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04-11-2013 07:04 PM
kirkus8 i worked at a ski resort and drove my focus there 5 times a week. studded snow tires (general altimax) did great!
04-09-2013 02:06 AM
Cleric670 Not much of a hassle aside from purchasing the items, not sure if they're a proprietary item for Ford or if they're universal, quick call to the tire store should answer that since they deal with them regularly now. You don't install them the tire shop does, it's the entire valve stem assembly, but the schrader valve inside it IS universal and probably not supplied with the kit. Any tire shop will have ample supply of those tho. Factory TPMS can run upwards of $50 PER TIRE so keep that in mind.
04-09-2013 02:03 AM
thenorm you can ignore it/cover the dash light.
check your insurance coverage which may require functioning tpms.
TPMS arent that expensive. search the forums and shop around.

I lol'd taht you got extra money for the summer tires. those are expensive tires, you fleeced the dealer.
i also reccomend dedicated snow tires. they're awesome.
04-08-2013 08:33 PM
wwr123 How much of a headache is this? Or can I swap for wheels without one and just ignore/mute the warning?
04-08-2013 01:27 PM
Cleric670 When considering a second set of rims just keep in mind you will need the proper Tire Pressure Monitoring valvestems installed.
04-08-2013 12:53 PM
gsxrboy I don't know if this has been discussed before, but it bears mentioning again. There is a difference in tires from All Season to All Weather. All seasons only cover spring, summer and fall. All Weather has the Snow logo and will cover Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. So when buying tires in an area that there might be snow, you will have to consider your choices. Performance on these tires I am sure will be a whole different debate.
04-08-2013 12:35 PM
PratoN Winter-dedicated tires are a great idea. I have 15" steel rims with 195/65R15 LRR winter tires. You won't regret it.

You may like the 16" better as the 15" wheels are kind of "rubber bandy" with all of that side wall slop if you know what I mean.
04-08-2013 12:33 PM
wwr123
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Originally Posted by Joeywhat View Post
Why not just get some proper winter tires, especially if getting new wheels?

Here's the low-down:
- Your summer tires will suck below freezing, and will be absolutely horrid on any type of cold precipitation. If it's very cold and there's snow, it'll be like driving on glass with teflon tires. Note that they will not perform well in cold temps, regardless of precipitation on the ground. So it's a good idea to swap them in colder months regardless of how much snow there may be.
- Smaller tires are cheaper. A set of 15 or 16" tires (snows or all seasons) will be considerably cheaper then 18's to go on your current wheels.
- If you like your current wheels, why subject them to the rigors of winter weather?
- Steel wheels can be had for cheap, and there are also a number of alloys from other vehicles that fit the Mk3 Focus as well, even down to 15" diameter.
- If you do get a second set of tires, why not just winters? They will perform significantly better in snow then all seasons, and won't cost much more or less. I would only bother with all seasons if you only want to run one set of tires.

If you've never used snow tires before then give them a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how well they perform in very cold temps and on snow. There are very few all seasons that can even come close to that performance, and those that do cost bit more then most other all seasons.
Awesome thanks for the suggestions, so if I drop it down to 16" wheels with snow tires I won't need any other changes to the car other than swapping em right? I plan on having the winter wheels only for about 4 months out of the year, would be good to have cheaper rims for it as well since all the salt they throw around can't be good for my new 18s. Managed to get and extra 300 out of the dealer for selling me the car with summer-only tires so that should offset the cost of new wheels a small amount.
04-08-2013 12:27 PM
Joeywhat
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Originally Posted by wwr123 View Post
Hey everyone, I just got a 2013 Titanium and for some reason all the ones on the lot came with the 18 inch add-on with summer-only tires. Coming from Connecticut I know how to drive in the snow, but I was wondering if these tires are going to be a serious issue living and working in the Richmond, VA area (not much snow more than the occasional 1-3 inch storm and some icing over). Never had to drive on performance grade tires before and I am seriously worried about driving during the upcoming winter. Should I get a set of all season tires to swap out, or get a whole new set of cheaper steel rims with the all season so I can swap em' out easily every year?
Why not just get some proper winter tires, especially if getting new wheels?

Here's the low-down:
- Your summer tires will suck below freezing, and will be absolutely horrid on any type of cold precipitation. If it's very cold and there's snow, it'll be like driving on glass with teflon tires. Note that they will not perform well in cold temps, regardless of precipitation on the ground. So it's a good idea to swap them in colder months regardless of how much snow there may be.
- Smaller tires are cheaper. A set of 15 or 16" tires (snows or all seasons) will be considerably cheaper then 18's to go on your current wheels.
- If you like your current wheels, why subject them to the rigors of winter weather?
- Steel wheels can be had for cheap, and there are also a number of alloys from other vehicles that fit the Mk3 Focus as well, even down to 15" diameter.
- If you do get a second set of tires, why not just winters? They will perform significantly better in snow then all seasons, and won't cost much more or less. I would only bother with all seasons if you only want to run one set of tires.

If you've never used snow tires before then give them a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how well they perform in very cold temps and on snow. There are very few all seasons that can even come close to that performance, and those that do cost bit more then most other all seasons.
04-08-2013 12:13 PM
wwr123 Hey everyone, I just got a 2013 Titanium and for some reason all the ones on the lot came with the 18 inch add-on with summer-only tires. Coming from Connecticut I know how to drive in the snow, but I was wondering if these tires are going to be a serious issue living and working in the Richmond, VA area (not much snow more than the occasional 1-3 inch storm and some icing over). Never had to drive on performance grade tires before and I am seriously worried about driving during the upcoming winter. Should I get a set of all season tires to swap out, or get a whole new set of cheaper steel rims with the all season so I can swap em' out easily every year?
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