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03-20-2006, 09:58 PM
i currently own a gti with the 18's and summer tires and next year i will be bringing the car up to maine with me for school. i was wondering if i could get some suggestions for some winter tires at reasonable price. thanks
03-20-2006, 10:25 PM
Best thing to do is look at a place like TireRack and order 4 steel wheels and Snows from them.
The major players are the Bridgestone Blizzaks, or Nokian Tires.
03-20-2006, 10:55 PM
03-20-2006, 11:42 PM
i was lookin today actually and i found that steel wheels are not available for the car yet but they do have "cheap" packages 7 and change for 16's wheels and tires
03-20-2006, 11:43 PM
thats a bunch tho i got till next december so i aint in a rush
03-21-2006, 12:19 AM
There are also some reasonably priced all season tires that would fit the 18 inch wheels. Obviously some of the handling would be compromised by the swap but I think in Maine (I'm in Pa which can be just as snowy during a rough winter) requires the compromise.
Don't quote me on this because the line between dealer-babble and actual fact can be a fine one, but I believe that any switch from 18 to 17 and so on requires a new wheel alignment. For 500-600 bucks you could just get the all seasons mounted and be done with the problem. Plus you'd keep the good-looking wheels year round.
03-21-2006, 01:18 AM
I bought some New Beetle wheels from a NB owner on Vortex for my snows on my old GTI. You could try looking around for something like that. Pic for grins . . .
03-21-2006, 07:00 AM
the only problem with puttinng the tires on my current rims is that i would have to switch them out when i went back home to savannah, georgia during the summer months and that would cost lots eventually
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