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    My winter tire set up

    I just got my winter set up from tire rack. I bought 16x6.5" steel wheels in 5x100 lug set. I got Firestone Winterforce FS 215/55/16 tires. I attached a pic.

    The question I have is this: Should I get hubcaps or leave them open to the elements? The only thing I worry about is that the axle nut is exposed to the elements without the hubcaps.

    Any thoughts?
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    i have the steelies from tire rack like yours. i think your car looks pretty mean the way it is. i'd leave it.
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    HA! I was looking in to a winter set-up as well and needed advice. Thanks for the post! How much for everything from tire rack?

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    Just priced your set-up on tire rack. The total came to $656.00

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    did you get the TPMS?

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    Actually looks good! You should enjoy that setup for the winter and have no problems getting around.

    See if you can pop the center caps out of your stock wheels and throw them in there? Otherwise Google centercaps and see if you can find some for cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yanksball14 View Post
    did you get the TPMS?
    No. I thought I would just transfer them. I did not order that set yet, I only did a pricing to see the total.

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    You'll definitely be happy to have dedicated winter and summer setups for your car!

    Next time around I'd definitely go with the General Altimax over those Firestones though. Overall the Generals are a superior tire in every regard and are basically the same exact price.
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    I thought about the general tires, but went with the firestone ones because they had a higher speed rating. The reviews of the tires said that the generals weren't all that great at highway speeds and somewhat loose on wet roads. So, I went with Firestone. As of now the firestones seem pretty good. A bit more noisy than the stock tires, but they seem fine for the way I drive.

    The center caps from the stock wheels don't fit properly on the steelies. The center hole on the stock alloys seem to sit out further from the axle nut and so there's clearance. The steelies seem to set down closer to the axle nut. I'll look to see if there are any center caps around on the net.

    As for TPMS I checked the tirerack box which said I plan on having my local professional installer place TPMS on the wheels. I'll leave it at that.

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