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      10-05-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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Winter Tire/Wheel Recommendations

I live in Eastern Ontario, Canada and we get over 200cm of snow each year. I'm trying to decide on a winter tire and wheel combo for my 335 GT. I have the M-Sport Brakes with the Staggered tires, 225/45/R19 on the front and 255/40/R19 on the rear. It looks like 225/50/R18 would be the correct size for winter tires. With this size, I get 3 main options:

- Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
- Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
- Michelin X-Ice Xi3

What would your recommendation be. My driving is approximately 70% country roads (80-90km/h) and 30% highway.

As far as rims go, I may need a recommendation there as well. I've seen VMR wheels that are a decent combo price, and also some nice BBS and OZ Wheels. Will these all be similar for quality?

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I just got Blizzak Ws80 installed on my Forester, but planning to put Michline on the 335 and the X5, personal preference. Forester will be the winter beater, the other two won't be moving too much during winter. As for the rims, make sure 18s will fit the M Sport breaks...
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Also I wouldn't use BBS for the winter....
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If you look at the Tire Rack ratings, going with Performance winter vs. Studdless Winter seems like a better choice. You lose just a bit on snow and ice and gain a ton of wet and dry.

Where I live, I have far more days of slush/wet due to constant snow melting than I do of full on snow.

I went with Pirelli Sottorezo III (or however that's spelled), because it ranked well and it fits 18s".
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Less slush around here and more hard-packed snow. Was reading another forum and was recommended the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, but they don't have 225/50/R18, it looks as if I'd have to go with 225/45/R19.
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