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What are you doing for winter wheels and tires

I have a T6 with the lovely 20" wheels. In New England we always switch to dedicated snows, and I like to keep on their own rims for ease of changeover and to protect the summer rims from salt (many use steel wheels in winter for this purpose).

What might be a good winter wheel, and what size would you do? How do you manage the ABS?
The tire I will use is the Nokian Hakka H2 SUV - have them on my other car and they are great. So the question is wheel choice, size, and ABS.

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I'm in NY so I take the most measures possible to avoid these problems/factors.

1. Run the smallest rim diameter possible for winters, why? The tristate is horrible when it comes to pot holes, especially with roads contracting an expanding + the plows ripping up everything. Smaller rim means bigger tire, bigger tire means larger sidewall which in tern means more cushion for huge holes in the road.

2. Run thinner tires, why? you want as much weight to penetrate through the snow, a wide tire means you will be more prone to sliding/snowplaning when it's bad.

3. Running smaller rims means less rotational weight = more gas mpg. It also means the tires themselves will be much cheaper, especially when dealing with high sizes like 20+

4. Speed ratings mean nothing, weight ratings mean everything. If you do want to save you most likely don't even need a W rated let alone a Y rated so forget about speed, your not doing 100+. Always make sure you are atlas or above the weight rating which is a separate number, load bearing is the most crital of all, going under will result in a bad situation.

Just for fun, I run OEM 18 pegs in the summer with michelin PS3's 235/40/18 but when winter rolls around I run OEM 17's w/blizzaks 215 or 225/50/17.
 

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Just curious, how do you get the tires and wheels home? In the car itself? And how do you lug them into your garage? I'd imagine the wheels with tires on them would be rather heavy, no?
 

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ship to shop, shop installs, store at shop for convenience or bring home in the cargo area with seats down (providing you have ample storage at home without impeding daily living).
generally i purchase the exact set of wheels the vehicle came with as a winter set and then swap between the two for each two seasons.
we're having such a mild start i am debating putting them when i usually do (which is weekend before thanksgiving).
 

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I'm in NY so I take the most measures possible to avoid these problems/factors.

1. Run the smallest rim diameter possible for winters, why? The tristate is horrible when it comes to pot holes, especially with roads contracting an expanding + the plows ripping up everything. Smaller rim means bigger tire, bigger tire means larger sidewall which in tern means more cushion for huge holes in the road.
Interestingly the 19" tires for the xc90 have about the same amount of sidewall as the 20" since they are significantly smaller overall.
 

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So are the standard Pirellis on the 20" wheels adequate for snow? We live in Nebraska and get some decent snows and will also take it to the mountains in Colorado yearly for skiing. The Pirelli's are suppose to be an all year tire correct? (just not as good as a snow tire in winter driving?)
 

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So are the standard Pirellis on the 20" wheels adequate for snow? We live in Nebraska and get some decent snows and will also take it to the mountains in Colorado yearly for skiing. The Pirelli's are suppose to be an all year tire correct? (just not as good as a snow tire in winter driving?)
Vehicles delivered in the US come with all season tires, irregardless of rim size. At least that's what I was told by Volvo.

As to whether or not they are adequate for snow, depends on how much snow and where one lives, IMO.
 

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So are the standard Pirellis on the 20" wheels adequate for snow? We live in Nebraska and get some decent snows and will also take it to the mountains in Colorado yearly for skiing. The Pirelli's are suppose to be an all year tire correct? (just not as good as a snow tire in winter driving?)
If you get adequate snow I strongly recommend you get dedicated snow tires and wheels. All seasons are ok in snow but are nothing compared to snow, that truck is a pretty big investment, make sure you keep her safe!

All season vs snow tires
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGfvyPtYR0Y
 

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So are the standard Pirellis on the 20" wheels adequate for snow? We live in Nebraska and get some decent snows and will also take it to the mountains in Colorado yearly for skiing. The Pirelli's are suppose to be an all year tire correct? (just not as good as a snow tire in winter driving?)
What type of tires come with the 20" wheels? And do you have the 20" Momentum upgrade or the standard 20" Inscription wheels (or are they the same tires either way?)
 

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I am in Buffalo area so needed snow tires. I had Michelin Snow tires installed before I picked the vehicle last week. Did not buy rims as they were turning out to be expensive and also would have been heavy in case I have to carry the tires back if there is no space at the dealer in future. Currently, dealership stored the all season tires that the vehicle came with.
 

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What type of tires come with the 20" wheels? And do you have the 20" Momentum upgrade or the standard 20" Inscription wheels (or are they the same tires either way?)
20" R-Design wheels come with Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-seasons. They do not appear to have a very aggressive tread pattern so I will be investing in winter tires soon.
 

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All seasons are no match for 4 dedicated snows. the Pirelli's that came on the car may be OK for season 1, but I would still put on snows that first winter. No comparison. Like I said, I love the Nokians....
 

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So are the standard Pirellis on the 20" wheels adequate for snow? We live in Nebraska and get some decent snows and will also take it to the mountains in Colorado yearly for skiing. The Pirelli's are suppose to be an all year tire correct? (just not as good as a snow tire in winter driving?)
The pirelli all season Verdes are bologna skins compared to dedicated snows. The have very firm lower profile treads, rounded edges and minimal siping. M&S Snows will make a very noticeable difference IMHO:

Here's what the 20's look like with Blizzaks to give you a sense:





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ship to shop, shop installs, store at shop for convenience or bring home in the cargo area with seats down (providing you have ample storage at home without impeding daily living).
generally i purchase the exact set of wheels the vehicle came with as a winter set and then swap between the two for each two seasons.
we're having such a mild start i am debating putting them when i usually do (which is weekend before thanksgiving).
What is a good place to buy OEM tires and wheels? I live in CT and based on last two years experience, it's best to get prepared.
 

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I ordered a set of the 19" wheels from myswedishoarts.com. They were about 2700 dollars shipped, including the sensors. It was a tough price to swallow at first, but getting 19" snow tires vs the 21s saved me about 600 dollars (Hakka r2 suv). All in all it will be about 3500 for the wheels and tires, installed. I thought about putting them on my 21s, and I even had a set ordered, but I finally bit the bullet and ordered smaller wheels. I think if you own the car and plan on keeping t long term, it's a wise investment. I also look forward to more sidewall in the winter. I am currently waiting on the wheels to ship, but I hope to have them installed by the end of the week.
 

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What tires do folks recommend for an SUV of this size for urban winter driving (generally plowed roads, but lots of slush, wetness, black ice, salt/sand, etc.)

- Micehlin X-Ice
- Nokian Hakka
- Bridgestone Blizzak

Others?

I know Volvo through its accessory catalog sells the X-Ice 2 on 18s and the Nokians on 19s. Not sure what if anything I should read into that.

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