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Winter Tire Thread

golfdave

Autocross Champion
Location
Scotland (U.K.)
Car(s)
MK7 Golf GT Estate
Hello. I hesitated alot when chosing winter wheels for my 2019 golf R. I have 19 inch summers so I had to downsize to 17 inch wheels.

& the ride comfort will be wayyyy better!!.....remember to have that smug look when you overtake those so called 4x4....(y):ROFLMAO:
 

golfdave

Autocross Champion
Location
Scotland (U.K.)
Car(s)
MK7 Golf GT Estate
Just for this thread:-
My car on its winter set up of Michelin Alpin A5, 225/45R17 tyres, on 7x17 inch Team Dynamics Pro Race 3, five spoke alloys. This picture was actually taken back in 2016. I now have different centre caps, bolts & bolt covers to make it look more OEM, but you get the idea!!

Car-front-winter-2016.jpg
 

Philman120

New member
Location
Quebec, Canada
Car(s)
2019 golf R
Just for this thread:-
My car on its winter set up of Michelin Alpin A5, 225/45R17 tyres, on 7x17 inch Team Dynamics Pro Race 3, five spoke alloys. This picture was actually taken back in 2016. I now have different centre caps, bolts & bolt covers to make it look more OEM, but you get the idea!!

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Nice OEM look mate and I like the wagon !
 

counterfugue

New member
Location
NYC/Vt
Car(s)
2017 VW Golf TSI Wol
After nearly eating it trying to joust the Vt. mountain roads, I'm looking to load up winter tires on a car that will also be my NYC highway commuter. Leaning heavily toward the Conti Viking. (And trying to keep costs down -- Conts = $90 + rims ~$100)

Also seriously considering downsizing my stock 16s to a 195/65/15. But finding rims has been tricky (TR is all sold out). The closest I seem to come is the Ultra Slalom 403S, but Tirebuyer's site keeps telling me that they may not fit (even though I punched it into a calculator).

I know the offset is different (OE 46 --> 33) and the bore is different (OE 57 --> 75) but with a spacer I thought it would be ok.

I feel pretty good that the tire fits the wheel.

Will this set-up fit my TSI?

** Bonus round: if the 15" is not worth the trouble, will I get substantially less snow performance from a 16?

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norsairius

Go Kart Newbie
Location
United States Midwest
Car(s)
2019 GTI SE DSG
After nearly eating it trying to joust the Vt. mountain roads, I'm looking to load up winter tires on a car that will also be my NYC highway commuter. Leaning heavily toward the Conti Viking. (And trying to keep costs down -- Conts = $90 + rims ~$100)

Also seriously considering downsizing my stock 16s to a 195/65/15. But finding rims has been tricky (TR is all sold out). The closest I seem to come is the Ultra Slalom 403S, but Tirebuyer's site keeps telling me that they may not fit (even though I punched it into a calculator).

I know the offset is different (OE 46 --> 33) and the bore is different (OE 57 --> 75) but with a spacer I thought it would be ok.

I feel pretty good that the tire fits the wheel.

Will this set-up fit my TSI?

** Bonus round: if the 15" is not worth the trouble, will I get substantially less snow performance from a 16?

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You should be fine with 16s. I drove through all sorts of wintry conditions (heavy snow storms; loose, powdery snow; packed snow/ice; slush; etc.) when living in Milwaukee with an MK6 GTI on 16" wheels and General Altimax Arctic winter tires. I never got stuck and and always had reliable, usable grip on roads of varying conditions in the winter. I'm otherwise not sure about your other fitment questions. Others more knowledgeable there will need to chime in.

I otherwise highly recommend Tire Rack if you haven't checked them out. I've purchased two winter sets (one for my MK6 years ago and another more recently for my MK 7.5 GTI) from them and they've been great!
 

counterfugue

New member
Location
NYC/Vt
Car(s)
2017 VW Golf TSI Wol
You should be fine with 16s. I drove through all sorts of wintry conditions (heavy snow storms; loose, powdery snow; packed snow/ice; slush; etc.) when living in Milwaukee with an MK6 GTI on 16" wheels and General Altimax Arctic winter tires. I never got stuck and and always had reliable, usable grip on roads of varying conditions in the winter. I'm otherwise not sure about your other fitment questions. Others more knowledgeable there will need to chime in.

I otherwise highly recommend Tire Rack if you haven't checked them out. I've purchased two winter sets (one for my MK6 years ago and another more recently for my MK 7.5 GTI) from them and they've been great!

Thanks -- I've actually never had Winter tires before -- have always managed the NY winters on whatever was on the wheels.
But the mountains of Vermont have proven to be something of a different beast... I will need to be able to climb a 2000' rise in 3 miles.

My hope w the 15's can carve well enough (and be cheaper) but Tirerack (also DiscountTire, etc.) has no available rim package.
I guess I'm late to that party
 

snobrdrdan

former GTI owner
I know the offset is different (OE 46 --> 33) and the bore is different (OE 57 --> 75) but with a spacer I thought it would be ok.
They'll fit just fine!
You don't need a spacer, just some hub rings for the wheels (due to the different bore).

Stock GTI wheels are 18x7.5, ET49 (for example)
Those wheels would sit just 4mm further out....not a big deal.
 

counterfugue

New member
Location
NYC/Vt
Car(s)
2017 VW Golf TSI Wol
I talked on the phone with the Tirebuyer installer... he is concerned that the 15s with a wider offset might rub the fender.
 

snobrdrdan

former GTI owner
I talked on the phone with the Tirebuyer installer... he is concerned that the 15s with a wider offset might rub the fender.

I didn't know what size wheels you had stock, but re-reading what you wrote...you have 16's which are 6.5" wide too.
So the 15's would be 13mm out further than your stock wheels, which most people use spacers to get flush anyways.

And like I said, you'll only be 4mm out further than a stock GTI setup. (and GTI guys add 15mm & 20mm spacers to get flush with the fenders!)
It'll be just fine.
 
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