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Meh, I wish steelies cleared STi brakes. Still on the search for Honda CR-V wheels
this thread. ...which reminds me, I need to update that with my final solution to the problem.
2012 pbp WRX premium
There is an easy solution to the TPMS light. It's a bit of strategically placed electrical tape. You don't have to fix what you don't see.
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I have the exact same set up on my 2011 WRX. They work great in the snow, but not so well otherwise. I find them very unstable on the highway and get uncomfortable going over 60 mph. I've tried playing with the tire pressure, but it hasn't helped. I have a garage - so I only throw them on when it snows and then take them off when the roads are clear (takes me about 10 mins).
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I did some digging around, and found this solution to TPMS woes:
That would be one non-invasive way of dealing with the problem...someone stuck his TPMS sensors in a pressurized PVC tube and just zip tied that to the bottom of the car and never worried about it again
I also read that the TPMS indicator will force the traction control ON no matter what the switch is set to in some cars. I don't know how many people with 3Gs drive with the TC off, especially on winter wheels, but I'd be curious to see if Subarus work this way.
Last edited by Rambo; 12-20-2012 at 11:53 AM.
Ordered new wheel/winter-tire package from TireRack at 1PM yesterday. Returned home this AM at 10:30 AM and found these waiting - just over 20 hours order to dooryard delivery - TR rocks. Skipped the TPMS and put em on - much easier than on my Audi only took a little over an hour and I didn't hustle. High pressure cast with 3 yr finish warranty with mediocre Firestones and heres the part I like, $831 shipped which is only a little bit more than the steelies. I know I probably could have saved by going used but tires and wheels used make me nervous. So, went new instead.
I know it's dirty but that tire change was enough for an old man in one day!
Oh. My. God...those are hideous. (personal opinion)...
But, glad you got a good deal and quick delivery!
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A little more drastic.
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As promised, I updated the thread I linked to earlier with my tpms fix for those that are interested.
2012 pbp WRX premium
Since TPMS does NOT apply to cars in Canada, I was able to change without worrying.
However, since I am cheap when it comes to dealing with winter tires and wheels...I settled for used from a fellow WRX enthusiast.
This is my 09 WRX and I managed to score 17" alloy rims from an 07 WRX and the guy that sold em already had mounted the Toyo Observe G02 Plus tires with hardly a season of use. A simple visual inspection was enough to settle my nerves. Tires still had factory color marks in the treadwalls. $500 for the set of rim/tires...and installed at a known corner garage for $30. (total damage...$530)
The tire performs with bite on ice and snow...but they do not hold very well in wet or dry conditions if pushing through a turn. However, stability in all windy or adverse conditions are unchanged. Car still feels solid on these tires. They are 205/50 - 17.
OP I have the same exact set up. Great tire in the snow. It's cool being the only car on the road with all the people in giant trucks.