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    Noob Question - Stock tires in cold weather

    Is it ok to drive the 2012 wrx's stock tires in dry conditions below 30 degrees?
    Im probably going to get mine in Feburary and I want to drive my current car when there is a potential for snow so I dont have to swap tires until next winter.

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    I believe '12s come with summer tires. Any pure summer compound will lose performance under 40 degrees. This will obviously lower your grip and could cause additional wear. It is doable just be safe about it
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    ^^^ what he said.The summer tires lose grip below 40 degrees & wear faster.The car will not go anywhere on the summers in the snow.There is no traction,braking & handling in the snow on summers..

    Just get a cheap set of steelies(used or new) & look for used winters with low miles(try craigslist or the forums) if you do not feel like spending much.
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    Yea they do come with summer tires. Darn, I guess ill just have to swap tires for a few months. Its going to be hard for me to wait till Feburary to get one, let alone till the winter's over. Ha

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    Yea thanks!
    I'm gonna get winter tires. Id hate to get over a foot of snow or have another blizzard and not have winter tires on.

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    I see alot of people go down to smaller tires for winter. Even 16 inch steelies. How do I know which rims will fit properly before I buy?

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    Going down a tire size is what is reccommended.I have a 16 inch.

    The narrower the tire the less effort needed to drive through snow.Although this would be of more help when you drive through snow & not in the dry..Plus 16 inch tires are cheaper.
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    Winter tires are worth the investment. With them on these cars are great in bad conditions, and once you buy the first set you ultimately add life to both sets before replacement. I stuck with 17s because I still want as much grip as possible when conditions are good (most of the time), and the 17s did great in the slippery stuff for me.
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    Hi thanks for the reply.

    2005 Subaru Impreza Sti wheels with dunlop wintersport m3 tires

    Those 05 STI rims would fit a 2011/2012 wrx right?
    I dont think 600 is a bad price. Might get those for winter.

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    Ahhh nevermind. They are 5x114 . Darn!

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    The only STI wheels that will fit the WRXs are off 2004 STIs(5 x100 bolt pattern).There are many for sale around the forums.

    Otherwise look for any 5x100.
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    Alrighty, thank you sir

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Going down a tire size is what is reccommended.I have a 16 inch.

    The narrower the tire the less effort needed to drive through snow.Although this would be of more help when you drive through snow & not in the dry..Plus 16 inch tires are cheaper.
    Eh? That's not the reason. It's so that you have less surface area on the tire so you're not floating on top and get down to good hard snow underneath.

    Personally, I think that whole reason is crap since 99.999% of people live in places where they have this thing called the snowplow and there's never much snow accumulated on roads. I'd rather have a wider tire because you're driving on packed snow and the more surface area the more grip. Snow plowing in this country didn't use to be as good as it is today or anywhere close.

    And people use smaller wheels just to save money, though sometimes people quote the reason that there's more potholes and in general rougher roads in winter so you want smaller wheels to soak up the impacts. Road conditions have vastly improved across this country in the last 20 years so the main reason for smaller wheels and tires is to save money.
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    I went with a set of 16" steels and Dunlop Graspics from Tire rack for my 11. Total cost mounted balanced and shipped to me was only 750. So yeah, it was mostly a money saver. Though the town I work in is redoing the sanitary sewer so lots of temporary patching on the roads in town coming toward winter, so I can't say the higher sidewall wasn't part of the logic.

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