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For those of us that cannot drive around with the stock tires, post up your setup for the winter!

205/50/16 on Contour SVT 16x6.5 wheels with a 49.5mm offset. might add 3mm spacers since they rub slightly at complete lock.

Here's mine:

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heres mine
Is that the Tire Rack setup?
I configured a set today using the cheapest wheel they offered. It was a 15x6.5 MSW on closeout. I think it was $65 bucks a wheel.
With some Pirelli tires that I know are decent, it came out to a very reasonable approx $550.00. If shipping wasn't nearly $130 I may have completed the process right at my desk at work today.

I don't fully object to the shipping cost, but I guess I just had a moment of reason recalling I have a Tahoe to drive on bad days and that I had intended to not drive this car unless necessary.
 

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Here's my winter setuphttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/20/apuru4ag.jpg[/I


195/50/15 Hakka R2's on Core Racing 16"x 6.5" in matte black


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I have winter wheels too..just not on the car yet hehe...need to do that in the next week or so
 

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How does it drive with these? I have heard that Ford does not recommend using steelies on this car
I haven't really been driving it harshly so I haven't noticed. I didn't hear ford does not recommend. Where did you hear that?


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I haven't really been driving it harshly so I haven't noticed. I didn't hear ford does not recommend. Where did you hear that?


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On another forum. Someone copied and pasted a page from the manual. It said something along the lines that it needed alloy wheels because steels do not provide sufficient cooling for the brakes. When I test drove an ST the salesman said that the winter tire package comes with alloys because of that reason.
 

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Wanted to go with 15/16" winter steel wheel from Tire Rack, and probably a 195/60 or something Blizzak (Central PA) TPMS are NOT required in PA, so I could eliminate those and save $$ if I didn't mind looking at a warning light until it was time to put the stock wheels back on in the late spring. BUT, for once in my life, I actually looked INTO this situation, as I plan to upgrade the suspension in the spring (I know, probably a stupid idea for street driving only!) and I wanted to add the Stoptech Big Brake kit, along with coil overs and new sway bars. Called Stoptech, and they neatly informed me that the smallest wheel that will fit their caliper conversion is--you guessed it--17". So I have a set of 17 x 7.5 Sport Edition SE-17 in silver, with a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks WS80 XL snow tires, all in STOCK Size! Since Tire Rack had no cheapie steel wheels, I bit the bullet and got the TPMS sensors--they ARE 315MHz, BTW, metal valve stems and a Ford OEM triggering tool. Previous winter sets-up for my Honda Element would be in the $600 range for 4 mounted snows on steelies, BUT, what the heck. At my age, one doesn't even buy green bananas! Will let you all know how a "Performance Winter tire" does up here in PA! (Sounds a bit oxymoronic!)
 

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I am going with the spare tire size that is on our cars - 185/60 R15 - using the KISS rule
Odered the General
AltiMAX Arctic tires with steel wheels. Studding all 4 tires for little extra braking and cornering traction on ice. Waiting for the Rally Armour mud flaps to come out. I will post photos when the snow flies.

Is there a very compelling reason to get lighter wheels for winter driving instead of the steelies?

 
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