Rims in the Winter?

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This might make me sound like a complete idiot, but this is just one of the millions of things I don't/didn't know about cars. A friend told me that you can only use rims about half of the year and switch to stock wheels in the winter. Is this true and is there any way to avoid this (aside from not buying rims) so that the money doesn't seem like a waste for half the year?

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Ummmmm, what the hell? The rims aren't really what keeps the tire planted

posted by  99integra

yes, but why get rims with the same normal tires...why get rims with the same shit..id get them with performance tires, and they have a tread that u get almost no grip to the snow...i just always saw getting rims as getting them with nice performance tires...not some all round year shit

posted by  6000LE

Well down here in Baton Rouge we can run summer performance tires year-round :smoke:

Do you mean you should only run summer performance tires when it's not snowing and buying a set of snow tires for the winter? If not then I dont know WTF you're trying to hint at.

posted by  thunderbird1100

Wait a sec, I just thought for a second (rare experience). When I buy rims on tirerack.com and then get matching tires (just for a quote), they let me choose an option where I get all season tires. This means that I get the rims and normal tires, no need to switch. Right?

PS Should've been in general, please forgive.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Dude u need NOT worry about this unless you have a high performance or even performance car. Say you have like a 98 Mustang Cobra, youd porlly only drive it on nice days, not in rain, and defn not in snow, and you would have like a 100 dollar pos with no insurance on it that u drive around every other day. If this is your daily driver NO you don't need to be switchin because it would be better for your tires lol. Defn not.

posted by  Pythias

Now i've only driven in the snow once, but all season tires dont fare well with snow from my experience.

posted by  thunderbird1100

Nah, I drive a 1999 Nissan Altima GXE, not performance in any way, shape, or form. It's not the tires im worried about. It's just that the low-profile tires have horrible traction and I don't want to get stuck in the snow everywhere. But if I put all-season tires on, I'll be fine, regardless of the rims. I think...

posted by  Nissan_Altima

This is meant to prevent damage from salt that may be placed on the roadways to prevent ice buildup. Driving with alloy wheels in such conditions would ruin them very quickly. Of course, it ruins the car they are on too but a bit more slowly...

This is only necessary if they place salt on the roads. In which case, I would advise that you do as they say, and also wash your car very frequently, particularly the undercarriage.

posted by  hondaman

Basically what hondaman said, it's just to protect your rims from corroding due to salt...where do you live?

posted by  chris_knows

we are in philadelphia

posted by  6000LE

Do they use a lot of salt there?
Just get winter rims, they're like $35 I think...

posted by  chris_knows

what do they look like?.....crap?...yea they use a LOT of salt here.

posted by  6000LE

Who cares they are mainly to preserve your other rims like hondaman said. Do you want to look real stylish and kool in 500 dollar rims in the freakin winter? :screwy:

posted by  Pythias

http://www.hubcaps-wheelcovers.com/_borders/Wheel_Steel_Sa.jpg

You can put hubcaps on there, but that's about it...or go for cheap some cheap rims that look nice...

posted by  chris_knows

Itd make life easier to have a set of wheels with snow tires mounted for the winter and another set with regular tires for outside of winter, but there is benefit other than convenience.

posted by  Oomba

But how bad for the rims can it be? I mean, many cars come with alloy or w.e rims stock meaning they won't switch them for the winter. If it doesn't ruin them that much, then would it really ruin the ones you can buy?

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Not really. Compared to like Canada and the more Northern states, they don't use it that much. They only use it every time it snows, which is about 5-6 times a winter. Which means that it will only be exposed to salt 15-20 days a year and you can wash them every day.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

They buy a set of steel wheels with covers if they are smart. I see them in auto catalogs all the time.

Or sometimes they put their good car away in winter, and drive a crap car around.

posted by  hondaman

if only I had that option...i dont even have a good car to drive in the summer.lol im kidding

posted by  6000LE

No you arent.

posted by  Oomba

At least he has a car to drive in the summer.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

to Oomba
http://www.ianai.net/jokes/forumpix/dude-owned.jpg

posted by  6000LE

Lets see the ownage in an instant replay
http://www.ronaldreagan.com/current_events/normal_owned21.jpg

posted by  6000LE

Its amazing how I still get where I need to go without settling for a shitty altima or neon.

posted by  Oomba

Yea because youre saving money to buy a car, and then total it because of lack of driving a "shitty" one. At least we have cars. Go take a hike....literally :mrgreen:

posted by  6000LE

How can you diss someone's car when you don't know what it likes to have one of your own?

EDIT: Also, mind explaining to me why an Atlima is shitty? It's comfortable, sits 5 people, and has good gas mileage. Let's face it, 99.9% of the time it doesn't matter what engine you have or how strong your car is...

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Damn son you told him. We gota chill tonight. DRIVE somewhere :)...im just rubbing it in his face :asshake:

posted by  6000LE

Oomba my boy just http://norcal3.com/owned/owned_ridin.jpg you. By the way that isnt your "car" is it? Might be your opinion of a good car. :laughing:

posted by  6000LE

Wow everyone is acting so damn immature lately :banghead:

posted by  99integra

Wow...you're disagreeing with the immaturity? Seems like just yesterday you would've been leading them, being the most immature...Is Steven growing up? :laughing: :laughing:

posted by  chris_knows

Heh, i don't really know lately :ohcrap:

posted by  99integra

Could be. Someone needs to take him under their wing and make him a man. :orglaugh:

posted by  6000LE

Hm this thread has gone to sh*t, but u know wut? that was some funny 0wn4g3 :thumbs:

posted by  C c C

I just have to say I laughed my ass of at this. And what will your first great car be? A ford probe? As if that is SOOO much superior to a Neon or an Altima. :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

posted by  Pythias

Is that directed to oomba? Because I have the neon and my friend has an altima. am i misunderstanding something. if its oomba youre dissing then :thumbs: to you!

posted by  6000LE

You need to stop being a little hoe to Oomba, hes actually been making some sense lately

posted by  99integra

keyword SOME

posted by  6000LE

Yeah, he's actually not so bad lately.

posted by  hondaman

Yes it was directed at oomba lol

posted by  Pythias

http://norcal3.com/owned/bikeowned.jpg

posted by  6000LE

Oomba has a great knowledge of cars. When he uses it, he makes sense. But for some reason, he also has a reason for flaming people randomly and saying shit about their cars. When he does that, he sounds more like an ass than a car specialist.

posted by  Nissan_Altima

Truer words have never been spoken. Open your mind Oomba. Steve has opened his closet to the world, follow him.

posted by  6000LE

Okay listen to me peanut, I am not gay, nor will i ever be. Now, if you don't stop with all these gay remarks then that will rule in the idea that you may be gay, so, I feel it is time you come out of your closet you dipshit and stop with these ****ing comments. And oh yea http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/99integra/gotpride.jpg

posted by  99integra

:pop:

posted by  jedimario

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