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Old 11-13-2017, 06:43 AM   #7076
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Put these in order of importance:
ice, snow, dry, wet, noise, maybe even add slush

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PS Listing your OE tire size helps as not everybody is fluent with all available options.

PS2 Is OE size for 2018 WRX STI 235/35R19? It seems that 17" will fit so by down sizing -2 one can save enough money for tire/wheel combo instead of OE tires only.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:53 PM   #7077
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In case anyone here is curious. I got a set of Blizzak WS-80 snowtires (16" mounted on steelies) back in November 2014. I am going to be installing them back on next Friday. When I took them off in early April, the mechanic inspected them and stated two seasons left on them, maybe 1 if it is a very warm winter this year. I'll have him inspect them again before installing them this year..
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:52 PM   #7078
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Recently got myself a set of 17" Sparco Terra wheels for my 16 WRX and I'm deciding between the Conti. Wintercontact SI and the new General Altimax Arctic 12 tires.

I'm biased towards Continental because I've had a few sets of their DWS06 tires and I love them, but the Generals have always had good reviews and are about $100 less per set no matter where I source them.

Anyone have experience with either or both? Thanks.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:44 PM   #7079
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What tire pressure should I run on a performance winter Tire? I currently pumped them up to 33psi to match what’s inside the door card on my 18 WRX
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:04 AM   #7080
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Guys/gals
Put these in order of importance:
ice, snow, dry, wet, noise, maybe even add slush

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PS Listing your OE tire size helps as not everybody is fluent with all available options.

PS2 Is OE size for 2018 WRX STI 235/35R19? It seems that 17" will fit so by down sizing -2 one can save enough money for tire/wheel combo instead of OE tires only.

My OEM tire size is 245/35/R19 on my 2018 STi. I'd be wanting tires fit for mountain pass driving in winter so I guess snow and ice are my top two concerns. Also very cold temperatures. I am not concerned about noise really.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:13 AM   #7081
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My OEM tire size is 245/35/R19 on my 2018 STi. I'd be wanting tires fit for mountain pass driving in winter so I guess snow and ice are my top two concerns. Also very cold temperatures. I am not concerned about noise really.
Then you sound like studded tires would match your requirements the best.
I strongly suggest going with smaller wheel diameter (probably the smallest that fits over the brakes). The money saved on tires and mounting/dismounting will pay for second set instantly (or in few change over cycles).

The best available studded tires are Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9, IMHO.

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Old 11-14-2017, 09:14 AM   #7082
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My OEM tire size is 245/35/R19 on my 2018 STi. I'd be wanting tires fit for mountain pass driving in winter so I guess snow and ice are my top two concerns. Also very cold temperatures. I am not concerned about noise really.
You're gonna want 17s. If you're car is not lowered, I'd go with 225/50R17. Studded, probably.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:10 AM   #7083
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What tire pressure should I run on a performance winter Tire? I currently pumped them up to 33psi to match what’s inside the door card on my 18 WRX
Try 36psi.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:11 PM   #7084
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In case anyone here is curious. I got a set of Blizzak WS-80 snowtires (16" mounted on steelies) back in November 2014. I am going to be installing them back on next Friday. When I took them off in early April, the mechanic inspected them and stated two seasons left on them, maybe 1 if it is a very warm winter this year. I'll have him inspect them again before installing them this year..
I was getting 2 seasons out of all my ws's, that underlying all season compound gets exposed into the second half of the treadwear. They arent up for full winter service at that point, even though there is a fair amount of tread remaining. Lots of folks arent aware of the compound difference and gauge it by tread depth alone.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:12 PM   #7085
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Is there any 17" options for my 2017 impreza sport 2.0?
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:45 PM   #7086
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Is there any 17" options for my 2017 impreza sport 2.0?
Have you tried tirerack.com or discounttiredirect.com?

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Old 11-15-2017, 01:14 AM   #7087
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Thank you very much krzyss and vision.dynamix! I'm just having to make up my mind on which wheels I'm getting but the tire portion is sorted now thank you!
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:35 AM   #7088
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The aesthetical part I cannot help ;-)

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Old 11-16-2017, 08:05 PM   #7089
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Thank you very much krzyss and vision.dynamix! I'm just having to make up my mind on which wheels I'm getting but the tire portion is sorted now thank you!

I went with Big-O Tires, 17"x7" and 215/50/17, they have worked well. However that is for a '18 WRX without the big brembos. If you have the brembos you might need to get bigger rims with a decent offset to clear the brakes.
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:21 AM   #7090
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I went with Big-O Tires, 17"x7" and 215/50/17, they have worked well. However that is for a '18 WRX without the big brembos. If you have the brembos you might need to get bigger rims with a decent offset to clear the brakes.
Yeah unfortunately I do have the Brembos to worry about... I've been told by one of the places in town that I can do 17s but it depends on the wheel. Apparently there aren't any steel wheels that will fit either (yes I know aesthetically that would be a crime but it's also far cheaper were it possible lol). So yeah, deciding on wheels has been hard ^^;
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:03 AM   #7091
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Rack showing a selection of confirmed to fit 17s https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resu...8&autoModClar=
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:55 AM   #7092
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I was getting 2 seasons out of all my ws's, that underlying all season compound gets exposed into the second half of the treadwear. They arent up for full winter service at that point, even though there is a fair amount of tread remaining. Lots of folks arent aware of the compound difference and gauge it by tread depth alone.
This needs to be stated again as its very good advice!

I'm not sure its fair to call it an all season compound, but there is a pretty big difference in deep snow and ice performance. The tires still perform very well in wet and slush, far superior than an all season tire IMO.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:06 AM   #7093
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I do believe reading from their own info (2 years ago+/-) that Bridgestone calls it an all season compound under there. Might be different now. Theyre not bad tires by any means, but they wont be liked if they dont match your climate and conditions. The last set I bought was before the lightest winter in years, like under 400" which is nothing for our area and snowpack needs. They were awful since I was driving the good winter snow/ice compound out of them in the dry. Took them off early that season and got a second season out of them that was also low snowfall.

You never know what winter will be like vs how much you prepare your vehicle for winter. You could buy that gnarly set of Hakkas studded then get little precip. Better to be over than under prepared, but its always a crapshoot.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:08 AM   #7094
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Yeah unfortunately I do have the Brembos to worry about... I've been told by one of the places in town that I can do 17s but it depends on the wheel. Apparently there aren't any steel wheels that will fit either (yes I know aesthetically that would be a crime but it's also far cheaper were it possible lol). So yeah, deciding on wheels has been hard ^^;
Do 05-07 BBS fit and clear? That could be a nice option over aftermarket in appearance and price.
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Old 11-20-2017, 10:10 AM   #7095
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Rack showing a selection of confirmed to fit 17s https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/resu...8&autoModClar=
Id be all over those Koseis in 17 unless some older STI takeoffs would fit.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:15 PM   #7096
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I really dont have time to search through 284 pages so hopefully you guys can help me out. 2018 stock premium wheels 245/40/18.. Im looking to pick up some snow tires, so do I stick with OEM size or could I go with a 225/45/18? Alot of potholes and occasionally some decent size snow storms around here, I commute 50 miles a day. Thanks
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:18 AM   #7097
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Why not 17" wheels if you want ot be better prepared for potholes?

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Old 12-02-2017, 12:52 AM   #7098
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Why not 17" wheels if you want ot be better prepared for potholes?

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I was just going to use the factory wheels. I can possibly get some base OEM 17s. If that's the case should I just use the OEM size tire?
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:07 PM   #7099
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OEM is always safe bet.
You will find that there is big price difference between 18" and 17" winter tires.

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Old 12-03-2017, 11:23 AM   #7100
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I really dont have time to search through 284 pages so hopefully you guys can help me out. 2018 stock premium wheels 245/40/18.. Im looking to pick up some snow tires, so do I stick with OEM size or could I go with a 225/45/18? Alot of potholes and occasionally some decent size snow storms around here, I commute 50 miles a day. Thanks
I would downsize to a 17 and run the snows on those. The price difference between buying snows at the stock tire size and having to get them mounted and unmounted every year would probably be the same as buying them mounted on 17 inch steel wheels. Assuming you aren't going for looks in the winter, this works out great and you can run 215's and tuck your nice 18s away in the garage for the winter.

The General Arctic 12's are like $123 per tire + $70 for the wheel on tirerack.
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