On 14 inch rims, you should use 185/70 winter tires to match the diameter of
your present tires. Handling will suffer a little, but traction will be
excellent. I think your Escort rims will fit, but you can easily check one
before buying tires.
If they fit and are legal to use on your car, they should be
fine, speedo might need recalibration. Iirc your Ford dealer
should be able to easily reprogram the speedo.
Personally use 15" steel rims, they were original mounted and I
replaced them with alloys for better optics. Got winter tires for
the left over steel rims, "Continental Winter Contact"
195/60-15T. They have amazing snow traction and are pretty silent
and I'd highly recommend them, only downside the limited Vmax of
Hi Guys I'm also looking at winter tires. I live in Canada and need good
snows for my daughters ZX5. She presently has 205/50 16. The previous posts
were extremely useful. Thanks Guys. I need to buy steel rims so I can go
with 14's or 15's. Most of the driving will be highway at 110k max. Would
you recommend 185/70 14 or 195/60 15. Thanks,
The difference is minimal, while 185 might be a fraction better
uphill, breaking will be minimal better with 195.
Now take into account the most important concerning ice/snow,
being able to stop your car *controlled*.
I'd check prices in addition, 195/15 are pretty common, so they
might be even cheaper YMMV.
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