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I'm seriously considering purchasing a set of 4 steel (16" ?) wheels with winter/snow tyres (after all I just had all 4 wheels off just to paint the callipers, so I know how much work it is to swap them)

Any traders on here able to get me a quote for this?

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I got 4 winter prepped alloys waiting at the dealers for me. Just waiting for the little lady there to find some decent tires, since i refused the ones she had got on them from the beginning, since i specificly ordered brand names, either Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear or Nokian... they had put Hancook on... nothing wrong with them, but im paying, so prefer someting i have experience, and confidence in.

But, hoping she finds somethign soon, so i have them ready for december.
 

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Anybody know of any business that offers winter tyres on cheap steel wheels ? This is quite normal in Switzerland, you go and buy a set of winter tyres on wheels for your car and swap em when it snows.

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Targ86 said:
why not just swap the tyres? Rather than fit heavy ugly steel wheels.
I don't have the tools to swap tyres but I do have a jack and the ability to change wheels when the weather forecast says its going to snow. I also would prefer any slides into kerbs or salt not to damage my alloys which will be sat safe and sound in my Garage

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Besides I quite like the idea of steel wheels in the slush, haven't you ever seen a fit bird with DM's on?



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Targ86 said:
why not just swap the tyres? Rather than fit heavy ugly steel wheels.
because every time you pop a tyre off it's rim, you risk damaging it so it doesnt seal properly anymore. better to mount a tyre to a wheel and leave it so you can use it until it's worn. especially winter tyres because they're more expensive
 

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Alec, you just made the first worthy case for steel rims EVER... and im an old tyre guy.... thou hast mine respect kind sir!... :p (And yea, lets get a vote on national level, NO MORE LONG DRESSES! ) hehe
 

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MikaelSE said:
Alec, you just made the first worthy case for steel rims EVER... and im an old tyre guy.... thou hast mine respect kind sir!... :p (And yea, lets get a vote on national level, NO MORE LONG DRESSES! ) hehe
I'll vote for that!!


(Alec, I'll post my wheel check results later this week in here...)
 

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Just found this firm, anyone dealt with them before ?

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Have a look on www.oponeo.co.uk

I got my winter tyres from them for my last car. They sell steel wheels as well. Looking at the specs Subaru Forester wheel fitment is the same as the GT86. 5x100 bolt pattern 56.1mm hub spacing and offset of 48 if i'm not mistaken.


They are a lot cheaper than anywhere else I have found.
 

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For really cheap I would suggest used OE impreza wheels from ebay :)

Thinking outside the box a little I would get the winter tyres put on your original wheels, and buy yourself some nice summer wheels which complement the car a little better than the original ones do in my opinion :)
 

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Thinking outside the box a little I would get the winter tyres put on your original wheels, and buy yourself some nice summer wheels which complement the car a little better than the original ones do in my opinion :)
Certainly what I'm planning to do. Will be in contact for a nice new set of rims when the snow begins to melt
 

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Found these steel wheels on the oponeo site

Alcar KFZ 9680,6.50Jx16,Spacing:5x100,Central hole: 57, ET(offset): 42.00 £43 each,

they also supply Avon Ice Touring ST 205/55R16 91 H at £58 each, which according to willtheyfit.com should be the right size on those wheels

According to the comparison test here the Avons come 20th when comparing wet and snow performance, but are only 0.5m behind the winning tyre in the wet (which is more likely to be the main conditions they are used in) and are about £30 a tyre cheaper

Total £404 for 4 new wheels and winter tyres

Any informed comments on the size, the tyres or the company ?

Alec

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Prices of wheels have gone up since yesterday ! Now £54 a pop, should have ordered them then , Doh


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I've got a local dealer (Tyrz in Bollington) on the case to see if they can source the same stuff and get it in the workshop so we can give it a try rather than sending off to Poland then finding it doesn't fit.

I tried giving the Polish lot an e-mail to ask if they could fit the tyres to the wheels and got back the following:


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I’m interested in the following

4 Alcar KFZ 9680 steel wheels
4 Avon Ice Touring ST 205/55R16 91 H

If I ordered at same time could tyres be fitted to wheels for shipping ?

Alec

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Dear Mr Keeler,

Thank you for your e-mail.

In order to check the compatibility of the wheels with your car, I need you to provide the following data:

- make and model of the car
- body type
- production year
- engine type and power

With this data provided, we will be able to check if the wheels are suitable for your car.

We have Avon Ice Touring ST 205/55R16 91 H in stock. The price is 59 pounds, so a set of four would cost 236 pounds.

We do not provide fitting. You will have to do it by yourself.

Should you have any other questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact us again.

Kind regards,


Adam Piechocki
International Intervention and Orders Specialist
Oponeo.co.uk

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Car is a 2012 Toyota GT86

Standard wheels are 17” pc 5x100 offset 42 central hole 56.9 with 215/45 R17 V87 tyres

I have purchased a 2007 Subarus Impreza spacesaver (which is a 16” wheel) and it clears the front callipers, see http://www.keelerweb.webspace.virginmedia.com/AlecWeb/GT86/Pages/Spare_Wheel_-_29_Sep_2012.html and http://www.gt86ownersclub.co.uk/forum/spacesaver_topic915_post14690.html?KW=#14690

So I’m hoping that your steel wheels would also clear the calliper

Alec
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Dear Mr Keeler,

Thank you for your e-mail.

Unfortunately, we do not have steel wheels for your car in our offer. Therefore, I am afraid we are not able to help you.

Should you have any other questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact us again.

Kind regards,


Adam Piechocki
International Intervention and Orders Specialist
Oponeo.co.uk
 
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