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Old 10-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #1751
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its mostly because i have a vignetted and messed with blackpoint/shadow sliders. i can expose the entire wheels if i needed to but you can still see detail is what i'm saying.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:24 PM   #1752
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However, there's nothing about your new ride that's similar to mine, so I'm not sure how you can blame ME?!!?!
I think your "Drive a BRZ in Anchorage" essentially overran the narrative that AWD is a must. So how could a "Warm for North" Canuck deny it ? still your fault for making the BRZ a viable option.

Yes, the car will get all kinds of small tweaks, but what isn't visible in the picture is the WRB snow shovel in the car.

Next Saturday, I'm headed on a small US driving loop: Yellowstone, Butte, Seattle, Ruby Beach, Monterey, Pismo Beach, Angeles Crest Highway, Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Canyonlands, Telluride, Denver and home.

Might skip the some of the high altitude path if temperatures go low, since I'm staying on stock tyres. Nokian R2s on classic 16's on my return.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #1753
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its mostly because i have a vignetted and messed with blackpoint/shadow sliders. i can expose the entire wheels if i needed to but you can still see detail is what i'm saying.
See, that sounds like work if you're saying you have to use sliders and edit the pic. I'm not saying someone can't take pictures of black wheels. I'm saying that someone can't take pictures of black wheels EASILY (or as easily as less dark wheels). You might call yourself an amateur, but it might be second nature for you to know how to point and shoot at black wheels AND make them look good, having proper exposure. At this stage in my photography, it still requires effort for me to get proper exposure on things, meaning I have to work at it, meaning that if given a choice of purchasing problematic black wheels, I'd like to avoid that.

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I think your "Drive a BRZ in Anchorage" essentially overran the narrative that AWD is a must. So how could a "Warm for North" Canuck deny it ? still your fault for making the BRZ a viable option.

Yes, the car will get all kinds of small tweaks, but what isn't visible in the picture is the WRB snow shovel in the car.

Next Saturday, I'm headed on a small US driving loop: Yellowstone, Butte, Seattle, Ruby Beach, Monterey, Pismo Beach, Angeles Crest Highway, Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Canyonlands, Telluride, Denver and home.

Might skip the some of the high altitude path if temperatures go low, since I'm staying on stock tyres. Nokian R2s on classic 16's on my return.
Yeah I tend to have that influence on people. If you're smart then you'll do just fine.

My buddy just sent me a picture of his Alaskan BRZ that got backed into while driving through Alberta yesterday... so sad. I gave Canadians more credit than they deserved.

OMG I want the R2's! Those were my first choice, but I didn't want to spend $900 for tires I'd only use one winter or deal with shipping them across the nature.

That's the best road trip right there! You're going to have so much fun! I'm slowly planning my route from here to Jersey. These cars were really meant to be driven and enjoyed. Doin' them proud we are!
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:15 AM   #1754
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I'm confused about the spacers, specifically concerning the bolting of them. I'm assuming you're saying I would need extended studs? I don't like extended studs. Doesn't look OEM. With spacer adapters they at least look proper because of not needing open-ended lugs. I think I might be misunderstanding, though...
They bolt on to your stubby studs and have their own long-ish studs on them for your wheels to mount to. I didn't need open-ended lug nuts, tho I was using a few shims on top of the bolt-on pieces. 7mm-F and 8mm-R (effectively 22 and 23mm of total spacer).

Do they not make that wheel in 9"? I think a 17x or 18x9 is just perfect on this car, with a 35mm-ish offset. With a 245 or 255 tire...perfect. That's me, anyway.

I loved the look of my 17x8 with spacers, when looking from the sides/front. But from the back, the skinny wheels/tires looked "off" with that wide footprint.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:43 PM   #1755
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Ah, good explaining.

Always going back and forth on this subject, I've decided to play it smart and not mess with knock-off wheels for the meantime. I've got way too many other priorities before moving to worry about it. Wheels are set. Tires are set. Plus 17" feels nice to drive on. As soon as I put these on and rode around, the car just felt "right" and nimble compared to the 18x8.5 BBS wheels. Maybe lighter tires might have helped the 18" wheels, I dunno, but these 17x8 BBS wheels just felt better. Right now they feel heavy because of the oversized snow tires. My speedometer is WAY off!

Money would definitely be better spent lowering the car, but unless I can get some Bilstein coilovers for my daily driver needs, I'll just keep it stock for now. I don't want to cheap out and get lowering springs and drive this car for thousands of miles right after that. I think Bilsteins would be perfect, though. Unfortunately the price has seem to moved back up to $1100, where they were around $950 for a while. Not sure what's up with that, but I'll just hold on to my money in the meantime.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:17 PM   #1756
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First snow is here, and the tires work fantastically!
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:58 AM   #1757
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First snow is here, and the tires work fantastically!
I hope that stays up by you lol.

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See, that sounds like work if you're saying you have to use sliders and edit the pic. I'm not saying someone can't take pictures of black wheels. I'm saying that someone can't take pictures of black wheels EASILY (or as easily as less dark wheels). You might call yourself an amateur, but it might be second nature for you to know how to point and shoot at black wheels AND make them look good, having proper exposure. At this stage in my photography, it still requires effort for me to get proper exposure on things, meaning I have to work at it, meaning that if given a choice of purchasing problematic black wheels, I'd like to avoid that.



Yeah I tend to have that influence on people. If you're smart then you'll do just fine.

My buddy just sent me a picture of his Alaskan BRZ that got backed into while driving through Alberta yesterday... so sad. I gave Canadians more credit than they deserved.

OMG I want the R2's! Those were my first choice, but I didn't want to spend $900 for tires I'd only use one winter or deal with shipping them across the nature.

That's the best road trip right there! You're going to have so much fun! I'm slowly planning my route from here to Jersey. These cars were really meant to be driven and enjoyed. Doin' them proud we are!
Jersey is the spot to be, btw my sponsor who is a big part supplier just opened a location in Vancouver. I know it's not quite close but I may be taking a trip out there one weekend to help him out if he runs into an issues. I also agree with you on the black wheel statement. Unfortunately I have yet to get a picture of my new setup that I actually like how it looks.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:20 AM   #1758
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I'm too lazy. What tires you go with?
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:03 PM   #1759
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It warmed up and now a lot of the snow has melted. Alaska be so weird.

I've always wanted to visit Vancouver. I've only just brushed by it during my last BRZ road trip. Maybe I'll stop in this next pass through.

I wound up getting 225/55R17 Blizzak WS70 snow tires. Oh man are they nice! I've tried being kind to them to keep the tread life up for when I sell them. I've stopped on ice and accelerated in it and they grip well. I'm confident I'll have a good final winter in Alaska.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #1760
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You like em? I just recommended those to my uncle.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:39 PM   #1761
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They're much lighter and quieter than studded tires. If you deal with heavy snow and ice I think they're perfect, but otherwise they're super soft for any other kind of weather, like just rain. I wouldn't want to drive them very much on rain. With 6 months of winter here, they're justified. I don't know if anywhere else in the U.S. gets that long of winter (doubtful), but if they're 3 months at least and intense, then Blizzaks are a good deal. It's my second time using them on a Subaru and so far they're as confidence-inspiring as they were on my WRX/Forester/STI, whichever AWD performance Subie they were on previously.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:53 PM   #1762
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My uncle lives in Toronto
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:55 PM   #1763
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You actually become MORE mysterious the more I find out about you. Bravo, Sir.
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:45 PM   #1764
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I heard snow here next week. I haven't bolted on the snows yet
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:48 PM   #1765
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if you insist on tiny wheels...these seem like a great option, offset is low!

http://www.fredbeansparts.com/enkei-...ng-wheels.html
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:36 PM   #1766
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Time to renew my registration. $240. Then I'll have to renew again once I get a job on the East Coast.

$240 = New TPMS Sensors
$240 = New STI Shift Knob
$240 = New Toyota Armrest
$240 = Half of New Tokina 11-16 Lens for My Nikon
$240 = Anything else besides 6 months or so of registration.
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:45 PM   #1767
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this is a brz, I don't like its mirrors

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Old 10-24-2014, 06:53 PM   #1768
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Explain yourself, Celly!
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:02 PM   #1769
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:11 PM   #1770
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Ah yes. I just saw your other message in the thread. I actually haven't posted in a while in that thread. Funny how I'm still a high post count. It's still better than the kiddies in there one-upping each other with their chests out.

You know you like my swag!
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:13 PM   #1771
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Lol noob
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:11 AM   #1772
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Time to renew my registration. $240. Then I'll have to renew again once I get a job on the East Coast.

$240 = New TPMS Sensors
$240 = New STI Shift Knob
$240 = New Toyota Armrest
$240 = Half of New Tokina 11-16 Lens for My Nikon
$240 = Anything else besides 6 months or so of registration.
Just got the forms to register both my harleys yesterday. Only 40 for both but I feel your pain haha. Oh and why you coming to the east coast?
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #1773
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Man a bike sounds nice for roadtripping. Easy Rider status. Get my beard flowin' in the wind. haha

I'm gonna be in Mahwah, NJ, with some friends while I commute over to Warwick, NY, for a big construction volunteer project. It started last summer and should be done in another 2 years. I'm not sure how long I'll be there, but I'm hoping to remain there the entire time the project is under way, or at least 6 months. We'll see what happens! Pretty excited to take a break from Alaska.

After that I have the option of going to California near my mom's family. I've always wanted to live in California, but I know it's a crazy place to be. Gauging how things work out before I make that kind of jump.

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