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I'm looking to get a set of snow tires for my 2017 2.5i Touring, and I think I'd like to get a set of steel rims as well. I think I'd probably go with 17" rims, which I think means I can just get 225/60R17 tires (compared to OEM being 225/55/R18) and not have to worry about any size mismatches?

I'll probably buy tires from my local Costco, they have a deal right now on Blizzak WS80s, and the tech I spoke with recommended those over the Michelin - X-Ice Xi3 anyways. Internet reviews of the two tires seem to rate them about equal, any thoughts on these on Forester? Costco also said they'd install on any set of rims I bring in, as well as mount the new rims on the car for me.

The only thing I haven't figured out yet is which rims to go with. I've found a few on Discount Tire & Tire Rack, to my untrained eye they all look the same, but I was curious if anyone has recommendations, or know of a good salvage yard near Boston, MA that might have a set of wheels for cheap? Or, alternatively, is getting a second set of rims actually worthwhile?

Am I missing anything?
 

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At Discount Tire last year when I purchased my snow tires I got these wheels for only 11 dollars more than the ugly steel wheels.
I'm not too concerned about looks, I mean, I did buy myself a Forester after all! More concerned about actual wheel/tire sizing and what makes sense for a 2017 Forester.

I did go eyeball the 18" wheels and brake calipers this morning and I'm pretty sure a 17" wheel would fit, which makes sense seeing as the other trims use 17" wheels.
 

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WS80 on 17" steel rim here. More rubber to absorb potholes and tires are cheaper, but depends on how much more expensive alloy rims are it may be worth the upgrade.
 

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Having a second set of wheels/rims for winter is highly recommended (if you drive in snow/ice a lot). Only initial costs are the tires, rims, and their installation (i.e., tires mounted onto wheels); from then on, you go without having to pay a shop $80 or so 2x a year when you want to swap out your summers for winters on just one set of rims. Buy a torque wrench for your lugs, and you're set.

I went with the Blizzak WS80s and would buy them again.

I found on craigslist a solid pair of barely used Outback rims that matched my Forester's specs exactly. Well worth the money spent.
 

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This is one place where tirerack might be good on price..

Tires + wheels gets you free roadforce mount and balance too.

The blizzaks are pretty soft if you drive on wet/dry roads in winter you might consider Michelin xice xi3 as they are more like a standard touring tire that is really good in the winter.

I have also had the ws-80, ws-70, and dmv2 blizzaks and quite a few other brands to compare them to.

The new continental wintercontact si also look very good.

and of course the normal nokian offerings wrg4 suv, R2 etc
 

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I'm looking to get a set of snow tires for my 2017 2.5i Touring, and I think I'd like to get a set of steel rims as well. I think I'd probably go with 17" rims, which I think means I can just get 225/60R17 tires (compared to OEM being 225/55/R18) and not have to worry about any size mismatches?

I'll probably buy tires from my local Costco, they have a deal right now on Blizzak WS80s, and the tech I spoke with recommended those over the Michelin - X-Ice Xi3 anyways. Internet reviews of the two tires seem to rate them about equal, any thoughts on these on Forester? Costco also said they'd install on any set of rims I bring in, as well as mount the new rims on the car for me.

The only thing I haven't figured out yet is which rims to go with. I've found a few on Discount Tire & Tire Rack, to my untrained eye they all look the same, but I was curious if anyone has recommendations, or know of a good salvage yard near Boston, MA that might have a set of wheels for cheap? Or, alternatively, is getting a second set of rims actually worthwhile?

Am I missing anything?

It is common to fit 17-inch wheels on your Subaru for winter use. You can search Discount Tire Direct by vehicle to make it easier.

Home | Discount Tire Direct

You may want to consider an alloy wheel over steel if the price is right. Alloy wheels typically weigh less which translates into less power loss. The MB Wheels Wynter is an economical choice and has nice styling to boot.

I'll add that DTD will mount and road force balance any tire and wheel combination for no additional charge and it looks like they have the WS80 readily available.

If we can be of any assistance please let us know - we're here to help!
 
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