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Old 09-10-2015, 02:46 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default 17" Wheel Specs For Winter Tires

Currently in the market for a winter tire and wheel combo that I can throw on the front. But I have a few questions..

-Would there be an issue with putting 225/55 R17 wheels on my '08 SE which came stock 245/45 R18 wheels? I'd like to assume this wouldn't be a problem since the SE and SL seem similar.. but you know what happens when one assumes.

-Besides the 17x7.5 wheel size and the 5x114.3 lug pattern, is there anything I need to watch out for? Its not easy finding steel wheels specifically for the max but it appears '08 crown victorias have a similar sized wheel and you can find steelies for them all over..

-How does TPMS factor into all of this? Is it needed? I just want them mounted/balanced and on my car so I can get through winter.
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Here s what Tire Rack would suggest for Winter 17 inch setup : http://www.tirerack.com/snow/WinterT...ue&performance
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Is your Max an SE or an SL , the above post is for an SE .

Also , here s from Discount Tire Direct s site s tire size suggestions for 17 inch tires , it would be oem size 225/55-17 / 55/50-17 as an alternative size . Here s the link : http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...IMA&vid=012605

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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Also , here s from Discount Tire Direct s site s tire size suggestions for 17 inch tires , it would be oem size 225/55-17 / 55/50-17 as an alternative size . Here s the link : http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...IMA&vid=012605

Do you already have these Winter Tires that you re telling about in your post !
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Also , here s from Discount Tire Direct s site s tire size suggestions for 17 inch tires , it would be oem size 225/55-17 / 55/50-17 as an alternative size . Here s the link : http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...IMA&vid=012605

Do you already have these Winter Tires that you re telling about in your post !
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Why are you wanting to put narrower tires on in the winter? I would suggest something wider personally. Maybe a 255/45/17 or even a 265/45/17.


As for something too look for, clearance for the calipers is all you have to worry about with rim size and offset.

Why do they have to be steelies? Just for price? Why not try to find some alloys off a maxima?
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

I have 17 inch steelies on mine for Winter time myself , but it barely clear calipers up front .

@ $100 for the 4 wheels I m ok with it on my side . Bet it s cheaper in the States .
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Narrower tires on wet snow goes much better than wider tires on my side , I found that wider tires feels like you re planning over snow . But it might be a personal choice .
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

I bought alloys for my old 4th for around $150 with decent tires before. I found the best place to get rims is a junk yard. It had steelies, so I just stored them till I sold the car.
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

my friend wants to sell me the stock 2003 g35 17 alloy rims with winters for canadian weather. the tire size is 215/55R17 compared to my stock 245/45R18. he says skinnier is better. is this true?
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

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my friend wants to sell me the stock 2003 g35 17 alloy rims with winters for canadian weather. the tire size is 215/55R17 compared to my stock 245/45R18. he says skinnier is better. is this true?
It really comes down to the tire and personal preference. Some are better when wider, some thinner. Personally I liked having wider tires.

But a 215/55/17 will be narrower and shorter than 245/45/18.


I went wider and taller and my old sentra, I felt it helped a lot in the snow. I like being on top of the snow, because once you fall in, usually hard to get out. I never ran studded tires on any of my cars.

My truck, i loved my old 305/70, but switched up to 285/75 mainly because the wide tires were about $50/more each.


If you are worried about snow, get 4x4 or AWD. FWD
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Sprocketser. I have an SE with 245/45/18 OEM. I have not bought the winter tires or wheels yet because I'm still unsure about whether or not 225/55/17 (SL OEM) would fit properly. Tirerack and Discounttire don't have steelies or other wheels that are in my price range or size so I will probably have to buy them separately and have them mounted/balanced somewhere.

Zillafreak. I'm looking at 225/55/17 because they're cheaper and they don't have to look pretty for a winter setup. I've also read several places saying that skinnier tires are better.
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Zillafreak. I'm looking at 225/55/17 because they're cheaper and they don't have to look pretty for a winter setup. I've also read several places saying that skinnier tires are better.
I disagree with narrow tires. In snow, I don't give 2 shits about taking off, I only care about stopping and turning. A wider, taller tire is better for this. Also, when cold, that thin ass tire might cut through the snow, but what if it is ice under it, you are fucked. Also freezing cold rubber and asphalt don't offer great grip. I personally rather pack the snow down, and stay on top. I have found this offers better traction if you know how to drive in it. Also, usually the roads are plowed where I live, so wider is better there too.

I will also say, thread is the most important piece for winter tires. First hand experience, last winter we got like 6" of snow. Out riding in the woods on some RZR's. Dad was leading the way and had better tires and was in 2wd and losing me while I was in 4wd with crappier tires.
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Good stuff zilla. So these 255 or 265/45/17s, Do they still fit on a 17/7.5 wheel?
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Good stuff zilla. So these 255 or 265/45/17s, Do they still fit on a 17/7.5 wheel?
Yes.
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Also , all these tire matters much to where you are also , what s the Winter conditions at your place .
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

My opinion is based of my experience with non studded tires. I have never ran studded.

My thing with winter/snow driving. 4x4/AWD>FWD>RWD. Heavier vehicle does best in slush (My old truck 7500lbs+ compared to any other vehicle I have owed lightest being the sentra at 3300lbs). Big tread is better. It allows the tire to bite better in snow.

Again, everything is relative. Like in my truck, I had big 285/70/16 (33x11.25x16) with some nice lugs. It 4x4 low, it would climb just about anything. It had great traction in snow, mud, anything. In 2wd, in snow, I could punch it and easily drift around and once the tires start to spin, it didn't matter what you have really. But I could easily control it, heavy tire and long wheel base plus driving it all the time.

Get to know you car, how it will react when something happens. My old sentra, I about lost it twice. Once switching lanes in slush, about spun out and luckily I could control it. Another time, taking an exit, going a little too fast, almost went off the road. No ABS, so I had to pump the brakes myself to slow down and make the turn. If the car likes to spin on take off in snow, learn to control the throttle better. Learn how to brake.
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Default Re: 17" wheel specs for winter tires

Yep , hate when it s a computer that drives my rides , all newer rides basically , learned to drive on snow whit a crappy 70s Camaro , ( I started driving at 17 & now 50 ) so I guess I m pretty good on snow ! lol , also been a big truck driver doing approx 1.5 up to 4ks a week .

True nothing beats weight on Winter time but it can play against you if the ride s loosing it somehow .

Even if I m been driving fwd for lots of years now , I still don t like it much in Winter time , one s gotta drive it like a Rally Race Car ! lol
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last winter i drove with the stock goodyear LSA tires, worn, 245/45R18. i got through, being patient most of the time with the pedal, there was hardly any snow/ice though.(Drifts horribly) so i was looking for a good set of 18's for next season, but since my driving style is about cruising at faster than traffic speeds (in snowy conditions), not so much takeoff or turns because im patient with that. I engine brake too, so maybe narrow is what i need. yes i would like to throw into drifts sometimes too. lol Ice is not a huge factor here because they salt the roads in the first sign of it....and accidents around them slow down traffic.
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Old 09-10-2015, 11:58 PM   Thread Starter #23
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Default Re: 17" Wheel Specs For Winter Tires

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places but I don't see many options for 255-265/45/17.

Im from around chicago so winters get bad. They salt but if it snows a ton, they won't touch it till most of it has fallen. So I have to drive through several inches of snow occasionally.

I'm currently on Falken ziex's and they are awful in the snow. I'm pretty sure any winter tire in any size would be an upgrade
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Default Re: 17" Wheel Specs For Winter Tires

Tire Rack had these (255/45-17) , wonder if they have Winter tires of this size , haven t looked .
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Default Re: 17" Wheel Specs For Winter Tires

Originally Posted by phil View Post
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places but I don't see many options for 255-265/45/17.

Im from around chicago so winters get bad. They salt but if it snows a ton, they won't touch it till most of it has fallen. So I have to drive through several inches of snow occasionally.

I'm currently on Falken ziex's and they are awful in the snow. I'm pretty sure any winter tire in any size would be an upgrade
Just do a 245/45/17.

Run these. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-New-Bridge...b1e480&vxp=mtr
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