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I live in Oregon and while it does not snow frequently here in Portland I'd like to be prepared and get some snow tires. I've had a hard time finding anything that is reasonably priced. The two that I have found are both Michelin - the xIce2 and Primacy Alpin. The xIce2 is not a high performance tire so that will cut into my excellent gas milage...but I was told by several tire dealers that the Primacy is in low supply and will be well over $1000 installed (ouch!). Does anyone have any suggestions!?
 

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Think outside the box. You don't need 17" rims and tyres, the CT will accept 15" rims, for which tyres (65 series) are much cheaper, with a wider choice. You can also go for narrower tyres, like 195mm. Narrower tyres have better traction in slippery conditions.
 

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My sister has a set of 215/60/16 winters, will they fit the CT?

Buying new rims isn't a problem. I would like to use the rubber though
 

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The CTs standard 17" tire size is 215/45R17. The equivalent diameter on a 16" rim is 215/55R16. A somewhat narrower tire gives better traction in slippery conditions, so the optimal 16" configuration is 205/55R16. 215/60R16 tires have a larger overall diameter than the original tires, so really shouldn't be used.
 

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The CTs standard 17" tire size is 215/45R17. The equivalent diameter on a 16" rim is 215/55R16. A somewhat narrower tire gives better traction in slippery conditions, so the optimal 16" configuration is 205/55R16. 215/60R16 tires have a larger overall diameter than the original tires, so really shouldn't be used.
Yeah, I agree with this too. While you can usually get away with a minor increase in the outer diameter, you usually want to stay within 3% or so to not throw off your ABS and traction control. I just crunched the #'s and if you went with 215/60/16 tires, you'll be at 6% larger.
 

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I just had a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires put on my CT this evening. Earlier in the day I bought the winter floor mats from Lexus. I'm ready for snow, cold, slush or anything else a Minnesota winter brings my way.
 

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I got the Pirelli Sotto Zeros, only $160 a tire from tire rack. They are also "high performance" tires. Problem solved.
 

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Thanks for the checkup! Looks like I'll have to buy some new ones
 

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I've had the Nokian WRA3 winter tyres fitted to the standard 17" rims. Road noise has increased but ready fr snow.
 

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I just had a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires put on my CT this evening. Earlier in the day I bought the winter floor mats from Lexus. I'm ready for snow, cold, slush or anything else a Minnesota winter brings my way.
I just had my F-Sport wheels come in and the summer tires put on them and will be mounting my Blizzak WS70's next week on the stock rims.
 

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Has this increased your road noise ? Also did you have to change the Rims ? I am planning to buy the blizzak too so need your help


I just had a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires put on my CT this evening. Earlier in the day I bought the winter floor mats from Lexus. I'm ready for snow, cold, slush or anything else a Minnesota winter brings my w
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Has this increased your road noise ? Also did you have to change the Rims ? I am planning to buy the blizzak too so need your help
I can't say the noise increased at all. I used my original rims and tire pressure sensors. The Blizzaks are really great.
 

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I could've saved about $25 a tire and went with the Bridgestones.... but went with Michelin X-Ice instead. I liked my old X-Ice on my Sienna so I stayed with the same. My car won't get here until the 28th and then they need a few days to prepare everything.... so I'm smelling the rubber in my basement as I write this. Also, I read somewhere that the Bridgestones outer layer is like a sponge... great until half the tread is used up and then it becomes similar to a standard all season tire.
 

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I just picked up a set of Michelen XIce 2's and contemplating getting some rims too (seeing I will have to pay 100 bucks to put them on the stock rims - then another 100 to take them off in the spring) but then have to get tpms and have Lexus reprogram them - or go the winter with the low pressure light on.
Of the people that got tires and rims did anyone not get the tpms sensors? I don't think the light is that annoying (I looked at it at startup) and can ignore it - there are enough lights anyway (EV etc.) ;)
 

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I could've saved about $25 a tire and went with the Bridgestones.... but went with Michelin X-Ice instead. I liked my old X-Ice on my Sienna so I stayed with the same. My car won't get here until the 28th and then they need a few days to prepare everything.... so I'm smelling the rubber in my basement as I write this. Also, I read somewhere that the Bridgestones outer layer is like a sponge... great until half the tread is used up and then it becomes similar to a standard all season tire.
I've heard the same thing about the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tires but I thought they were a better value. Besides, I only need them to get me through two winters and then will trade the CT in for something different. Even with snow tires, I don't think the CT will be a great winter car because it's so low to the ground.
 

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I just picked up a set of Michelen XIce 2's and contemplating getting some rims too (seeing I will have to pay 100 bucks to put them on the stock rims - then another 100 to take them off in the spring) but then have to get tpms and have Lexus reprogram them - or go the winter with the low pressure light on.
Of the people that got tires and rims did anyone not get the tpms sensors? I don't think the light is that annoying (I looked at it at startup) and can ignore it - there are enough lights anyway (EV etc.) ;)
I'm running Gislaved Nordfrost 5's that are amazingly quiet and smooth compared to other winter tires, and on steelies for that matter(cheap I know, but getting rid of the car in a bit), and left the TPMS on the original wheel. The light flashes for about 10 seconds at startup and stays lit and does not beep. I don't mind it at all.
 

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Had Nokian Hakkapeliitta R's installed on my 17" F-Sport factory wheels. Had the first snow today and was very impressed. They are admittedly a little hard to find, but are speed-rated to 170km/h (105mph) and are low rolling resistance. I have Michelin's on my other car (Primacy Alpin PA3's) and think that the Nokian may be all-around better (Michelin's may have a slight dry advantage). The tread is extremely soft making the amazing in the snow, hopefully they wear well.
 

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Had Nokian Hakkapeliitta R's installed on my 17" F-Sport factory wheels. Had the first snow today and was very impressed. They are admittedly a little hard to find, but are speed-rated to 170km/h (105mph) and are low rolling resistance. I have Michelin's on my other car (Primacy Alpin PA3's) and think that the Nokian may be all-around better (Michelin's may have a slight dry advantage). The tread is extremely soft making the amazing in the snow, hopefully they wear well.
Congrats on the Hakka Rs. I wanted them as well but the local dealers wanted about $55 more per tire than the Michelin X-Ice and I just wouldn't pay the extra. I was offered the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3's at a good price, but they aren't a legit winter tire for the bad roads we get here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. Enjoy your Nokians.... if someone steals them... PM me :D
 

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Congrats on the Hakka Rs. I wanted them as well but the local dealers wanted about $55 more per tire than the Michelin X-Ice and I just wouldn't pay the extra. I was offered the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3's at a good price, but they aren't a legit winter tire for the bad roads we get here in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. Enjoy your Nokians.... if someone steals them... PM me :D
Why do you think the PA3's are no good? I've read great ratings on them, and so far on my car they're fantastic!
 

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Nokian Hakkapeliitta's are usually at the top of the list for any reviews, especially on ice.

The xice2's are highly rated.

I'll have to buy new rims too... i hate the look of the steelies but lets be honest, putting your good rims through a canadian winter is just cruel ans senseless :)
 
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