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  • Kept Stock Summer Tires

    4 10.81%
  • Added All Season Tires with stock rims

    5 13.51%
  • Added All Season Tires with steel rims

    1 2.70%
  • Added Winter Tires with stock rims

    10 27.03%
  • Added Winter Tires with steel rims

    17 45.95%
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This is a discussion on Are winter tires necessary?? within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Around my area having winter tires is a must. A/S is pretty much as good as stranded when a good ...

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    Around my area having winter tires is a must. A/S is pretty much as good as stranded when a good storm hits. We have mountain pass inspection points/tire chain stops. They check whether vehicles are 4WD/AWD with A/S tires and chains on before they let you pass(this will not happen in the WRX because of the small wheel well). If you have Winter Tires and 4WD/AWD then you're good to go 90% of the time.

    Attempt to do the same feat with summer tires is just pure stupidity and attempting the same feat with any A/S tires will get you sent back if you're not already stuck!!!

    (Winter tires bears the following snowflake on mountain logo right on the side wall)
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    I know I maybe starting to sound like a broken record, but the particular requirement above says it all.
    Summer Tires < A/S tires < A/S w/tire chains = Winter tires < Winter Tires w/chains

    They are necessary for certain places and may not be for others. Non-mountain states may have never heard of such requirements. I guess this is just a proof of A/S (UHP A/S are still all seasons!) being inferior to dedicated Winter tires in extreme winter conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rurso01 View Post
    these are the wheels I am looking to put on the wrx with snow tires. which tire size would I need for this rim in 16" Wheel Details - Discount Tire Direct.
    Yes, those steelies are the ones that fit. Bolt pattern on the WRXs is 5X100.

    I run the General Altimax Studless in 215/55-16 on my 2011.
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    The TPMS light I'm assuming? and that would go away the moment I put on the stock tires again? sorry for so many questions just like to get everything right the first time.

    when I am searching for tires based on the rim size it gives me options for the bolt patterns to match the rim. The rim says 6.5 5-100/115. I know that 6.5 is the width, 5 is the # of bolts and the 100/115 is the mm between bolts.

    My question is when it says 100/115, is that the range I can go and still have it fit safely? Totally nub with tires/rims as if I needed to state that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Yes, those steelies are the ones that fit. Bolt pattern on the WRXs is 5X100.

    I run the General Altimax Studless in 215/55-16 on my 2011.
    Okay gotcha, I'll go with 5x100 then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rurso01
    Okay gotcha, I'll go with 5x100 then!
    You had the regular Impreza (N/A) selected. You need to redo your selection for the WRX hatch.

    Quote Originally Posted by rurso01
    The TPMS light I'm assuming? and that would go away the moment I put on the stock tires again? sorry for so many questions just like to get everything right the first time.
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    The TPMS light will go off once you put the stock tires with TPMS sensors back on & drive for a couple of miles. Of course you will have to have the right pressure.

    The thing with TPMS sensors is that unlike other car manufacturers Subaru's quirky TPMS system cannot be set with a OTC TPMS reset tool.(Some say it can be with more expensive reset tools) You will have to take the car to the dealer each time you change over at the end of the season to have them reprogram the sensor. Hence the reason many of us don't get the TPMS sensors installed in the winter wheels.
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    Do these come mounted and balanced from Discounttiredirect.com? It doesn't say anywhere on here
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    The TPMS light will go off once you put the stock tires with TPMS sensors back on & drive for a couple of miles. Of course you will have to have the right pressure.

    The thing with TPMS sensors is that unlike other car manufacturers Subaru's quirky TPMS system cannot be set with a OTC TPMS reset tool.(Some say it can be with more expensive reset tools) You will have to take the car to the dealer each time you change over at the end of the season to have them reprogram the sensor. Hence the reason many of us don't get the TPMS sensors installed in the winter wheels.
    I got my tires from a local tire dealer for a little less than online retailers and I got TPMS sensors with my winter set. They reset the sensors for free at every seasonal change over because I bought the tires from them(Just an option if the OP is thinking of purchasing TPMS sensors).
    I'm OCD with panel lights lol. Other than that TPMS sensors are completely optional.
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    Im OCD about that too but as long as I know the cause of the light I'm okay. If its the CEL then I can't stand that being on for any reason whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rurso01 View Post
    Do these come mounted and balanced from Discounttiredirect.com? It doesn't say anywhere on here
    That's where I got my tires from is Discount Tires brick and mortar store. If you found a good deal at their website you may want to check out whether you have them locally. You should be able to go to their store and get the same prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rurso01 View Post
    Do these come mounted and balanced from Discounttiredirect.com? It doesn't say anywhere on here
    nevermind... found it
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    I believe I saw an option where you select "No TPMS sensors with free mounting and balancing " after you select the tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    I believe I saw an option where you select "No TPMS sensors with free mounting and balancing " after you select the tires.
    I have tried it like 10 times and cant get to anything that offers free mounting and balancing. I got to the screen where it talks about adding TPMS but unless its a tire/wheel package they have put together already, I can't get free mounting and balancing. Am I doing something wrong?!
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    I figured out the problem: Q. The tires and wheels I want aren't offered as a package. Can I purchase them as a package?
    A. Yes!
    If the tires and wheels you are looking for are approved for your vehicle you can create your own package online. Search for tires and wheels using your vehicle then add them to your shopping cart. When you purchase a tire and wheel package we will mount and balance for free and ship it ready to be bolted on.


    When I select 13 wrx hatchback it only shows me tires/wheels that are same size as stock. It won't let me change the size I want no matter what I do!
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    What I did was,on the home page I chose Winter tires. Chose the ones I wanted,put it in the cart,then selected wheels & options & added to the cart. It came up together during checkout.

    If in doubt you can always just call them.
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