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Old 07-12-2002, 05:02 PM   #1
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Talking Winter time wheel vs summer time wheel?

Okey, I don't know much about wheels & tires which you can probably tell by looking at my Subject title.. But I need you guys advise.

I want to get a set of 17' wheels and sticy tires (falken Azenis) for my 02 wrx wagon, but for sure something (tire or wheel) would have to change when the winter come and snowboarding season start.

What should I do?
1. Switch back to the stock 16' wheels and tires for winter?
(but does this cause problem to speedometer and anti-lock braking system calibration, and fuel economy? )

2. Sell the stock wheels and tires and buy a set of winter tires?
fyi: I live in CA, so only going to snow for fun on the weekend.

3. Other, please tell me what ?

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Old 07-12-2002, 05:53 PM   #2
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Thats what I do. I have a set of SO-3s for summer on 17" Rota Tarmacs and I have a set of all all season tires that I got from a local discount tire store. Its much easier that way. Instead of having to bring it in and get the rubber changed you can jack up the car in your garage and just put on the other wheels. And if you want to bring it to get alligned if you dont trust your tire changing skills. I still bring it in to get alligned but thats just Im real anal about my car being in 100% perfect working condition.

Switching between wheels wont cuz anything to break. The 17" wheels may throw off the speedometer a bit depending on what tires you get, but it wont be much 2 or 3mph at the most. Fuel economy will change with a different sized tire but I know mine is never constant anyway. I dont see why it would affect the ABS unless the total diameter of the whole wheel is drastically different. I can tell you that you will get better braking with the Azenis or other better tires.
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Old 07-18-2002, 07:56 PM   #3
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Make sense.
Anybody else doing it differently ?
are there good recommendation for the All season tires perform better in the snow compare to stock tires ?

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Old 07-18-2002, 08:16 PM   #4
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I am just waiting on my wheels to come in, and I will be doing just that.

My new Pirelli Pzeros and Rota Attacks will stay on the car most of the time.

If I go up to the mountains I'll throw the stock wheels and tires on, the narrower tire, and better snow traction, with AWD should be just fine.

Dont bother getting "winter tires" unless you live in an area where you will do a couple months of snow driving.

I lived up in Montana and just regular M+S (mud and snow) tires and AWD is all you really need (on my Talon) I survived a couple winters with 225s on!
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Old 07-18-2002, 08:36 PM   #5
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The RE92's are actually quite capable in light snow.

(the only thing they're good for, besides making a tire-swing)
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Old 07-18-2002, 08:44 PM   #6
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up here in MN, its best to run a set of summer tires with whatever wheels you have, and a set of WINTER tires. i run on steel wheels. of course my friend scoobydriver actually got away this last winter with his summer tires on all winter... not very safe though IMO...
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