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What is the minimum size we can put on the Forte5/Koup turbo 2014+ ? I'm looking for winter wheels/tire and I wanna now if 17" is possible?
 

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I've got the 18" on my SX and I asked the dealer about winter tires and he said that they'd be 17" alloy wheels, I don't know the exact size though. Could be worth just asking your local dealer, if only to get the sizing. Big thing is to make sure it clears the larger rotors on the SX.
 

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After I had my rim issue (not a crack by the way- just a deep gouge) i put on two snows in the front that I had from a Mazda3. The bolt pattern is the same so I tried them and they fit fine. Clears the front rotors with about a quarter inch to spare.
rims are 16" and tires are 205/55 r16 (same as stock forte BTW). I've been driving with them for a couple of days now until I get the rim repaired.
From my experience the 16's fit so the 17's will definitely fit.
 

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After I had my rim issue (not a crack by the way- just a deep gouge) i put on two snows in the front that I had from a Mazda3. The bolt pattern is the same so I tried them and they fit fine. Clears the front rotors with about a quarter inch to spare.
rims are 16" and tires are 205/55 r16 (same as stock forte BTW). I've been driving with them for a couple of days now until I get the rim repaired.
From my experience the 16's fit so the 17's will definitely fit.
I have a Mazda3 GT the front brakes are the same size as the Forte5 SX 11.8"' I run 16" Rims in winter with 205x55x16. I intend buying a Forte 5 SX in 2015 and since these Rims and tires are new this is what I Intend to run on the Forte. The LX forte has 16" rims as standard.
 

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I am probably buying a Forte Koup SX next week, I figure 16s is the smallest wheel that will fit but I think it was forteforums or something, 2 guys claimed to run 15" steels with 3mm of clearance on a SX. Reason I ask is because we traded wifes Mazda 3 GS in on a 2015 Sorento and I have like new studded tires on 15" steels that I am currently trying to sell them but if I do get the Forte next week, I might try one out on the front and see if they would work, I dont think they will but I think 2 guys confirmed 15s working on other sites. Just wondering if anyone else has tried 15s on a SX on this Forum.
 

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They are very wide..... normally you would want narrow tires for winter. I know on my old cobalt ss I had bad luck with 225 40 18 winter tires. The following year I had great results with 205 55 16 and was way cheaper as well even with alloy wheels. I just installed 205 55 16 studded tires on my forte. Can't wait for snow.... the bore is right though and not sure, the tires may rub depending on offset. I'd buy 16s or 17s
 

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Also as a update my 15s did not fit. I could get them started on studs but not on all the way on.
 

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Hey Pat,

How were the 16s throughout the winter, do you happen to know the clear between the rim and caliper?

Debating about trying to find a set of 17s, when 16s are so much easier and cheaper to find.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks shagger.

And Pat - just saw your post on the other forum so you can ignore that! I'm just gonna bite the bullet and go for some 17s.
 

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They are very wide..... normally you would want narrow tires for winter. I know on my old cobalt ss I had bad luck with 225 40 18 winter tires. The following year I had great results with 205 55 16 and was way cheaper as well even with alloy wheels. I just installed 205 55 16 studded tires on my forte. Can't wait for snow.... the bore is right though and not sure, the tires may rub depending on offset. I'd buy 16s or 17s
Narrower only helps for deep snow so that the tires dig through and hit something solid. For most places, wider is still better, especially on icy roads. As for studs, they actually reduce traction (although only by a small amount) on dry/wet roads. They don't help/hinder on snow but are a huge improvement on ice. Again, if you don't get a lot of ice, I wouldn't bother with them since they aren't helping and they're super noisy.

The 17's I got dropped 10 pounds per corner, I wouldn't hesitate to go smaller than 18 on these. 16's should be great for a winter setup if you're in a harsh area.
 

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Narrower only helps for deep snow so that the tires dig through and hit something solid. For most places, wider is still better, especially on icy roads. As for studs, they actually reduce traction (although only by a small amount) on dry/wet roads. They don't help/hinder on snow but are a huge improvement on ice. Again, if you don't get a lot of ice, I wouldn't bother with them since they aren't helping and they're super noisy.

The 17's I got dropped 10 pounds per corner, I wouldn't hesitate to go smaller than 18 on these. 16's should be great for a winter setup if you're in a harsh area.
Yes, I've noticed that with the studs on dry pavement, I often joke around saying I can't wait for it to snow so my tires can get traction. I've just starting my 2nd winter with the studded winter forces and I do like them but not sure if i will go with studded tires again. They are very noisy and dry/wet performance sucks. My wife has blizzaks on her Sorento and they have very good grip on all surfaces and are very quiet. I would say the studded tires are slightly better on ice but in every other aspect, I think the blizzaks are the same or better. Our winters last 7 or 8 months but it's nice and sunny one week then a foot of snow and icey the next week. For, winter, I always like going with the smallest wheel I can fit on the car, more cushion for pot holes, better grip on uneven road surfaces and I think they perform better in ice and snow. Plus tires are cheaper. Also I've had 225 40 18 winter tires on a car a few years ago that cost $400/tire and they were horrible in the snow. The following year, I went with 16s wheels and tires that were cheaper than the 18 inch winter tires and they performed way better.

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I haven't heard anything good about winter forces, although they're better than any all season when the snow flies. For cheap snows, I love the general altimax arctics. Blizzaks of course are the standard unless you can get your hands on some nokians but most places don't carry them. You might be able to get them easier being in Canada, I think I read somewhere that Canadian Tire carries them. Almost no potholes here so I don't have to worry about the extra sidewall. They use grooved pavement and some other weird surfaces though and it makes for a noisy and harsh ride.
 

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This is my 2nd set of winter forces and I know others that have used them. This is my first studded winter forces though. My father in law had nokian hakkapeliitta 7 studded tires on a F150 and they were very nice. They are also factory studded. I found his tires performed better on dry stuff than my winter forces with studs. I really wanted to go with Nokians but I got a great deal on my brand new winter forces with used wheels. And we got the blizzaks and wheels through a friend for the sorento and no one I have connections with can get Nokians. So I would have to pay retail if i wanted them or buy them used. I don't think Canadian tire carries Nokians.

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