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Old 09-02-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Anyone using 17" wheels and tires for any reason?

Just wondered if anyone has aquired 17" set of wheels to use for all season tires? Or for snow tires?
Mainly interested in the difference of the larger air volume in the tires changing the ride.

I ask because I wonder if it would make more sense to go for an extra set of 17" wheels and they would be more universal.. I could get all season on them and save the Summer only tires for Summer?

I used to just keep the Summer only on my SVT Contour all year round.. But ??


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Old 09-02-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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Really you don't want to be driving around on the summer only tires below 40F as the rubber compounds that grip really well when it's above that temperature tend to go rock hard and lose grip below this. It might be ok if it's just cold and dry, but hit a patch of snow or ice and it's not good.

I have a set of 17x7" Ford Focus wheels that I've been using on the ST for winter, although they only have all season tires on them right now instead of dedicated winters.

The ride is a bit softer, but the handling is also reduced, not a big concern in winter, but in the spring/ summer when it's still borderline as far as the weather is concerned going around a corner that the summers would take easily is a bit tougher for them.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:04 AM   #3
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I understand warnings about safety..
I used the stock Summer Ultra High Performance only tires year round in Milwaukee for 13 years on my Contour SVT. Winter snow, cold,ice...
Never had any issues.
I guess coming from driving rear wheel drive cars with bald tires all Winter long.. Back in the 60's gives me a better appreciation of just how fantastic any tires on a front wheel drive car which actually have tread on them.. can be.
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:16 AM   #4
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Havent really seen it on a ST yet, but It's fairly common on mazdaspeed3s.

17"s are usually quite a bit lighter than 18" wheels which can noticeably improve acceleration. IIRC, the calculation is 1lb per wheel = 10hp worth of performance.

Also, tires for 17" wheels are considerably cheaper. If you get some decent tires with stiff sidewalls, the performance difference in cornering is usually negligible.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:09 AM   #5
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My ST on the black pack 17" wheels last winter.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:21 AM   #6
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Yeah I am beginning to be convinced I should get some 'other' tires for Winter.
The thing is I can just buy Contis all season and forget about it all, stick them on the 18's on the car and go.

Or I can buy some extra wheels and put snow tires on them.
The wheels I like are the stock ones. but snow tires for those run an extra $100+ for four of them compared to 17's
I can buy a set of cheaper 17" rims and snow tires for $1,200 shipped. With Michelin Ice X 215/50/17 And then I can watch for some OE 17's I like later on.

Or I can buy a set of 18" in black like the stock wheels and spend $900 for tires then mount etc more money. Though i for certain will NOT add the TPMS on Winter wheels. I only need them from Nov 15 to march 15 4 months i can live with the light and chime. And then moving back to my regular wheels means I do not have to reset the TPMS in the car at all.
If I could find a set of OE takeoffs 17" with the stock all season tires,, I might swing through the first Winter on them.

I have MONTHS to think about this.

Added: So now I think no snow tires. What I will do is buy the black OEM Ford Racing wheels 18" with the same design as the stock ST wheels. And put Conti all season on them Run THOSE from September to May, And save the Summer only for real Summer June to August.

OR, first buy the Conti and put them on the Rado grey wheels for this Winter. And then I can later buy the wheels, maybe find some OE wheels cheaper and put the taken off Summer tires on the new to me wheels with NO TPMS . then I have the TPMS working 8 months a year with my original wheels.

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Old 09-24-2014, 06:35 AM   #7
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The stock 16" SE wheels also will fit. The clearance to the front brake caliper is very small, but it clears.
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After my current Michelin Pilots wear out I'm considering a drop to 17"s on my STI due to tire price and a little more sidewall will help with the bad roads around here plus the STI does get some drifting time on the dirt when road tripping. 18s look the best but their practicality lacks sometimes.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:22 AM   #9
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The stock 16" SE wheels also will fit. The clearance to the front brake caliper is very small, but it clears.
Folks say for later ST the 16's no longer fit in front at all. One must use at least a 17" wheel.
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I am also looking into some 17's. I'm just not an 18 kind of guy. All of the other sportcompacts I've had were on 17's. Both of my svts were and they handled great.
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