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Old 09-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #51
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But yeah I always thought snow Tires were a waste... Until I drove with them in a snowstorm. Now I'm a convert.
I always thought snow tires were a waste to. That is until I bought a Ford Focus. :-D
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #52
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No intention to start an argument here. But that statement is 100% inaccurate. My Jeep Wrangler was hands down a million times better in the snow than my Focus or any other car I have driven in the snow, with the exception of AWD.
It's completely dependent on tires. Four-wheel drive isn't going to do anything for you if your tires can't grip anything. But yes, a 4x4 with with proper tires on it will be better in the snow.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #53
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It's completely dependent on tires. Four-wheel drive isn't going to do anything for you if your tires can't grip anything. But yes, a 4x4 with with proper tires on it will be better in the snow.
I agree, but I make sure to have an AT tire on 4WD, not summer times. It is also the confidence that 4WD gives you. I avoid hills in this car, even with snows. If someone gets stuck, you're in trouble, pulling away at stop lights most times you're fish tailing and your wheels are spinning.
I also have to go to work no matter how bad the weather is, and late at night. I either have to shovel my driveway to get out, or wake the neighbors with the snow blower at 3am. Rant over. :-D
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:04 AM   #54
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would I be able to put Michelin X-Ice Xi2 215/65R on my car 2012 focus?

The width of the tire is what's most concerning to me
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The narrower the better (to a certain point, but you get the idea - wide snow tires are not a good idea on a road vehicle needing to cut down to the pavement)
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The narrower the better (to a certain point, but you get the idea - wide snow tires are not a good idea on a road vehicle needing to cut down to the pavement)
yeah I understand but I found a set of 4 mounted on 5-108 steelies for 280 (Michelin X-Ice Xi2)
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yeah I understand but I found a set of 4 mounted on 5-108 steelies for 280 (Michelin X-Ice Xi2)
If the rims you found are any bigger than 15" in diameter then you'll probably have a tire that has a significantly larger diameter than OEM causing speedo error. For example a 16" diameter wheel with those tires will cause a 6% error

If the wheel is 14" in diameter, you would have a tire that would have minimal speedo error, but it probably wouldn't fit over your front brakes, since the minimum OEM wheel size is 15".

AND, as the poster above mentioned narrower is better for snow/winter tires.
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I have a set of Cooper Arctic Claws on my Focus. They're a bit loud on the road, but fantastic traction in the snow. Without snows, My Focus is a horror show in snowy weather.
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Like a lot of people already said= depends on where you live. I've driven mustang & this Foci in the snow w/ just a desent set of A/S tires. On the truck I take off the wide wheels/tires & run the stock set. Not this winter as the truck is sitting in a garage since last March & the insurance is cancelled for now.
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The gti on all season 16" is just as good as the fusion was on dedicated snows. No issues at all. Different driving dynamics I guess...
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