: Snow tires on factory rims?

09-17-11, 09:43 AM
To those who have purchased snow tires. Did you purchase additional rims to mount them on or did you have them put on the factory rims?

09-17-11, 11:17 AM
I am sitting at tire store right now getting my p2's mounted to OEM black graphites. I will order sotto zeros for my polished stickers in nov. And swap wheel sets.

09-17-11, 08:36 PM
I got an extra set of stock painted wheels when I upgraded to the polished alum wheels. Running LM-60's in 255/40R-19 both front and rear. I wanted a little more narrow tire in the back for snow.

09-17-11, 09:13 PM
What are LM-60s? Do the narrower rear tires cause any DIC issues or other concerns? Thanks!

09-17-11, 11:43 PM
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 High Performance Winter Tires. No issues with the narrow winter rears. wider tends to float on top of snow. Narrower tends to penetrate and bite. Not a big difference with our wide tires but I figured I could use all the help I could in winter as this is my daily driver.

09-17-11, 11:52 PM
I run the same size Sotto's front and rear on a second set of stock wheels. 255/40-19 front and rear.

09-18-11, 09:14 AM
I bought a set of painted factory wheels and mounted the Sottos in the staggered stock sizes. Worked great last winter!

Best regards,


09-18-11, 09:30 AM
If you order the upgraded rims does the car ship to the dealer with the "base" rims and the upgraded rims are installed at the dealer, or do you have to order the second set of rims?

09-18-11, 11:14 AM
Mine was on his lot with painted rims and I wanted Polished. He charged me the $800 for the polished option. He told me I could just keep the painted. THen he got hosed because GM charged him a lot more than $800 to buy the wheels after the fact. Dumbass :)

Basically, I got lucky!

09-18-11, 01:15 PM
It's best to have an extra set to change into to reduce the wear of removing/installing new tires every season.

09-18-11, 03:45 PM
I run the same size Sotto's front and rear on a second set of stock wheels. 255/40-19 front and rear.
Are you using the 10" rear wheels with the 255/40-19 tires?

09-18-11, 06:37 PM
Extra set of OEM rims...Sotto's will get their third winter this year...

09-18-11, 07:19 PM
What about replacing the Michelin PS2's with PS2 A/S tires? I have them on my Corvette and they better than the Goodyear F1 Supercars in everyway. I don't drive the vette in the snow, so I can't comment on how they perform in the snow, but in the rain they are simply awesome. I've been driving a Corvette for more than 10 years and the PS2 A/S's are the first tire that I am 100% comfortable driving the car with we roads. With every other tire I've had, as soon as the road was wet I would drive like a 90 year old man and white knuckled the entire time. I can now drive the vette "normal" in the rain. The A/S's are also quieter, smother ride, and still sticky as hell on drive pavement.

09-18-11, 09:51 PM
255 sottos all the way around works great

09-19-11, 02:13 AM
I have a set of Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60s 255 all around. They were amazing in the snow. I just sold my car, so they are for sale as well. They were used one season. $600 plus shipping, which will be about $30 a tire. These are $1200 new. PM me if interested. I will be putting up a thread with pics soon.

- Jon

09-19-11, 04:51 PM
I got my vagon a couple of months ago and I have been debating getting a set of new rims or just changing over to snows. I decided to just buy the sotto tires and use the OEM rims. I won't drive the V if there is more than an inch of snow on the road so I will problably only drive 2 thousand miles in the winter and it isn't worth it to me to buy a set of rims for $2k.

09-19-11, 09:49 PM
Extra set of OEM rims...Sotto's will get their third winter this year...

This is my story as well, down to the third (and likely, last, based on tread) winter. I'm hoping they wear out this winter so I can try Hakkapeliittas.

09-19-11, 10:07 PM
Any wish to share their experience with the Nokian Hakkapeliittas? Thanks!

09-20-11, 07:57 PM
For you all who are running 255 winter tires all around, what size wheels are you running on the rears?
Reasonable rear traction on dry roads under heavy throttle? Thanks for your input!

09-20-11, 10:56 PM
Any wish to share their experience with the Nokian Hakkapeliittas? Thanks!


A couple of guys on the forum have discussed the newer Rs linked above.....but no one on the forum has had them for the winter yet that I know of. Besides, if you are in NC that's probably overkill for you unless it really snows where you live, or you go toward snow on a regular basis. I need real snow tires for the 130" or so I get every winter here in the NE Ohio secondary snow belt. Hell, we'll ship some of our NE Ohio snow your way if you like! :)

09-21-11, 12:39 AM
Really tempted to go with the Nokians R too.
Only heard good reports about those in the Quebec winters

Cub Cadet
09-21-11, 08:13 AM
I finally found a viable ALL SEASON tire that will handle the snow well and also is great on dry pavement. It is the Bridgestone Potenza 970AS Pole Position.

I am going with the 255/35 -19 on the front and 295/30 -19 on the rear. This will be a perfect setup for all year in northeast Ohio.

09-26-11, 10:29 PM
Does anyone with 255s all around on stock rims have a pic to post? Stock sized Sottos are hard to find and I wanted to see how the narrower rear tire would look. Do the Nokians come in stock sizes?