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Old 08-19-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Hey Folks. I have a 2009 Impreza with two sets of wheels. I've got the stock steel wheels, and 17x7.5 these: (http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...&wheelModel=CE).

I figure when I trade in, I can choose a set of wheels to trade in with it. The others "ought" to work on the BRZ. I was thinking I could either use the stock steel wheels for winter tires (live in New Hampshire) or replace two (rear) or all four wheels with my 17x7.5's and their currently mounted tires (225/45ZR -17 Continental ExtremeContact).

So I guess I have a few questions:
  1. Are either of these ideas not dumb? Which?
  2. Are the stock BRZ wheels any good for winter tires?
  3. What are other snow-shoers planning on doing?


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Old 08-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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So you're trading in the stock Impreza wheels, correct? No real reason to keep those.

The aftermarket wheels you have there are wider and heavier than the stock wheels, so you'll most likely want to use those for winter with some proper snow tires.

If it were me, I would get wheels like that or steelies. I wouldn't drive the car very often in the winter anyways, but that's because I'm in Alaska.

The stock tires are summer tires, but the wheels can be whatever. I'm always for trying to keep stock parts for as long and well-maintained as possible just in case something comes up where you have to put the car completely back to stock and sell it (one never truly knows, does one?).

How much winter does you BRZ plan on seeing?
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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So you're trading in the stock Impreza wheels, correct? No real reason to keep those.

The aftermarket wheels you have there are wider and heavier than the stock wheels, so you'll most likely want to use those for winter with some proper snow tires.

If it were me, I would get wheels like that or steelies. I wouldn't drive the car very often in the winter anyways, but that's because I'm in Alaska.

The stock tires are summer tires, but the wheels can be whatever. I'm always for trying to keep stock parts for as long and well-maintained as possible just in case something comes up where you have to put the car completely back to stock and sell it (one never truly knows, does one?).

How much winter does you BRZ plan on seeing?
Thanks for the advice. My tires on those wheels are fairly new, maybe I can find someone who would take them used.

BRZ would be my daily driver, so the daily commute would involve winter driving on less-than-ideally maintained roads. I don't have plants to use it like a plow like I do with my Impreza though.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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Then I vote for year-round classy by using the SE CE 17x7.5 wheels as winter wheels since they're heavier. It says they're manufactured in China... They should be fine since you'd just be using them for commuting, no hooning.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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I think I was going to buy those exact tires for my BRZ when the stockers wore out. Keep the aftermarket wheels, the dealer isn't going to give you anything close to fair value for those. If anything, part out the aftermarket wheels and tires. Sell the tires now or next spring. Sell or use the wheels as winter comes. You can get just about any cheap subaru wheel and use those for winters.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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^I'm more than willing to bet 16" WRX stockers fit plenty fine AND they can be had real cheap.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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Yep, I bought my 16" WRX stockers with 4 good Dunlop Wintersport snow tires for $450 on here.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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Good tires! I still have my 17" ones left over; when they're dead I'll buy some crappy 16" wheels and smaller winter tires.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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I am looking at getting a new car and I am looking at the BRZ. I have some VOLK CE28N (Bronze) that are 17x7.5, 5-100, offset +50 that I had on my 2003 WRX and they have just been sitting in my garage since I sold the car in 2009. If I got the BRZ it would be great to be able to use the wheel. I just wanted to find out if I could run the 7.5 with an offset of +50 on the BRZ and if so what size tires would I have to have. I have 225x45 on the wheels but I will have to get tires any ways so changing the size will not matter.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
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You should be fine. 8mm less strut clearance, but I doubt that'll be an issue.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
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Hey Folks. I have a 2009 Impreza with two sets of wheels. I've got the stock steel wheels, and 17x7.5 these: (http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...&wheelModel=CE).

I figure when I trade in, I can choose a set of wheels to trade in with it. The others "ought" to work on the BRZ. I was thinking I could either use the stock steel wheels for winter tires (live in New Hampshire) or replace two (rear) or all four wheels with my 17x7.5's and their currently mounted tires (225/45ZR -17 Continental ExtremeContact).

So I guess I have a few questions:
  1. Are either of these ideas not dumb? Which?
  2. Are the stock BRZ wheels any good for winter tires?
  3. What are other snow-shoers planning on doing?
Thanks
Just got my BRZ limited sunday (loving it so far!), and live in mass. I'll be getting rid of my integra type-r which was my daily driver, so the BRZ will need winter tires/wheels.

I'm planning on doing a -1 tire/wheel package, which will give me a 16" wheel, and a slightly smaller tread width, which should help in the snow. Something to consider. I'm planning on getting a wheel/tire package from tirerack.com and will get the pressure sensors too. They have a great selection too.

I'm using their "surveys" to find the best performance snows for me. I've narrowed it down to a couple of choices. Sorry I left the paper at home otherwise I'd tell you what choice I'm looking at - maybe tonight.

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Old 08-22-2012, 01:17 PM   #12
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Check the winter tire thread in Wheel/Tire subforum, lots of helpfulness going around in there. Helped me pick out the type of snow tire I bought last winter.
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With 17x7.5 would it be best to run 225x40 or 225x35 and not my 225x45? Also I don't know what the stock wheels offset is can some one tell me that.
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17x7, +48 with 215/45 is the stock wheel/tire size. 225/45 should be fine, it's within ~3% difference; closer to 1% I believe. In any case, the stock speedo should read 2-3mph slow, so it won't be off your actual speed by much if at all.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #15
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+48 for stock BRZ wheels (because Subaru).

You would want taller sidewall for winter wheels. Tirerack suggests narrower width for less ice contact. 225 would be fine, but the less harsh you can make the ride by not getting 35 sidewall the better. The wheel well has a lot of room.

Edit: Dang you OE!!!
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+48 for stock BRZ wheels (because Subaru).

You would want taller sidewall for winter wheels. Tirerack suggests narrower width for less ice contact. 225 would be fine, but the less harsh you can make the ride by not getting 35 sidewall the better. The wheel well has a lot of room.

Edit: Dang you OE!!!
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For winter I'd get something like a 205/55/16. Stock 02-05 WRX size actually. If you wan't 17" winter tires, I'd try for something like 205/50 since a lot of winter tires come in that size.
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