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#1 OFFLINE   ideaman7

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

Does anyone have any idea on the correct size wheels and tires for snow tires/wheels? TireRack and Discount Tire Direct do not have the C-Max in their system so they cannot advise as to what will fit. I am thinking 16" x 7" wheels with 215/60 R16 tires but I need to find out if they will fit without rubbing.







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#2 OFFLINE   CNCGeek

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:41 PM

Does anyone have any idea on the correct size wheels and tires for snow tires/wheels? TireRack and Discount Tire Direct do not have the C-Max in their system so they cannot advise as to what will fit. I am thinking 16" x 7" wheels with 215/60 R16 tires but I need to find out if they will fit without rubbing.


The manual says use the same size as what they put on at the factory - page 331 in the manual. It also says they don't recommend chains, so I wonder what they expect people to use, aside from a tow truck?

#3 OFFLINE   joe

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:32 PM

A word of caution - changing rim size may throw off the speedometer calibration and possibly other measurements.

#4 OFFLINE   ideaman7

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the help. TireRack and other tire sellers recommend dropping down an inch of wheel size and upping the aspect ratio to 60 to maintain tire diameter and not affect the speedometer. 60 series aspect ratio is better for snow and ice performance but I may just get 17" snow tires with 50 aspect ratio (same as the OEM tires) so as not to possibly have a tire rubbing problem.

#5 OFFLINE   siggy

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:52 PM

Hi and thanks for starting this thread. I too am looking for a wheel/snow tire combination as we get a fair amount of snow up here in Maine but I haven't found much online since the C-Max is so new (to the US). The idea of dropping to 16" tires is interesting; I'm sure it would yield more traction but would it be at the expense of fuel economy? I realize that any snow tire will have greater rolling resistance than the stock tires but there is hopefully a good balance out there of cold weather traction and fuel economy. I guess I could just go with the stock tires and see what happens. At least the heated seats will keep me warm while I'm stuck in a ditch!
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#6 OFFLINE   RaPieR

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

I was curious about this as well, but after glancing at the Focus ST forums they are able to clear 16" wheels on their cars. I assume that the C-Max and ST probably have similar sized front calipers so I bought a used set of 16" 5x108 wheels that I'm going to use for winter.

You can use any of the widely available tire size calculators to make sure your new set of tires match the size of the OEM spec:
http://www.kouki.co....size-calculator

I'm going with 215/60R16 which are pretty close at 1.2% faster than stock.
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#7 OFFLINE   ideaman7

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

Hi RaPieR, I bought my C-Max Hybrid SE after my 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 was totaled by a driver who ran a stop sign and broad-sided my car. I liked the Speed 3 but had bad customer service from Mazda and the service department at the dealer. I also own a 1988 RX-7 convertible which I bought new in January, 1988. I will probably end up with 215/60R16 snow tires or similar for the C-Max, just waiting for TireRack or Discount Tires Direct to have the info on C-Max wheels. By the way, I have 4 16" x 7" wheels with 4 Dunlop sport snow tires left over from my Speed 3. Time for Craigslist to sell them.

#8 OFFLINE   RaPieR

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Yeah the dealer where I bought my Speed3 wasn't very good. Luckily I haven't had to visit the dealer once and the Speed is at 85,000 miles or so right now.

Hi RaPieR, I bought my C-Max Hybrid SE after my 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 was totaled by a driver who ran a stop sign and broad-sided my car. I liked the Speed 3 but had bad customer service from Mazda and the service department at the dealer. I also own a 1988 RX-7 convertible which I bought new in January, 1988. I will probably end up with 215/60R16 snow tires or similar for the C-Max, just waiting for TireRack or Discount Tires Direct to have the info on C-Max wheels. By the way, I have 4 16" x 7" wheels with 4 Dunlop sport snow tires left over from my Speed 3. Time for Craigslist to sell them.



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:08 PM

I just ordered 215 55 16 Michelin X Ice x-i3 and Borbet BS5 from Tire Rack. I did not call them, I just ordered the Focus sized wheels and chose between 205 60 or 215 55 tires. I checked out the Ford.de (Germany) winter tire page. They sell both sizes, I chose the larger tires for both looks and load capacity, and figured that 215 width was better with 7" wide wheels.

Next week I will mount the wheels and report on the results.



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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:24 PM

I just ordered 215 55 16 Michelin X Ice x-i3 and Borbet BS5 from Tire Rack. I did not call them, I just ordered the Focus sized wheels and chose between 205 60 or 215 55 tires. I checked out the Ford.de (Germany) winter tire page. They sell both sizes, I chose the larger tires for both looks and load capacity, and figured that 215 width was better with 7" wide wheels.

Next week I will mount the wheels and report on the results.


Thanks. Looking forward to hearing about the results!

#11 OFFLINE   shaners

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:14 AM

dgcmax I am also really interested in the fit-up. I am 99% positive the 16" will work but am afraid to buy them till I know for sure...

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

This evening I installed the 16" wheels and everything seems fine. It is up to you to decide for yourself, but I researched the Ford Germany site and selected the 16" tire size based on that. Then I chose wheels suitable for a Focus which is the same platform as the C Max.

Here is what I ordered:

4 16x7 Borbet BS5 Bright Sil In Stock $137.00 $548.00
4 Required centering ring In Stock N/C N/C
20 Required lugnut for vehicle (Nickel Plated) In Stock N/C N/C
1 Lug adapter In Stock N/C N/C
4 315MHz Tire Pressure Sensor In Stock $32.00 $128.00
4 Optional Silver Metal Valve In Stock $3.99 $15.96
4 215/55R-16 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 XL
Download Warranty Brochure PDF In Stock $136.00 $544.00
4 Mount and Balance (No Charge) In

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

Thankyou!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:20 AM

Car looks better with 16" wheels and tires. The low profile 17" just look goofy and do not fill wheel wells. I may buy some OEM 16" wheels for the summer.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:50 AM

I just ordered a set of X-Ice 215/55/16 and 16x7.5" wheels from Discount tire direct. They are having $100 off black Friday deals. Total price delivered was $909. (I didn't order the TPMS sensors and will just deal with the light being on for 3 months out of the year)

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

My 16" tires and wheels came today. I will mount and take a pic of them later this week.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

For those looking for wheel and tire options, I bought some Costco Velox Spyder wheels 16x7, with Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, 215/60/16 when the wheels were on sale $125 off for four, and the tires were in stock and $100 off for four with mounting..  They went on with no problems and are only 1.15% larger than the stock 17's.
 
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

16's are the way to go if you want to save some money.  donhak, I would think living in Alaska you will get alot of use from those!

 

 

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#19 OFFLINE   Laurel

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Don where is the picture of you and your car and we need your review please.



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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:29 PM

My snow tires tend to be on from early October to mid April although snow in September is not unheard of or a late April or early May surprise.  I drove studded tires for a long  time, but after driving studless Blizzak's, I will not go back.  Michelin Ice X's are also a good choice.  I went with the Blizzaks because Costco had them in stock and on sale here, so no shipping.  You just do not to run them when it is too warm or they will wear fast.  The Focus options for 16 inch wheels work great and there were zero problems installing.

 

I will get myself in a photo at some point and a review as I get more experience with the car.








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