I have a 2001 ford focus and cant understand why its so hard to find
tires for it. I took the number off of the tires (the original) and
called around. Everyone tells me this is an unusual tire and have to
special order them. The ones who say they have the tire even the
dealership says this isnt a good tire for the winter. The fact that they
go for about a $100 a piece isnt great either. Anyone else have any
If you are talking about the 205/50-16 size, it is too wide for good winter
traction. What is recommended is to buy a set of 15 inch steel rims and
mount 195/60 winter tires. They are easier to find, cheaper and give better
grip. Also you save on labour and tire damage because the tires do not have
to be taken off the rims every year.
The rims are available at dealers and many tire replacement shops, including
15" steelies should fit no problem. I have 16" alloys on my Focus and the
4-wheel discs are absolutely lost inside the wheel... lots of clearance.
I'm not sure about 14" steelies.
The ST170 is a different animal, as it uses larger rotors and a different
caliper; it needs 17" alloys for brake clearance.
Last winter we had a guy on the NG who said he mounted 14 inch wheels left
over from his Escort onto his ZX5. They were 185/70s as I recall. That would
give them the right diameter but I wonder about the handling, although he
said it was OK.
Depends a bit on the type of winter you have. If you get a lot of snow,
then a narrow tire is great. It cuts down through the snow to reach the
road. Most rally cars run ridiculously narrow tires, and they seem to
handle well enough :-) When I was driving mostly in the snowy regions of
norther ontario, I ran 175/75-14s on my old Corolla GTS, and they were
fabulous, but they were a bit squirmy on dry roads. Friends had wider,
lower profile winter tires on their cars and floated everywhere. If you see
bare road 90% of the time, then a wider winter tire is better. However, it's
still important to get a good *winter* tire so the compound is soft enough
to grip in the cold.
Costco have A Michelin that fits
my last UK model had Michelins on as standard
the Costco tires are half the price of the dealer tires
you would be as well putting 4 of them on
I bought one due to puncture in side wall they wear well and had good grip
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