10-18-2012, 04:50 PM
I'm currently driving around on the dark grey euro svt wheels with Bridgestone Potenza Grid G019, 205/45/17.
There are pretty harsh roads out here in NJ & we receive moderate amounts of rain & snow. I'm looking for a great non low profile tire size that will reduce feeling banged around by the road.
I'd like to get new black svt euro wheels for a change. What can I get away with? I'd like a little bit more tire between the rim & the road!
10-18-2012, 05:36 PM
I would do like many of us have done, set of wheels for the nice months and a set for the shitty months.
I've had snow tires, of varying brands, since 2003. I would never go any other route now that I know how big of a difference there is. Having snow tires for winter just adds that much safety,,, even with not having much snow the last few years.
Cheap set of factory steel wheels and good winter tires is what I recommend. A 15" wheel is small enough to give you room for more sidewall, 195/60-15 is a common winter size.
10-18-2012, 06:45 PM
The SVT wheels are 17x7 so you're stuck with 17 inch tires if you stick with that wheel size. The two commonly used tire sizes with that wheel size are the 205/45-17's you're currently using, or 215/45-17 the Focus SVT stock tire size. The latter tire will offer a little more sidewall height as well, but not much. If you really want a tire with more sidewall height you need to drop down to 16 inch wheels and go with something like 205/50-16 or 205/55-16 tires (both have taller sidewalls than the 17" tire sizes mentioned).
10-18-2012, 07:23 PM
215/45-17 sounds like a great idea, thanks Geezer. I think I'm going to go with Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS