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Old 11 Nov 2013, 03:50 pm
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Default Winter Tire: Downsizing?

My Acura CSX 2009 tire specifications are 215/45R17, and with my first winter approaching I want to get winter tires. I'm a newbie in car stuff so I have a couple of concerns.

I've called a few places and they suggested in downsizing to a 16"in tire because they reasoned that narrower tires cut through the snow better and applies more force per area. But I'm pretty cautious with instructions/recommendations and the car manual specifically says its highly recommended to use the same tire specifications. I also got suggestions from my driving instructor to not downsize it because narrower tires get stuck more easily? Overall, I'm just listening to what everyone has to say and it seems to be quite varied so I'm not sure how to decide.


Is it safe to downsize on my winter tires?

What is the real difference in terms of handling and the performance between 17" in and 16" in?

What suggestions, past experiences or knowledge can you provide me to help me decide?

Thank you very much for any inputs given, I appreciate it!
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Old 11 Nov 2013, 04:01 pm
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i would just stick to the same size tires, winter tires are softer, so they grip better but wears out faster because they are softer. Got a tip for you, if you ever get stuck on an icy incline or ditch, just let out the air and re-inflate it in a gas station. Do drive slowly to the gas station though.

The more surface contact you have, the better it is.

If you leave in a metro area when they always plow the snow, then you don't need them, unless you leave up a hill. It's a different story if you live in buffalo or snow counties.

Drive slower with less air in the tires. You supposed to let some air out for winter driving anyway 'cause of the temperature. So you might not even need snow tires, saves you couple of 500 bucks
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