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Old 11-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #51
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I ordered the 195/65R-15 General Altimax Arctic on black steel, with black plastic wheel covers. No TPMS. I'll put a piece of electric tape on the lens over the warning light for the winter.

Bring on the SNOW! :)
I have the set and I will tell you they are awesome, we just got dumped on last night and the car handled great. I had mine studded so on the glare ice at intersections they really bite in.

The reason I didn't put on the hub caps is that they usually collect snow and then lead to the wheels being out of balance and you get the vibrations from it. I drive to work at 5:00am before plows are out and with the snow being deep sometimes it works its way into the hubcaps. Then you park the car and the residual heat from the brakes slightly melts it and voila, i piece of ice in the bottom of your hubcap acting as a wheel weight that will lead to the vibrations and steering wheel shake.

As far as the TPMS no biggie I didn't get it either but you'll need 2 pieces of tape because the tpms light and the [i] indicator will light up.

I wish I would have seen your post earlier and I would have taken a pic of my car without the hubcaps, it still looks sharp!

I just took a pic, kinda dirty after the messy roads, but still snowing
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:02 PM   #52
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Just swapped mine yesterday. Out with the 18" PS3s, in with the 17" PA3s. We don't get a ton of snow here on the Wet Coast, and I'm not a skier and have little interest in trekking up into the mountains in winter, so I went with a performance winter tire instead of a more aggressive snow tire. And I just couldn't bear the thought of steelies instead of those cool 5-spokes, so I got a set of Sport Edition F7 wheels that somewhat resemble the OEM set.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:05 AM   #53
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I went with 15" Ford Windstar Alloys that I picked up for $50! Perfect fit and they don't look half bad for winter wheels! ;)

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Just swapped mine yesterday. Out with the 18" PS3s, in with the 17" PA3s. We don't get a ton of snow here on the Wet Coast, and I'm not a skier and have little interest in trekking up into the mountains in winter, so I went with a performance winter tire instead of a more aggressive snow tire. And I just couldn't bear the thought of steelies instead of those cool 5-spokes, so I got a set of Sport Edition F7 wheels that somewhat resemble the OEM set.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:28 AM   #54
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Just swapped mine yesterday. Out with the 18" PS3s, in with the 17" PA3s. We don't get a ton of snow here on the Wet Coast, and I'm not a skier and have little interest in trekking up into the mountains in winter, so I went with a performance winter tire instead of a more aggressive snow tire. And I just couldn't bear the thought of steelies instead of those cool 5-spokes, so I got a set of Sport Edition F7 wheels that somewhat resemble the OEM set.
Just ordered the same wheels last Saturday. Same logic as you as well Hillbilly, they were the closest to the OEM 18"s (went with the 215/50R17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on them). You happy with them? Mine should be here Wed.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:03 PM   #55
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I have 195/65/15 Uniroyal tiger paw 2 ice and snow, its been really excellent so far. We drove it in -20c before wind on the way here, I can't tell when the active differential is working, but the traction seems way better then the open Diff Escort did. The traction control is pretty loose, lets you spin the tires more then a bit even while furiously flashing the traction light. I'm hoping for good things with the active Diff when the snow and ice gets real bad later soon enough, so far best FWD I've ever driven. (only ever owned cars from the 90's that being said)
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:07 PM   #56
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mine came with the tigerpaws. i drove from vancouver to calgary, via rogers pass this weekend. no issues at all but the roads were good and it was sunny. there was black ice here and there but no slippage at all. i also had the added weight of the summer rims and tires in the back.

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Just ordered the same wheels last Saturday. Same logic as you as well Hillbilly, they were the closest to the OEM 18"s (went with the 215/50R17 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on them). You happy with them? Mine should be here Wed.
I think they look great. Really happy with the PA3s so far too. We had a Wet-Coast-style snow Monday morning, with cold rain changing over to sloppy wet snow as I gained some elevation on my way to work. No snow on the roads, but the PA3s were very well behaved at speed on the wet roads barely above freezing.
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Winter is killing my MPG :( I haven't put on my winter tires yet, but will it improve when I do? I've heard some people say that their MPG improved with winter tires. Can anyone confirm this?
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I can't for sure say that the winter tires help mpg, but I do know I don't see any difference between all season and winter tires in what concerns mpg. It is true though, that we didn't have any snow yet. They say it will be for tomorrow within 5-8 cm mark.
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My new focus was terrible on the first snow fall of the year (roads still warm) with snow tires.I think part of it may be the tires aren't aggressive enough and sacrifice traction to make them quieter! On last focus I had cheap snow tires that were very noisy but my car was like a 4x4! They were Goodyear Nordics.
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