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Old 12-13-2005, 12:57 AM   #1
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I'm wondering what tire shop/store you would recommend for service and pricing? Are there any Subaru club-prefered ones? THanks!
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:21 AM   #2
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OK Tire on South West MArine. Talk to Johnny. He rocks.
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:28 AM   #3
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What ever you do, make sure they use a Subaru-friendly way of lifting your car do a search for "jack points" and you will see what I mean. The pinch welds do not support weight, wood blocks or not! If they use the floor jacks make sure they jack up the car on the front jack plate/rear differential. ****, I learned the hard way and now I have a $500 repair bill for them.

As for pricing, South Canada Auto has pretty good prices. They also have a proper lift.
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:52 AM   #4
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its cool
johnny at OK knows subies
just go see him
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:00 AM   #5
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Oh, just to clarify it wasn't OK Tire that f-cked up my jack points.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:45 AM   #6
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A lot of VW guys highly recommend: http://www.tiretrends.com for good price and service.

I'm going to get a set of winters installed by them next week.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:46 AM   #7
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Lordco did a good job for my STi. National Tire Wholesale over torqued the lugs on my 2.5RS when I went there for a rebalance in the Summer. I was not impressed. Out a bunch of expensive Buddy Club lug nuts. Tom the Tire Guy in Surrey (Whalley) does a lot of Subaru's and is reasonably priced. He just couldn't beat the Lordco price on P-Neros.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:11 PM   #8
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Btw, TireTrends does not have a lift, they use floor jacks.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:15 PM   #9
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My recommendation is more for particular tire than a store, but they can only be had at "Kal Tire" outlets: "NOKIAN" is the brand. These tires are from Finland and are incredible. They are only starting to be discovered in North America because Nokian doesn't attempt to advertise big here. I have the Vativa's on my truck and am very impressed, and I have heard rave reveiws about their car tires too.

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http://www.nokiantires.com/newsite/tires.cfm
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:31 PM   #10
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Btw, TireTrends does not have a lift, they use floor jacks.
Would that be a problem with the STI? (Sorry, I'm a noob. I have a floor jack at home and that's what I would have used.)
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:56 PM   #11
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So does OK Tire have good prices on tires then? Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2005, 04:33 PM   #12
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Yup STi's would have the same design afaik.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ht=pinch+welds

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Would that be a problem with the STI? (Sorry, I'm a noob. I have a floor jack at home and that's what I would have used.)
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:18 PM   #13
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National Tire Wholesale over torqued the lugs on my 2.5RS when I went there for a rebalance in the Summer. I was not impressed.

Ditto for me - they totally overtorqued my lugnuts to a point where one of my McGuard locknuts broke! They did NOT hand-tighten any of my lugnuts. They just zipped it on with the air gun. Someone had to sacrifice a undersized socket BY hammerING it over the over-tightened lugnut and using the air-gun to loosen it! I even broke my breaker-bar when I tried to loosen the lugnut.

I say to NTW.

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Old 12-13-2005, 06:21 PM   #14
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i got my Nokian RSi's at Kal Tire
they were rad tires
its too bad i am subieless right now, or theyd be on my car!
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