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Old 08-31-2005, 01:28 AM   #1
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Exclamation WRX winter tire recommendations?

Looking to get new snow tires for this coming winter... had blizacks.. they were alright...

ive heard wonderful things about the M3s (and M2s as well)

I was thinking about the Blizzak LM 22.. but they dont make it in the size I need.


the size im looking for... is

225/55/16

my local firestone dealership said it'd cost me ~$670 after taxes and moutning / balancing / valve stems / etc etc ... justt for blizzaks... ws whatever.

Im looking for great performance in snow with tread that will last 3 winters or so..... but isnt THAT expensive.. I can swing $600 but anything more, not really intrested in paying


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Old 08-31-2005, 08:40 AM   #2
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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Go to tirerack and get a package that includes an extra set of standard rims, this way you can just swap without have to unmount and remount tires.

Shipping is not bad as I have bought this type of package for some of my past cars and it actually saved me money and time!
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:30 AM   #4
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I have a set of Dunlop Wintersport M2's and I couldn't be more pleased w/ them. Great traction and OK in the dry. I'll be going on my 4th winter w/ them and holding up great. I should let you know that I don't drive my card during the week because I have a company car. I use the M2's for trips to Tahoe for boarding. I would stick w/ 205's for winter tires. Better traction in the snow. I agree w/ Kero, get another set of rims. You can pick up a set of used wrx rims for $200-$300 for the rims, often w/ tires.
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:32 AM   #5
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225/55-16? Why such a large size on a WRX?

And Tirerack does list both the LM22 and LM25 in that size. That's a very common size for mid-sized Euro-luxe sedans.
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:11 AM   #6
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I ran the Blizzack lm22 17X45X225 I have brembos up front so can't go back to the stockers excelent I almost like them better then my summer tires for noise and comfort and yeah its like having chains in the snow they wear great two I am getting 2 seasons out of them for sure. Its nice cause you can drive them fine on the highway but once in snow you can have full confidence.
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:00 AM   #7
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I got in on a group buy last season for a set of Hakkapeliitta RSi tires. Bought them in 205/50-16 to replace my old 195/65-15 Hakka. 1 tires.

The RSi is wonderful. Definitely recommend them.
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:08 AM   #8
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I'll be the third to ask why 225/55/16?

Correct size is 205/55 or 225/50.

For snow, narrower is better, because it bites to the asphalt. For ice, wider is better.

I found the Dunlop Wintersport M3's to be the best buy when I got snow tires. I've gotten two seasons out of them, and will probably get two more w/o any problems.
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:51 AM   #9
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i plan on getting M3s this winter, but interested in how they compare to the LM25s.

also like everyone else mentioned 205 55 16s is best for snow. narrow and taller sidewalls will put more of the cars weight on a smaller contact patch which make the car sink down into the snow instead of riding on top giving you more traction.
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:02 PM   #10
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I'm throwing a set of Dunlop WinterSport M3's on my stock rims in a few months. I've not heard a bad thing about them. My local tire shop gets them from the TireRack and quoted me $500 out-the-door.

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Old 08-31-2005, 02:21 PM   #11
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Dunlop Wintersport M3's rock. Better than the stock RE-92's on dry pavement and very effective in the snow and slush. Still can't beat studs for ice, but for a studless snow tire I'm very pleased with the Dunlop. They also make a fair amount of tire noise but name one winter tire that doesn't. Tread holds up very well too...I'll get four winters out of these easy. Also as others have said, I'd stick to the stock size, 205/55R16.
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Old 09-01-2005, 03:13 AM   #12
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the reason why they are 225/55/16 is cause they are on these rims... here is a picture..

Enkei Etoria... I belive they are 16" x 7"



i really want 205/55 or anything else.. because they are narrower and better in the snow...

would they fit on these rims?? Id only buy whatever size would fit on them.. not getting new rims =P
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:39 AM   #13
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Ah, the whole story comes out. Two things:

1) These wheels are not for Subarus. Therefore it's not surprising that the tires on them are not the right size for your WRX. Have you test fit these wheels on your WRX yet? Do that first and make sure you're happy with the fit.

2) Just because a wheel currently has a certain size tire on it, doesn't mean that's the only size tire that will fit on that wheel. If these wheels fit your car, you should order 205/55-16 snow tires for them.
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:43 AM   #14
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the reason why they are 225/55/16 is cause they are on these rims... here is a picture..

Enkei Etoria... I belive they are 16" x 7"



i really want 205/55 or anything else.. because they are narrower and better in the snow...

would they fit on these rims?? Id only buy whatever size would fit on them.. not getting new rims =P
The old GC-8 RS2.5's came w/ 16x7 rims w/ 205/55/16 tires on them. I'm running M2's at 205/55/16 on a set of RS2.5 rims.

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Old 09-01-2005, 01:41 PM   #15
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Ah, the whole story comes out. Two things:

1) These wheels are not for Subarus. Therefore it's not surprising that the tires on them are not the right size for your WRX. Have you test fit these wheels on your WRX yet? Do that first and make sure you're happy with the fit.

2) Just because a wheel currently has a certain size tire on it, doesn't mean that's the only size tire that will fit on that wheel. If these wheels fit your car, you should order 205/55-16 snow tires for them.
1) Yes, I know.. they were really cheap rims when I needed to get some asap, so I got them... they are on the Impreza wheel chart and they do fit the WRX. maybe not with the proper proper offset, but they do fit it fine without any problems. I rode around with them for one winter.

2) Yeah I know, but at lesat if its 225/55-16 i know it'll fit for sure... hopefully 205/55-16 will fit as well.... besides taking the rims to the tireshop, whats a way to know for sure?
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Old 09-01-2005, 02:33 PM   #16
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jesus.....some people just don't know how to do any kind of research at all....

...ok boys and girls...here it is.....and easily 'findable' by anyone who looks.


For the LM-25.....

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Old 09-01-2005, 05:00 PM   #17
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just to re enforce scotty
yes the old RS 98-01 came with 16x7 wheels (i have 2 sets)
yes they came with 205/55/16
yes 205/55/16 is cheeper
yes look at nokian ..
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:29 PM   #18
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thanks scotty.. didnt know you could see a chart like that... I looked under "prices and sizing" but it didnt give me any information of the sort... who knew it would be under specs :P

ya.. and you didnt have to be an asshat about it
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thanks scotty.. didnt know you could see a chart like that... I looked under "prices and sizing" but it didnt give me any information of the sort... who knew it would be under specs :P

ya.. and you didnt have to be an asshat about it

...well....I guess that's the difference between a guru and a rookie.....and SOMEBODY has to be an asshat.....gets the kiddies and rookies attention, NO????

...and this IS one of the most often misunderstood and asked things, in this forum.....and tire sizing and rim width isn't difficult, really......really.
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