Studded with new rims

Studded with new rims

Postby Tgillespie [OP] » October 16th 2015, 4:25am

Hi so I am brand new owner of a 2000 AWD Astro and I live in Colorado. I want to have a better tire for snow driving, I am currently on stock 15's but want to upgrade to 16's for the greater variety. I want studded snow tires what is the best way to do this without spending an arm and a leg and still getting what I want? Rims and Tires.

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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Astrofarian » October 16th 2015, 1:10pm

Hi and welcome to the forum. I'm not sure about your neck of the woods but around here 15" rubber is still pretty widely available. Even Wally World has lots of options for 15" snow tires (Studding optional, of course) Take a look on CL in your area, you may be surprised what you'll find. Or is it snowing there already?
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Tgillespie [OP] » October 16th 2015, 7:09pm

Not snowing yet but everyone knows it's coming. I've just been reading and heard 16 had more options and sometimes cheaper. I also want to know what tire sizes I can get with 15s or 16s and drive unhindered.
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Lumpy » October 16th 2015, 7:22pm

Tgillespie wrote:
... I also want to know what tire sizes I can get with 15s or 16s and drive unhindered.


[gets old I know]

Measure. You KNOW the dimensions of YOUR van. You KNOW the dimensions of your prospective tires. Put a tape measure on it. Your van isn't the same size and shape as anyone else's van, even if theirs is the same year/make/model.

If you want to know if something fits, measure the space you want to put it in.


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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby The Drummer » October 16th 2015, 7:47pm

I kinda fail to see why you would want studded tires , awd with new good winter tires is already very good in snow , but if you have to drive on high montain icy roads then its better breaking going down hill , there will be more slippery on cold pavement .
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Tgillespie [OP] » October 17th 2015, 12:22am

My driveway isn't always plowed with a natural spring that runs down it sometimes.
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Lumpy » October 17th 2015, 4:42am

Tgillespie wrote:My driveway isn't always plowed with a natural spring that runs down it sometimes.


My driveway isn't always plowed with a natural spring that runs down it sometimes either.

:doh:


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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby ihatemybike » October 17th 2015, 4:03pm

You can get some steel 16" aftermarket rims in the 5x5 bolt pattern pretty easy. The Jeep Wrangler JK use the pattern. I picked up a set of 5 steel Pro Comp off CL fairly cheap from a JK owner.
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Tgillespie [OP] » October 19th 2015, 8:21pm

Lumpy wrote:
Tgillespie wrote:My driveway isn't always plowed with a natural spring that runs down it sometimes.


My driveway isn't always plowed with a natural spring that runs down it sometimes either.

:doh:


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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Casey » October 24th 2015, 10:01pm

Timmy,

Go to http://www.tirerack.com and search for wheel and tire combos after entering your van's specific info. It's a great resource for tire reviews, and I've found it to be a fairly good guide when deciding which tires to buy. If you end up buying wheels and tires from them, they can mount, balance, and install the studs for you, so when they arrive, they are ready to mount on your van.

You know you need 5x5" bolt pattern, and you can determine the range of wheel offset/backspacing which will work with some simple math. For winter you won't want an 8" wide wheel anyway, so stick with the stock 5.5" or 6" wide wheels.

Most Jeep 5x5" pattern wheels have a very high positive offset (5.25" backspacing for some factory Wrangler wheels), much to high for our vans.
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Tgillespie [OP] » October 25th 2015, 2:40am

thanks dude.
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Re: Studded with new rims

Postby Casey » October 25th 2015, 4:57pm

My advice would be to keep the stock 15" wheels and get the studded winter tires you want. I just bought a set of General Altimax Actic studdable (though I won't have them studded) winter tires, and there are some really good deals on new winter tires with free shipping on eBay, depending upon your tire size. Even from online sellers like Tire Rack, etc., 15" winter tires are in the $65-$100 range, so not too pricey. And, if you use the stock 15" wheels, you only need to purchase tires. You can always pick up a set of 16" tires for non-winter driving, too.
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