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Old 06-11-2006, 12:18 AM   #1
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Default what size wheels best for snow

i got a 2006 a4 sline. i live in michigan and will be driving in the winters. right now the car has 18in wheels on it, with summer tires. what do you recommend going down to 17in or 16in? i was looking to buying a cheap set of wheels with some snow tires from tire rack. and now just wondering what size would be best.
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Old 06-11-2006, 04:56 AM   #2
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Default 17's are a good size for performance and aesthetics

Here is my wagon on 17's

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Default Smaller and narrower is usually best, but...

...I've been using the OEM size 17" Bridgestone Blizzaks for three years now (on my 2003 A6, and now my 2006 A4) and have had very good luck with them. A higher profile 16" tire will give somewhat better snow and ice traction, but the trade off is in dry pavement handling and looks.
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Default 2nd. I run 215/55/16's in winter, 235/40/18's in summer.

The 16's don't look as nice, but they do the job well.

Plus, a 16" set is typically less expensive. More $$ for other mods.
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215/55/16, or even 205/55/16
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Default I use 215/55/16 fow winter, but I've heard not all 16" rims will clear the caliper.

My Mille Miglia EVO-5 has less than 1/4" clearance.
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:50 AM   #7
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Default Re: 17's are a good size for performance and aesthetics

<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96061/avant_on_snow.jpg"></center><p>I agree with MC Hammered, 17's are a good size for performance and looks.
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