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Old 10-23-2017, 03:39 PM   #6976
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Are you sure it applies to winter tires?
Plenty of studless tires are R, Q rated.

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I ran into that with my 15 forester, had to seek out the tires with the XL rating. Most mfr's make them along with the standard rated ones.
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Old 10-24-2017, 01:36 PM   #6977
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Just about ready to pull the trigger on a set of winter wheels/tires but I'm stuck deciding between Motegi MR131's and Enkei YS5's.

I love the look and lightweight of the Motegi's but have concerns about their durability as a street wheel (especially through the rough winters we get here in Minnesota). Anybody have any experience with the MR131's as a non-track wheel?
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Old 10-24-2017, 01:57 PM   #6978
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I would advise against anything nice for winter wheels. They're gonna get beat up.
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:58 PM   #6979
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I would advise against anything nice for winter wheels. They're gonna get beat up.
Totally understood. Spending an extra $100-200 for something nicer looking than a steelie is worth it IMO.

My main concern is quality and ability to survive potholes/whatever else winter throws at them. I'm mostly concerned about the light weight on a Traklites equating to a weaker wheel.
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Old 10-24-2017, 06:13 PM   #6980
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Totally understood. Spending an extra $100-200 for something nicer looking than a steelie is worth it IMO.

My main concern is quality and ability to survive potholes/whatever else winter throws at them. I'm mostly concerned about the light weight on a Traklites equating to a weaker wheel.
Why not use your stock wheels for winter and your nice wheels for summer?
Steel wheels are not the only option anymore, they arent really better than oem alloy takeoffs or your stock wheels that are dirt cheap to buy. Nothing will matter if you hit a pothole hard enough, youll just bend a more expensive wheel. if youre worried about the wheel bending or breaking, youre going to have tires issues to boot. May as well make it cheap and effective, spend your cash on good quality tires, get some cheap takeoffs or use your stocks. If one dies, cheap to replace. All wheels will get beat up, expensive or cheap, theyre all going to look rough.

I assume you have some year wrx?

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Old 10-24-2017, 08:20 PM   #6981
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Why not use your stock wheels for winter and your nice wheels for summer?
Steel wheels are not the only option anymore, they arent really better than oem alloy takeoffs or your stock wheels that are dirt cheap to buy. Nothing will matter if you hit a pothole hard enough, youll just bend a more expensive wheel. if youre worried about the wheel bending or breaking, youre going to have tires issues to boot. May as well make it cheap and effective, spend your cash on good quality tires, get some cheap takeoffs or use your stocks. If one dies, cheap to replace. All wheels will get beat up, expensive or cheap, theyre all going to look rough.

I assume you have some year wrx?
I've got an '18 and loooove the stock wheels, so they'll stay dedicated summers for now.

Think I'm just going to go with the Enkeis. For just over $1200 I can get a set of great looking, quality wheels with decent winter rubber.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:08 AM   #6982
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Was curious about this forums opinion on nokian hakkapeliitta r2 for the STI.

The stores in my area and no longer able to get Blizzak WS80s.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:00 AM   #6983
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I've got an '18 and loooove the stock wheels, so they'll stay dedicated summers for now.

Think I'm just going to go with the Enkeis. For just over $1200 I can get a set of great looking, quality wheels with decent winter rubber.
Its your dough and its a free country. Enjoy
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:01 AM   #6984
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Was curious about this forums opinion on nokian hakkapeliitta r2 for the STI.

The stores in my area and no longer able to get Blizzak WS80s.
They are very good. Search this thread for them, youll see many people with them.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:09 AM   #6985
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Put the cheapie Coopers on yesterday. First time using Plasti Dip as well, turned out ok. Drove a little over 100 miles in dry and wet conditions. They are no summer tires, but they are comfy. Moving to the mountains of Western North Carolina in a few weeks, I’m thinking I will not see the same winter I’ve grown accustomed to in Pittsburgh.

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Old 10-25-2017, 10:06 AM   #6986
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Just picked up a set of stock 2015+ WRX 17" wheels, and they came with a set of lightly used Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. Anyone have experience with these tires?

Deal was too good to pass up, $600 for the set.

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Old 10-25-2017, 01:44 PM   #6987
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I have the 4ds actually that I used on an old legacy but they will not fit my STI. They worked great I thought. Trying to sell mine as well for the same price.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:23 PM   #6988
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Hi all -

Just picked up a new WRX and will be upgrading the tires before winter comes. I will be utilizing the stock wheels as they actually look great for once! I've narrowed down the tires to either the Continental DWS06 or BFGoodrich Comp-2 A/S - both high-performance all-season tires that are around the same price point.
Question on the tire size - would it be best to get the same size tire that comes from the factory (245/40/18), or is there something a little bigger that would be worth upgrading to?
Thanks - Mike
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Old 10-27-2017, 12:53 PM   #6989
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I am not sure that I would call going summer -> all season an upgrade.
I would stick with OE size and I think DWS is better rated tire.

Your question probably does not belong to winter tires thread, by the way.

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Old 10-28-2017, 07:09 AM   #6990
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Dang fr4c I keep scouring everywhere to see a good deal on a decent winter performance tire/rim combo and can't come up with any. Everywhere I see OEM rims even for sale they want $200+ per rim! Crazy, you can get an aftermarket alloy for cheaper than that.
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So, get the aftermarkets, or just get tires and watch and wait for rims to use next year. Right now theyre harder to find, but finding them for sale in spring or summer is much better. You can use any of the previous 5x114.3 cant you? You can plasti dip your current wheels or protect them with wax or something for this winter then swap em when you find rims later. September or later is a terrible time to be looking for what youre looking for. Jump on that stuff after winter for the best deals. Or buy some nice wheels for summer and use your stocks for winter.
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Old 10-28-2017, 11:24 AM   #6992
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Just picked up a new WRX and will be upgrading the tires before winter comes. I will be utilizing the stock wheels as they actually look great for once! I've narrowed down the tires to either the Continental DWS06 or BFGoodrich Comp-2 A/S - both high-performance all-season tires that are around the same price point.
Question on the tire size - would it be best to get the same size tire that comes from the factory (245/40/18), or is there something a little bigger that would be worth upgrading to?
Thanks - Mike
Like krzyss said, your definitely upgrading from stock since they come on summer tires, but AS tires arent going to be enough if you get the white stuff. For where you are Im not sure what kind of winter conditions you get, but AS will only get you a bit better of a temp range on the compound and only a butthair better traction. If you get occasional snow a perf winter would be a step up from AS without being a full winter tire. It would behave for more like an AS with a tad more winter ability. Wheels arent important unless road salt really hammers them where youre at. Just swap your tires over then swap them back in spring. Or get aftermarket wheels for spring summer and fall and use your oems for winter
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Old 10-28-2017, 02:53 PM   #6993
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Hey guys. 2015 outback premium with 17” wheels. What is the recommended tire for real winters? We will be staying in Eastern Oregon for the coming winter. Elevation is up to 6000, so there will be lots of snow and ice. Main roads are cleaned well supposedly, but still want something very sticky. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Dang fr4c I keep scouring everywhere to see a good deal on a decent winter performance tire/rim combo and can't come up with any. Everywhere I see OEM rims even for sale they want $200+ per rim! Crazy, you can get an aftermarket alloy for cheaper than that.
Yeah same here, been keeping my eyes peeled for OEM stock wheels here in the Tri-State area. Got lucky and saw the ad on Craigslist and jumped on it ASAP. Ended up driving an hour into PA for it.
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Old 10-28-2017, 04:34 PM   #6995
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Thanks all - you’re right that winters would be better, but was just looking for the best of both worlds and ease. Just found a nice set of wheels with blizzaks for sale that I might just get and swap, so that would probably be ideal. Appreciate it... who knows what kind of snow we will see, but we all know that winter is coming.
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AS->performance winter->winter

You could go with a perf winter for the middle ground or best of both worlds.

Blizzak whats? There are several models of blizzak. Know what youre getting. Most blizzaks only have the good winter compound for the first 55% of tread, then it becomes AS rubber underneath to the wear bars.
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Hey guys. 2015 outback premium with 17” wheels. What is the recommended tire for real winters? We will be staying in Eastern Oregon for the coming winter. Elevation is up to 6000, so there will be lots of snow and ice. Main roads are cleaned well supposedly, but still want something very sticky. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!
I would get proper winter tires, not performance winters. Id recommend the Goodyear Ultragrip Ice WRT, The new Continental, and the General Altimax. If money is no object, nokian Hakkapeliitta are of course the benchmark. The others arent far behind. Blizzaks are great too but dont feel great out of the snow and wear past their good rubber faster.

I thought the goodyear was great both in and out of the snow, the best in the dry.
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I would get proper winter tires, not performance winters. Id recommend the Goodyear Ultragrip Ice WRT, The new Continental, and the General Altimax. If money is no object, nokian Hakkapeliitta are of course the benchmark. The others arent far behind. Blizzaks are great too but dont feel great out of the snow and wear past their good rubber faster.

I thought the goodyear was great both in and out of the snow, the best in the dry.
Thank you so much! I’ll look into your recommendations.
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Any of them will do you right.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:20 AM   #7000
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I would like to get the Hakkapeliitta 9 studded tires for my '17 WRX.

Which of the 17" tires would fit on the stock OEM 17x8 rims? http://www.kaltire.com/en/tires/hakk...32.html#size17 Trying to figure out the cheapest tire that would fit

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