ro7nin
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Snow tire rim size options

Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:29 pm

I have a 2016 civic and have a almost new set of snow tires and rims for the car - 195/65R15. I was considering moving to a Clarity. Would my rims fit? The bolt pattern is the same but I don't know if rim will clear the calipers.

Any thoughts?

cwhite
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:11 pm

Hi, There is a thread on wheels in the 'Modifications and Accessories' section

I am hoping that 17's will fit but I think it will be close around the calipers(Discount Tire shows it will fit). Looking at the stock 18's there is only about one inch between the wheel and the brake caliper.

I would be very surprised if anything smaller than a 17" would fit.

CamasClarity
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Sat May 12, 2018 6:50 am

I tried today 2013 Acord rim 18"x8" with a 235/45R18 94V Goodyear tire. The rim has 55 mm offset but it cleared everything. I actually drove a mile with the wheel installed front left. For longer and higher speedd a 5mm spacer is probably a good idea.

CamasClarity
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Wed May 16, 2018 2:35 am

I bought a set of snow tires. The wheels are 17"x6.5 from Les Schwab. The tires are 235/45R17. I tried the wheels both front and back, but did not drive the car around. The car will be 1/2" lower. For $100 I can live with that. I do not plan to drive in deep snow.

Here are some pictures: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vQUsM ... 5pvz7aek4F

The tires came from a 2008 Acura TL from what the owner told me.

cwhite
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Wed May 16, 2018 2:38 pm

Hi, Just remember that the 235/45-17 has about 3 inches less circumference than your stock 18". That means they will being spinning faster than the car expects so when it shows 70mph you will actually be doing around 67mph. Since the TPMS system looks at tire circumference rather than having sensors all 4 tires need to be the same size. Check out how front of the car clear the curbs where you normally park. At work my spoiler is a fraction of an inch, lowering the ride height an inch might bring a lot of curbs into play. Good Luck.

CamasClarity
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Wed May 16, 2018 5:43 pm

Yes, I realize that the speed will be off. I do not like studded tires. I expect I will use them only if needed, maybe even 2-3 times a winter (Pacific Northwest). If it snows for 2-3 days we just stay home. If the snow sticks around for more than that, then I will use them. It only takes me an hour change the wheels.

The ride should be only 1/2" lower, but your concerns are valid.

cwhite
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Re: Snow tire rim size options

Wed May 16, 2018 8:53 pm

Hi, I should have noticed your user-name a realized we are in the same region(I am in Beaverton) I agree on studs, had them on a previous car and then switched to the studless ice tires (Blizzak / X-Ice). Will never go back to studs, even for a day. The Blizzak's gave me 90% of the bare ice traction and far better wet road handling and total lack of noise. Come August-October I will get a set of X-Ice(more fuel efficient) on a second set of rims, either 17 or 18's.

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