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    It IS a shame that none of these tire manufacturers produce a winter tire in a 195/50/55-17, or even a 185/55/60-17, since then we could use the factory wheels without going to a WIDER tire (like everyone seems to do), which is contrary to what is desired for winter's snow/slush use, setup.
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    Meh. I ran super skinny and wide tires on my truck throughout the winter. The truck drove the same in regards to traction. In my mind the whole skinny in winter is a moot point.

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    If I lived somewhere where there was winter I would drive a beater car or truck for the winter and park the ST indoors. Screw winter tires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Sport fan View Post
    It IS a shame that none of these tire manufacturers produce a winter tire in a 195/50/55-17, or even a 185/55/60-17, since then we could use the factory wheels without going to a WIDER tire (like everyone seems to do), which is contrary to what is desired for winter's snow/slush use, setup.
    Speaking strictly all-season compound and ignoring the super-crap Yokohama P185/60R14 tires which would get me stuck everywhere, the only time traction was a severe issue, was when "ground" clearance was an issue. I've understood that the chief "benefit" behind narrow, is that you more readily sink in.

    The Kelly Explorer P175/65R14 were decent. As mentioned, the Yokohama P185/60R14 sucked ass. The Kelly Navigator Gold P185/60R14, could pretty much go anywhere, even when everyone was told to stay off the roads. The Kelly Explorer Plus P185/60R14 wasn't as good as the Navigator Gold, but a little better than the Explorer.

    I would also reduce tire pressures under those conditions because the additional flex helped knock some of the snow-pack from the tread. While this is not contrary to popular belief or practice, note that this also has the impact of increasing the tire contact patch.

    More than width, I think tread pattern, tire compound and sidewall flex are going to be the most important factors.

    Regarding width, my point is not that I am right and everyone else is wrong, but simply noting a reason why I may prefer the additional ~40mm total spec.

    On another person's vehicle, I've also seen the extreme of having super-wide (maybe an extra 20-30mm per tire) on snow pack, and the results were definitely not good. He was definitely not biting or digging in at all. I'm not sure how he made it across town to start with LoL. But then, the tread, compound and sidewall were all, far less than ideal.
    2016 Ford Fiesta ST Kona Blue ; Engine, Suspension will remain untouched ; Southwest Ohio ; Winter: 215/45R17 Continental ; Seasonal: 205/40R17 Bridgestone

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    Finally got around to hucking the continental winter tires I got from a member. Going from the Michelin as3 ...noticed right away...less spinning from a stop....less sliding around....now we will test their longevity.

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    First set of winter wheels/tires.

    I put winter tires on for the first time today. 195/55R15 Michelin X-ice on some cheap wheels I got for $60 a piece. Car is a bit squirrly in turns, but the ride is much improved and the tires are sticking to the pavement pretty well in the light snow/ice we got in the Chicago area today.

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    I actually like those wheels funky.

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    I actually like those wheels funky.
    Yes, those are a STEAL @ $60.00 each!
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