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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old July 30th, 2020, 18:39   #16
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I put General Altimax Arctic's on the factory steels in the factory size. They work extremely well.

+1 for General Altimax Arctic. Pretty cheap too (General is made by Continental, so they are inexpensive but not "cheap" quality.) I tried some Cooper Evolution Winter tires on the front last year because they were cheap on Amazon, and they were fine too, but I think the Altimax's are slightly better in both snow and on pavement.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 02:24   #17
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Get some 16" wheels and run the correct 16" size: 205/55-16.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 03:41   #18
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https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=Altimax+Arcti c+12&partnum=965TR5AA12XL&vehicleSearch=true&fromC ompare1=yes&autoMake=Volkswagen&autoYear=2002&auto Model=Golf%20GLS%20TDi&autoModClar=&cameFrom=Winte rSection


Or go for steelie 15" rims and a set of these, a good budget package.
Should be able to come in at ~ $500 with some used rims.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 04:12   #19
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15s are a good idea on a Golf. I ran 15s on mine and it rode much better and was immune to potholes.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 09:06   #20
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And the 195 width is advantageous in a snow tire. Don't know about a 15"
rim with 5x112 lug pattern for the OP's 2012 but, I'll assume you could find some.
I was thinking a set of Avus. If I had a need for a dedicated set of
wheels for the winter, the above is what I'd run.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 12:23   #21
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MKV Rabbits and MKVI Jettas both came with 15" steel wheels in gasser form. Avus obviously won't work.
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Old July 31st, 2020, 13:00   #22
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"MKV Rabbits and MKVI Jettas both came with 15" steel wheels in gasser form." IBW

Figgered you'd be the guy who knows, {;o)
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Old August 1st, 2020, 19:42   #23
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I’m planning to go 205-60-16 on my next set of winter tires. I currently am running 205-55-16 Hakka R2 which have really good traction, but one succumbed to road hazard of some sort last winter. That’s 2 out of 8 Hakkas I’ve run which didn’t wear the tread off. I’ve not had another brand of tire fail in the last 25 years. I’m not sure what I will go with next.

BTW the failed tire was on the front but I could have sworn it was on the back from how the car behaved. Not a thing, nothing at all, nothing came through the steering while the car shook as if a rear tire was out of round. The left front wore a bald patch about 6 in long on half the tread width and was noticeably bulged when I took it off.
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Wait for the General Rebate and you get the Altimax Arctic 12. You get a free tire by waiting for the rebate. Conti owns general and the tires are fantastic. Same goes for the RT43 or whatever the summer tire is called. I've been ice racing and rallycrossing for over 30 years and used all the Blizzaks, Hakka 10, 1, NRW, etc... The Altimax 12 is pretty close to the Blizzak on Ice and still really good in deep snow. The long extinct hakka Q was the best ice tire ever, but since those days I think the other makers have caught up. Blizzaks are not as good in deep snow as Generals, but marginally better on smooth ice. You pay a price though, you will kill blizzaks in a hurry on dry pavement. Note that the Altimax Arctic 12 replaced the Altimax Arctic last year. The 12 has a lot more sipes, so it's better on ice without sacrificing snow performance.
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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Tires is a good option, you can find a lot of positive reviews about this product on the internet.
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