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Old 12-02-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default Expert advice please on winter tires for 2011 Forester X Premium

I'm buying studded winter tires + wheels for my 2011 Forester X Premium and would appreciate some input from this knowledgeable forum. I walked through a couple options on a tire seller's website but want to get some other ideas before I pull the trigger. I've never bought or driven on these before. Thanks!

-Size: I think my car came with 17 inch factory wheels but I suppose 16 or 17 inch wouldn't matter if I'm getting them mounted on rims.

-Studded: Yes, they're legal for my location in the winter months. They have to be delivered studded. I'm not having this done afterwards so the tire seller matters I guess if some don't offer studding.

-Wheels: Basic steel wheels are fine. I mean, are they just ugly or is there any safety/performance difference?

-TPMS: Do I need to have this installed?

-Price: I want to keep it around $800 tops preferably lower, definitely $900 tops, delivered.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Can't really beat the general altimax artic studded tires. They have the sipes that go all the way down to the base of the tread. Where as the other studdable tires have the sipes only go about 1/3 of the way which is really stupid.... designed to make you replace sooner..

You can get wrx steel wheels in 16x6.5 which will work on your car with the brakes. Would be cheaper in the long run. But the tpms sensors would have to be dealt with. For your given price point you can't beat this.

Let us know what you land up getting
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
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Don't know what sipes are but I got the Arctimax arctic tires. They were best reviewed on tirerack and recommended by Luke so I ordered on 16 inch steel wheels, studded. $743 delivered. No TPMS.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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have fun in the arctic circle on your Altimax Arctic's
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:30 AM   #7
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Don't know what sipes are but I got the Arctimax arctic tires. They were best reviewed on tirerack and recommended by Luke so I ordered on 16 inch steel wheels, studded. $743 delivered. No TPMS.

sipes are slits in the tread that act as lil grabbie thingies that help in low traction situations

i sipe my work boot soles with a razor blade so i dont slip and slide all over at work....helps a LOT
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sipes are slits in the tread that act as lil grabbie thingies that help in low traction situations

i sipe my work boot soles with a razor blade so i dont slip and slide all over at work....helps a LOT

grabby thingies = biting edges
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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Why studded? Are your winters really bad in your area? Or is there a lot of ice?

I have had Michelin x-ice 2 and Dunlop Winther Sport M3 tires, neither one studdable and neither left me stranded. Both comfortable and decently quiet. If you get studded snows, be prepared for some noise.

Some people say you pay for the name, I believe you get what you pay for.

About the TPMS, check your state laws to make sure. Where I am, I have swapped wheels over without TPMS sensors on equipped cars. The light will be on constantly and can be annoying to look at.
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grabby thingies = biting edges

sorry luke...was bein too technical there
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