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So i'm up in Sudbury Ontario and you can imagine we have a ton of snow and ice up here.... I just left Canadian tire pissed off because they were telling me they don't sell one single winter rim that can fit on this car. They tried two different winter rims and the mechanic came back both times saying that because of the size of the caliper, the rim would never fit without rubbing. So I obviously had to waste my money and pay to have them put the tires on my summer rims, and then in 5 weeks i'll have to pay them to switch the rubbers again.
So their suggestion was for me to call Kia and order winter rims from Kia because they don't have any and can't order any rims that will work . I refuse to do that because i'm sure they will cost double what I would pay for cheap universal winter rims from a retailer.
Comments/solutions on this ?
For you other Canadians. Where did you get your winter rims and what model are they ... etc?
I don't understand the problem. The lx doesn't have over-size calipers so why are they having such a problem finding rims? The SX has larger calipers and is more difficult to fit. I have the SX and I got my 15 inch snows mounted on rims from the dealer.
2012 Kia Rio SX Hatch, UVO, Clear White, Tinting, "K" Emblem, Sharkfin
Hey everyone thanks for the posts. And Yes i don't understand either.
They tried to put on the rim and then they came out and told me they won't fit. He brought me into the garage to show me how big the caliper was and said "it can go on but the caliper is so big it hits them." ....
I don't know anything about caliper sizes, or the differences of caliper sizes between countries or models, but i know He said the calipers are bigger than almost all the trucks he does. This wasn't a young idiot either he is their head mechanic and is about 45 so I know he's not just making things up to get out of work.
"The large calipers are a concern.
I picked up a 4 x 100 rim and tire at a garage sale for $5. Was told it was off a Hyundai. Did not have my Rio with me but for $5 I took a chance. The center bore was fine and there was a good offset to the rim. When I got home and matched the rim to the Rio I could tell that the brake assembly would hit the rim due to the rim design. It was a simple steelie. Was not offset enough towards the outer part of the rim, it tapered inwards as it got further from the hub.
Not sure if the old Rios had such a large caliper."
Canadian Tire use some rims that are "Universal fit", which is not surprising. There is other places that sell steel rims too.
Have you priced out a set of steel rims from the dealer? What about a wreckers, as a 2012 model and 2013 are the same.
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