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Old 10-20-2003, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Who else is putting winter tires on now?

It's about that time.

Don't have to work 'til 1pm today, and since it's getting cold out frequently at this point, I think it's time to take the Dunlop SP9000 tires off my car. Don't want to get stranded if the roads ice over and my car's in running shoes.

Time to trudge to the attic and yank out those steelies. Woohoo.


Oh... My Dunlops now have two seasons' worth of wear on them so it might be time to replace. Haven't decided yet, but if anyone's in the market for some P205/55-16 used summer tires (for auto-X or whatever), I might sell...

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Old 10-20-2003, 07:53 AM   #2
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Anyone know how much I could expect to pay for a WRX spare tire? (They don't have full-size spares do they??) I ask because since I couldn't afford the WRX brake upgrade this year, HOPEfully I can do it by this coming spring.... and I doubt my stock spare will clear those rotors.
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:16 AM   #3
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WRX spare = 2.5 RS spare = legacy turbo spare = legacy l spare donut. all are 16 x 4 rim 135/70 r 16 iirc.

but maybe you don't mean donut.

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Old 10-20-2003, 09:16 AM   #4
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you can get a wrx wheel for $70 from tire rack, and I'm sure you can get a free re92
some where...
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:18 AM   #5
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Im waiting til November, or first snow forecast, whichever comes first. Long live the Azenis!
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:43 AM   #6
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Chris,

i've got 2 and am failry close to 114...

Roger

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...and I'm sure you can get a free re92
some where...
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Old 10-20-2003, 10:21 AM   #7
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I was thinking about throwing my winter tires on this week. I leave for Amsterdam on the 31st, and don't want to bother when I get back.
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Old 10-20-2003, 10:32 AM   #8
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Anyone know how much I could expect to pay for a WRX spare tire? (They don't have full-size spares do they??) I ask because since I couldn't afford the WRX brake upgrade this year, HOPEfully I can do it by this coming spring.... and I doubt my stock spare will clear those rotors.
The STI donut it larger. Its designed to fit over the Brembos. You should look into one of those if you want a donut.
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Old 10-20-2003, 10:35 AM   #9
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Im waiting til November, or first snow forecast, whichever comes first. Long live the Azenis!
I did this last year with my Kumho 712's and wow was that a mistake. There was only 1/2" of snow on the side road to my work and I couldn't stop or turn from 5 mph.

So this year, I'll have to switch over before the first snow, which means in the next couple weeks. Although its mighty cold out there today... Might be time already.

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Old 10-20-2003, 10:58 AM   #10
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I was hoping to delay the switch until November but if we get a mix of colder temperatures with precipitation, I'll be screwed so I guess I'll be doing the change within the next 7-10 days.

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Old 10-20-2003, 11:00 AM   #11
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The STI donut it larger. Its designed to fit over the Brembos. You should look into one of those if you want a donut.

But the STi doghnut doesn't fit over the front Bembros ..... you have to switch tires if you get a front flat.
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:23 AM   #12
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But the STi doghnut doesn't fit over the front Bembros ..... you have to switch tires if you get a front flat.
While this is what the owner's manual says, some STi owners have said that they tried it and it did fit over the front brakes. I can't confirm this. Regardless, is the STi donut a 17" spare? If so, I would think it would be undesirable to use with 16" wheels.
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:29 AM   #13
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I've already put on my winter wheels/tires, although I'm probably going to switch back to my summers if I go to the last autox this weekend.
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Old 10-20-2003, 11:53 AM   #14
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I bet the STi spare is a little larger circumference and will probably execeed the 1/4" allowance.

I'll probably put the hakka qs on next week. And will keep the hakka 1s on after the rally-x.
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Old 10-20-2003, 12:47 PM   #15
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While this is what the owner's manual says, some STi owners have said that they tried it and it did fit over the front brakes. I can't confirm this. Regardless, is the STi donut a 17" spare? If so, I would think it would be undesirable to use with 16" wheels.
I'm pretty sure it fits over the front. I plan on checking when I do my tire swap this weekend (hopefully)
I think the overall outside diameter of the STI donut and any stock Impreza wheel will be very close. They all fit into the same wheel wells. I had 17's for my WRX that were of equal diameter to my 16" winter wheels and my spare. I don't remember what size they were though.
Anyone local is welcome to come check my spare compaed to their wheels if this would be a real option for them.
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:02 PM   #16
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I had 17's for my WRX that were of equal diameter to my 16" winter wheels and my spare. I don't remember what size they were though.
Oops, I wasn't thinking. You're right.
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:35 PM   #17
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I just went back to RE-92's on Saturday after driving on my summer Yokohama's for 5 months. It was quite depressing. Time to relearn how to drive on stock tires.
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Old 10-20-2003, 01:55 PM   #18
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I've got mine on. It's cold enough at night to perk up the nipples.
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Old 10-20-2003, 02:25 PM   #19
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I've got my blizzaks on now, and it will be my first winter with them. Taking the car on the highway now really makes me appreciate the RE92s...
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Old 10-21-2003, 12:04 AM   #20
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still tire shopping...
I just found out that costco has arctic alpins... I'm thinking maybe worth while.
$60 off if you buy 4.
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:35 PM   #21
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Sorry if I confused anyone. I'm definitely NOT looking for a fullsize spare tire for my car. I like the donut and fortunately haven't had to use it yet. (KNOCK ON WOOD HEAVILY!)

If it's the same size for all cars excepting the STi, that's all I need to know. Just didn't want to do the WRX brake rotor upgrade, and possibly get a flat, only to find out my spare now doesn't fit over the new brakes. D'oh!!!

What's humorous is that the tiny little spare will clear the WRX calipers, but my 15" Legacy steels won't. Or so people have told me. That sucks.
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:40 PM   #22
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Cool SCOOBY GURU?!!!

HOLY COW!!!!!

So I just posted that reply, and had logged off my PC from the Net. Just about to head to sleep and I casually glanced over to the left of the screen.

"Scooby Guru."



I guess that last post, or maybe the one I did before that on a different thread, brought me over the limit. SWEET!!!!

Although I feel like a serious dork, now.

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Old 10-22-2003, 07:11 AM   #23
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Well, I'm in a conundrum of sorts.

Forecast for Boston for Thursday and Friday says "Showers/Snow showers" with a low around 31, highs below 50.

However, this weekend, and for much of next week, the lows are mid-40's with highs around 60.

Argh, what to do?!
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Old 10-22-2003, 07:51 AM   #24
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Well Jim, a rule of thumb given to me by Concord Tire's Jeff Goldthwaite when I bought my Nokians in February 2000 was to install winters in the second week of October. And keep them on until about the second week of April. That gives Mother Nature time to act out her temper tantrums on either side of winter.

I've done that every year and so far it's worked well.
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Old 10-22-2003, 07:57 AM   #25
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yeah...I'm thinking I'll do it this weekend.

I would do it this afternoon, but I have to wait for the cable guy to show up, and god knows that could be any time between 3 and 10pm.
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