: Narrow snow tires



Tom Paine
08-19-11, 08:03 AM
Has anyone figured out how to get a narrower snow tire? I would like to find a 225 width. It appears that an 18" wheel should fit car however Tire Rack will not work with me, they only recommend one size (255-40-19) which is too big for snow. Seems like if we knew the offset for the wheel we could find a great winter wheel / tire set up. Thanks for any suggestions.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 11:36 AM
I wouldn't want a 225 tire on this car unless you're ready for handling that rivals my Town Car. Tire width is all relative. A good snow tire will do the job even in wider widths. Many here have had good success with Sottozeros in stock sizes. Personally, I would look for maybe downsizing 10mm in width to a 245/45 19F and 275/40 19R.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 11:37 AM
BTW, I don't think you can go much less than 8.5" wide in front and still clear the calipers. Maybe an 8". A 225 width tire will be maxed out on that rim...

Tom Paine
08-19-11, 01:14 PM
Just found out that Discount Tire offers an 18" Wheel, 8" wide that would take 225-50-18 X ice tires.

I had this size and tire on my V1 and they were great. And yes they are a mushy ride on pavement but I live in snow country. It's always great to get the summer tires back on..

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 01:39 PM
Just found out that Discount Tire offers an 18" Wheel, 8" wide that would take 225-50-18 X ice tires.

I had this size and tire on my V1 and they were great. And yes they are a mushy ride on pavement but I live in snow country. It's always great to get the summer tires back on..But now you're adding 400lbs and a wider track. I'd really recommend a 245, at least.

Tom Paine
08-19-11, 01:50 PM
I'll double check the load rating.
Thank you.

thebigjimsho
08-19-11, 01:52 PM
No prob.

translux
08-20-11, 01:54 AM
Stop talking about snow already it's still August ;)
Sigh need to get my snows wheels/tires in order....

baabootoo
08-21-11, 08:01 PM
I ran a 225/50x18 on the front, and a 245/45x18 rear, on this and a G8. They show 1477# at max pressure. My Cadillac only had 1107# on each front wheel. I did up the pressure, and just loved this in the snow. I was AT Tire Rack and showed them one of the Moda 18s would fit, and still were skeptical.

JimmyH
08-21-11, 09:11 PM
Unless you will be spending a considerable amount of time in deep slush, I don't think a narrower tire is going to be worth it that much. If you do spend that much time in lousy winter conditions, I would consider a winter car. Besides, on packed snow, and ice especially, wider is still better.

cbloveday
08-21-11, 09:18 PM
Sotto zeros in OEM width have gotten me by just fine for the last 2 winters in Chicago. I drive my V every day.