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Given the enormity of the brakes on the VN, we are left with having to utilize decent size rims for winter setups.

Who else is rocking winter rims/tires and what types?

I have Michelin X-Ice X13's mounted on Fast Switch 18x8.0+45 in satin black. These rims have a specific finish that is "winter approved" by fast wheels.

The tires so far have been phenomenal, had a huge snowfall over the last couple days and the car tractored through no problem. I am really digging the look of the wheels, just wish I could keep them clean in this crap.
 

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I switched over to this thread for the winter wheels topic. Yours look better than the OEM wheels for sure. I actually like the X-Ice X13 tire so that is my choice, but now I have to decide on a wheel. I don't think Fast Wheels are sold here, at least not at the Tire Rack. Do you know what they mean by "Winter Approved"? Here they clear coat the wheels which I think would protect them.



And just out of curiosity, do you guys get heated seats and wheel and folding mirrors there? Before I retired, I went to Montreal a lot and had a co-worker who had a 2016 Veloster (as did I) and he had stuff that I couldn't get here in the US. It gets just as cold here as there and I really would like a heated steering wheel!
 

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I switched over to this thread for the winter wheels topic. Yours look better than the OEM wheels for sure. I actually like the X-Ice X13 tire so that is my choice, but now I have to decide on a wheel. I don't think Fast Wheels are sold here, at least not at the Tire Rack. Do you know what they mean by "Winter Approved"? Here they clear coat the wheels which I think would protect them.

And just out of curiosity, do you guys get heated seats and wheel and folding mirrors there? Before I retired, I went to Montreal a lot and had a co-worker who had a 2016 Veloster (as did I) and he had stuff that I couldn't get here in the US. It gets just as cold here as there and I really would like a heated steering wheel!
They are a Canadian alloy wheel manufacturer and make really high quality stuff. The winter approved is from their winter catalogue. The wheels are guaranteed to hold up against weather related issues and road salt ect and maintain their finish with a 3 year warranty.

In Canada heated seats/wheel are standard. As far as I know the power folding mirrors are a Europe thing.
 

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Bingo, you are absolutely correct!

Blessings and Peace
 

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I already kinda figured this but wow I need winter tires ASAP. I get the car up to about 5000-6000RPM in 2nd or 3rd gear in the NY cold with just a little salt on the roads (no snow) and the tires spin and break free. Should I get purrelli winter tires? I noticed they were really exspensive.
 

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I already kinda figured this but wow I need winter tires ASAP. I get the car up to about 5000-6000RPM in 2nd or 3rd gear in the NY cold with just a little salt on the roads (no snow) and the tires spin and break free. Should I get purrelli winter tires? I noticed they were really exspensive.
The summer only tires are not designed for temps below 40 degrees F. There is just no grip. A bit risky for you at your current temps. ECON mode might help you some?
 

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You forgot the"NH", as these tires were specially produced by Pirelli for the N.
It was too small to be significant and was not recessed like the Pirelli and P zero text so it would be a pain to do cleanly.
 

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I know this topic has been dead for awhile and it's now off-season (the best time to actually buy winter tires at discount).

I figured I would share my set up as I live in a place that gets -40 (c and f) and stays there for at least a month a year. For brake clearance I chose the cheapest 18x8 alloy wheels I could find (turns out to be Core racing black "impulse" wheels with a significant discount, steels didn't fit). Combine that with the best winter tires I could get, which are the Nokian 225/40R18 92T XL Hakkapeliitta R3's.

I have yet to own a set of wheels that have withstood a winter here without damage, that's why I buy whatever wheel is the most discounted. Then again, I am that guy who loves hooning it up on the ice after the street is plowed, which is monumentally bad for the wheels.
 

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I know this topic has been dead for awhile and it's now off-season (the best time to actually buy winter tires at discount).

I figured I would share my set up as I live in a place that gets -40 (c and f) and stays there for at least a month a year. For brake clearance I chose the cheapest 18x8 alloy wheels I could find (turns out to be Core racing black "impulse" wheels with a significant discount, steels didn't fit). Combine that with the best winter tires I could get, which are the Nokian 225/40R18 92T XL Hakkapeliitta R3's.

I have yet to own a set of wheels that have withstood a winter here without damage, that's why I buy whatever wheel is the most discounted. Then again, I am that guy who loves hooning it up on the ice after the street is plowed, which is monumentally bad for the wheels.
Hey VR, I logged in at the right time to discuss winter wheels and tires this summer, haha. Are you in the US and where did you get your tire/wheel package. I have the same philosophy, cheap wheels and $ tires.
 

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Hey VR, I logged in at the right time to discuss winter wheels and tires this summer, haha. Are you in the US and where did you get your tire/wheel package. I have the same philosophy, cheap wheels and $ tires.
I like in the frozen wasteland of Canada where Kal-tire has exclusive rights to sell Nokian tires. But I will say having had Nokians on 4 cars now (An '86 Toyota Cressida, '96 Buick Park Avenue, '99 Nissan Maxima, and a 05' Subaru WRX) that they are the best tires I have ever owned for the conditions. There is some debate in my family about Nokians vs Blizzaks, especially with the Nokian's being considerably more expensive (about 150CAD more per tire) than the Blizzaks. All I can tell you is that I have been called multiple times throughout the years to push them out when they get "in the rhubarb", and they have never had to push me out ever.
 

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I recently ordered wheels and tires for the winter. I live in Virginia and our winters aren't as crazy as the northern states and Canada. But it does get pretty cold and every three to four years, we get some insane snow storms.

The setup I got is Drag DR-31 18x8 Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 225/45R18. Tire is pretty new. Apparently longer last than the previous version. Looking forward to driving the car on snow days 😁
 

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After a few weeks of going back and forth about winter tires, I finally decided to get the 225/40R18 Vredestein Quatrac Pro XL on Moda MD14 18X8 wheels. We have the potential of bad weather here maybe 5-6 months of the year, but usually not extreme or often enough to dedicate to a true winter tire (I hope I just didn't jinx it). I don't drive all that much day to day, but I do take long trips to Montreal, Tuscon, and Naples at least once a year, and that would eat up a true winter tire pretty quick. My experience with Blizzaks in the past is that they really do extremely well in ice and snow, but the tread life is at best 2 seasons (20k to 25k miles), unless they have gotten better in the past few years, I don't know. Anyway, these tires have a 3 flake rating, so they won't be terrible in snow, but we'll see - I know they couldn't be worse then the OEM tire ;-)


Funny thing is that the Moda wheels look pretty close to the OEM wheels and that wasn't my intention HAHA And in my opinion, they still fill the wheel well pretty good too.
 

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