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This is a discussion on Snow Tires? within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Depends on the tires you get.I got the tire rack recommended General Altimax 215/55-16 and although I did not measure ...

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    Depends on the tires you get.I got the tire rack recommended General Altimax 215/55-16 and although I did not measure the clearance(will do it this year when I change over) I did notice a slight increase in height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dolson1120
    Just get a nice set of all seasons, here in MN it is six months of snow drift'n so I use the blizzaks and they kick some ass!
    Get a few seasons in with the Blizzaks and tell me they're still "awesome". They turn into A/S tires after the tread starts to wear down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    They were mounted to cheapo ASA wheels from Tire Rack, so they are ugly...
    Which ones? My JH3s don't look that bad...

    Quote Originally Posted by nyr8er
    General Altimax Arctic. Very cheap and still one of the highest rated snows.
    Great choice for an inexpensive snow tire. As said, they aren't that great in the dry, but that's where you need to be considering the performance snows like Dunlop WinterSport 3Ds
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    Yokohoma Ice-guards, i got mine used with one season on them and they were awesome last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Depends on the tires you get.I got the tire rack recommended General Altimax 215/55-16 and although I did not measure the clearance(will do it this year when I change over) I did notice a slight increase in height.
    hrmm...the 215/55-16's shouldn't be too much different from the stock 235/45-17's in terms of height. actually it's only 2mm shorter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyr8er View Post
    hrmm...the 215/55-16's shouldn't be too much different from the stock 235/45-17's in terms of height. actually it's only 2mm shorter.
    You're right.Looked taller.
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    Is it really worth gettin some steelies for the winter or can the stock wheels handle the salt and other winter elements?
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    It just makes it easier and cheaper in the long run to change. Your not paying twice a year to dismount/mount different tires while maintaining your "good" wheels in a better condition
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    Believe I'm going to get a cheap set of alloys (Sparco Assetto Garas in black) and some decent all-weather tires. I was looking at a pair of Yokohama AVID ENVigors or Continental ExtremeContact DWS.

    Do I need to throw TPMS sensors in them?


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    TPMS sensors are up to you.I didn't think the extra $ was worth it.

    Plus even if you do get the sensors you will have to take it to your dealer & pay them to program it.I think you will have to reprogram each time you switch wheels,but I am not sure about that
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFer
    Do I need to throw TPMS sensors in them?
    Friends of mine with '08+ cars have opted not to use them on winter setups, and just dealt with the dash light. Would that cause an issue if you need to get inspected / get pulled over? Make an informed decision whether it's worth it to you; your car won't blow up without them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFer View Post
    Believe I'm going to get a cheap set of alloys (Sparco Assetto Garas in black) and some decent all-weather tires. I was looking at a pair of Yokohama AVID ENVigors or Continental ExtremeContact DWS.

    Do I need to throw TPMS sensors in them?


    PS: feel free to throw in thoughts / criticisms of what I've been looking at.
    Why would you get all seasons if your changing tires in the summer? Get some actual winter tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKoonsman View Post
    Why would you get all seasons if your changing tires in the summer? Get some actual winter tires
    As I said, it doesn't snow too often here, and I've heard snow treads on the WRXs drive like crap on the tarmac. I thought that some all-weathers would be a definite improvement for snow and still not be horrid in the cold dry.

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    have you looked into performance winters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    have you looked into performance winters?
    Yes. Given the amount of snow I'll be driving in, wasn't sure they were worth the premium (almost twice as much as all-weathers). However, I have no experience actually using them, so if they are indeed worth the investment, I'll certainly consider them.

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    I'm personally against all- weathers because they tend to suck year round,in the cold & in the heat.
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