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Old 04-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Winter tires for Titanium Handling package

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I'm planning on buying a hatchback with the Titanium Handling package. Living in Michigan, I know that I will have to have a set of snow tires since the package uses summer tires only. My question is, could I use 17 inch wheels and tires or will I have to go with 18 inch rims. Another thread on handling packages mentioned that some of the suspension components are unique for the 18 inch wheels and I'm worried about clearance issues. Any Titanium owners out there with experience with snow tires?

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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The handling package difference, aside from larger wheels... is only the stiffer struts. So you will be fine with 17" rims for a set of winter rubber. This is the route I plan on taking for next winter.

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I have a set of winter wheels for my car.. I got a set of the factory 16" wheels from an SE-spec Focus, and put some 205-55-16 winter tires on them. No problems. Awesome in the winter.
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The handling package difference, aside from larger wheels... is only the stiffer struts. So you will be fine with 17" rims for a set of winter rubber. This is the route I plan on taking for next winter.

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Are you sure the anti-sway bars aren't bigger with the handling package? That's what really provides the better handling, not the bone-jarring ride.
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Howdy,

I'm planning on buying a hatchback with the Titanium Handling package. Living in Michigan, I know that I will have to have a set of snow tires since the package uses summer tires only. My question is, could I use 17 inch wheels and tires or will I have to go with 18 inch rims. Another thread on handling packages mentioned that some of the suspension components are unique for the 18 inch wheels and I'm worried about clearance issues. Any Titanium owners out there with experience with snow tires?

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Are you sure the anti-sway bars aren't bigger with the handling package? That's what really provides the better handling, not the bone-jarring ride.
I was told the only difference is the struts, but I may be wrong. Clearance wise, I was mainly trying to point out that the 17's would clear everything without issue, and as posted above so will the 16's.
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Yeah I would suggest comparable sized 16 with winter or good all season tires so you won't throw off your speedometer. You don't want wider tires in the snow
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Stepping down in size will be fine. Just be mindful of the width and offset of the wheels you get and you should have no problems. There are steering limiters installed with the handling package which aren't needed with the other wheels, but that's no concern when getting smaller OEM wheels.

There are plenty of Titaniums and SELs around here on the SE Sport 16s for winter, lots of people went for them.
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I was told the only difference is the struts, but I may be wrong. Clearance wise, I was mainly trying to point out that the 17's would clear everything without issue, and as posted above so will the 16's.
The 16" or 17" wheel is just the height of the wheel itself keep in mind, not the overall height of the tire/wheel package, which is taller than just the wheel.
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No worries, if anything you'll have extra clearance. The handling package has a steering limiter due to the wider 18" rims. Personally, I bought a set of LRR winter tires size P195/65R15 and steelies + racing dics (AKA aero covers) and they were great for the winter.

17" should be fine, you might even want to do 16" to save on $$, but have fun looking!
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