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Im looking at winter tires right now and im wondering what sizes i would be able to get away with using the stock suspention and wheels on a 2007 ses (205-50-16). as of right now im hearing good things about blizzaks, any opinions?

also would it make sense to only change the tires on the front wheels, my rear wheels both have generally new all seasons on them.
 

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Snow tires are pretty much a must on all four wheels. The reason is that the rear end will get to loose in braking and turns. Oversteer on snow and ice is, in most cases, not fun. A popular size is 205/55-16. Its only slightly bigger than the 205/50-16 but not enough to cause any problems. There tends to be more tire selection options in this size and they are a little cheaper as well. Blizzaks are good tire. The downside is that they are expensive and wear quicker that other snow tires. If your looking for the very best snow tire, search out a Nokian (aka Hakka's) tire dealer. These are a Finnish made tire and considered the best snow tire there is. If you're on a budget (like many of us), Firestone's Winterforce and General's Altimax Artics snow tires have proven to be very good for a lot less money. I have a set of each on two different cars and like both a lot. If I really had to choose I'd probably go with the Generals.
 

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ive heard good things about the generals as well. ill likely be going with a set of 4 if just running the front 2 is that bad of an idea.

i dont really see the rear end slipping out too much, im also very confident in how i control under/oversteer. any more opinions?

thanks for the quick response btw, rep given =)
 

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i dont really see the rear end slipping out too much, im also very confident in how i control under/oversteer. any more opinions?


You'd be surprised how quickly a rear end will come around when you only have snow tires up front. Happened to me twice in two different vehicles, an 87 Escort and an 88 Festiva. Ever since, I've had snows at all four corners.

Also, wanted to add that I'm trying out some Nokian Hakka RSI's I scored off of Craigslist. The guy said he only used them for one month last winter. I paid $100 for four of them! And they were in brand new condition. They are size 195/55R-16. Practically same diameter as 205/50R-16s (the 195s are 0.3" larger), just narrower of coarse.
 

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there is no problem with 205/55R16. i run that with no problems.

i would get 4 tires. 2 snow tires will help you from getting stuck, and for accel, but u also want to be able to turn and stop to avoid all the other people that are, more or less, out of control in the snow. All you need is to find is another set of stock wheels to mount your tires. you could even go for steel wheels in 15 or even 14" size to save on tire costs.
 

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I've had blizzaks on for 2 different vehicles. they are very very good for deep snow and barely any snow. It is what i would say 80% of the people up north use and they are moderately cheap.
 

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i plan on using my stockers as winter wheels for now on. so 205/55/16 would be ok on the stock 205/50/16 wheels? i can pick that size up locally
 

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i plan on using my stockers as winter wheels for now on. so 205/55/16 would be ok on the stock 205/50/16 wheels? i can pick that size up locally
We use that size on the original stock five spoke 16's without problems (car has an Eibach pro system which lowers it 1.5" as well). It's a very popular tire size.
 

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thanks for the help everyone.
looks like ill be mounting some 205-55-16 Altimax Artics on my stockers for the winter, and picking up some g-force sport/kumho/azeni (undecided) and slips/svt eap/pr1(also undercided) for the summer =D!
 

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I highly recommend Blizzak LM-25s. Great grip, noise, and stability for winter tires, and no problems with traction on a coilovered car that tends to push snow. For the summer go with Falken Azenis RT-615 or Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec.
 

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I have some 14" steelies with Blizzak's, and I have zero problems in the snow. All depends on how much you want to spend to get good traction.
 
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