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Old 01-01-2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Separate wheel set for snowies

If I wanted to aquire a cheap set of (preferably used) steel rims for some really narrow, dedicated, studded snow tires, is the 5-bolt pattern on our '06 Impreza a particular pattern to Subarus or is it the same as some other manufacturers?

I'm entertaining this idea as opposed to just going with Nokian WR's for year-round use. Having dedicated studded snowies would allow me to get some better performing Summer or All-Season rubber for the other 9 months of the year when the threat of snow here is non existant.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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it'd probably be a better idea to find a set of used wrx wheels

the 02-07 wrx bolt pattern is 5x100
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:16 PM   #3
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Wouldn't that be kinda pricey? My aim is to spend as little as possible for a dedicated winter setup. (they don't need to be pretty).
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:31 PM   #4
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i've seen wrx wheels with tires go for $200
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:52 PM   #5
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Are the 08 WRX's 5x100?
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:03 AM   #6
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So anyway, I take it that absoluely any 5x100 16" rim will work?

No offset problems with a very narrow rim I suppose?
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:23 AM   #7
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Are the 08 WRX's 5x100?
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So anyway, I take it that absoluely any 5x100 16" rim will work?

No offset problems with a very narrow rim I suppose?
i would stay as close to the specs on the wrx 16" wheels (16x6.5 +55) so a 16x7 +55 or something would work
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As the best snow tire by far is a super skinny one, I think I'd be looking for a narrower rim.
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you don't have to go super skinny...go with a stock size winter tire
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I know I don't have to go super skinny, but as these are a dedicated snow set, and skinnier is way better..........why would I not?
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Thanks for that. I guess I just always figured that "the narrower the better" as the pros do:




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narrower is better in the snow but being that you will also drive on the streets, staying close to stock size would be good especially for braking purposes.
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hmmm, good point. Do you happen to know what the stock rim width is on our '06 Impreza 2.5i wagon? (205/55 16)
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with a good bit of looking and luck I found a set of wrx wheels for $100 and a new set of snow tires for $200. So you can indeed get some stuff on the cheap and it will do you well.
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Having dedicated studded snowies would allow me to get some better performing Summer or All-Season rubber for the other 9 months of the year when the threat of snow here is non existant.
You're in Victoria - don't you mean 11-and-a-half months?

nhat is right. Skinny is better for deep snow but not great for pavement or ice. Studs will solve the ice issue, but they make the pavement issue even worse. It's sort of like wearing ice climbing crampons around your neighbourhood. If you're planning on finding some twisty, unplowed mountain roads then they would be a great choice, but you'll have to take them off as soon as you get home, or even change them before you get back on the highway.

There are a number of great snow and ice tires out there that will give you all the traction you need on ice and snow and yet are still relatively good on pavement. I use the Toyo Garit HT (now called the KX) in a svelt 205/55-16.
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Thanks Howl, some good points. I guess I was thinking of going to the extreme for absolute control & safety for my wife. Perhaps the numerous downsides make the idea of just getting Nokian WRG2's for everything is best afterall.

Sounds like there might not be enough of a difference between a 195 winter tire (non studded) and the 205 Nokians to justify the added cost, and hassle of changing them over.

hmmmm. Thanks for all the feedback.
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I would check on the load rating on the skinnier tires you're looking at before picking one as well.
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IMHO, skinnier is better (to a point, of course). If you have 4 wheels on ice then you're screwed regardless. The friction coefficient of rubber on pavement is *so* much higher than rubber on snow/ice that anything that increases your chances of getting the tire down through the snow to the pavement (i.e. narrower tires) is worthwhile.

Also, if you have to deal with serious winter, you cannot beat dedicated snow tires. All-seasons don't come close.
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