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Old 11-22-2004, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Luke or others - Winter tires for 18's smart or dumb?

I wanted to know if buying winter wheels for 18 inch rims is smart or a waste of money. I want to get wheels that clear STi Brembo's and so many 18 inchers are coming up in the for sale forum that can be had dirt cheap so I was wondering. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:06 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, the smaller wheels are better for winter driving....less chance of bending and cheaper/better tires available.

I would go way out of my way to get a set of 17's for winter and do the 18's for summer duty.
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Old 11-22-2004, 02:14 AM   #3
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Rota TarmacIIs w/ Snow tires or all seasons... thats what you should be looking at.
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:58 AM   #4
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I would stick with a 17in rim for the winter. iirc, you're in the NYC area. The roads are a pothole mess here in during the winter. It wouldn't take much to bend an 18" rim. A 17" rim would also be more comfortable to drive on the NYC roads during the winter.
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Been using 18x8 Konig Verdicts on my GF's car with 235 40 18 for two winters in OH and it has been fine.
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the added sidewall deflection of a 17 would be better and the tires would be less expensive .... but, although you can get 18" winters I would go for 17"ers
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As many others have posted, I would think being on smaller wheels would be beneficial to winter driving. Tires are cheaper for 17" rims, iirc, and there's less of a chance of cracking/bending your wheels.

Pick up a set of Rotas with all-season/snows; I know Subydude carries a number of wheels in 17x8 now (to clear the STi Brembos). With whatever you end up choosing, best of luck to you.
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Old 11-22-2004, 10:42 AM   #8
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thanks all....I'll see if any cheap 17's come up for sale in the next few weeks and if I don't get anything, I'll throw on the stockers (they have like 500 miles on them!).
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:22 PM   #9
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Stockers with Blizzak Ws50's. That way I dont have to care if they get wrecked and get unimaginable traction at the same time.

Let the snow come....


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