To answer both of the above questions, the Blizzak WS70 is a fabulous tire. I've run them on two different Subaru's, and I plan to run them on my third this coming winter. You really can't go wrong with them.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #3715
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location: Minneapolis, MN
tires only or winter package: Winter package Tires & wheels

I had some Generals on my old 9-3 and they were great tires. My biggest question is what wheels will fit on my vehicle? Tirerack website states 16"X6.5" 50mm offset are the recommend set up. Will anything else fit offset wise?

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Old 10-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #3716
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year: 2013
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location: NJ
tires only or winter package: Tires only.

I work in emergency services, and love that my WRX (had an 02 before this one) can get around easier than a RWD Crown Vic with chains. I used to have UHPAS (Potenzas) that worked pretty well, but I got a new WRX (yay) earlier this year, and I definitely don't trust the Dunlop SP1s, which are rated as summer tires, in the winter.. and a little surprised Subaru ships with those stock in the NE. But anyway, I definitely want to purchase a new set of tires for winter use, as I use my personal vehicle to respond to emergencies, and I was trying to decide between UHPAS and performance winter. It seems performance winter is the best bet, I am willing to trade a little bit of dry performance and road noise for less risk in the snow, and it seems a bit silly to switch out summer and all seasons twice a year, and I do like the stock dunlop summer tires.

What it seems from the thread here is that the Blizzak LM-60s are better in deeper snow, but not as great on dry/light snow as the Dunlop SP Winter 4Ds, but I'm not sure. We don't usually get super deep snow, but my are has some pretty steep hills. I'd like to cover all the bases, especially light snow/slush/freezing rain situations on hilly surfaces without giving up too much dry handling. Any advice or thoughts much appreciated!
It sounds like you must drive in any conditions which means you must be able to handle ice. Winter performance tires trade ice handling for better dry and wet performance. I would go with studless winter.
According to testing that I saw you are better off with Michelin Xice Xi3 or Nokian Hakkapellitta R2 than Blizzak WS70.

I would go with Xi3 or R2 if I were you.

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Old 10-04-2013, 07:36 PM   #3717
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..........We don't usually get super deep snow, but my are has some pretty steep hills. I'd like to cover all the bases, especially light snow/slush/freezing rain situations on hilly surfaces without giving up too much dry handling. Any advice or thoughts much appreciated!......
My 2 cents: going uphill (or downhill) in freezing rain, a UHPAS or performance winter will be useless. Since you seem to want decent dry/wet feel also, I think the Michelin Xi3 will be your best bet. But it gives up some ice and deep snow traction compared to the Nokian R2 and Blizzak WS70.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:40 PM   #3718
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I think the area of NJ is a big determining factor.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:12 AM   #3719
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I have a 2013 wrx hatch and got a set of legacy snowflakes with some all seasons ready for 'winter.' We don't get a lot of snow if any.

Will the 2013 wrx lug nuts work with the old school legacy wheels? I feel like they should but wanted to verify. I'd rather not have my wheels come off.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:47 AM   #3720
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Yes, they will work.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #3721
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Will the 2014 lugs also work on the 2002 wrx wheels?
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #3722
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:17 PM   #3723
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I'm being told that living in NY (Long Island/Queens area), I don't need a set of steelies/ winter wheels as it would just be overkill. Someone said I'd be fine with just running All Seasons (continental extreme dws all seasons) year round and will be fine. Thoughts? Recommendations?
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #3724
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I guess Queens doesn't get hit hard all that often. I suppose it depends on how much time you spend driving in the snow.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:57 PM   #3725
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tires only or winter package: Tires only.

I'm comparing the General Altimax and Blizzak ws70 in 235/45 for the stock 17x8 wheels
Any major concerns between the two besides price?
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