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Hello all,

I know that nobody wants to admit or to think about winter and it's imminent arrival this year (at least those of you in Canada, like me) but, for those of you who have already taken their soul through the winter, and changed over to winter tires and steel (black/plain) rims, what size did you switch to? My wife's 2013 Soul 4U came with the 18" fancy rims with the 50 series lower profile tires, and I was going to switch them out for some plain black steel rims with winter tires, ice gripping winter only type tires. I was thinking of downsizing the wheels (rims) to something like 15" or 16" rims, with larger series tires.

I already understand the whole system of downsizing rims sizes, and upsizing the tire series or profile size (1" less in rims size, 1" more/1 size up in tire profile size etc to keep the overall while height the same or similar) but I was just curious as to what sizes of rim and tire people who have made a similar winter 'swap' with their wheels/tires, what people went with.

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no problem with the base OEM steel rims on 15" for the 4u, this has been brought up many times over on the Soul Forum and nobody has encountered any problem. Also makes the tires much cheaper.
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The factory sizes are either a 195/65/15 or a 205/55/16. If you are picky and want to stay the exact outside diameter as your 18s, you could use either a 205/70/15 or a 205/65/16.
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The standard 15" would be my choice for alternate wheels. You could also use them as a spare if you don't already have one. Overall size would be OK to within a few millimetres.

With 18", there wouldn't be much rubber between the rim and the road. I'd prefer 15" under all conditions.

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Look in the owners manual, it will list all the different tire sizes for your vehicle. I did this when I wanted winter tires for my Cee'd. It came with 17" 45 series tires, Winter tires in that size were very expensive, but 16" 55 series was also listed as a size for my car and winter tires in that size were much less.

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Cool, thanks everyone! With the weather changing everyday like it has the last week, who knows, it might be winter by next week! lol Yikes!
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Ok, I'm confused on this Snow Tire issue! My 2013 Soul 4U has factory 235/45/R18 tires. The Dealer tells me I have to put 195/65/R15 Snow Tires on the Soul. That seems quiet a change in Tire isn't it?

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dealer is right, but you don't have to, but the 15" will work fine and the tires and rims will be a whole lot cheaper.
Check us out on the Soul Forum where this has been covered many times and many members have used the 15" even though there regular rim is 18".

here's a start but there is lots more threads if you use the search

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Thanks for the info. What are the implications of putting the same size Snow Tire on as the regular tires?

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