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17" winter tires, what are you all running.

So far i can see is the only available decent tire in 205/40R17" is the : Pirelli Sottozero 3.



Alternative could be a 215/40R17 tire, in that case you can choose the best: Continental ContiWinterContact TS860.

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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

Nobody is running 17" winter wheels. ??
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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

Not that many people run winter tires full stop
Don't know how many on here have the 17 inch wheels probably more then on winter tires
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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

We run Michelin Crossclimate on 15 inch wheels. Very impressed in recent snow and especially non gritted icy roads round here in North Yorkshire .Bonus no need to swop winters to summers so good cost saving .
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I've got 17" summer wheels on my Abarth but run 16" winters, picked up a set of alloys dirt cheap, Yokohama W-Drive tyres.

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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

I use 15" wheels for my Winter tyres (Avons.. brilliant, in case anyone is wondering).

When it's dark it's easier to miss all the new pot-holes that appear and then dent the rim. My 17" rims are wider, the spokes are finer and the tyres are lower profile... so there's more prospect of an incident... and less prospect of the rim surviving it.

Conversely, my 15" rims are narrower, have a more beefy "spoke" arrangement and the tyre is higher profile.. so if I hit a pot-hole, or slide into a kerb, the tyre protects the rim more than the 17" tyre does... and the wheel itself is more robust and less likely to be damaged anyway.

Finally, there's no faffing about putting new rubber on the old wheels for just a few months.. just a wheel swap.


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195/55R15" tires. ??
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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

Italian car= Italian tyres, so Pirelli is just a great choice.( I have them on my Alfa GT and our Alfa Giulietta, in summer 17" Pirelli P7, and in winter 16" Pirelli Sottozero on both cars..
Wouldn't consider any other brand at all..

Leave those Conti's for the Beemers and such...
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Italian car= Italian tyres
My previous 5 cars were Swedish, by your logic I should have run them on the bare wheels???

I've always ran some generation of Vredestein Quatrac all-seasons tyres (it has almost become a religion), including on my current Doblo.
But on my previous car I had to make an exception because the wheel-size and engine power required dedicated summer and winter tyres.
I had Vredestein (ofcourse) summer tyres, but the set of winter steelies I bought second hand came with good winter tyres so I kept those: 2 Michelin, 2 Continental.
I've had less than good experiences with summer tyres of both brands before I became a "Vredesteinist", but I have to say both pairs of winter tyres weren't too shabby at all, and I was actually impressed with the ice performance of the Continentals!

I've read and heard great things about those Michelin Crossclimate tyres as well, I might throw a set of those on the Doblo when my Quatrac 5's are worn (50k km already and still plenty of thread, might take a while).
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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

20 miles west of London we only get significant snow every 5 years, so certainly not worth the faff of swapping wheels/tyres with the seasons. My wife's Suzuki is already fitted with Cross Climates, and benefiting from the lower noise and better ride. I'll get some fitted to my 500X before next winter. The test below, and others, show that for me, I wouldn't want the extra hassle of full winters for very little benefit.
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Quote Originally Posted by Peter Pick-Up View Post
Italian car= Italian tyres, so Pirelli is just a great choice.( I have them on my Alfa GT and our Alfa Giulietta, in summer 17" Pirelli P7, and in winter 16" Pirelli Sottozero on both cars..
Wouldn't consider any other brand at all..

Leave those Conti's for the Beemers and such...
Huh? What silly logic. Conti winter tyres are generally better than Pirelli tyres, Iíll stick with decent tyres rather than being stupidly nationalistic like you...
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Re: 17" winter tires, what are you all running.

Quote Originally Posted by Candisa View Post
My previous 5 cars were Swedish, by your logic I should have run them on the bare wheels???

I've always ran some generation of Vredestein Quatrac all-seasons tyres (it has almost become a religion), including on my current Doblo.
But on my previous car I had to make an exception because the wheel-size and engine power required dedicated summer and winter tyres.
I had Vredestein (ofcourse) summer tyres, but the set of winter steelies I bought second hand came with good winter tyres so I kept those: 2 Michelin, 2 Continental.
I've had less than good experiences with summer tyres of both brands before I became a "Vredesteinist", but I have to say both pairs of winter tyres weren't too shabby at all, and I was actually impressed with the ice performance of the Continentals!



I've read and heard great things about those Michelin Crossclimate tyres as well, I might throw a set of those on the Doblo when my Quatrac 5's are worn (50k km already and still plenty of thread, might take a while).
www.gislaved.nl real Swedish tires, but since the owners of Volvo are Chinese, you could fit Ling Long tires as well...






And Vredestein is a very good tyre indeed, almost all the Dutch use them......on their bicycles
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Huh? What silly logic. Conti winter tyres are generally better than Pirelli tyres, Iíll stick with decent tyres rather than being stupidly nationalistic like you...
What type Continental, and what type Pirelli...??
Your general statement is as silly as mine...

Nationalistic....since when are Pirelli's made in Holland...
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What type Continental, and what type Pirelli...??
Your general statement is as silly as mine...

Nationalistic....since when are Pirelli's made in Holland...
It doesnít have to be your nationality.

Canít remember what Pirellis my BMW takes, but the TS830Ps that Iíve fitted are generally better regarded.
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Canít remember what Pirellis my BMW takes, but the TS830Ps that Iíve fitted are generally better regarded.
Ah...you're driving a BMW....I see...
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