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Old 12-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Hey folks, I'm looking to buy a set of winter tires for my stock BBS 17x8.
What size should I get? I heard the narrower the better. So if someone can recommend a good brand and specific size will be highly appreciated.
Last year I run a set of Mastercraft Glacier grip 2
225/45r/17, but one of them is flat and can't be repaired.
After reading this article on Tire Rack I'm afraid to buy a replacement tire and mess up the differential or something in my car.
Tires are in great conditions. About 8/32 thread remaining. Maybe 7/32.. Should I just buy a new tire and call it a day??

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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=18
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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if i recall corectly, tires can be shaved down to meet the other tire tread depths. ask at tire rack. i could be wrong though.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Hey folks, I'm looking to buy a set of winter tires for my stock BBS 17x8.
What size should I get? I heard the narrower the better. So if someone can recommend a good brand and specific size will be highly appreciated.
Last year I run a set of Mastercraft Glacier grip 2
225/45r/17, but one of them is flat and can't be repaired.
After reading this article on Tire Rack I'm afraid to buy a replacement tire and mess up the differential or something in my car.
Tires are in great conditions. About 8/32 thread remaining. Maybe 7/32.. Should I just buy a new tire and call it a day??

Here is the link of the article:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=18
your really in the wrong section for this but regardless, narrower is not better. Why would you want to reduce the amount of area of tire you have to make grip? Secondly if you ran them for 1 year then you will be fine just getting a single replacement just watch the tread wear and rotate them on time. (6k miles) or 3k like my tech told me he does.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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Call Tire Rack. Ask for Luke. Tell him your budget. Buy what he tells you to.

As for the article, it says that you can run tires within 2/32 of each other. If you buy a new tire, you'll have to shave it. Problem solved.

We have a Tire and Wheel forum. Look there for input and reviews.

Do a search for the word "Tires"
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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Moving forward, I tend to buy 5 wheels with snows and rotate them between the 5. The strategy is in case I get a flat, I still have 4 tires to use.

In your case, you could ether shave a new tire (tire rack does this) or buy 4 new wheels/tires with the same tires as what you have. Then you have lots of spares.

Or you could but 4 new tires and sell the 3 current tires on craigslist. Someone with a 2wd car will pick them up.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input.

Honestly I didn't get to read the whole article. I only read the top part. Lol. I was like **** it, I'll just buy new tires and call it a day.

This shaving technique is news to me. Never heard about it. I guess buying new tires everytime I needed a set or a pair was the best way to go.

I'll definitely be buying a new one and have it shave down so it match the other 3 tires.

Again, thank folks.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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your really in the wrong section for this but regardless, narrower is not better. Why would you want to reduce the amount of area of tire you have to make grip?
For deep snow, narrower IS better. Narrower tires will push farther down to the surface of the road because there is more weight per area.

I would simply go with the stock tire size on the stock wheels, though. One step narrower (215/45R17), and you would also have shorter gearing, making it harder to pull out from a stop gently. Unless you are in deep snow a lot...then I might consider some aggressive snows in 195 or 205 with a narrower wheel.
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