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Old 11-01-2003, 04:44 PM   #1
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winter tires

Well winter is coming up and I've been shopping around for winter tires. I've decided to use the factory 17" since they are painted and clearcoated and should stand up to a Canadian winter. I'm thinking about getting a set of Dunlop Graspic Winter tires that are Q rated (160km/h) in size 225/45r17. I was just wondering if I'll have any clearance problems with these tires since they are 1 size larger than factory (215/45r17's aren't available for this tire).


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Old 11-02-2003, 01:26 AM   #2
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There are 214/45r17's available... I can get the name if you want but they were $975 installed on the factory rim... Don't know how much the ones your getting cost...

I live in Alaska and bought 16" foci wheels, with studded tires on them... Paid $725 for the package! That way I don't have to jack up the SVT rims!
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$975 that's kinda pricey. I got a quote for $557 installed with taxes (and that's in Canadian dollars!) at the local walmart.
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Old 11-02-2003, 04:08 AM   #4
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ouch, lol I just paid $288 for my winter Hankook 404s on my stock 15" focus wheel so I dont ruin my Kona wheels, $500+ seems kinda pricey, maybe its just because of the size? Best thing to do is find a trashed LX focus or someones old set of LX wheels (the 14" ones with the hubcaps) and throw some snow tires on those and use them instead of your alloys which use a bigger size etc. It would make it much cheaper and then you dont ruin a set of decent wheels
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I just threw on my steelies with some bridgestone blizzaks (185/70/R14). it's really the only way to go for several reasons. You have to pay something like $50 to get the snow tires mounted to your rims, then another 50 to get the summer tires remounted. So in two seasons the steelies are paid for. Also, 225/45/17 is going to be an expensive snow tire compared to a little 14incher. In snow or slush (which is what you'll see lots in hamilton) I have my doubts that a 225 snow tire is going to cut through the slush - I'd guess you'd just sorta aquaplane rather than cut through it. When you think about it - our explorer weighs about twice as much (I'm guessing here) and is running on P235's. Last thing you might want to consider is the fact that mounting and remounting tires on is both hard on the wheel and hard on the tires - can screw up the bead, thereby wrecking the seal the tire makes around the wheel. I also wouldn't be all that worried about salt wrecking the wheels but sliding into a curb will give the SVT wheels a nice curb rash.
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Curbs suck. I am also thinking about getting winter tires. What is a good package to get?
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Old 11-02-2003, 12:10 PM   #7
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I just ordered 4 of these same tires from TireRack.com. The Graspic DS-1 215/45/QR17 for $97.00 each. With shipping the total was just under $419.00. I am going to run these on my stock rims. Go take a look at tirerack.com
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Will different tires on the stock rims make that much of a difference?
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If you are asking me, the answer is a big yes.
The stock tires are a preformance tire, with little tread in the design. Winter tires have a much more aggresive tread design, to dig into and bite the snow, slush or ice giving you more traction.
Go to tirerack.com and look at the images of winter tires, and then take a look at the tires on your SVTF. I am sure the difference will be very evident.
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Yes bfocused is right. The svt continental sport contacts are actually not designed to be driven in the snow, there is no m&s designation on the sidewall. They are not all season tires but performance tires and actually would be quite dangerous for driving in winter. As far as what was mentioned by EuroZX3Focus and MyNavyZX3 with putting smaller steel rims on with winter tires it can't be done on the svtf. I went to the local svt dealer and they told me there are no steel rims on the market (in any diameter even 17") that would clear the larger brakes that come with the svtf. The tires that I mentioned earlier are designed for driving in the snow. What I think I'll do is mount the snow tires on the stock 17"ers and splurge on a set of OZ superleggera's in the spring and put the factory rubber on them.
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