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Old 06-19-2019, 01:43 PM   #4089
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For a 2018 BRZ Premium, do you recommend this setup for winter tires?

195 / 55
Rims: 16 x 6.5 ET 35

or should I prefer another dimensions?


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Old 06-19-2019, 02:18 PM   #4090
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I'd probably go for 195/60R16 (D +2.41% vs stock 215/45R17) (vs 195/55R16 that is -0.70%). Slight extra ground clearance/sidewall height (0.6in) won't hurt.
Also tire sizing is just one of things to consider, just as with summer types, tire model/vendor/type/compound matters more then that.
BTW, do you see winter weather at all in Turkey? Your location in profile somehow completely doesn't go in my mind along list of countries where winter tires might be needed :/
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:35 PM   #4091
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I'd probably go for 195/60R16 (D +2.41% vs stock 215/45R17) (vs 195/55R16 that is -0.70%). Slight extra ground clearance/sidewall height (0.6in) won't hurt.
Also tire sizing is just one of things to consider, just as with summer types, tire model/vendor/type/compound matters more then that.
BTW, do you see winter weather at all in Turkey? Your location in profile somehow completely doesn't go in my mind along list of countries where winter tires might be needed :/
Thank you, 60 for better ground clearance is a good idea.. Our roads get worse in winter here (I mean holes etc.)

I'm in Ankara, in the center of Turkey. We must use winter tires by law. My house is outside the city, and it usually snows ~1 months to the city and ~1.5-2 months to my house I've used Continental winter tires in the past, and they were nice. What would you recommend?
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My choice for next winter will be michelin x-ice north 4 (from most reviews seem current best), for previous two winters were nokian hakkapeliita 8 (observed cons - easily loose studs when drifting and start only with 205 width). But they both are studded, thus banned in most mid-europe countries due damaging tarmac pavement. Studded do wonders if trackdays are on ice tracks though .
From non studded in country with actual snow & ice in winter i'd probably choose between michelin x-ice3, bridgestone blizzak ws80, nokian hakkapeliita r2.
About contis, i heard that they are good middle ground, not among very best leaders but also with no big cons, and that their studs last longer due being glued in. No own experience newer then 7 years and on this car with continental winter tires though.
Haven't studdied much "european" winter tires (of less sipes in thread, a bit harder compound, for better properties on clean roads vs snow/ice for which "nordic" winter tires concentrate on) / all-seasons, so not much i can say on those, just that given how careful you went with tire sizing choice and that you actually do have to drive over snow/ice, imho worth to not consider all-seasons. Such are better then summer tires, but still one can easily enough get stranded.
Probably i'll never consider misc. contraptions other then proper winter tires on these cars. Yes, sometimes snow chains/snow socks and alike things can provide even more grip, but most probably if one ever will need more grip then good winter tires provide, then one will not be able to drive these cars anyway, due their relatively low ground clearance. Bulldozer shaped front bumper will instead of sliding over soon accumulate big pile of snow in front, stopping car, if you'll try to drive in too deep of snow .
Tires aside, also worth in winter to carry in trunk some extra items set, eg. snow brush with ice scrape, towing rope, jumpstart wires, snow shovel. If not for oneself then to help others .

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I'm about the get the Rays gram lights 57CR but still not sure if I should go with 179 +38 or 189.5 +38? I'm still on stock suspension and planning to get the RCE yellow lowering springs ( It's my daily and planning to do something drifting down the line)

I'm looking for the best option for handling and fitment. I want the option with the least amount of modifications I could make to get the perfect fitment.

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I'm about the get the Rays gram lights 57CR but still not sure if I should go with 179 +38 or 189.5 +38? I'm still on stock suspension and planning to get the RCE yellow lowering springs ( It's my daily and planning to do something drifting down the line)

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17x9 +38 will weigh less and fit better with less mods required than 18x9.5 +38.

I'd get 245/40/17s for them. Also get camber bolts for the front; they are inexpensive, add grip, and install easy. I paid $19 for SPC 81305 camber bolts.

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17x9 +38 will weigh less and fit better with less mods required than 18x9.5 +38.



I'd get 245/40/17s for them. Also get camber bolts for the front; they are inexpensive, add grip, and install easy. I paid $19 for SPC 81305 camber bolts.



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