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Old 10-11-2005, 02:49 AM   #1
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Rims in the Winter?

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?
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Old 10-11-2005, 02:51 AM   #2
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Ummmmm, what the hell? The rims aren't really what keeps the tire planted
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:02 AM   #3
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Ummmmm, what the hell? The rims aren't really what keeps the tire planted
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
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:20 AM   #4
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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?

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

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.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:25 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:33 AM   #6
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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.

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.
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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.

Now i've only driven in the snow once, but all season tires dont fare well with snow from my experience.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:44 AM   #8
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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.

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...
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:51 AM   #9
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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.
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Basically what hondaman said, it's just to protect your rims from corroding due to salt...where do you live?
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Basically what hondaman said, it's just to protect your rims from corroding due to salt...where do you live?
we are in philadelphia
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we are in philadelphia

Do they use a lot of salt there?
Just get winter rims, they're like $35 I think...
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Do they use a lot of salt there?
Just get winter rims, they're like $35 I think...
what do they look like?.....crap?...yea they use a LOT of salt here.
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what do they look like?.....crap?...yea they use a LOT of salt here.

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



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