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Old 11-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to get a spare set of rims for snow tires Will 15" or 16" rims fit a 2011?
If so, what other kind of car rims will fit it?
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I too have been interested in this info. I don't know much about rims and their measurements. I understand what size tire I'd need given a 15 or 16 inch rim to make the overall size the same as the 17's the car came with but I don't know what other companies cars have the same lug pattern or how a regular steal wheel would center. I have a suspicion it may all turn out to be simpler than I have made it out to be.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd like to find a smaller size rim because there is more of a winter tire selection. But, I think the rotors and calipers are too big to fit inside of a 15" rim. ???
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Go to Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels and you can compare different tire sizes to get the same overall width and height of our stock 17's even if you use a different size rim. As far as the rim you'll have to find out the back spacing offset and measure the space between the caliper and the stock rim, hope this helps.
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I could be wrong (usually am, just ask my wife) but I thought I saw 15's as an option on the flyer they put out. If you find a wheel, just have them install the wheel to check for clearances.

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That's all been cussed and discussed with sizes, pictures, etc., on the ClubSX4 forum. There's even a whole section on Tires and rims.

Club SX4

Or just move to Florida and forget about winter tires, snow blowers, snow shovels, winter cloths and oh yes, high fuel bills.

It's Nice to live in Florida.

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From my 2010's "bible"------ P195/65R15 P205/60R16 P205/50R17 These are the OE recommended sizes. I use a P195/65R15 steel wheel/snow tire in winter.
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I hear that snow tires are Mandatory in Canada. Is that right? Can they actually tell you what kind of tires to put on your car?
If 'they' mandate them, then they should also supply them. That's only fair, Eh?

I've not bought a snow tire in over forty years even when I lived in Snow Country. FWD eliminated the need for them.

I was going through a high pass in the Rockies one day in my '66 Toronado and the highway patrol was stopping all cars and turning those back that did not have studded snow tires or chains. The officer took one look at the Toro and just smiled and waved me on through. Those J78x15 tires, with 3,600 pounds sitting on top of them could go through almost anything.
I've punched through 3' high snow drifts, with snow going all the way back over the car.
Now that's a really COOL experience.( pun intended )
I've actually seen Toronado's with snow tires on the front, but I never needed them.
I taught a course in Winter Driving to ambulance drivers, as a driving instructor in the Army.

Someone recently mentioned what horrible traction a Ford Mustang gets in winter. I had a '69 Mustang, in Illinois, during two winters and I never had any problem going wherever I wanted to go with normal street tires. I'd just put about 300# of sandbags in the trunk, dropped the rear tire pressure down to about 20psi and went wherever I dang well pleased.

I've seen people hopelessly stuck, with snow tires on. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad.

Cheers Mates, Happy Motoring!

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I'd love free snows, shadow!!LOL So far as I know the only province where snows are law is Quebec but most areas recommend them! If you have an accident in a blizzard and the police see you dont have snows, you could be in for trouble around here! In Quebec, they probably look at your tires at the booze spot checks??
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Here is some info that might be helpful. Bolt Pettern Reference Manual

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