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Old 09-07-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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Looking to get a set of winter tires for my 2010 WRX and would appreciate your suggestions. I am trying to decide between getting winter tires only and wrapping the OEM rims or to get steelies and winter tires. What would you do?

I will be commuting in this car daily so I will need a great tire with decent tread life. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:51 AM   #2
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if you have the space an extra set of cheap wheels will pay for themselves in mounting fees by the time the tires wear out, with the added convenience of having them ready to go without help from a third party.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Also depending on your brake clearance you may be able to run a better size for winter (e.g. 225/45R17 summers with 205/55R16 winters - narrower, more sidewall - and usually cheaper)

I personally find steelies preferable if driving in deep stuff (snow seems to pack more easily in a spoked wheel)

If you want suggestions as to what tire in particular, you're going to need to tell us whereabouts you live / what typical conditions you get (mix of snow versus ice versus dry cold versus rain etc.)
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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Yep... I just picked up a set of winter tires off this forum in perfect shape for my 09 WRX...Now I'm looking for some rims. It definitely pays to pick up a set of winter rims or summer rims and make the stockers winter..Good luck!!!
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:22 AM   #5
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i just got an 09 myself and am also looking for snow tires. Cant decide if i want to stick them on the stock rims or go the other route.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:50 AM   #6
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As mentioned already, having a second set of wheels with winter tires mounted is a great option, but not everyone has the space.
Drivers in warmer climates can get away with a good set of igh performance all seasons, those in colder areas "may" be better off with dedicated winter tires.
Places like Tire Rack have decent deals on winter wheel combos, this is what I did on my wifes 99 Impreza L wagon.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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i just got an 09 myself and am also looking for snow tires. Cant decide if i want to stick them on the stock rims or go the other route.
I had dedicated steel rims & hubcaps on my last car. By the time I bought a few sets of hubcaps, alloy wheels would have equaled out in cost. Paying to have tires demounted and remounted adds up in the long run, too.
I was able to recoup the cost of my wheels selling them on craigslist with the worn tires on them when I sold my car.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:12 PM   #8
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Also depending on your brake clearance you may be able to run a better size for winter (e.g. 225/45R17 summers with 205/55R16 winters - narrower, more sidewall - and usually cheaper)

I personally find steelies preferable if driving in deep stuff (snow seems to pack more easily in a spoked wheel)

If you want suggestions as to what tire in particular, you're going to need to tell us whereabouts you live / what typical conditions you get (mix of snow versus ice versus dry cold versus rain etc.)
I will be driving in Toronto, Canada. Up here we see a mix of basically everything from heavy snow to black ice conditions.

As for sizing on the tire - what size wheels can fit the stocker 17 x 7 rims? I would like something narrower for snow manouevering. Do steelies really drive better in snow?

Oh, and forgot to mention - if I were to put winters on the oem wheels I would pay to get new summer rims.

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By the time I bought a few sets of hubcaps...

That was your first mistake....

Hubcaps look worse than bare steelies.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:19 PM   #10
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Do steelies really drive better in snow?
Thanks!
Actually, tall skinny tires drive better in the snow.

You can look up a winter wheel/tire combo on TireRack to see what fits. Ideally, you then BUY the combo from them, they come mounted & balanced!

This way, you don't have to wonder if the wheels will clear your brakes and they will specify the correct offset.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:00 AM   #11
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Buy your summer rims and mount your oem tires on that. Put winters tires on your oem rims. A bit pricer than getting steelies, but steelies are pretty heavy.
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the 2010s are out? I went the several dealerships 2 weeks ago in ny/nj area and they said they had no release date for the 2010 wrx or even the impreza.

so to sidetrack the thread.

yes 2 sets wheels are the best way to go I have an 07 wrx wagon with stock rims and tires for winter. I just picked up i nice set of 09 rims to put summer or ultra high performance a/s tires re 970s ot re 760s. what temperature are summer tires good down to?

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Old 09-08-2009, 01:12 PM   #14
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Thanks Kryzs, you have been a big help.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:57 PM   #15
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the 2010s are out? I went the several dealerships 2 weeks ago in ny/nj area and they said they had no release date for the 2010 wrx or even the impreza.

so to sidetrack the thread.

yes 2 od wheels are the best way to go I have an 07 wrx wagon with stock rims and tires for winter. I just picked up i nice set of 09 rims to put summer or ultra high performance a/s tires re 970s ot re 760s. what temperature are summer tires good down to?
My dealer just sold 2 2010 WRXs this past weekend.....
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:59 PM   #16
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My dealer just sold 2 2010 WRXs this past weekend.....
is there a difference between the 2010 and the 09?
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3 bucks I think. LOL I didn't notice anything. They just got in a hb this morning.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:29 PM   #18
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I personally find steelies preferable if driving in deep stuff (snow seems to pack more easily in a spoked wheel)
That hasn't been my experience. Alloy doesn't stick as bad, and when it does you can clean it out. When my steelies get packed with snow, I've got to pull the wheels to clean them out.

I'm not sure if they've fixed it for the '10, but in previous years if you run a separate set of wheels for the winter, you've got to take a trip to the dealer to get the TPMS sensors reprogrammed.
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Crap! I was told that you can switch back and the sensor would be recognized.
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Crap! I was told that you can switch back and the sensor would be recognized.

yeah, it will still recognize the wheels with sensors if you take'em off for a while.

Without the trip to the dealer your tire pressure light will be on while you've got the winters on - it doesn't automatically recognize two sets of sensors.
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Hello everyone!

Looking to get a set of winter tires for my 2010 WRX and would appreciate your suggestions. I am trying to decide between getting winter tires only and wrapping the OEM rims or to get steelies and winter tires. What would you do?

I will be commuting in this car daily so I will need a great tire with decent tread life. Any suggestions?
This is where filling out your profile so people know whether you live in Barrow, Moosejaw, Burlington, Providence, or Philadelphia really helps with getting useful advice.....I see from a later post you are in Toronto.

It really depends on your budget. I went last winter with Nokian WRG2's on the stock rims, but plan to go to 16" rims and higher aspect ratio tires this winter after I took one out in a pothole.
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yeah, it will still recognize the wheels with sensors if you take'em off for a while.

Without the trip to the dealer your tire pressure light will be on while you've got the winters on - it doesn't automatically recognize two sets of sensors.
I consider this my winter tire light...

Just be vigilant about tire pressures. Going from 40* to 0* ambient temps can make a noticeable difference in tire pressure. This Tire Rack link is worth the read! http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=73
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stick to steel wheels. no snow will get inside of the wheel. I wish there was a steel wheels that would clear the brembos. instead, i have rota formula wheels, which fill up with snow quickly and causes wheel unbalance. So i have to get out every so often, and dig out the snow from inside of the wheel. im sure my wheelbearings are not happy with me.

as for tires, don't cheap out. you get what you pay for. If you dig hard enough on review sites, you will find a clear choice for tire.

tires are your contact patch to the road. cheapest insurance you can buy to avoid a mishap.
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225/45-17 or 205/50-17 for my OEM rims? Mainly highway driving in Toronto, Canada.
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stick to steel wheels. no snow will get inside of the wheel.
On ANY wheel that will see snow/mud, put a good coat of wax on them especially the back side.
This makes it very hard for anything to stick to them as well as makes it easier to clean road goop & brake dust.

Since fall is approaching, it is getting near time for me to pull the wheels, clean off road goop & tar, wash and then wax. I usually do 2 coats of wax (I don't really care what brand, I am going for slippery surface not ultimate shine) before putting them back on.
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