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    snow tire size?

    Hey Everyone,
    Just picked up my new '13 wrx this past weekend. This is the first Subaru I have owned and so far I am really enjoying it (other than the 1,000 mile break in period). Got our first snow in Michigan and did not realize how terrible the performance tires would be - is there a big difference between 16" and 17" tires for winter driving? I am looking at purchasing a winter wheel/tire set and wanted to see if you all had some input as this was listed as an option for tire sizes.
    Thanks and looking forward to being a part of this forum!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Like you noticed,it would be a good idea to get winter tires ASAP. 16"s are significantly cheaper than 17"s. I run a 16" like most of us.
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    Yes, get 'em quick! I had a nasty experience driving in the freak October storm out east here with summer performance tyres! To be honest, I'm still a bit spooked snow driving in the car even though I have the new wheels - was a Jeep driver for 20 years. Welcome!

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    As said, 16s are cheaper and can fit over your brakes. Personally, I'd go that route.

    As for the tire size, I'm not exactly sure, but I want to say 215/55/16 is what you want to match OE size. Plug numbers into a tire calculator (link) to see which one's closest.
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    I have 16" steel wheels with general altimax arctics. They were both pretty cheap on tire rack and I'm very happy with them. I run 205/55/16 (225/45/17 OEM), but people with the 11+ seem to run 215/55/16 like what EJ257 said.
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    Running 215/55/16 on 05 WRX wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuk View Post
    Running 215/55/16 on 05 WRX wheels.
    Same.
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    thanks for the quick replies! I ordered up the 16" wheel & tire combo..getting installed tomorrow morning. Can't wait to see the difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourkraut007 View Post
    thanks for the quick replies! I ordered up the 16" wheel & tire combo..getting installed tomorrow morning. Can't wait to see the difference!
    What tire did you choose? I don't see the generals in a 215/55/16 size option anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby_newbie View Post
    What tire did you choose? I don't see the generals in a 215/55/16 size option anywhere?
    I ended up going with the Firestone Winterforce - it is a 215/55/16. Seemed to be a good price and good tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sourkraut007 View Post
    I ended up going with the Firestone Winterforce - it is a 215/55/16. Seemed to be a good price and good tire.
    Ordered the same set-up two hours ago. Hopefully that tire does well in the snow for what it is.

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    Took car out in snow today after getting spooked in summer tyres during bad october storm - car is fabby in the snow with snow tyres!

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    I just put these on yesterday just in time for the mini snow storm, they are pretty good IMO.
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    ^^ looks good ^^
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    Blizzacks are beats. I had them.on my 2007 VW gti for winter and ha no problems at all. Short on money at the moment which is why I went with FIRESTONE and a set of steelies.

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