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While I am aware of the tire thread in the Gen 5 forum, I find it filled with clutter and very little information relevant to what is available in Canada. My questions are based on the wheel size info from here.

Please let me know what you have used.

Is anyone using Michelin X-Ice3's? Are you using 17 inch or 18 inch diameter?

There only seems to be 18 inch compatible: 91224 225/60R18 100 H (Michelin Tires). (Blizzak WS80's have the 17 versions: 225/65R17 102H here).

So I'll probably just go with 18 inch wheels. I would prefer that the wheels be hub centric, but I have not been able to find 56.1 mm center bore, 18 inch rims anywhere.

Where can I find some 18 inch 56.1 center bore rims with 5x114.3 bolt pattern, 7 inch width, and 48-55 offset?

I am leaning toward steels as alloys are just too expensive for winter use...
 

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I don't have a 3.6ltd but rather a lowly 2.5i.... That said I just bought some new snow tires last week.

I bought 17s and would suggest you do the same.... They are cheaper and the 225 65 17 size is quite easy to find.

Since I had the base 2.5 my outback came with 17" steelies from the factory which became my winter wheels. You should look around junk yards for some and may be able to find them. Alternatively, you can buy them online from one of the subaru parts retailers if you are able to drive across the border and pick them up.

As for which tires.... I chose the new Blizzak ws80 because I'm in Ottawa and because I got them for a steal. The deal is still on at Costco I thought nk where I got the tires for 127 each plus tax and install after the 70$ discount.

I have xice on my van and the blizzaks I feel are better suited for ottawa winters. If I love very in Toronto or southern Ontario or even Calgary for that matter I wrought probably buy the xice because their longer lasting and better suited to the warmer climes I think.
 

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I run Blizzak DMV1 on my truck and they are wonderful. My Outback came with Nokian winter tires (that I will get next month). My dealer has one particular wheel model that is bolt-on on the Outback. They looks nice to me, So I will have my tires mounted on a set of these. The sell for 180$ +tx each. These are 18''.

This is a Montreal Based distributor, but I guess you can reach them. They have a couple different models.
http://www.rwcwheels.com/fr/site/collection/roues-hiver/subaru/sb40]

 

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The Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2 actually rated higher at Consumer Reports than the model 3 in the categories wet and dry braking, as well as handling and hydroplaning. That's why I went for those, along with the RWC rims above in 17" (gunmetal colour, dealership charged $150 a piece). Got tires on sale at Canadian Tire. Very pleased.
 

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While I am aware of the tire thread in the Gen 5 forum, I find it filled with clutter and very little information relevant to what is available in Canada. My questions are based on the wheel size info from here.

Please let me know what you have used.

Is anyone using Michelin X-Ice3's? Are you using 17 inch or 18 inch diameter?

There only seems to be 18 inch compatible: 91224 225/60R18 100 H (Michelin Tires). (Blizzak WS80's have the 17 versions: 225/65R17 102H here).

So I'll probably just go with 18 inch wheels. I would prefer that the wheels be hub centric, but I have not been able to find 56.1 mm center bore, 18 inch rims anywhere.

Where can I find some 18 inch 56.1 center bore rims with 5x114.3 bolt pattern, 7 inch width, and 48-55 offset?

I am leaning toward steels as alloys are just too expensive for winter use...
 

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We have used X-ice3 mounted on 18" steel rims on our 2016Outback3.6 for the last 4 winters with excellent results.

Great traction and highly predicatable.

Originally purchased as a pre-mounted and balanced winter tire pkg from Tire Rack then self-installed which proved to be very convenient and affordable.
 
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