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01-19-2015 09:13 AM
Mazdamike0831 I'm running the Falken eurowinter tires in the stock 17 size on my 13 focus... it's a really good winter tire so far. I live in upstate new york so we get snow
01-19-2015 07:56 AM
sailor I'm running that tire & size, stock on my earlier car & the same 17"s in the Summer (SVT wheels). 15's will fit over the brakes on yours, and the TPMS sensors are optional - only a warning light to ignore.
01-18-2015 04:19 PM
brick8
15" wheels for snow tires on a 2010 Focus SES

Just picked up a wonderful 2010 Focus SES. It came with 17" all-season Kumho tires. I live in Minnesota and always use winter tires. I am looking at ordering a set of 195/60R15 General Altimax Arctic Blackwall mounted on steel wheels from tirerack. But when I get to the checkout page, I get a warning that the wheels are not compatible (The tire selected is for a smaller diameter wheel than what is installed as Original Equipment). This is odd, because I used their winter tire finder wizard. Does anyone here know if this set-up will work OK?

Also, if I don't order the TPMS stuff will the car still run? I have always used my own tire gauge and don't want to spend money on this if it isn't necessary/

Thanks!
01-06-2015 06:14 PM
Joeywhat Get Nokians if you want the best. Tiresbyweb.com has them.

General Altimax Arctic are also pretty good, and a bit cheaper. Might be difficult to find in larger sizes, though.

The Nokians handle a bit better on dry pavement then a lot of other snow tires I've driven with.
01-06-2015 06:09 PM
JST GON
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Originally Posted by Joeywhat View Post
From what I understand it depends on the year. Earlier ST models did allow for 16's, later ones do not. I don't know the specifics, but I'm sure someone will chime in.

You really trying to get anywhere with those (presumably) summer tires? I'm surprised you even got out of your driveway.
Last year was a battle
01-06-2015 05:55 PM
JST GON I bought the car new in January last year. I looked around but I have been of the forum for sometime and lost my way ;) Thanks for all the help.

Looking at these http://www.tirerack.com/snow/preferredpackages.jsp
01-06-2015 05:42 PM
sailor ST's from earlier in '14 can use the smaller wheels, later in the year teh calipers got larger. If you have the 17" spare in a later '14 that's the min. size.

At least one or two threads in this section mention the date for the changeover.
01-06-2015 05:37 PM
Joeywhat
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Originally Posted by JST GON View Post
2014 ST have the stock wheels on now, and can barely get around in an of snow.

I live in Michigan, looking to see if I can get away with a 16 over my caliper or not. And any recommendation to which tire?
From what I understand it depends on the year. Earlier ST models did allow for 16's, later ones do not. I don't know the specifics, but I'm sure someone will chime in.

You really trying to get anywhere with those (presumably) summer tires? I'm surprised you even got out of your driveway.
01-06-2015 05:30 PM
JST GON 2014 ST have the stock wheels on now, and can barely get around in an of snow.

I live in Michigan, looking to see if I can get away with a 16 over my caliper or not. And any recommendation to which tire?
01-04-2015 05:39 PM
#1fordfan
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Originally Posted by jmb3675 View Post
I have decided to buy snow tires for my 2002 Focus ZTW with Advance Trac.
Anyone have any opinions on the General Altimax Arctic or the Continental Extreme Winter Contact? Besides the fact that both names are too long? I will be using 15 inch wheels.
The Atlimax Arctic only has a speed rating of Q. Could that be a problem with spirited driving? These will be my first snow tires and I may forget to take it easy once in a while. The Extreme Winter Contact isn't much higher with a T rating and also has a higher weight rating.
I just put these on my 2005 5 speed,first snow was today,about an inch,enough to cover the gravel road I live on. There is a night and day difference between the generals and the all season that were on my car before. Yes,the car will spin if you accelerate quickly,but it is still tons better then normal tires. And braking is where they really shine. I had to try pretty hard to get them to lock up....still waiting more snowy conditions,but early impressions are good!!
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