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Thinking of winter wheels. I think these might fit: Rota Attacks

Cheap to! $137.50 each...

Now to go check out some Blizzak's...
 

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I've heard quite a few people going with Rotas...and I've never heard anyone complain about them.

Has anyone heard of quality or other issues with these wheels? Otherwise, for that price....damn.
 

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I've heard from a number of people about Rota wheels breaking at autocross events. Of course now I can't find links to anything (frustrating). This was in the news only a few months ago. The response from Rota was that it was a bad batch of wheels and this is not normal. I agree that the price is great.
 

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I got some Rota SDR's that I plan to use for AutoX. I got mine from SubyDude, and he stated that SDR's were the only Rota 17's that will fit over the Brembo's. Be careful what you buy!!

The Rotas that did break were covered by Rota (as well as any associated damage to the car). I've used the wheels a couple of times for AutoX on my current WRX and I trust them.
 

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Xman said:
I got some Rota SDR's that I plan to use for AutoX. I got mine from SubyDude, and he stated that SDR's were the only Rota 17's that will fit over the Brembo's.
Did you put them on your STi already to make sure?
I need a set of wheels ASAP.
 

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Don't have the STi yet but as soon as I get it I will install the wheels post if they fit.
 

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Look what my WRX took out :) UPDATED

old news, this happened early last summer. Rota repaired any damage to the car without being asked. They admitted a latent defect in the wheel. I do not believe there has been a repeat of this since.

Any cast wheel has the potential for cracks/voids that could cause this.

I have used the rota's on the STi already and am not worried one bit.
 

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17" Rota Attacks definitely do NOT fit. I tried mine.

17" Rota SDRs DO fit. I just got mine last week. They're a bit heavier than I'd prefer (19 lbs), but they look good. They have about 2mm clearance. Just enough.

Here's a photo:


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Because I live in Maine, and because I don't have a beater car to drive during the winter, I need to buy some new wheels and tires. I'm not looking for anything high performance. Trust me, the last thing you even think about during winter in Maine is performance! I'm just looking for a decent wheel, nothing too expensive, and a mediocre all-season tire. I had a 2001 Jetta VR6 before my STi, and went through two winters with the stock tires. They worked fine. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should be looking at?

Thanks!
 

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If you are going with separate wheels and tires for winter, I would be looking at a winter tire not all season, especailly in Maine. I am looking at both the Dunlop Winter Sport and the Pirelli SnowSports, leaning more towards the Pirellis. They both have great snow ratings and good dry handling ratings.
 

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How would those do when the snow isn't around though?

My big concern with going with a snow tire is that it will turn the car into a sliding pig the 75% of the time when snow isn't on the ground.
 

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Right now im drving my 4Runner with brand new winter tires on. Unless I plan on doing some performance driving (ha!) then I dont think its a problem. I wouldnt go to a summer AutoX event with them on an STi though ;)

If you got studs in the tires, THEN it would be a sliding pig. On marbles of course
 

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That is why I am looking at those tires becasue people rated them pretty good for dry handling. Some people even said they like they so much they are running them year 'round. I would never do that but to have tires that I can get around in the snow with better than SUVs but still have decent dry performance, it's worth it. I was originally looking at a good all season because here in Chicago we don't get a lot of snow and the roads are bare most of the time but some of the all seasons do not have the greatest snow ratings which kind of defeats the purpose. We do get very cold temps though where I think a winter tire will work best. Plus I figure with the power of the STi I need something that will bite into the snow for when we do get dumped on or I go back home to Michigan for the xmas holiday.
 

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I've kinda had the same opinion as that you mentioned about the all seasons for winter use. As long as they get around decent. I figure I'd use the real winter design of the winter tires very little.
 
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