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Old 08-04-2005, 09:07 PM   #1
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I"m getting an 06 STI, can I drive the STI in the snow with all season tires, and how is it with the tires? Or should I just get winter tires for the car. Can I buy an extra set of stock rims from the dealer? Is it worth it, how much is a set of 4 STI rims in gold. I like the design of the stock rims, but it would look better if it was 6 spoke them 10.

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Old 08-04-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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All seasons will work OK in the snow, but not as good as winter tires.

The STI comes with summer tires on it though.

From the dealer I bet the wheels would be 2,000+
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:11 AM   #3
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Can I buy an extra set of stock rims from the dealer? Is it worth it, how much is a set of 4 STI rims in gold.
I wouldn't waste money buying extra stock rims from the dealer just to put snows on them. Subaru charges obscene money for it's STI BBS rims (~$700 each??). Buy something else online and save yourself a ton of $$$. Winter wheels tend to get abused from sand, road salt, etc so I say it's not worth getting anything fancy anyway.

And yes, definitely get snow tires. The STI comes with summer-only tires which are scary in the snow.
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:13 PM   #4
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My guess would be with summer tires on snow you'll be able to use about 5-10% of your power. With all-season you'll be able to use 50-60% of your power, which is do-able, but you have to be careful and go slow. Winter tires will let you use 80-100% of your power.

Now if you only get snow twice a year then maybe all-seasons will work. If you have snow on the ground constantly from mid-November to mid-April then winter tires are a must. A lot of STi owners in this part of the world (Ontario) use Nokian WR's for winter (often mounted on Rota rims). Technically there all-seasons, so they can withstand high-speed highway use (both H and V-rated models in 225/45r17) but they also one of the only all-seasons to have the Severe Service Emblem, which means they are great in snow.
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Old 08-06-2005, 03:24 PM   #5
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My guess would be with summer tires on snow you'll be able to use about 5-10% of your power. With all-season you'll be able to use 50-60% of your power, which is do-able, but you have to be careful and go slow. Winter tires will let you use 80-100% of your power.

Now if you only get snow twice a year then maybe all-seasons will work. If you have snow on the ground constantly from mid-November to mid-April then winter tires are a must. A lot of STi owners in this part of the world (Ontario) use Nokian WR's for winter (often mounted on Rota rims). Technically there all-seasons, so they can withstand high-speed highway use (both H and V-rated models in 225/45r17) but they also one of the only all-seasons to have the Severe Service Emblem, which means they are great in snow.
I live in Holmes NY, There is snow on the ground from the end of Novermber to the end of March. When it snows the roads have 2" of packed snow on them. So even thow there all season tires they acted like winter tires I do need the high-speed tire, I drive fast

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Old 08-10-2005, 04:58 PM   #6
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:13 PM   #7
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Mike - if you want the stock wheels, buy them used. Look in the private for sale section. Make sure you get '05 wheels, since the '04s won't fit the '06 lug pattern.

Alternatively, you could go with aftermarket wheels. Look in the vender classifieds under tires and wheels.

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Old 08-11-2005, 03:21 PM   #8
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Sorry I should of bin more clear on my 2 questions

A lot of STi owners in this part of the world (Ontario) use Nokian WR's for winter (often mounted on Rota rims). Technically there all-seasons, so they can withstand high-speed highway use (both H and V-rated models in 225/45r17) but they also one of the only all-seasons to have the Severe Service Emblem, which means they are great in snow.[/quote]

1)I live in Holmes NY, There is snow on the ground from the end of Novermber to the end of March. When it snows the roads have 2" of packed snow on them. So even thow there all season tires they acted like winter tires I do need the high-speed tire, I drive fast. The Pirelli's P Zero Nero M+S are all season tires. They are the best all season tire at tirerack. I talked to my local tire shop and they said that the Pirelli's s*** in the snow? is this true or not Can I get away with all season tires or should I just get some winter tires?

2)What dose a the Rota rims look like? any pictures?

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Old 08-11-2005, 03:33 PM   #9
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1)I live in Holmes NY, There is snow on the ground from the end of Novermber to the end of March. When it snows the roads have 2" of packed snow on them. So even thow there all season tires they acted like winter tires I do need the high-speed tire, I drive fast. The Pirelli's P Zero Nero M+S are all season tires. They are the best all season tire at tirerack. I talked to my local tire shop and they said that the Pirelli's s*** in the snow? is this true or not Can I get away with all season tires or should I just get some winter tires?
Hi Mike - sounds like you should get some dedicated "performance snow tires" for the winter:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/types/snows.jsp

Check out the LM-22 for your use.

Oh yeah - I know a little about winter We get 250-400 inches of snow per year at my house. First snow is late Sept (it will melt). Snow is gone by May, sometimes June.

Here's a single storm total on my bbq:

Late november:


Cheers,

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Old 08-11-2005, 04:21 PM   #10
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Hi Mike - sounds like you should get some dedicated "performance snow tires" for the winter:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/types/snows.jsp

Check out the LM-22 for your use.

Oh yeah - I know a little about winter We get 250-400 inches of snow per year at my house. First snow is late Sept (it will melt). Snow is gone by May, sometimes June.

Here's a single storm total on my bbq:

Late november:


Cheers,

Jeff
Now that's a lot of snow

When I said snow from November to March. It can snow, the norm is a snow fall once a week 1" to 4" snow. There is 4 big snow falls that are anywhere from 10" to 3'. The roads only have snow on them when it snows. The tem is from 0D to 25D. So the LM-22 would still be good. I just do not want to go overbord with the winter tires.

Thanks, Mike
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:28 PM   #11
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brand new the sti wheels sell for $2800. but just buy an extra set of wheels for winter. get rotas or something. those bbs wheels are NICE. i wouldnt give those up ever.
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Old 08-11-2005, 05:35 PM   #12
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all the Rotas you'd ever want can be had here:
http://www.subydude.com ... many many pics of various styles.

There are several other good vendors on NASIOC as well, poke around... you'll find something you like.

Good luck in that snow!
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Old 08-12-2005, 10:31 AM   #13
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all the Rotas you'd ever want can be had here:
http://www.subydude.com ... many many pics of various styles.

There are several other good vendors on NASIOC as well, poke around... you'll find something you like.

Good luck in that snow!
http://subydude.com/osc/product_info...fda295da74dc90
That's the rims I have bin looking for, for summer So I can just put them on. Why are they so cheep Are they heavyer then the stock rims
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Old 08-12-2005, 09:55 PM   #14
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http://subydude.com/osc/product_info...fda295da74dc90
That's the rims I have bin looking for, for summer So I can just put them on. Why are they so cheep Are they heavyer then the stock rims
Anybody know about these rims? They say nothing about the STI?
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That's the SDR - AFAIK only available in 5x100 bolt pattern. The 06 STi almost certainly has 5x114 like the 05.
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