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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.
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.
2012 Cee'd 5 door 1.6 automatic with just about every option available (except a couple I would have liked to have had).
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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