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Here is my MOST (Molten Orange ST) with its snow tire set-up from Tire Rack. Wheels are 15" steel with 185/60 R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 XL's. This is W/O the hubcaps obviously...

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and here it is with the caps. I went with the KT-915 style. All up, the order was $888.00. That includes the tires, wheels, hub caps, balancing, mounting, the TPMS sensors (mounted), the lug nuts, shipping and the Ford doohickey to get the new sensors to talk to the car. Not cheap, but since no one makes a 17" 40 series snow tire (and the roads here look like they have been cluster bombed so I want to save the AL wheels for summer), new wheels were necessary.
 

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Nice setup. Did you consider any 16 inch options? The Canadiens seem to have more options for snow tires/sizes than we do in the States.
 

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Nice setup. Did you consider any 16 inch options? The Canadiens seem to have more options for snow tires/sizes than we do in the States.
I did, but it was at least $20 less per tire going with 15's. Since 15" wheels fit and I didn't have an issue with the look, 15's it is. I further cheapened the deal (and improved snow performance) by going with the 185 width over the 195's.
 

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Here is my MOST (Molten Orange ST) with its snow tire set-up from Tire Rack. Wheels are 15" steel with 185/60 R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 XL's. This is W/O the hubcaps obviously...

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and here it is with the caps. I went with the KT-915 style. All up, the order was $888.00. That includes the tires, wheels, hub caps, balancing, mounting, the TPMS sensors (mounted), the lug nuts, shipping and the Ford doohickey to get the new sensors to talk to the car. Not cheap, but since no one makes a 17" 40 series snow tire (and the roads here look like they have been cluster bombed so I want to save the AL wheels for summer), new wheels were necessary.
Did you do the TPMS reset by yourself??
 

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How do you like the Michelin tires, I went with some 195/55R15 Pirelli winter carving edge tires and the steel wheels from tire racktire rack
 

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Can't you just order some ultra-performance all-season low profile tires on the stock rado rims and call it a day?

May sound like a dumb thing to ask, but I learn quick by asking questions.
 

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How do you like the Michelin tires, I went with some 195/55R15 Pirelli winter carving edge tires and the steel wheels from tire racktire rack
Love'em. In addition to great traction they are the quietest snow tires I have ever had. They have joined the Hakka R's at the top of the list.

Past experience: Nokian Hakka R's, awesome but expensive; Nokian WRG3's, average and expensive and a bit loud; Pirelli WinterSotto 210's, total crap; something from Nexen, average enough I don't recall anything; various Blizzak's, all good to very good but louder once they wear past the high traction outer layer.
 

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Can't you just order some ultra-performance all-season low profile tires on the stock rado rims and call it a day?

May sound like a dumb thing to ask, but I learn quick by asking questions.
I would definitely do that if I lived further south where snow is possible but doesn't stick around. However, up here in MN (and all the other top tier states plus the Rockies) you need every last bit of traction for months on end (It snowed 8" today. On April the friggin' 16th! This makes it officially 6 MONTHS OF WINTER. SO sick of it.).
 

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Thanks for sharing this...will probably be the set up I go with next winter after I move to upstate NY.

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