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I'll be looking for winter tires to replace the 19" all-season tires & wheels as well. Want to keep the factory tires and wheels in great shape. Living in eastern Canada & our winters are snow & salt etc.

I'll also want to drop down from 19" tires/wheels to 18 or 17" as they perform better in snow etc not to mention cheaper.

Anyone live in Canada or the North East U.S. that knows what I'm talking about have winter tire suggestions that really do the job well & don't have tread that wears out prematurely? I know winter tires wear faster but some more than others.

 

Thanks

 

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check the forums under wheels and tires has been discussed and a lot of info for the asking.......

 

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Ok, for all the newbies. Once again,  A Winter Tire Primer

 

2008 through 2012 (mid year change) models can use 16 or 17 in wheels if you have the small brakes.

2012 (big brake models) through today's models can only use 17+ inch wheels for winter.  Why would you want to use 17 vs 19?  You want a taller sidewall!  Better traction in deep snow and more tire sidewall to prevent wheel damage on pot holes.  The 17 inch tire size so your speedo remains accurate is 225/65-17.  Many make them.  Remember, ANY winter rated tire is better than your 3 season tire in cold weather and on snow.  17 inch winter tires are a lot cheaper than 19 inch too.

Remember, you can use used wheels from a recycler.  Since I personally don't like the look of black wheels, I picked up some used 17 inch alloys from a Caravan (same wheels) for a couple of bucks more than steelies.  Check your local recycler by visiting http://www.car-part.com  and check in your local area.  They are independent businesses and you can negotiate!  I offered cash and got them for a hundred bucks each. (TPS included)  Since I live in the Canadian Prairie, mine go on in November and off in March. Your hood may differ.  Yes, they wear quicker in warm weather.  Since I remove the 19 inch chrome clad wheels for winter and they never see the sand/salt, they still look brand new.

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5 hours ago, hockey_puck said:

Ok, for all the newbies. Once again,  A Winter Tire Primer

 

2008 through 2012 (mid year change) models can use 16 or 17 in wheels if you have the small brakes.

2012 (big brake models) through today's models can only use 17+ inch wheels for winter.  Why would you want to use 17 vs 19?  You want a taller sidewall!  Better traction in deep snow and more tire sidewall to prevent wheel damage on pot holes.  The 17 inch tire size so your speedo remains accurate is 225/65-17.  Many make them.  Remember, ANY winter rated tire is better than your 3 season tire in cold weather and on snow.  17 inch winter tires are a lot cheaper than 19 inch too.

Remember, you can use used wheels from a recycler.  Since I personally don't like the look of black wheels, I picked up some used 17 inch alloys from a Caravan (same wheels) for a couple of bucks more than steelies.  Check your local recycler by visiting http://www.car-part.com  and check in your local area.  They are independent businesses and you can negotiate!  I offered cash and got them for a hundred bucks each. (TPS included)  Since I live in the Canadian Prairie, mine go on in November and off in March. Your hood may differ.  Yes, they wear quicker in warm weather.  Since I remove the 19 inch chrome clad wheels for winter and they never see the sand/salt, they still look brand new.

Afternoon. sorry for the late reply, we had Thanksgiving here in Canada yesterday. Just notcied your out west, hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

All tire guys here go with a higher sidewall & narrower tire during winter, better traction & the ice/slush buildup around the wheel wells isn't as apt to damage the paint etc. Also prices are lower along with better traction.

Thanks for the tip on "17 in" tire size!

I don't care for the look of regular steel wheels either so another great tip thanks!

We put ours on typically early November & take them off late March depening on what kind of Spring we get.

Appreciate your input.

 

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