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 Old 11-16-2014, 01:01 PM   #1
 
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Default Serious question about going different front and back sizes for snow

So I cant afford to buy 4 new rims and tires to wrap with snow tires, and the area I moved to is snowmaggedon at 10,000ft, I have all season tires right now on 17x7 50mm offset rims, 225/50r17... in order to get best price I have to get 16" rims since 17" on tire rack are 20-30$ more... 2 16x6.5 with 55mm offset are 46$ each so two new rims would cost me 92$ and the closest matching tire I found for it is 225/55r16 it seems to only have a 3mm diameter difference, the tires I am talking about putting on are 3mm smaller in diameter, however the all season tires I have, I have had for 2 years now so I imagine the tread ware has prolly pulled at least 2mm if not more off them in this time anyways?

I wanted some serious input on weather this would still screw my drive train and diff the way everyone always screams about how different sizes on AWD is stupidity manifest, having basically any difference in the tire size is a huge problem? its just at this point 225/50/17 that are used would seem probably exactly the same rolling circumferance as 225/55/16s? the technical diff in size is .44% according to: https://www.mcgrefer.com/sizeinfo/22...2=page-2-width

Also the tires I am thinking of getting are 105$ and the cheapest I can find for the closest size match to the two I want to keep... each with free balance and install they can ship me these 2 steel rims wrapped in winter/ice tires for 386$ shipped and all, much cheaper than any tire shop in the area can even come close to offering.... what do you guys think? I was debating getting these and putting them on the rear hubs, so when they are engaging its due to slip, and they will be performance ice tires so if my abs is kicking in they would be even more helpful, since around here we get like 300inches of snow fall per year and it wont be above freezing again most likely until march... anyhow if the two sizes are still not close enough to be safe on our cars driveline PLEASE let me know.... but 3mm diameter diff to me seems like the diff between our cars front and rear wheels anyways since the fronts get more wear from being the primary drive and steering wheels it seems. To me anyways
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....MAXA&tab=Sizes

4 tires, remount on your wheels and done. Scroll to sizes and pick a 17 inch.
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Why not run the all seasons? Or are winter tires required? I imagine with AWD you will be fine with all seasons at least.
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Sorry to break it to you but that's the cross you bare when you go AWD. You shouldn't even replace 2 of your used tires with 2 new ones of the same size, brand, and model. Pretty much buy 4 identical tires whenever you need any.
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thanks for your guys input, the all seasons are fine but we see no tarmack here most of the winter, so winter tires might be nessesary cuz I am at 10,000ft altitude
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