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Old 06-29-2005, 07:22 PM   #1
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I have my wheels coming soon and have been shopping for tires. Where do you guys go for best prices?

What about mounting? Who do you trust not to scratch your brand new wheels?


Tires I'm looking at are:
225/45/17
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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215's are available at Discount tire
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:31 PM   #3
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discount is cool because they will match internet prices,just find them cheap online and then go to discount.
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:51 PM   #4
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I need 225, i really want to do 235/45, but don't want to rub. I'm getting 17x8 +42 wheels.

I didn't realizes discount price matches. I'll have to check that out.
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:02 PM   #5
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you might have a hard time with a +42 offset. if you can get them to miss the fender then I'd image you could easily fit a 235 under there. depending on your suspension you might be able to go significantly wider than that even... assuming you can get the +42 offset to work.

(edit) uh, sorry, I meant to add that yeah, try Discount Tire. and negotiate with them as suggested, it works.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:17 PM   #6
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you could also order them from tirerack and have delivered to and mounted here: http://www.ftlperformance.com/ Russ runs this out of his garage but he does an awesome job balancing them.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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you could also order them from tirerack and have delivered to and mounted here: http://www.ftlperformance.com/ Russ runs this out of his garage but he does an awesome job balancing them.
heard good stuff about that guy.

when i talked to discount (3 different ones) none of them would price match ANYTHING. good thing i found a hella awsome deal from a local...
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:36 PM   #8
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discounttiredirect.com is having free shipping...saves you 40 bucks. This time its *actually* free shipping and not added into the cost of the tires.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:56 PM   #9
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I definitely vote for discount tire, if the tire blows while it still has legal tread, they replace it for free (you just pay state disposal fees, which are like $15 per tire here in Cali)
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:58 AM   #10
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you could also order them from tirerack and have delivered to and mounted here: http://www.ftlperformance.com/ Russ runs this out of his garage but he does an awesome job balancing them.

i second this idea.

buy them from Discount (i use the shop on 124th in Kirkland)
use an internet quote to get good pricing...

the off to Russ' shop for mount/balance
http://www.ftlperformance.com/

they've done a great job on my Rally wheels & tires
I'll recommend em to anyone

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Old 06-30-2005, 01:26 AM   #11
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yeah kirkland discount is where I go.
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:55 AM   #12
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www.ftlperformance.com

Russ is awesome and did a great job with my wheels/tires. Guys at discount will toss them about. Besides, I would rather support a local.
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Old 06-30-2005, 02:16 AM   #13
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What works well, and which many folks have done, is to order wheels and/or tires from Tire Rack and have them shipped to our location. We contact you when they arrive to set up installation.

Tire Rack has some crazy low shipping rates, so shipping is usually less than the sales tax you'd pay locally.

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Old 06-30-2005, 04:03 AM   #14
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I got some 225/50/16 MXs from America's Tire Co. a couple of months ago, mounted for $550. Oh and the MXs fuggin rock.
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:53 PM   #15
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sounds like I know where I'm mounting my tires. Thanks for the help. Now I need to decide what tire to buy.
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:07 PM   #16
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still curious about the +42 offset thing. what has your research found? supposin' a fat tire might be an issue there also but if it does fit it should look pretty tough, for sure.

an issue I'm having with the OE STi BBS's is that they're inboard quite a bit (+53). I'm putting new tires on tomorrow and I'm slightly worried that they're going to hit the spring perch on my coilovers.. lot's of room the other direction though...

I also worry that you might have some "track" related issues with that offset (track, not "race track"). I think it was sportcompactcar that ran a wheel with a low offset and had some performance issues with them, same issue with people that run spacers (which I might have to do myself). ??
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:22 PM   #17
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still curious about the +42 offset thing. what has your research found? supposin' a fat tire might be an issue there also but if it does fit it should look pretty tough, for sure.

an issue I'm having with the OE STi BBS's is that they're inboard quite a bit (+53). I'm putting new tires on tomorrow and I'm slightly worried that they're going to hit the spring perch on my coilovers.. lot's of room the other direction though...

I also worry that you might have some "track" related issues with that offset (track, not "race track"). I think it was sportcompactcar that ran a wheel with a low offset and had some performance issues with them, same issue with people that run spacers (which I might have to do myself). ??
I've heard issues about this offset and it sounds like there's a debate weather the lower offset truly damages your wheel bearings. The reason I decided to go with the 17x8 +42 rather than the 17x7.5 is that to me, the wheel looks like it can come out much further out toward the fendor for a more aggressive look. The high subaru offset stick the wheels so far in, especially with the fendor flares.

I guess I'll have to experience for myself what the effects are of these wheels.

http://www.weds.co.jp/products/wedss..._imprezza.html

Here's a picture from the manufacturer's website running 17x8 +42 on an impreza. I really like the fitment, but I want to know what size tire those are on.

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Old 06-30-2005, 04:27 PM   #18
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the tricky thing about photo cars is that they dont have to function worth a poo so it can be tricky to replicate that look. however, my 17x8's have a 45mm offset. 3mm is just a little under 1/8th of an inch, its actually 0.118200, which would be the difference between my 45mm wheels and your 42's. like ive stated before, the tires on my wagon are 235's and they dont rub with rolled fenders and -1,2 degrees of camber. i think with the sedan fenders youll have enough extra room for the wheel to come out another 1/8th inch and still clear the fender. the local board member ProjectL has a brother that has a wagon with 42mm offset volks that do rub on his wagon but i believe it was the usuall cornering and rear seat passengers that caused them to rub. i think youll be ok with the sedan fenders.
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:37 PM   #19
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the tricky thing about photo cars is that they dont have to function worth a poo so it can be tricky to replicate that look. however, my 17x8's have a 45mm offset. 3mm is just a little under 1/8th of an inch, its actually 0.118200, which would be the difference between my 45mm wheels and your 42's. like ive stated before, the tires on my wagon are 235's and they dont rub with rolled fenders and -1,2 degrees of camber. i think with the sedan fenders youll have enough extra room for the wheel to come out another 1/8th inch and still clear the fender. the local board member ProjectL has a brother that has a wagon with 42mm offset volks that do rub on his wagon but i believe it was the usuall cornering and rear seat passengers that caused them to rub. i think youll be ok with the sedan fenders.

are you running 235/45 or 235/40 ?
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:46 PM   #20
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:57 PM   #21
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I'll probably just run 225/45 to be safe. I like the 45's better.
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