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Old 09-21-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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It's almost that time of the year , post your winter setup!

I need tires but I plan to run these legacy gt wheels

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Old 09-21-2014, 11:38 AM   #2
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Mine plans to stay exactly as it is (I moved to Florida from England 6 months ago, no snow is awesome!)
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #3
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Like this thread, bring it on!

Hakka R2s (235/45R18) on stock STi 18s. My coils will go up about in an inch from summer setup to be similar to the height in this picture which was on Bilsteins/blacks. New Thule aeroblades (black) and Sonic XL box (black) to replace the old bar/box setup. WeatherTech floor mats throughout

Need to do some serious front end paint work (touch up, sealant, maybe ceramic coating) to help avoid all of the damage i got last winter.

The FXT snows will go back on too but that is the family car and not the winter ski mission, snow hooning car.



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Old 09-24-2014, 02:50 PM   #4
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why can't you guys allow me to enjoy fall
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:43 PM   #5
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currently in the process of acquiring my setup, tires and box.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:34 PM   #6
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Guess I'll take my 295/35 Continental Extreme Contact DW tires off and put on my General G-Max AS03 265/35 tires on if I need to. That's the best I can do when I have to use 18x10.5 +15 wheels to. Fill out the fenders.
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:40 PM   #7
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hmmmm.... I suppose it is time to think about this.. we've already had snow in the past 2 weeks..

Rota's, Braids, or ruin new Enkei stockers... :/
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:00 AM   #8
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Just bought 205/50-17 General Arctic Altimax's for my stockers. This will be the first time having snows on any of my Subarus, so it should be fun! Will be raising the coils a little bit too. Anyone have a good way of preventing rust on coilovers?
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:12 AM   #9
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Here's my winter setup:

2002 Subaru WRX
Stock Wheels (16x6.5" +53)
205/60/R16 Blizzak WS70



The car makes about 500WHP and walks around a bit on the soft rubber...
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:51 AM   #10
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Just bought 205/50-17 General Arctic Altimax's for my stockers. This will be the first time having snows on any of my Subarus, so it should be fun! Will be raising the coils a little bit too. Anyone have a good way of preventing rust on coilovers?
Sorry, just don't drive on the salt stained @$#Y roads of the NE. that's the price you pay up there. :/ The tires are great though. Been running them for a few years now and they are champs. They don't really break traction unless you want them to.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:19 AM   #11
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Just bought 205/50-17 General Arctic Altimax's for my stockers. This will be the first time having snows on any of my Subarus, so it should be fun! Will be raising the coils a little bit too. Anyone have a good way of preventing rust on coilovers?
1. it depends on the construction/materials used in the coilovers. My Tarmac2s are stainless w/ inox coating which should hold up well.

2. i'm having boots made to go over the springs and protect from snow/ice/dirt/salt. It is overkill but worth it to me.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:34 AM   #12
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From last winter

IMG_8396 by Freak Photography, on Flickr
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:01 PM   #13
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The car makes about 500WHP and walks around a bit on the soft rubber...
Now that is a problem I'd like to have ! That has got to be super interesting when you are below zero and icy, but WS70s are a great tire for ice.

No change from last winter, has been solid for 3 winters now.
OEM WRX Wheels, 235/45/17 Blizzak LM-60s.



I will need new tires at some point through the winter and I see Bridgestone is offering a LM32 instead. Looks very similar to the LM-60s, but I will be curious once people get some on their cars and some snow on the ground!!!
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #14
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Guess I'll take my 295/35 Continental Extreme Contact DW tires off and put on my General G-Max AS03 265/35 tires on if I need to. That's the best I can do when I have to use 18x10.5 +15 wheels to. Fill out the fenders.
Had my General G-Max AS03s for 2 years now. I use them all year round and I like them a lot. Great in the amount of snow we get here in NoVA. My only complaint is they are noisy, but this may be cause I am push their limits...205/55/16s on a stage 2 Saabaru

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Just bought 205/50-17 General Arctic Altimax's for my stockers. This will be the first time having snows on any of my Subarus, so it should be fun! Will be raising the coils a little bit too. Anyone have a good way of preventing rust on coilovers?
Read this thread: DIY Coilover Cover => http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2330815

Also, Arctic Altimax's are beast! Used them on my old modded MS3!
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:00 PM   #15
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I keep hearing great things about the Altimax's! I have KW V1's, so they should be good for fighting rust, but extra protection is always better, Rochester loves using salt I have seen the coilover sleeves, and I read about LSP3 rust inhibitor, might check that stuff out too.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:54 PM   #16
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Rochester loves using salt
Here in west Michigan they like to use a salt and sand mixture. I hate the sand more than the salt. It just tears up a car. I ran the freeway in my '13 Focus last winter. By the time Spring came around, the front of that car with about 25k on it looked worse than the 02 Liberty did with 150k on it.

The Liberty was driven on the east side of MI where they only used salt.

After last winter, I decided an upgrade to all wheel drive and winter tires was in order. This is going to be the first year I have ever run winters, so part of me can't wait to see the difference.

Running Blizzak WS70 205/55R16s on just some basic alloy wheels that are powder coated matte black
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #17
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just got my rims and tires today! i'm way too excited for the first winter with my car.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #18
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There really is something about the Liberty that made it great. I had an '04 Limited. When I traded it in Feb, it had a few scratches but no chips or damage to the paint and had 150k miles through Chicago winters and cross country road trips. Sadly my WRX has 4 chips so far that I have found.

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Here in west Michigan they like to use a salt and sand mixture. I hate the sand more than the salt. It just tears up a car. I ran the freeway in my '13 Focus last winter. By the time Spring came around, the front of that car with about 25k on it looked worse than the 02 Liberty did with 150k on it.

The Liberty was driven on the east side of MI where they only used salt.

After last winter, I decided an upgrade to all wheel drive and winter tires was in order. This is going to be the first year I have ever run winters, so part of me can't wait to see the difference.

Running Blizzak WS70 205/55R16s on just some basic alloy wheels that are powder coated matte black
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:31 PM   #19
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Literally JUST searched "winter thread" to see if one had been added this year...


Jackpot
Low of 39 degrees tonight, and 37 on sat!
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:43 PM   #20
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Sadly my WRX has 4 chips so far that I have found.
Yea, I have about 3 chips on the hood of my '14 Impreza already. Just under 10k. Love the car, but wish the paint was a little more robust.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:49 PM   #21
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Haven't switched my summer setup out yet on my wagon, and am dreading taking off my summer setup and lip.

Wintermode for my old sedan: (taken last winter)


Wintermode for my wagon: (same steelies, just painted. Shot in June while waiting for my summer wheels to come in)
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:54 PM   #22
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i like the paint colored steelies. i'm debating on the color for my wheels right now. originally silver but then dipped light blue, then dipped black over that. i think either redip black or maybe a dark blue opinions? will post a pic in a second have to go back to laptop


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Old 10-09-2014, 09:55 PM   #23
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I need to start getting ready and get some tires.

The 15s tires are pretty ****ty for the winter from what I've read. Is it still too early for winter tires for Long Island or would putting them on now not waste them/be an issue?

I saw some comments about not putting them on until it drops to in the 40s regularly but it didn't seem to be the 'norm'
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:10 PM   #24
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okay here is my car as it stands, with one of my winter wheels for comparison. ideas for the color?

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Old 10-10-2014, 08:29 PM   #25
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I need to start getting ready and get some tires.

The 15s tires are pretty ****ty for the winter from what I've read. Is it still too early for winter tires for Long Island or would putting them on now not waste them/be an issue?

I saw some comments about not putting them on until it drops to in the 40s regularly but it didn't seem to be the 'norm'
You risk wearing them out faster. Winter tires don't like warm temps. I still haven't put mine on yet as we are still getting into the 50s and 60s during the day here in Mi.

I would wait a couple more weeks if your weather is about the same.
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