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Old 08-21-2002, 06:45 PM   #1
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Question How much for an average set of alloy wheels?

Hey guys,

I'm a bit clueless about car mods... Can anyone give me an average price for a set of 4 17" alloy wheels for a 2.5RS 2002? I'm not looking for some fancy BBS or gold rims, just something that would look nice.

The reason I'm asking is that I'm not sure if I should buy 4 winter rims or buy 4 alloy wheels and keep my stock wheels for the winter. Winter rims are around 50 - 75$ according to what I've seen on this board. Will 17" be much better for handling? (the stock 16" RE92 sucks... they skid way too easily)

Also, how are the stock RE92 in winter? (Ottawa, so there's not as much snow as Calgary...).

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Old 08-21-2002, 07:12 PM   #2
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For 16 vs 17 in performance, there isn't much difference.... but you need to get rid of your 16's RE92's for a very good sticky summer tire....

205-55-16 vs 215-45-17..... Not much difference in performance....

For 17's, you can expect to pay a minimum of $1000 for a set of rims.... there's cheaper but you get what you get......

The best bang for the buck is the Rota rims..... which have various models such Subzeros, Tarmac, etc... and they go for around $550US from a US vendor or about $1200CDN.....

If you go with OZ rims, you're going to pay big $$$..... OZ P7 are about $425 each rim plus tax and OZ P1's are about $500 per rim...

I just bought a set of Falken Azenis 205-55-16 in a Toronto Group buy for $636 (tax in).... my previous tires were BF Goodrich KDW's (205-55-16) were just over $1000 installed....

For 16" summer tires, the cheaper ones are Kuhmo Esta 712's and they sell around $150 each and the most expensive are the Bridgestone S-03's for around $280 each plus tax....

A good site to check out tires is www.tirerack.com and for local prices is www.talontire.com (from Montreal)

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Old 08-21-2002, 10:00 PM   #3
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Yes, you should definitely buy a set of winter wheels. or keep your stock RS rims and buy yourself some rotas!

Here's mine:



I use Forester steelies for the winter:



you know about the Ottawa Subaru club right? Can show you my rims in person at the next meet if you want.

http://www.ottawasubaru.com

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Old 08-21-2002, 11:35 PM   #4
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The Rotas are a great bang for the $$

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Old 08-22-2002, 12:10 PM   #5
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Where can I get some 17 inch rota wheels in the Toronto area?
Also, what's a good summer performance tire and what's the
best place to get them in T.O.

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Old 08-22-2002, 12:21 PM   #6
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dunno about TO, but Mike Moffa from the Montreal Subaru Club can get them. That's where I got them.

www.montreal-subaru-club.com

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Old 08-22-2002, 04:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info guys!

I guess it will all depend on if I can find a good job soon... Got layed off 2 months ago and still haven't found anything. ****ty high tech market in Ottawa, even for a senior level hardware designer!!
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Old 08-23-2002, 02:19 AM   #8
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205-55-16 vs 215-45-17..... Not much difference in performance....
Assuming you mean "handling" performance, I respectfully couldn't disagree more with this comment.

There is a substantial difference in the sidewall stiffness between the same two model(s) of a tire when you compare 55 vs 45 aspect ratio. The lower the aspect ratio the chance of "rolling" onto the rubber sidewalls and losing grip greatly diminishes.

The bigger issue whn it comes to affecting performance on 17" wheels is when someone slaps a set of 22-24lb "boat anchors" on their car and expect it to be "vastly" superior to the 16lbs 16" wheels that come stock with the car. You cannot increase the unsprung weight by that much and expect that it won't have an effect on the handling. A 17" wheel of similar weight with 215-45 rubber will handle better than a 16" wheel wearing 205-55 shoes.
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