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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-05-2016, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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17 Inch wheels for snow tires?

Is anyone on the board running a 17" wheel on the 2010-2016 Taurus?
I have a 2011 that came with the factory 19" wheels and I am running good summer tires.
There is a significant price jump to go to a 18" snow tire and a 19" snow tire is ridiculously expensive.
Any input on what you guys are running for winter wheels and tires is appreciated.

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I ran 17s on my Taurus. I just should have gotten a bit more sidewall to make up for the slight loss in ride height.

In any event, I never did get the AWD stuck with those 17's. If I did it again, though, I'd have stuck with 18s.

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I believe 17" is the smallest you can go and actually fit over the brakes. However, they're gonna look weird as hell with tiny little wheels. I love the look of 20s on these cars, they seem to fit very well.

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I may end up with 18" wheels and snow tires. The tire shops all seem to want to sell an 18 because the 17" wheels are tight and they worry about fit. No one seems to stock anything to test fit. I thought a 17" wheel with some tall sidewall snow tires might look cool.
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thefranchise713's 2014 Taurus SEL AWD (Bull 2.0)

If it helps, my former mistress on 17's.

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Currently hunting CL for oem 17" wheels for the winter. I won't like the look, but 17" snow tires are much cheaper than 19" wheels.




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My account is still not fixed but I thought I would update my post.

I did end up with 17" wheels fitting and clearing The calipers. I ended up with 17" American Racing steelies with Blizzaks. 235/60R17 102T BR BLIZZAK WS80.

Although Belle Tire could not figure out the TPMS reprogram after 3 trips so I purchased the Ford TPMS tool and reprogrammed them myself. For some reason their mechanics could not figure out how to get it to learn mode with the push button start.

I really like how they look and the car rides a lot different with the extra side wall over the OEM 19" Wheels and the lower profile tires.

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^ Looks excellent.

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Mustang wheels do clear. I haven't measured the hubs yet to see if I need a hub ring, but I have several sets of mustang 17" wheels sitting around and can't seem to find cheap oem Taurus 17's.




Tire sizes are a bit off on my test rim, but I think I'd rather find Taurus wheels or cheap 17" steelies


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A few months back I was able to purchase a set of 19's from a Lincoln MKS owner...sensors/wheels/tires for $125! (He just wanted them out of his garage) My normal set up is the stock 20's...but I figured for snow tires I could downsize an inch. 8-)

So...last week I purchased a set of 19" Cooper's WeatherMaster Winter tires on Amazon for $635 total (free shipping with Prime). Consumer Reports rated these tires very good...and for the price...I was glad I didn't have to spend a few hundred more!

This week I took the wheels/tires to Discount Tire and got them mounted and put on my car. They look great...and now I'm set for the winter weather.
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