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I've started shopping my winter tire and the last place I went to, tried to scare me so he could sell me his stuff. I just want to know how credible he can be.

To make it short the guy was telling me to not put generic steel rims on my Koup SX because universal rim aren't perfect fit, they would be loose a bit, so in the long run they would damage my car. Is there any truth to this or he just trying to fill my bag with sh...

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I've started shopping my winter tire and the last place I went to, tried to scare me so he could sell me his stuff. I just want to know how credible he can be.

To make it short the guy was telling me to not put generic steel rims on my Koup SX because universal rim aren't perfect fit, they would be loose a bit, so in the long run they would damage my car. Is there any truth to this or he just trying to fill my bag with sh...

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Tx
As long as your steel rim fit you won't have ANY problem. The best thing is to get rim with same offset and ask for hubcentric! I've ride mine on steelies last winter without ANY issues!! As a matther of fact, I suggest to put rim for winter, that way it'll keep your mag from premature rust.

Belle couleur ta Koup!!!
There's a meet in Québec on september 18th..... wanna join??
 

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Tx for teh hub centric info. Well that's kinda what the guy at helie'n sport was telling me.. he just forgot to mention that there was adapter on the market for that...

Can you PM more info on the meeting in quebec?

Pis la couleur de ton char est belle y too :p
 

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Hub centric or lug centric doesn't matter. As long as the bolt pattern matches, and the lugs are tight you shouldn't have a problem.
 

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what tires are you looking at anyway?
share with the class please :)
 

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
Bridgestone Blizzak
Michelin X-Ice Xi2

These are my picks in order and after much research I'm going with Nokian.
All of these tires are not in the economy $ range and talked to a number of dealers tire guys to get there feedback.
I might adventually try a pair of Nokian WRG2 after my allseasons wear out, pretty cool tread design and some good reviews but they will never be as good as a fully dedicated winter tire.
 

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Hankook also has the IceBear W300, which is the step up from the iPike. Either way you'll love 'em but the IceBear tends to ride a little quieter in my experience. We sell a LOT of Hankooks here and it's for a very good reason.
 

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Hankook also has the IceBear W300, which is the step up from the iPike. Either way you'll love 'em but the IceBear tends to ride a little quieter in my experience. We sell a LOT of Hankooks here and it's for a very good reason.
Thanks for the info KiaTech, didn't hear about the Icebear until now. Just called my brother at Tirecraft and he mentioned that the Icebear is the new model that is a bit better than iPike and has the dual tread design that a few manufactures are starting to come out with. I'll go that route for this winter.
 

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hey guys, i just picked up some steelies yesterday from the dealership and i plan on using Goodyear Nordics for the winter. I used these tires the last 3 winter seasons on my old accent hatchback and they are fantastic in slush/snow packed/fluffy stuff. You can buy them at Canadian Tire and they are backed by their road hazard warranty (which i have had the pleasure of using last winter and was thankful!) Just an option you might wanna consider.
 

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well i have the EX model and the parts manager said i could down size to a 15" but i decided to stick with 16" and they costed $62.75/each, so taxes and everything in was $283.63.
 

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If you are going to pay $63 for ugly steel wheels, you may as well buy nice alloy wheels from Tire Rack for $85. If you buy tires and wheels they mount/balance for free and ship to your door. I bought MSW type 11 wheels for $93 and they are as nice as stock.
 

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you're welcome, as for my bazooka tube i had an appointment today for install and the custom shop here in kingston CANNOT guarantee they can take my car apart without scratching the plastic and/or breaking the tabs to the dash. Then they explain there are a bunch of yellow and black wires and they cannot distinguish which ones are the speaker wires (they were going to attempt to tap into those instead of takin apart my dash). they looked online and couldnt figure it out and even called the kia dealer here in town and they were unable to assist with the speaker wires. I went to the kia dealer and they insisted that if this custom cannot figure it out, then to not trust anyone else (ie: best but or future shop) as this custom shop apparently does all their remote starter installs for kia.
sigh, needless to say, i have no install and left with just my stock stereo. very disappointed needless to say.
 

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If you are going to pay $63 for ugly steel wheels, you may as well buy nice alloy wheels from Tire Rack for $85. If you buy tires and wheels they mount/balance for free and ship to your door. I bought MSW type 11 wheels for $93 and they are as nice as stock
 
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