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Old 01-02-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default 2012 Impreza on steelies and snow tires

I hadn't made a thread in awhile, and thought I'd come on and give a little update. Finally got the Supertones on, next up is the speakers and head unit.
I was able to grab a set of 16" steel wheels to run in the winter instead of the stock gunmetals (which I'm a fan of). To go with the wheels I got a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3's. I didn't think the stock all-season Yoko's were too bad on the whole, and I'm still thinking about going with them next time on the summer wheels. I still wanted to see what the girl would do with some dedicated snows, and let me say, I was not disappointed!

The last storm we had, got about 6-7 inches and, clearance be damned, I went out just for fun that day.
I drove this little Impreza like it was a real rally car and it loved it! Was like a beautiful sunny day out. I was sideways going up the back hills in my town passing jeeps spun out halfway up!

So, just wanted to give some kudos to this little 2.0. She's actually a blast in the snow. They're calling for 5-10 inches tonight, and I'm super stoked about it! Happy driving, folks!




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Old 01-02-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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Nice ride man, where in CT are you located?
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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snow yes,
idiots on the road, HELL NO

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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Nice ride man, where in CT are you located?
Thanks, brother! I'm in the valley, SW part but I do a good amount of commuting.

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snow yes,
idiots on the road, HELL NO

I agree with ya, man! Idiots and enthusiasts are two different things
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:07 PM   #5
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Thanks, brother! I'm in the valley, SW part but I do a good amount of commuting.
Nice! I'm in Tolland. Looks like we are getting a good bit of snow tonight. I'm away and am missing my car right now!
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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I was able to grab a set of 16" steel wheels to run in the winter instead of the stock gunmetals (which I'm a fan of). To go with the wheels I got a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3's.
That's the same setup I'm going with - 16" steelies and XI3's. So much better than the stock Yokos. I'm hoping that the Yokos burn themselves out quickly this summer, so that I can go with better rubber in the following summer.

(Or maybe I might just replace the Yokos anyways in the spring.)
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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Nice! I'm in Tolland. Looks like we are getting a good bit of snow tonight. I'm away and am missing my car right now!
Go huskies
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:07 PM   #8
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Matt, are you driving a CVT or manual tranny? Wondering the difference in fun between the 2 trannies.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #9
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I have a CVT, but I tend to use the paddle shifters when snow driving for better control.

It's no substitute for a clutch pedal, but enjoyable nontheless!
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:16 PM   #10
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I have a CVT, but I tend to use the paddle shifters when snow driving for better control.

It's no substitute for a clutch pedal, but enjoyable nontheless!
I agree, first real snow last nite since I got it back in Jan last year and used the paddles all the way home last nite, behaved very well on downhills vs using the brakes that's for sure. I like that grill too.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:16 AM   #11
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What size wheels and tires did you go with? Stock sizes or did you go down to a 15 or 16 inch wheel and a narrower tire? Also where did you get it all from and what did it all run? I'm down on Long Island and I drive up to VT almost weekly, so I'm looking for good winter setup.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #12
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What size wheels and tires did you go with? Stock sizes or did you go down to a 15 or 16 inch wheel and a narrower tire? Also where did you get it all from and what did it all run? I'm down on Long Island and I drive up to VT almost weekly, so I'm looking for good winter setup.
I wound up going with a set of 16x6.5 so slightly skinnier than the stock wheels which are 17x7. You can go down to a 15 inch but I stuck with the 16 for the little extra handling. Found the steelies on craigslist for super cheap and the tires online were about $130 a piece.
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I'm looking to do the same thing, but can't find a way to have TPMS without reprogramming each time I switch wheels. Are you just living with the warning light? It's my wife's car and I don't want to teach her to ignore warning lights.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:57 PM   #14
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6 easy screws, and a small piece of e-tape will cover that light =)
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:06 PM   #15
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I saw a posting on this a while back, a tire dealer in I think OH is/was working on programming the extra set of TPS sensors themselves so that, for lack of a better term, the mac addresses on both sets match. I have not seen any updates on his progress or lack thereof.
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I saw a posting on this a while back, a tire dealer in I think OH is/was working on programming the extra set of TPS sensors themselves so that, for lack of a better term, the mac addresses on both sets match. I have not seen any updates on his progress or lack thereof.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2442207
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:01 AM   #17
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I saw a posting on this a while back, a tire dealer in I think OH is/was working on programming the extra set of TPS sensors themselves so that, for lack of a better term, the mac addresses on both sets match. I have not seen any updates on his progress or lack thereof.
This is what my local tire store claims they can do with Redi-sensors. I am skeptical, but I guess I'll find out next week when the steel wheels and tires arrive.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:26 AM   #18
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Regardless of what wheels you decide to use, the operative word(s) is "winter tires". What a great addition to an AWD car!

Many of us simply live with the low tire light lit on the dash while the winters are in use and don't bother with the added expense of more TPMS sensors.

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Old 01-12-2014, 10:16 AM   #19
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I'm looking to do the same thing, but can't find a way to have TPMS without reprogramming each time I switch wheels. Are you just living with the warning light?
Yes, I am running the winter setup sans sensors. You can buy another set for your winter wheels, but I just couldn't justify spending the extra $150 or so for them. I call the little light (!) work mode now. I make sure to check the tire ppressure once a week or so, especially with these crazy temperature fluctuations...

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It's my wife's car and I don't want to teach her to ignore warning lights.
This made me smile.
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