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Since the stock SpecB tires are 215/45R18 at 24 lbs and 25.7" OD,

17" for winter options would be :


215/50R17.6% smaller or

205/55R17 1% smaller than stock

225/50R17 .9 smaller than stock (IMO 225 is already too wide for snow)



Available tires in 215/50R17


Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50 tirerack.com

Dunlop Graspic DS-2

Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

Nokian WR ----------98v rating 21.6lbs OD26.3 -------215/50R17XL are 95V 21.4# OD 25.5

Pirelli Winter 210

Yokohama Ice Guard IG721





ContiWinterContact TS810 S tirerack.com

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2





Bridgestone Blizzak LM-22

Bridgestone Blizzak WS50

Dunlop Graspic DS-2

Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3

Hankook Ice Bear W300

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2 Nokian Hakka 4

Nokian RSi

Nokian WR

Pirelli Winter 210


I decided to go with RSi in 205/50R17.

While a .4" smaller overall than SpecB, it will get me through the worst of winter.


If anyone has any other options let me know, I'll be updating this.

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I'd recommend the thinnest tire you can stand, the 205/55r17, or the 215/50r17. There's a Nokian dealer around there somewhere - go to the website. In the 205 size, both of those are, afaik, excellent choices - I've run the arctic alpin in the past with good results, the pilot is more performance oriented. The conti is what I am going to use on my car here in MA.


The graspic is a fairly low performance tire, under all conditions there are better choices like the blizzak ws-50. the wintersport is a good tire too, more performance oriented.


Basically if you are looking for the best snow and ice performance, you'll want the ws-50, the hakka (2 I thought), or the TS810. For a more dry performance oriented tire with a firmer sidewall, I think the best choices are the the pilot, the WR, wintersport M3, or the LM-22, in that order IMO, but I could be wrong.


I used to live in Clifton Park, btw. Hi old neighbor!

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You could also drop down to LGT sizes of 205/50R17, 215/45R17, or 225/45R17 and have your speedo recalibrated by the dealer. Let's face it, a SpecB pretty much is an LGT. I suppose spare tire size would be an issue then though.
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