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Old Wed, Sep-01-2010, 11:28:03 PM   #1
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Default 235 snow tires on staggered wheels?

Hey all... I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of winter wheels/tires. I'm looking at two different sets of OEM Contours. One set is square (7.5) and the other is staggered (7.5/8.5).

The staggered set might be just a little rougher (8.5/10 vs. 9/10), but both sets are in pretty decent shape and they're the same price.

Normally, I'd probably just go with the square set since they're a bit nicer and the narrower width lends itself well to snow tire use. But I'm tempted to go with the staggered set in case I want to ditch my DSIIs and run the Contours as summer wheels eventually.

Also, I kind of have it in the back of my head that down the road if I want to go from staggered to square I could trade the two rear Contours for two fronts and a spare...

So the question is: anything wrong with running 235/45s all around as winter tires or would I be significantly better off with the squared setup and 225/45s?


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You'd be fine running 235's on the staggered wheels.
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You'd be fine running 235's on the staggered wheels.

I know fitment won't be an issue, I guess I'm just wondering if for winter tires running square wheels with 225/45s would be a significantly better setup than staggered wheels with 235s. for Probably should have clarified that in the original post...
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225 would be better in the snow vs a 235, but not by much...

waiting for B or Roland, or Bobby or any of the other guys who actually have USED snow tires.
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Idealy 225s on 7.5"s would be your best bet. I'm sure T.R. recommends 225s even on staggered wheels. I'd go with the best deal and even consider looking for DSIIs as they should be really cheap to find a staggered set. That way you have a summer and winter "square" set up.

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I'm sure T.R. recommends 225s even on staggered wheels.
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Orly?


Edit: Would I be okay running 225s on 8.5s?
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Well, if you plan on driving in deep snow regularly, go with the narrowest setup you can. I used to run 225 Dunlop Wintersport M2's on 16x7.5 Contour reps when I lived in Colorado and that setup was unstoppable. I think you'd be fine with a slightly wider setup. Most non-car people run all-season tires all year round and they get by.
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Well, if you plan on driving in deep snow regularly, go with the narrowest setup you can. I used to run 225 Dunlop Wintersport M2's on 16x7.5 Contour reps when I lived in Colorado and that setup was unstoppable. I think you'd be fine with a slightly wider setup. Most non-car people run all-season tires all year round and they get by.


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with the amount of snow you are going to get in Madison, I would just get the staggered set with the 235 setup on it, and call it a day.
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with the amount of snow you are going to get in Madison, I would just get the staggered set with the 235 setup on it, and call it a day.
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