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Old 01-03-2014, 05:32 AM   #57
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Yea I commute 60mi a day. And I drive a lot in general.

The setup ain't cheap but not crazy either. Tire rack has these tires @ 131 each, with wheels at 58 each. Around 580 w/ shipping for tires alone as tire rack had no steelies in stock. With wheels the entire package came out to ~$790.

I'm trying to get this set up as soon as possible so I'm also getting quotes from Firestone, Ganley VW, and HS Tuning since they're all local. Apparently steelies are hard to find right now but Firestone has plenty of Blizzaks since they distribute them.

Firestone quoted me out the door at $630 for tires, taxes and mounting in that price. I dont know what it'll be with wheels yet. Have to recall the other places. Dealer quoted $110 for steelies each. That's... insane.

I'm thinking that if I can come out around $700-800 for these sexy winter tires and steelies it'll be acceptable. A little higher I can stomach but I don't really want to. I'm okay at finding deals but mostly I settle for average because I don't like having to hassle with it.
I didn't know you could get steelies that cheap. ECS has them roughly at 94 a wheel. I'm going to have to look at Tirerack. Hopefully they will get some steelies in stock soon.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:55 PM   #58
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Firestone in Rocky River can source them for $75 which is only $10 over their cost from a third party. I think that ~70 is an average price and the TireRack price of $58 is a good price.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:57 PM   #59
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Ended up getting Blizzak LM-32s from Firestone @ $121 each and steelies at $75 each. Not the cheapest option, but I just drove nearly 100 miles since mounting them this afternoon and it's been good. They aren't nearly as squishy as the Blizzak WS70s I've had previously and I've never used steel wheels before but I like them.

Time to find some cheap Tiguan center caps. I hear you can get them for around $17/each but we'll see.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:22 PM   #60
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Ended up getting Blizzak LM-32s from Firestone @ $121 each and steelies at $75 each. Not the cheapest option, but I just drove nearly 100 miles since mounting them this afternoon and it's been good. They aren't nearly as squishy as the Blizzak WS70s I've had previously and I've never used steel wheels before but I like them.

Time to find some cheap Tiguan center caps. I hear you can get them for around $17/each but we'll see.
Nice. I do like how mk6s look with the steelies. Could you take some photos?
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:24 PM   #61
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Ended up getting Blizzak LM-32s from Firestone @ $121 each and steelies at $75 each. Not the cheapest option, but I just drove nearly 100 miles since mounting them this afternoon and it's been good. They aren't nearly as squishy as the Blizzak WS70s I've had previously and I've never used steel wheels before but I like them.

Time to find some cheap Tiguan center caps. I hear you can get them for around $17/each but we'll see.
I'm torn about what to do now lol. A buddy is trying to sell me some Golf R brakes...I'd love to have those but I also need tires...
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Golf R brakes are a decent upgrade, but they are heavy. I hear it's good enough for daily driving though. You might look into R32 fronts and rears from the MKVs - their brake set up is compatible and supposedly good for DDing with a little tracking. Other budget options is the TTRS set up I just picked up, or stalking used parts sales. I saw someone selling a VWR BBK for $2400 today on this site. You can probably wiggle that a little and still get a great price on a very quality big brake kit that has gone on sale once since being brought to market. MSRP is $2900 and it was dropped about 10% for the first time ever last month. If I was more serious about tracking or autocross I would have sprung for that kit, but I went with the retrofit TTRS set up. In the end, my little gokart is still a daily driver so I need to make a few small concessions. Stopping at K04 instead of Stage 3+, smaller brake kit...

These new snow tires are really nice in the cleared, plowed roads right now. I don't know how much they give up in terms of pure snow drivability, but they feel much more civilized than the WS70s I was using the last few years. For winter tires on wet/clear pavement, they don't really give up much from all-seasons. Ordered some Tiguan steel-wheel caps for $22/each today also. That should complete a nice clear look.

All the work of finding winter tires has had me looking at summer wheels though. Noticed Neuspeed recently introduced a wheel that looks a lot like the VMR 705s - that classic 5-spoke look with a deep concave always catches my attention.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:30 PM   #63
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Nice. I do like how mk6s look with the steelies. Could you take some photos?
I'll try and take some tomorrow when the sun is up

I just spent the last few hours rinsing off the car and cleaning the interior. Salt from people's shoes just spray onto everything, plus I transported my OEM Serrons in the back and I didn't bag them tightly, so they dripped salty slush on some interior surfaces.
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Golf R brakes are a decent upgrade, but they are heavy. I hear it's good enough for daily driving though. You might look into R32 fronts and rears from the MKVs - their brake set up is compatible and supposedly good for DDing with a little tracking. Other budget options is the TTRS set up I just picked up, or stalking used parts sales. I saw someone selling a VWR BBK for $2400 today on this site. You can probably wiggle that a little and still get a great price on a very quality big brake kit that has gone on sale once since being brought to market. MSRP is $2900 and it was dropped about 10% for the first time ever last month. If I was more serious about tracking or autocross I would have sprung for that kit, but I went with the retrofit TTRS set up. In the end, my little gokart is still a daily driver so I need to make a few small concessions. Stopping at K04 instead of Stage 3+, smaller brake kit...

These new snow tires are really nice in the cleared, plowed roads right now. I don't know how much they give up in terms of pure snow drivability, but they feel much more civilized than the WS70s I was using the last few years. For winter tires on wet/clear pavement, they don't really give up much from all-seasons. Ordered some Tiguan steel-wheel caps for $22/each today also. That should complete a nice clear look.

All the work of finding winter tires has had me looking at summer wheels though. Noticed Neuspeed recently introduced a wheel that looks a lot like the VMR 705s - that classic 5-spoke look with a deep concave always catches my attention.

I thought the MKV R32 brakes and Golf R brakes were pretty much the same? Oh well, its not a bad deal. 650 for the front brakes, and they have 400 miles on them.
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I thought the R32 brakes were different enough to consider separately?

Anyways, pictures of steel wheels and snow tires. The specs for steelies are 16x6.5 ET50, hub size 57.1, 5x112 bolt pattern. These are Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32s.

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I just looked at how black my steelies are - so plain and boring, except for the crusty salt all over it!

I cannot wait for these VW Tiguan wheel caps to come in. Keffer VW shipped them today, so it'll be a few days. And I'm excited to see the blind spot mirrors in from Allset tomorrow. Should be good!
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Office closed today due to frozen machinery and no heat! My pipes are frozen at home but still. Adult snow day aw yea!

Allset's euro blind spot mirrors showed up today. Going to put them to the test in a few hours. Excited to see how much better my blind spot gets!


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I am interested on how the blind spot mirrors turn out!
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Hard to show in pictures but it's got that "security mirror in drugstore aisle" feel to them. Definitely shows more area but the warped face means getting used to the new spatial display.
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OEM VW Tiguan wheel caps came in, spent another two minutes pulling off the old ones and popping these on. Added onto the steel wheels. Looks like it belongs and covers some of the bare metal from salt exposure. Hopefully I can wash my car this weekend without it freezing almost instantly.

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