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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:36 am 
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OE size is 235-45-17 and will keep the 17's for sure.....

What are all 15+ wrx owners using?

235-45-17?
215-50-17?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:45 am 
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​235/45R17 on 8 inchers

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:38 pm 
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225/50/17 on 17x8 wheels.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:25 am 
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Why not downsize to 16s? Are the rotors too big?

If you want to stick to 17s, I'd keep the same profile (45) but narrow the tire width to at least 225 if not 215. Your final size would then be 215/45-R17. My reasoning:
Augmenting the profile will increase overall circumference, which increases fuel consumption. Narrowing the width should help you 'cut' through the snow better.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:51 am 
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I wouldn't go with a 215, you're going to find it too narrow and the car will overpower the tires especially with an open diff up front . I started with 215's and went up to 225 which seemed to make all the difference (in the Forester but you'll see the same results on any car). Probably best to stay with stock size or drop width a little bit to a 225/50/17.

I wouldn't worry about diameter changes vs fuel mileage, you're driving in the winter after all and the second you hit any depth of snow you're increasing friction and fuel consumption by much more than a change in tire size. A few snowy days and you'll take a bigger hit to fuel mileage than just driving all month on different diameter tires. Buy the tire that best suits your needs , you don't buy a Subaru to even think about the fuel gauge right ? If anyone needs wheels, I'm going to start bringing them in soon again, message me with your requirements for more details.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:33 am 
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Panzer wrote:
Why not downsize to 16s? Are the rotors too big?

If you want to stick to 17s, I'd keep the same profile (45) but narrow the tire width to at least 225 if not 215. Your final size would then be 215/45-R17. My reasoning:
Augmenting the profile will increase overall circumference, which increases fuel consumption. Narrowing the width should help you 'cut' through the snow better.
Just so you know, the 215/45 is 3% smaller than oem size where as the 215/50 is slightly bigger at 0.8%.

The calculation is as follows, profile width $ profile (if we always stay in the same size rims, 17")
215mm x 45% = 96.75mm
215mm x 50% = 107.5mm
235mm x 45% = 105.75mm


Back to the thread, I think my brother went with 215/50/17 on his '17 WRX.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:47 am 
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I used OE 17" size on my 2015.

They plowed a bit when turning like they were a bit too wide for snow.

That however may be the Blizzak WS80's

Hoping to get a 4th season out of them on the 2018 Sportech whenever it shows up.

Use the 18" stocks for the summer.

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the nokians I picked up off will are 225/50/17, they felt pretty good in dry conditions late fall/early spring, they were not bad in the actual winter, I have no point of reference with this car so I can't say much beyond that. I didn't get stuck, but I did have a few instances of subaru wtf abs trying to stop or brake.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:05 am 
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Subaru ABS sucks monkey balls and is downright dangerous. I disable mine every winter so I don't go sliding through intersections as the ABS pulses. Its much better on my wife's 12 XT. You'll like those Nokians. I have Hakka 7 225/50/17's on mine and they work/drive very well.


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not having had nokians new before, I'm not sure how to compare these used ones after one winter. They felt pretty good but it's was a winter of a lot of firsts in the car.


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for me:

inexpensive 17x7.5 wheels https://tinyurl.com/y8xbhojw

and reasonnable tires in 215-50-17 https://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en-ww/car ... ce-zero-fr

i quite like this set-up,

it is smoother and less noisy than my summer set
works good in snow conditions, maybe not the best for deep (4in) but fine all round
works fine on ice, no stress with these in slippery conditions

cars is understeer prone inthe slick: so, slow in fast out approach is best

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:06 am 
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looks like I'll be ordering some DAI alloy wheels

17x7.5 42offset

I'm pretty sure i'll go 215-50-17 too.

probably from Costco - bridgestone WS80's

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:56 am 
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going with DAI wheels but changed my mind on model.

Ordered DAI OEM DW73
- they are 17x7 and 45mm offset.

the good is all stock oe size lugnuts can be used and wheels are Subaru hubcentric. no hubrings needed.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:32 pm 
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Welcome to canada. Where else you go and pick up winter tires when it's over 30 Celsius.

Got my 215 50 17 ws80 from Costco. That was quick!

Right away check production date and they are all stamped 2217. Made 22nd week of 2017.

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225 45 17 hakka 8s on V9 STI wheels

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Robin2 wrote:
Welcome to canada. Where else you go and pick up winter tires when it's over 30 Celsius.

And where there are plenty and I mean pppplenty of cars driving on their winter tires all year round.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:07 am 
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and 1 summer of driving would certainly KILL those winter tires!

My neighbor's minivan has no-season on the fronts and blizzaks on the rear :rolleyes:

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Robin2 wrote:
My neighbor's minivan has no-season on the fronts and blizzaks on the rear :rolleyes:

Must be a propulsion minivan (in his mind) :rolleyes:

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Robin2 wrote:
and 1 summer of driving would certainly KILL those winter tires!


One hot week will do it. Though according to Bob they're still good enough for lapping.


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wheels / tires all mounted.... ready for winter now :)

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Robin2 wrote:
wheels / tires all mounted.... ready for winter now :)

As in "mounted on rims ready to be put on the car", or as in "mounted on the car"?

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winters are in the garage / waiting to go on the car.

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Since the weekend the winters are on.

Ws80 are nice and quiet in the dry pavement. Going 215 vs 235 doesn't feel like the car became a slug in the handling as its decent overall. Don't want to push new winters.

Glad went with this wheel combo too. Proper offset and use the oem lug nuts.

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my #*%@ luck continues this year. Bubble in the sidewall of one of my tires. Having a set of toyo garit kx mounted 225/50/17


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Bubble in the sidewall of one of my tires

Hope it's benign :lol:

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Robin2 wrote:
wheels / tires all mounted.... ready for winter now :)

Installed mine Wednesday late afternoon using my newest acquisition (Motomaster Maximum 'nut-busting' corded impact wrench). I was going to wait this weekend but this morning's weather forced me to make my move earlier.

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Lug-nut season is upon us.
I've stopped counting the number of lug-nuts I've seen on the road over the last two weeks :rolleyes:

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Lug-nut season is upon us.
I've stopped counting the number of lug-nuts I've seen on the road over the last two weeks :rolleyes:

Really? I've only rarely seen some on the road.

Should we also be watching for flying tires/rims? :lol:

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Paying attention for lug nuts is like paying attention as to why traffic in front of you is not moving.
Then you realize - that the majority of Corollas are in the way - and just how many lug nuts are on the road :lol:

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I was just driving own the 5 in Los Angeles and It was hammers in road not sure what is up with that lol


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