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Old 10-03-2009, 06:27 PM
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Winter tires, should i drop to 16' steel rims ?

I'm about to puchase winter tires for the crazy canadian winter (Quebec region) ...

So i dont want to scratch my 17' OEM rims, should i drop with 16' steel rims to save money with the tire and keep my OEM rims clean ?

I have a 2005 g35x !

I dont know if 16' steel rim fit for and X !!

thnx a lot !!
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i wouldn't, i would go with 17s.
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You can find stock 17's in the Marketplace. In fact, there's a set for sale right now with Blizzaks for $295 + shipping. Those would be your best bet because you can look for the crappiest set and save money since you probably don't care what your winter wheels look like. But if you're buying wheels anyway, I suggest buying either a set of 18" Sedan Sports, 18" Coupes, or 19" Coupes for your summer setup, and getting 17" snow tires for your stockers.

On my 05x, I run Coupe 18's in the summer and my stock 17's with Nokian WR G2's in the winter. But I wouldn't run steel wheels and I wouldn't get 16's.

EDIT: There's a set of Coupe 17's in the Marketplace for $150!!! (+ shipping) http://panoramic-3d.ru/forums/17-inch...ims-150-a.html
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16 feet is a big rim.. lol jk
17" is probably the better fit for winter.
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I ran 16" alloys with winters on my 05 G35X and they worked great.
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I had 16 inch steel wheels for years with some Dunlops and they worked
great, I friend gave me some new Dunlops 17 inch and they were not as good
as the 16 inch, and they were the same tires Graspics..Its seems I have heard for traction always go with a thinner tire in the winter.

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Here is my 05X with it's 16, 17, and 18" wheels.
The 16s were BSA rims with Blizzak winters.
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I heard too that 16 inch rim have a better traction in winter !! But i wanna ask you guys before...

I also want to keep my money in my pocket, with a 16 inch winter tire i will save a little bit more ... but on the otherside it dont look good as 17' rims !

I'll probably go for Nokian and check the difference between each size !!

thnx guy for your answer !!
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I heard too that 16 inch rim have a better traction in winter !! But i wanna ask you guys before...

I also want to keep my money in my pocket, with a 16 inch winter tire i will save a little bit more ... but on the otherside it dont look good as 17' rims !

I'll probably go for Nokian and check the difference between each size !!

thnx guy for your answer !!
Can't go wrong with Nokian Hakkapalettas.
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what your dimension for winter tire ?
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what your dimension for winter tire ?
If I remember correctly the size I ran was 215/60/16 for my winters. They were the same outside diameter as the stock 215/55/17 OEM tires, so my speedo and all was still accurate. I got the BSA alloy winter rims through my Infiniti Dealer.
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If you haven't purchased 16" wheels yet, I doubt you're going to find a better deal than what some of the 17" sets are going for in the Marketplace. And the quality will be far superior to a cheap set of aftermarkets.

And there's no reason, or evidence, that a 16" tire works better in winter than a 17". My 17's were simply fantastic last winter. The single biggest variable is the quality of the tire, followed distantly by the width of that tire. I'm running 225/55-17 Nokians. Stock is 215/55-17 (out of stock when I bought). Is there a difference in performance? Probably. Is it so minor you'd have trouble measuring it? Absolutely.

And congrats on having an open mind about Nokians. Most people just buy Blizzaks and are missing out on a great tire. The Hakkapelitta's are awesome. I went with the WR's instead because they'll last longer and you can drive on them year-round, or at least until you're sure winter is over, but they still kick **** in the white stuff. That's one of the problems with traditional dedicated winter tires. If you swap them out too soon in the spring, you get caught with your summer rubber on. If you wait too long to swap, you wear out your winters faster in the warmer weather. It's the only all-season tire that carries the severe use symbol (mountain and snowflake) because it's the only all-season that qualifies for it.
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17's should be fine, theyre good enough for stock. buy a good tire to wrapem with and youll be set.
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My favourite example is the snow shoe effect.
Snow shoes let you walk on top of the snow, while normal shoes sink into the snow, closer to the ground.
17" tires for our cars are wider then the 16" tires, and have a larger footprint.
So the narrower 16" will, in some snow conditions, let the tires sink into the snow to aid in traction.
I use them on my X in Canada.
On my previous VW GTI I went from 17" summers to 15" winters.
On ice, there is no real difference.
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16" wheels would look pretty bad on a G35, especially black steelies.

If i ran my car in the winter, it would be on the 17s with snows.

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