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Old 10-15-2011, 11:20 PM   #2226
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Narrow will be better for snow and wet. Wider for dry and probably ice.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:18 PM   #2227
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I just picked up my order from Discount Tire. 16" steelies with Michelin x-ice xi2. 205/55r16. No tpms, I'll deal with the flashy light! $70 michelin rebate and a $60 rebate for the tire/rim combo for using the car care card with 6mos 0%. Total out the door before rebates was $850.
I don't think it'll look half bad! Bring on the snow!!
not bad at all. nice pricing too!
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:09 PM   #2228
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...............So I am using stock BBS rims (8" wide) on my 05 STI.

would it be better if I go for narrower snow tires (205/50/17).........s
Most tire manufacturers, if not all, will specify a max wheel width of 7.5" for a 205/50-17 tire. A width of 6.5" would work better with a 205 mm winter tire.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:44 PM   #2229
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thinking about putting a little money into some NICE winter wheels... upgrade from the steelies
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #2230
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thinking about putting a little money into some NICE winter wheels... upgrade from the steelies
use stockers for winter and put your money into nice summer wheels!
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:45 AM   #2231
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^not a bad idea but i've always run 16" wheels in winter (not to mention i have a set of blizzaks with only one winter behind them) and i believe that my car is coming with 17".

I'm not sure why its so wrong though to want nice wheels in the winter when it's a good part of the year that these tires are on my car.... at least half the year So... if i'm happy with my stock wheels and my winter tires need to go on 16" wheels, shouldn't i just spend a little money to get a second set of wheels for winter?

I know that the winter is not kind to wheels so i'm not talking about anything crazy... any suggestions will be appreciated
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #2232
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^not a bad idea but i've always run 16" wheels in winter (not to mention i have a set of blizzaks with only one winter behind them) and i believe that my car is coming with 17".

I'm not sure why its so wrong though to want nice wheels in the winter when it's a good part of the year that these tires are on my car.... at least half the year So... if i'm happy with my stock wheels and my winter tires need to go on 16" wheels, shouldn't i just spend a little money to get a second set of wheels for winter?

I know that the winter is not kind to wheels so i'm not talking about anything crazy... any suggestions will be appreciated
Find a used set of 16/17" Rotas, Enkei's, O.Z.'s. Something that won't break the bank but looks great. I just got 18x8 RPF1's and my winter set are 16" steelies . I like the look of stock wheels painted in crazy colors for the winter!
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #2233
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older 16" WRX wheels work well as a winter setup, cheap and easy to find too.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:45 AM   #2234
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Pretty solid original post. Thank you.

year: 2012
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model: WRX 5 door Premium
location: Albany, NY (long winters up here)
tires only or winter package: $700 budget, so probably just tires

I am ordering a 2012 WRX and I know 99% of the car is staying the same as the 2011's, but I guess the 1st question to ask is if anyone can confirm my tire options the same as the 2011's? Also since I am going to be spread a bit thin from just buying the car, I am on a budget of around $700 so I was curious if I should just worry about the tires for now and buy a second set of rims later on, or try and find a way to get the rims and tires all at once. Lastly any recommendations on actual tire/rim models would be awesome.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #2235
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Pretty solid original post. Thank you.

year: 2012
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tires only or winter package: $700 budget, so probably just tires

I am ordering a 2012 WRX and I know 99% of the car is staying the same as the 2011's, but I guess the 1st question to ask is if anyone can confirm my tire options the same as the 2011's? Also since I am going to be spread a bit thin from just buying the car, I am on a budget of around $700 so I was curious if I should just worry about the tires for now and buy a second set of rims later on, or try and find a way to get the rims and tires all at once. Lastly any recommendations on actual tire/rim models would be awesome.

Thanks in advance for the help!
Get a winter wheel/tire combo from tirerack.com. 16" steelies and general artic's/firestone winterforce tires should be under or close to $700 shipped to your door and ready to be put on
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #2236
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did a test fit today. 205/60R16 ws70's on 16x6.5 steelies from tirerack. also got a set of their black wheel covers. tires have lots of room everywhere! not a chance of any rubbing. wheels, tires, wheel covers and lug nuts all mounted, balanced and shipped for well under $800.













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Old 10-18-2011, 05:22 PM   #2237
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Thanks for the advice Luke!

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Old 10-18-2011, 06:03 PM   #2238
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Hi Luke,

I am about to order winter tires / wheels from Tire Rack & would just like to confirm they are a good choice and is there a referral number I should put in the order box.

Car is a 2011 STI 4 door
Most of my driving is in Connectciut (all parts)

I have picked out of the tire/wheel packages the LM60 245/40R 18's and the MR118 Motegi wheels (18x8)

What do you think?

Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:10 PM   #2239
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I'd recommend 17x7.5 max for winter. It's cheaper, you can fit bigger side walls, and it'll help "cut through" snow and slush better than a 8 wide wheel.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #2240
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I'm from south TX and am going to visit some family in Breckenridge, Colorado over the winter. Should be up there for about 2-3 weeks. What kind of tires should I get so I'll be safe in the ice for that short amount of time, and still have a good tire for when I come back home to the heat?

I drive an 08 Sti w/ BBS rims. Thanks!
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #2242
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that looks like it took a lot of work.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:49 PM   #2243
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So I'm on tirerack.com and it looks like 215/55R16 Firestone Winterforce x4, 16X6.5 Steel Wheels x4, and some delicious black hubby caps (like n2oiroc), and this tire pressure sensor which I didn't expect, all comes to $890.54 shipped to my doorstep. It's a larger budget than I was expecting to spend but I also was originally considering just the tires and swapping my summers/winters on the same rims each season. Needless to say this is seemingly like a better option for the extra cash.

Thanks WantAvant for the recommendations but before I make the purchase, does anyone else have any further approval of this setup? Or have some different options they think I should consider? Thanks for dealing with the novice guys!
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:02 AM   #2244
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dont get the winterforce! if you are on a budget get the general altimax arctic. they are 10x the tire. also, 205/60R16 are quite a bit cheaper and almost as close to the stock tires dimensions. 215/55 are .1" shorter and 205/60 are .3" taller.

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Old 10-19-2011, 07:40 AM   #2245
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dont get the winterforce! if you are on a budget get the general altimax arctic. they are 10x the tire. also, 205/60R16 are quite a bit cheaper and almost as close to the stock tires dimensions. 215/55 are .1" shorter and 205/60 are .3" taller.
Thanks n2oiroc. In regards to cost, it looks like the General Altimax Arctic's are $99/tire and the Firestone Winterforce are $95/tire. Now for $20 I would have no problems if I were upgrading to a much better tire but again I'm really at the whim of what the forum suggests since I'm new to the game. Just going through the motions right now and it looks like if I were to get the General's my grand total shipped to my door is $906 with a delayed arrival of December 6th because my closest warehouse I guess doesn't have the tire stocked. The wait time isn't the worst, though with the weather up here it's very possible we could have snow by that point ( I'm not ready for the winter yet haha).

Also, is this "Hunter Road Force Mounting and Balancing" just the balancing of the tire onto the wheel I guess? It'd be awesome if they shipped a little handy man in the box to mount and balance the wheels onto my car but for some reason I think that is a little far fetched.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:07 AM   #2246
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Thanks n2oiroc. In regards to cost, it looks like the General Altimax Arctic's are $99/tire and the Firestone Winterforce are $95/tire. Now for $20 I would have no problems if I were upgrading to a much better tire but again I'm really at the whim of what the forum suggests since I'm new to the game. Just going through the motions right now and it looks like if I were to get the General's my grand total shipped to my door is $906 with a delayed arrival of December 6th because my closest warehouse I guess doesn't have the tire stocked. The wait time isn't the worst, though with the weather up here it's very possible we could have snow by that point ( I'm not ready for the winter yet haha).

Also, is this "Hunter Road Force Mounting and Balancing" just the balancing of the tire onto the wheel I guess? It'd be awesome if they shipped a little handy man in the box to mount and balance the wheels onto my car but for some reason I think that is a little far fetched.
thats the tires mounted to the wheels and balanced. you just have to jack up the car and bolt them on. i suggested the 205/60 because its also very close to stock diameter and it has better availability and its cheaper. the generals are in stock and only $85.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:14 AM   #2247
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Has anyone had any experiences regarding how Sport Edition A7s hold up in winter weather?? Ive read some different things on here, they seem to be positive regarding winter hold up.

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:17 AM   #2248
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Another good source of 16" wheels are Forester wheels. I just picked up some 03 XS 16x6.5" alloy wheels to use as summer wheels on my 98 Outback. It's my wife's car and she wanted an OEM look and didn't like any of the other wheels I showed her. (she hates my gold 18" summer wheels) It came down to these or WRX wheels. She liked the way the forester wheels looked better and they were cheaper. Win-Win. 15" snow tires FTW.

On a side note... I purchased Cooper Weather Master ST(whatever) 205/70 15 for the Outback last year and I would probably will try something else next time. The Conti EWC I put on my legacy are much, much better.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:45 AM   #2249
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Has anyone had any experiences regarding how Sport Edition A7s hold up in winter weather?? Ive read some different things on here, they seem to be positive regarding winter hold up.

Thanks Again
as long as they are fully painted they will be fine. avoid anything with a "machined" finish. clear coat does not stick to raw aluminum well and it will peel and corrode.

good choice http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price

bad choice http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price
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Thank you for the info. Im goin w 17" Black painted A7s, Eagle GTs for the awesome Chicago winter
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