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Old 09-21-12, 02:55 PM   #16
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For an 18" solution Tirerack recommends 225/45R18. I am considering Blizzak LM-60, Michelin Alpin PA3 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. I'm worried the Blizzak's will be too soft and 'chunk' a bit under the torque, plus potentially handle a bit sloppy. I've always like Michelin tires, but I'm concerned that the PA3's don't really look like a winter tire and may not perform as well. The Dunlop seems similar to the Michelin, but I ran them the past 3 winters on my wife's GLK and they work great and handle good, so I think they might be the best compromise.

Does anyone have any feedback on using any of those tires?

I live in Nova Scotia, so we get lots of ice, freezing rain and snow.
If your area gets heavy winter I would get the stud tires for winter. Instead of lm60 u might want to try the ws60 for blizzak or the michelins. I have the lm60 and they are good for light snow and dry in cold.
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Old 09-21-12, 02:57 PM   #17
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So i got offered the below rims, 5x114,3, ET(offset) 45, R18, AEZ Valencia dark + 225/40 winter tires. What do others think of this combination?

what tires do you plan to get since your area is heavy winter. u might want to try the tires with studs on them as they are good for heavy snow and ice.
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what tires do you plan to get since your area is heavy winter. u might want to try the tires with studs on them as they are good for heavy snow and ice.

Michelin X-Ice North XIN2 225/40R18 92/T XL
Nokian HKPL 5 225/40R18 92/T
Continental IceContact 225/40/R18 92/T XL

Are my current choices if i can find proper 18" rims. I would buy studded tires onto my 19" rims but the choices for those here are close to 0. The best i could find so far was a Pirelli run flat which are not studded and meant more for the mid-europe's mild winters, hard mix tires.
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why dont you run IS350 18 inch wheels with winter tires, you know they are tire pressure sensor compatitble and can be had for cheap on here.
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Bumping an old thread as this one seems to be the best place to ask this question.

From what I've read, an offset of 35 is minimum to clear the front brakes on an F, correct? Or is there more to it than that. I'll be honest, I don't understand the wheel offset stuff.

I'm looking at several winter weather options as my F is my daily. I've found some options on eBay, some options on tirerack.com and then lastly looked into just slapping winter tires on '08 OEM wheels.

I found these on eBay. I like the look far more than anything I can find on tirerack. Just uncertain if they will clear the calipers. http://www.ebay.com/itm/332278500713 Help!

And lastly, I also read in another thread that it's suggested to purchase new lug nuts as OEM won't work well with aftermarket. Is this also correct?
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Bumping an old thread as this one seems to be the best place to ask this question.

From what I've read, an offset of 35 is minimum to clear the front brakes on an F, correct? Or is there more to it than that. I'll be honest, I don't understand the wheel offset stuff.

I'm looking at several winter weather options as my F is my daily. I've found some options on eBay, some options on tirerack.com and then lastly looked into just slapping winter tires on '08 OEM wheels.

I found these on eBay. I like the look far more than anything I can find on tirerack. Just uncertain if they will clear the calipers. http://www.ebay.com/itm/332278500713 Help!

And lastly, I also read in another thread that it's suggested to purchase new lug nuts as OEM won't work well with aftermarket. Is this also correct?
I have a set of TSW Nurburgrings with the exact same specs as the ebay wheels you posted (18x8 +35) all around, they fit without any issues. I have to buy the winter tires still but I will be mounting 225/45/18s all around.

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Perfect! Thanks!
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Curve ball question. Anyone ever tried running the same OE front fitment tires on the back with the factory wheels?

Never mind. Didn't feel like driving on a funky setup for years to come. Bought Pirellis in oe sizing.

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