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Michelin Ice Xi3 update

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Drove the car for the fist time in the snow last night. These tires have teeth! Extremely impressed with them!

 

Went with 245/45/18 on 18 in wheels for the snows. 

 

Car has 19 inch touring package and car had new Conti Extreme Contact DSW on it when bought used last year.

 

I have the Conti DSW on other vehicles and found them to be very quiet, good in rain, but they are NOT a snow tire!

 

The Michelin Ice Xi3 are even quieter than the Conti DSW.

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You northern guys have to learn to not use those 4 letter words    .....snow  ;)  :whistling:

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My Lincoln also has 245/40R19 - 26.7" diameter factory tires on it now and I'm also planning on 18" snow wheels/tires.

Probably going with a 18x8" wide rim, thus looking for snows in the 3 possible sizes:

245/45R18  26.7"  <-- factory dia. but sorta wide for snow
235/45R18  26.3"  <-- 1/2" lower 
225/50R18  26.9"  <-- best choice for snow, but MKZ is a heavy car

Narrower tires are actually better in snow, but I'm worried the 225 will be a bit narrow on an 8" rim.

Billm, How wide are your rims? Do you have any pictures?

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2 hours ago, TomV said:

My Lincoln also has 245/40R19 - 26.7" diameter factory tires on it now and I'm also planning on 18" snow wheels/tires.

Probably going with a 18x8" wide rim, thus looking for snows in the 3 possible sizes:

245/45R18  26.7"  <-- factory dia. but sorta wide for snow
235/45R18  26.3"  <-- 1/2" lower 
225/50R18  26.9"  <-- best choice for snow, but MKZ is a heavy car

Narrower tires are actually better in snow, but I'm worried the 225 will be a bit narrow on an 8" rim.

Billm, How wide are your rims? Do you have any pictures?

 

Hi Tom.  An 8" wheel is acceptable for most 225/50 tires. It is on the top end, but still acceptable. You simply need to be sure you purchase a snow tire with an acceptable load rating. At least equal to the factory tires on your car. 

You can go to The Tire Rack and find the tire/wheel specs for almost any tire:  https://www.tirerack.com/content/tirerack/desktop/en/homepage.html

Not too sure if you will get a reply from the OP (Billm). He has not signed on for over a year.

Let us know how you make out and good luck.

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