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Old 11-13-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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Does it make a difference if i put my Toyo observe garit kx's on my stockers or should i invest in some steelies?
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:49 AM   #2
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:14 AM   #3
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What do you mean does it make a difference? A difference in price? Convenience? What are getting at?
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:10 AM   #4
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Im just curious if a different set of rims is better as apposed to changing the tires on my stock wheels?
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Well sure, if you can afford it it's always better to have 2 sets of rims if you use summer and winter tires. For a lot of reasons. One of the nice things is you can get them mounted and then just swap the wheels yourself when the time comes, rather than having to bring them to a tire shop to have one set pulled off and another put on. It's also good because winter tends to beat the hell out of wheels so you won't be harming your nice, shiny summer set. Futhermore, it does put quite a bit of stress on the wheel when they switch out the tires, so you'll have less wear and tear on your rims the less you swap tires. I don't like the look of steelies but I do plan on getting a decent set of winter rims. Or maybe I'll use my BBS as winter and find a different set for summer. I dunno. Either way, I think it's "better" to have 2 sets of rims.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:36 PM   #6
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Another thing to consider is the cost of mounting and balancing tires two times every year. If you search around a little you should be able to find a set of random used 16inch Subaru wheels (RS/WRX stockers, Forester steelies, Legacy GT wheels, etc) for around $150. I have seen Forester steelies go for under $100 before and have bought the usually hoarded 00-01 RS wheels for $140 a set. You just need to look around. So then add that to the cost of having your tires mounted on them (lets say $30 even though it can cost much more than this) and you have about $170 invested.

Lets assume that you will use those winter tires for 3 years before they need replaced. So if you didn't get those wheels and just had the winter/summer tires switched every year, that is two times a year where you will pay $30 for mounting/balancing. So $30 twice a year for three years is $180. So if mounting and balancing cost you only $30 as long as you pay less than 160 for wheels it will be cheaper to have a separate set of winter wheels. If mounting and balancing will cost you more, then you can figure out how much you can spend on wheels and still end up with more money.
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mounting and balancing costs much more than 30 bucks for 4 tires, if you can get it that cheap might as well go for it
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Be careful out there this winter guys! Snow tires don't mean you're invincible.
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Indeed thanks for the input.

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short term costs are less by swapping the tires onto the existing wheels but, if you are going to have the car more than a couple of years the investment in a seperate set of wheels is more cost effective than remounting the tires every season
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