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    Snow tire/wheel discussion

    I know it's only august, and way too early to be thinking about this, but I'm somewhat at an impasse.

    I have dunlop ds-2 tires in 215/60/16 left over from the old car. They're about 2 years old, and maybe have 3-4K miles on them.

    Is there really any reason to even consider a 17" wheel for snow tires?

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    Which model Optima do you have? If the SX, then you can't fit 16" wheels over the front brakes.

    I've used 225/45-17 winter tires, and will get 235/45-18's for my SX this fall. BUT - I live in the Pacific NW, where snow depth isn't usually the problem (that taller,skinnier snow tires solve very well).

    The 215/60-16 tires snow tires you have look like an excellent winter alternate for the 215/55-17's that (I believe) are the stock size on EX models, which should accept a 16" wheel.

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    Dfrost, thank you for bring this up. I knew the sx had larger front rotors, but didn't realize there would be clearance issues!@# Do you have a source for this information? Tirerack's online system seems to indicate 16" wheels will work.


    I think using stock or wider tires for snow tires defeats the whole purposes, where a narrower tire is better suited to cut through the snow ---- and lots of that we get here in chicago, 4'+ last year from what I recall.
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    I tried to bring this up before and people thought I was insane for wanting to buy smaller rims for winter...

    I'm going to try and get a set of stock 17's to use with my winter setup, or if you guys find good deals, please share!

    For anyone with Stock 18s, you will need to stick with 17's or above to clear the brakes.

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    Thanks for the info Furious...
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    Planing on throwing 19 or 20's on my EX. From whats being said I'm thinking I should I wait after winter. However, these NEX slip all the time I dont even wanna think about what they'll do in the snow and I dont want to buy new tires for the stock rims to then get new tires again for the new wheels. Should I go for it and get better tires with 19 or 20's before Winter?
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    Made some phone calls today. Tirerack is still claiming it will fit, and will even eat the shipping both ways if it doesn't.

    However, I'm starting to think dfrost is right. There is plenty of room on the rotor side - more than 1" distance between the rotor and the stock wheel. However at the caliper, I think it's either exactly 1" or maybe 15/16". Either way, I think at least 1/4" gap would be a minimal distance required. Unless the new wheels have some sort of recess in this area, 16" is not likely to fit.

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    you cant just measure the distance. the shape/design of the winter wheel as well as the offset will be the deciding factor. Some 16s/17s may fit depending on design, others will not... if someone wants to try, please do!!

    The only way you know for sure, will be to buy 17" Stockies and throw some winter rubber on there.... better safe then sorry

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    So... Jsolo tried it out, and of course the 16s from TireRack dont fit.

    SX 17" steelers for winter - Kia Forum

    i'll let Jsolo elaborate.

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