Join Date: May 2011
Location: New Mexico
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I've been searching this forum for more hours than I'd care to admit, and I think I need to poll the experts before buying a new set of wheels for my 02 WRX Wagon (after-marketed with Cobb stage 2 power, stiffened suspension/sway bars, lightweight flywheel).
I'm sad to say that I just had my summer wheels stolen - 17" OZ Superleggeras with Bridgestone SO3 Pole Positions. I've been running my stock 16" rims with Michelin Bilzzaks as my winter wheels. It was a great combination while it lasted. Trouble is, I don't have a secure place to store an extra set of wheels, and unfortunately I hadn't changed over to my summer setup when I got my carport robbed !Cry!. So now I've decided to get a new set of wheels to "do it all" and get rid of the stock set.
Ground rules: I drive 95+% of the time in above-freezing temps, so I want the best summer performance possible from a tire that won't be utterly without grip on snow.
Wheels: I'm thinking of getting either OZ ultraleggeras or Enkei PFO1's. The Enkeis seem to have a slight edge in weight and price, but I was a happy OZ owner... I'd be open to other suggestions, but not really looking to compromise performance significantly in order to cut cost.
Tires: Of the "ultra high performance all season" tires it seems that the Michelin Pilot Sport AS get the best reviews. I was thinking about Pirelli PZero Neros, but the few reviews I read on tire rack were not good. Anything else worth considering? As I said, I'd like to lean as far as possible toward the summer performance end of the spectrum.
Specs: I was running 225/45/17's on the superleggeras with no clearance issues, but I'm ashamed to admit I don't remember how wide the rims were. I think the ultraleggeras come in 17x7 and 17x8, and the Enkeis come in 17x7.5.
- Dave in Albuquerque
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