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Looking around for steel rims and snow tires. We have 18 inch wheels. I only see 17 inch wheels at tire rack. Can't seem to find 18 steel wheels around for the outback. Should I go with 17 inch wheels and tires? What would be the best size 17in tire?
 

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Looking around for steel rims and snow tires. We have 18 inch wheels. I only see 17 inch wheels at tire rack. Can't seem to find 18 steel wheels around for the outback. Should I go with 17 inch wheels and tires? What would be the best size 17in tire?
The Base and Premium models come standard with 17 inch wheels, and their tire sizes (225/65-R17) make for (basically) the same diameter as the 18's with their standard tire sizes. Just go with the 17's.
 

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If you can find some, go with Nokian Hakkapelita 8 or 9. Best winter tire.
 

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We have a couple of Nokian Hakkapelitta tires in stock with more to come.

Here is a link to them:

Nokian Hakkapelitta Tires | Discount Tire Direct

Here is a link to our 17 inch Subaru steel wheel as well:

17 Inch Subaru Wheels | Discount Tire Direct

Send us a PM if you would like a quote.
A thread hijack here;

How do tire pressure sensors work when you have two sets of wheels? Or do people just not have sensors in the winter steel wheels and have the warning lights on all season?

I'm going to be in need of winter wheels/tires for a 2013 outback in two months time.

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A thread hijack here;



How do tire pressure sensors work when you have two sets of wheels? Or do people just not have sensors in the winter steel wheels and have the warning lights on all season?



I'm going to be in need of winter wheels/tires for a 2013 outback in two months time.



Thanks,


I put on my winter wheels (or summer wheels) and drive to Discount Tire (3 blocks away) and they calibrate them for free.
 

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A thread hijack here;

How do tire pressure sensors work when you have two sets of wheels? Or do people just not have sensors in the winter steel wheels and have the warning lights on all season?

I'm going to be in need of winter wheels/tires for a 2013 outback in two months time.

Thanks,
You can run the winter combo with TPMS sensors or with rubber valves. If the latter, the TPMS light will turn on.

If you run TPMS sensors, you will need to have the sensor ID's synced to the vehicle every time you swap between assemblies. This is a simple process, though, and any tire shop should have the capability to do this for you.

Another option is to run sensors that can be cloned. By cloning the new sensors to the existing sensors allows you to swap between assemblies each year without having to have the TPMS system synced.
 

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Thanks. That's interesting.

So the easiest would be to go to a tire shop, get some steel wheels (like the $70 ones linked to), buy some clone able sensors and tires. Then I can swap myself and never need to go back to have sensors changed over etc?

And is the cheaper option to buy some generic clone able sensors off ebay/amazon, get some used Outback wheels (maybe even with winter tires), and then have the tire shop fit them and do the cloning?

I guess ordering tires already mounted to rims with clone able sensors installed, will still need a trip to a tire shop to do the cloning?

I'll now have to start looking for a good winter tire for Salt Lake City (i.e. no need for studs or to be able to drive through a heap of snow, just something to deal with a little snow, ice, cold temperatures and trips up to Park City every now and then).

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I answered your questions below in BOLD text :29:

Thanks. That's interesting.

So the easiest would be to go to a tire shop, get some steel wheels (like the $70 ones linked to), buy some clone able sensors and tires. Then I can swap myself and never need to go back to have sensors changed over etc?

Once the sensors are cloned, the assemblies can be changed over accordingly without the need for resetting the TPMS system.

And is the cheaper option to buy some generic clone able sensors off ebay/amazon, get some used Outback wheels (maybe even with winter tires), and then have the tire shop fit them and do the cloning?

From our experience, economical sensors aren't that reliable and are frequently DOA. I recommend the clone able sensor from Schrader called EZ-Sensor.

I guess ordering tires already mounted to rims with clone able sensors installed, will still need a trip to a tire shop to do the cloning?

Yes, the tire and wheel assembly will need to be taken to a local shop initially so that the sensors can be cloned to the existing sensors.

I'll now have to start looking for a good winter tire for Salt Lake City (i.e. no need for studs or to be able to drive through a heap of snow, just something to deal with a little snow, ice, cold temperatures and trips up to Park City every now and then).

A solid tire option to consider is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7. In O.E. sizing, this tire is economical and delivers solid handling for a winter tire.

225/65R-17 Hakkapeliitta 7 | Discount Tire Direct


Thanks all,
 

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I answered your questions below in BOLD text :29:
Thanks, that's all great to read. I think I'm sold on basically that package. The hassle in finding used rims, getting tires mounted etc, just doesn't seem worth it. If I can get everything delivered assembled, then I can go to a tire shop in my own good time for the cloning, and run the wheels in the meantime.

Those tires also look appropriate. I know I don't need the full on studded goodness that those farther to the north need. I'll most likely order basically this package in a months time when I've moved there.

Thank you,
 

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Thanks, that's all great to read. I think I'm sold on basically that package. The hassle in finding used rims, getting tires mounted etc, just doesn't seem worth it. If I can get everything delivered assembled, then I can go to a tire shop in my own good time for the cloning, and run the wheels in the meantime.

Those tires also look appropriate. I know I don't need the full on studded goodness that those farther to the north need. I'll most likely order basically this package in a months time when I've moved there.

Thank you,
Happy to help and if you have any questions in the interim, feel free to shoot us a PM :29:
 
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