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Old 01-14-17, 12:34 PM   #21
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Im a total idiot with wheels and tires. Can someone make this a little easier for me and recommend a performance snow tire and wheel combo that is on the cheap and will just slap right on the car? Is it worth it over picking up winter tires for my oem bbs?
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Old 01-14-17, 01:56 PM   #22
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Get some used BBS from an 05, 06, 07 STI, couple em with 235/45R17s ( your choice of Blizzaks, General Altimax Arctic) and call it a day. Strong wheels, plug and play ( no centering rings needed ), clears calipers, 17 inch sized tires are cheaper, and doesnt mess with speedo.


Any wheel that did not come with your car will throw TPMS light, you can ignore it - or you can get your current TPMS IDs cloned and get them out on the winter wheels

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Im a total idiot with wheels and tires. Can someone make this a little easier for me and recommend a performance snow tire and wheel combo that is on the cheap and will just slap right on the car? Is it worth it over picking up winter tires for my oem bbs?
Look at tire rack at the cheaper wheels that are OEM size and make sure they will clear the brakes, get Alpin PA4 in OEM size.

I decided to get the Alpine PA4 and run them on my limited BBS wheels during the winter, and I bought some nice aftermarket wheels off of Subispeed for the summer.
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I had Michelin PA3s on my '12 WRX and loved them across the board. I went with Hankook I-Cept Evos winter performance tires in stock size when I got my '15 STI. They're fine in the wet/dry under 50 degrees, but squirrelly in the snow/ice.

As soon as the tread goes, I'm immediately going back to the Michelin Alpin PA series (4 or above depending on what's out when the Hankooks wear out).
That's surprising to hear. I have 17's in the Hankook and they slide when all the traction control stuff is off but with everything active I could not get the car to be unstable. (at sensible of speeds of course)
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That's surprising to hear. I have 17's in the Hankook and they slide when all the traction control stuff is off but with everything active I could not get the car to be unstable. (at sensible of speeds of course)
Did you have I-Pikes? They are better in deeper snow/slush/ice.
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Look at tire rack at the cheaper wheels that are OEM size and make sure they will clear the brakes, get Alpin PA4 in OEM size.

I decided to get the Alpine PA4 and run them on my limited BBS wheels during the winter, and I bought some nice aftermarket wheels off of Subispeed for the summer.


PA4s are amazing.

Check out Tire Rack's reviews, one of the Pirelli performance snows seems to be up there with the PA4s in performance but cost a lot less. They may not last as long, or ride as smooth and noise-free... that's a strong point for Michelin tires, but IDK, never ran the Pirellis.
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Did you have I-Pikes? They are better in deeper snow/slush/ice.
No the I-Cept Evo's.
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Old 01-15-17, 04:52 AM   #28
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I'm happy with my Michelin Xi's and I've also liked both sets of Blizzaks I'd run in the past. Reviews on the Pirelli snows made me look elsewhere but you can't go wrong with either.
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That's surprising to hear. I have 17's in the Hankook and they slide when all the traction control stuff is off but with everything active I could not get the car to be unstable. (at sensible of speeds of course)
I have 'em in 18s and they feel less confidence inspiring than the PA3s. I have to adjust inputs more with them to keep them straight. Traction light doesn't come on (although sometimes I'm surprised it hasn't). But again, this is in comparison to the PA3s.
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Get some used BBS from an 05, 06, 07 STI, couple em with 235/45R17s ( your choice of Blizzaks, General Altimax Arctic) and call it a day. Strong wheels, plug and play ( no centering rings needed ), clears calipers, 17 inch sized tires are cheaper, and doesnt mess with speedo.


Any wheel that did not come with your car will throw TPMS light, you can ignore it - or you can get your current TPMS IDs cloned and get them out on the winter wheels

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Agreed on getting old BBS OEMs. Find some on here, nasioc, or CL. Can't get better wheels for the money.

There's lots of great choices for tires, check out reviews and ratings.
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