Subaru Outback Forums banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I have a 2017 Outback 3.6R (18" wheels). I will be buying snows as I have done for all my cars. In the past I have just had the snow mounted on the OEM rims. When my son bought an Impreza my mechanic recommended an extra set of rims since the TPMS sensors were "a pain" each time the tires were mounted. A few times my (previous) mechanic broke the sensors so I finally bought an extra set of rims.

I would prefer not to buy an extra set of rims for the outback. I store the tires up high on a rack and 18" rims with snows will be heavy. Will I be having problems with the sensors if I keep mounting / unmounting on the OEM rims or is the main advantage of the extra rims the cost savings of not paying for the mounting each time?

Thanks.
 

·
Registered
2013 Outback 2.5i Convenience
Joined
·
1,315 Posts
Will I be having problems with the sensors if I keep mounting / unmounting on the OEM rims or is the main advantage of the extra rims the cost savings of not paying for the mounting each time?
Whenever you put a tire on a rim, you stretch out the bead and over time you might have a bad seal and a continuously slow leak. That's one risk. TPMS damage is another. Then there is the cost savings of not having to pay for balancing tires 2x a year.

If I were you, I'd buy 17" tires and appropriate sized tires (either 225/65/17 or 215/70/17, these are within 1% of stock tires) as you would have more selection and likely better pricing.
So what if it makes them heavier for storage? It's not like you're taking them off the wall daily! And that's what you have a son for! I believe he owes you!
 

·
On the Super Mod Squad
2002 Pair: 3.0 VDC Wag & 2.5 Limited Sedan
Joined
·
26,193 Posts
For a what it could costs to mount and balance a set of tires twice a year ykubcan buy new wheels in two years. It's hard on the tires, can be hard on the wheels and sensors as well. I'm
beer,...less beer for you. :wink2:

I have 2 sets of snow tires on rims sitting in my garage right now. (one set for each subaru,...mounting and remounting 2x a year is expensive ).

and for the original poster, I hope a 17" rim / snow tire can be fitted to a 2017 subaru 3.6,
for the economy of buying snows at 17",...and for the protection of said rims with the deeper sidewall. (feb-april potholes).
@Brucey ? do you know?
 

·
Brucey
'17 3.6
Joined
·
11,283 Posts
beer,...less beer for you. :wink2:

I have 2 sets of snow tires on rims sitting in my garage right now. (one set for each subaru,...mounting and remounting 2x a year is expensive ).

and for the original poster, I hope a 17" rim / snow tire can be fitted to a 201y subaru 3.6,
for the economy of buying snows at 17",...and for the protection of said rims with the deeper sidewall. (feb-april potholes).
@Brucey ? do you know?
Factory 17s work fine I'm running them right now. I have 18" snow tires though because the wheels were free.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
39 Posts
I didn't like going down a size in rim and up a size in tires. The sidewall was too soft and the car had a lot of tilt in turns. To each their own.

You're best solution is to find a new place to store your winter tires so you don't need to lift them as high. I too have mine high, and and starting to consider finding a new spot because some day I'm going to drop one on my foot or worse.

Tom
 

·
Premium Member
2018 Outback 3.6R Touring Dark Blue Pearl, 2019 Crosstrek Premium CVT, 2017 Impreza 2.0i CVT, 2016 WRX 6MT ST2 FF
Joined
·
56 Posts
Consider purchasing one of these if you have space on the garage wall. Also, if you are not worried about how your OB looks during the winter you can get plain steel wheels for pretty cheap. The steel wheels will handle bad chuckholes far better than alloy wheels and can be bent back into shape if you run over a monster chuckhole.

I use steel wheels with winter tires on my WRX and I don't mind the industrial look for a few months of the year.
 

·
Registered
'17 OB 3.6R Touring [ex-'09 OB Ltd. (2009-16); ex-'01 Audi A6 Avant (2001-2009)]; '14 Impreza Sport Premium
Joined
·
887 Posts
I run a separate winter set. I go down a size in diameter and increase aspect ratio (taller sidewall) for the winter set. So on my '17 OB Touring 3.6 I have snows on a set of 17" OB Ltd wheels I got as take-offs from an OB Ltd.

So, for ex., maybe Blizzak 205/65R17s rather than the stock 18" lower profile tire (225/60R18 (?), just for ex.).
 

·
Registered
Outbrat XT, Foz, 3.0R Limited
Joined
·
4,605 Posts
beer,...less beer for you. :wink2:

I have 2 sets of snow tires on rims sitting in my garage right now. (one set for each subaru,...mounting and remounting 2x a year is expensive ).

and for the original poster, I hope a 17" rim / snow tire can be fitted to a 201y subaru 3.6,
for the economy of buying snows at 17",...and for the protection of said rims with the deeper sidewall. (feb-april potholes).
@Brucey ? do you know?
No beer, just tried using the mic to type. Tried to fix it and got interrupted and forgot.
 

·
Registered
'14 Subi OBW, '18 Subi Forester
Joined
·
1,757 Posts
3 vehicles in the household, 12 extra winter tires/wheels/TPMS sensors and in once case different lug nuts to boot!

A pain, but most definitely worth the investment. I can do the swap in my garage on my schedule a few days prior to the first chance of snow. No extra trips out or hanging out in a waiting room. TPMS programming as well thanks to the ATEQ Quickset tool.

It's true, however, that storage is starting to become a problem. Up until last year I just hefted them up over my head and hung them on hooks after popping out the center caps. Unfortunately, I'm aging.... and figure some day my not-so-stable-spine is going to go "TWANG" and I'm going to collapse and get crushed!

I have a loft over my garage, and so decided to take a fresh approach. I installed a Harbor Freight electric winch and now raise them to the 'second floor'. There is a risk as it does get pretty hot up there in the peak of summer, despite a good coverage of tall trees. Time will tell if it will have a negative impact on the rubber, but I figure a lot of folks in the South / Southwest have cars and tires that see some pretty impressive high temps as well.
 

·
Supporting Vendor
Tire & Wheel Specialists
Joined
·
851 Posts
Judydavid, as mentioned it may be cheaper, in the long run, to buy a new set of wheels for your winter tires. Here is a link to our web-site where you can plug in the year make and model of your Subaru to see all the wheels we have to fit your vehicle along with pricing:

Search Wheels | Discount tire Direct

Please let us know if you have any question.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top