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Old 09-15-2018, 10:10 AM
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Snow tires and rims (sizes)

I am thinking about getting a smaller rim for my winter set of tires/wheels this year. My job requires a lot of driving and that includes some mountain passes. With the bad pot holes that develop I want a bit more sidewall.

How small of a rim will fit? The rotors look pretty small so I am sure a 15” is fine and perhaps even a 14”?

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Old 09-15-2018, 01:01 PM
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Did you search the forum? There are a lot of threads answering this question.

That said, I run 14" steelies in winter from Tire Rack with 185/70-14 tires. The extra sidewall is indeed a good thing. Just pick a good tire. I tend to prefer Michelin or Nokian winter tires.
 
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I used the 15 inch of rims, believe that other honda models share the same rim so there may be some at junk yards. I run nokians and it's great
 
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Thank you both.
 
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14" with the General Altimax Artics have always served me well, going on my 4th season. Coming from a AWD to low FWD i was impressed on how well the pull thru the slop and snow in the Midwest. Most days I can go with out the TC kicking in, but on really bad days I turn it off if I'm in stop and go or need to pull out and get up to speed quickly.
 
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Thanks Howie… I was looking at those. That tire and the smaller size is more economical too. Does anyone have the offset handy? I would like to get some steel wheels with the proper offset.

EDIT: I found it under the wheel section. +53
 

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Old 09-18-2018, 10:49 AM
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14" steel wheels need to be about a +45 offset to clear brakes. That's what mine are.

Regarding the Altimax Arctic, they have a good reputation of bang for the buck. But most studdless winter tires will outperform studdable unless you actually run studs.
 
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14" steel wheels need to be about a +45 offset to clear brakes. That's what mine are.

Regarding the Altimax Arctic, they have a good reputation of bang for the buck. But most studdless winter tires will outperform studdable unless you actually run studs.

I bought based on the glowing reviews on forums. I will never buy again. Last year I took my 1/2 worn Blizzak and gave them to my son and purchased the Alitimax. The 1/2 worn Blizzak are way better in the snow. I thought it was my imagination until I did my own feel of the pants test. My wheels and my sons share the same bolt pattern. I ran my Alitmax in a fresh snow and then came home and switched wheels with my sons car. Maybe 30 minutes of time difference. I'm confident the 1/2 worn Blizzak were way better. That being said, the worst snow tire is way better than any all season tire in the snow.
 
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I bought Arctic Altimax 12 tires last year ( all 4 studded) and they were fine for what I mostly experience here - slippery roads with ice and packed snow. Pure snow traction isn't really an issue for me and in fact last year we really didn't get much snow so I don't know how they'd perform in heavy snow. I think I'd be worried more about the low clearance underneath the Fit with a deep snowfall. I do suspect though that if I wasn't for the studs I'd probably look around a bit at other tires like Michelin and Pirelli - but maybe in the end still have stayed with the Altimax though because they're such good value, I don't know.

Tires I really wanted were Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (studded) but one tire chain has a monopoly on them in this region and you know what that means ($$$) so I gave them a pass.
 
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Thanks for the info guys.
 
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:13 AM
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Michelin is doing their normal seasonal $70 rebate right now. For two more days. Tire Rack is also offering free shipping on orders over $50.
 
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Originally Posted by stephenmarklay View Post
Thanks Howie… I was looking at those. That tire and the smaller size is more economical too. Does anyone have the offset handy? I would like to get some steel wheels with the proper offset.

EDIT: I found it under the wheel section. +53
I just did the package deal from Tire Rack- Mounted/Balanced delivered for sub $500.00
 
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The Arctic 12s' replace the Arctic . The 12s' siping depth is less than the Arctic . The Arctic start at 11 or 12 and the 12s' maybe a 1/3 of that .
 

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