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Snow tires and rims??

I drive my Mazda 6 thru some of the worst winter conditions NY has to offer (we measure our snowfall in feet).

I have tried two different sets tires (215/50 17: one set of all season radials rated high for snow traction and a dedicated snow tire) and they don't cut it.

Obviously the stock size 215/50 17 is less than ideal for deep snow and ice and a smaller size would be appropriate ex: 205/60 16 but this would also require different rims....

The issue is.... I don't have the $$$$$$$ to invest in yet another set of tires not to mention tires plus rims...I sold the goodyears and run my studless snows all year (yeah not great for the tire but i also don't spend and extra $200 per year getting put them on and off)

Tire rack quotes their cheapest set of studded snows with rims for $612 plus shipping...and while that may be reasonable...i can't afford it : (

any thoughts or suggestions? (besides buy a winter rat) a source for less expensive tires and rim combos??

thanks in advance ...m6
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From one NYer to another, I know ALL about the snow!

I'd suggest looking into getting a set of used 16" rims from a Mazda3, 5, or 6. They all fit without issue, and can be found for cheaper than a set of steelies. Craigslist or the local used auto parts places are a good place to start.

Whatever you do, do NOT cheap out on the tires. Always get a brand-new set or ones that are lightly used. And yes, 205/60-16 is the size to stick with.


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yep you know it..i see you are in syracuse..i am in watertown..
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i don't suppose you know what the rim specs for the 16" rim? ie offset, bolt pattern etc?
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yep you know it..i see you are in syracuse..i am in watertown..
Ahh, one of the only places that can get worse than CNY in snowfall totals.



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i don't suppose you know what the rim specs for the 16" rim? ie offset, bolt pattern etc?
Check here. This should help you out...


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From one NYer to another, I know ALL about the snow!

I'd suggest looking into getting a set of used 16" rims from a Mazda3, 5, or 6. They all fit without issue, and can be found for cheaper than a set of steelies. Craigslist or the local used auto parts places are a good place to start.

Whatever you do, do NOT cheap out on the tires. Always get a brand-new set or ones that are lightly used. And yes, 205/60-16 is the size to stick with.
^^ What he said I'll back that up, and I'm in MA, and except for this year we're used to getting about 67 inches of snow a year.

Holy cow though Ghost, Syracuse gets ransacked with snow every year! (source below)

Snowfall by city per year - Pop 50,000+.

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Holy cow though Ghost, Syracuse gets ransacked with snow every year! (source below)

Snowfall by city per year - Pop 50,000+.
Yup, #1 AND #2 on the list (Clay is a suburb of Syracuse, I grew up there, and I now live in the next town over.) In fact, we've gotten our first major snowfall today (VERY late in the season), and I've got about 4 inches in my driveway.


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What about putting 205/50 17 tires on the 17" wheels?

I just moved to the Boston area from Texas and am facing winter driving for the first time in 25 years. My '07 Mazda 6 has 215/50 17 tires that need to be replaced, and a local installer recommended going down to the 205/50 17 for better performance in snow. I found this thread while googling to see if this was a good idea or not.

Yes, ideally I'd get a second set of wheels and snow tires but I just don't have anyplace to store a second set of wheels and tires.
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What about putting 205/50 17 tires on the 17" wheels?

I just moved to the Boston area from Texas and am facing winter driving for the first time in 25 years. My '07 Mazda 6 has 215/50 17 tires that need to be replaced, and a local installer recommended going down to the 205/50 17 for better performance in snow. I found this thread while googling to see if this was a good idea or not.

Yes, ideally I'd get a second set of wheels and snow tires but I just don't have anyplace to store a second set of wheels and tires.
According to my calcs, the tire will be within the 2-3% margin of error that's usually allowed (in fact, it's only 1.5%), so you should be fine with that size.


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Thats really too bad you don't have any place to store a second set... I picked up a set of OEM 17's in NH with snow tires at 6/32 tred for $250. They have a little oxidation but boy can you find some deals on craigslist.


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