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Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:44 pm
by MVLeaf
Just swapped on new steelies and snows this weekend, and what a difference compared to the stock Michelins. I didn't weight the alloy vs steel wheel/tire combos but they didn't feel noticeably different in weight as I horsed them around. Whereas, the same is not true for the wheels on my '08 Honda Fit, the alloys are definitely lighter.
My 2015 SV has 17" alloy wheels and I opted for 16" steelies with a 205R60 tire to give the same overall diameter/height with a slightly narrower tire. The car is new to us so we'll see how the winter range drops with both weather and the less efficient tires.

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:36 pm
by pmc
Well I went with steel. Got the Nokians put on as well, will have to wait for some proper snow again to see how awesome they are. :)

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:58 pm
by jjeff
pmc wrote:Well I went with steel. Got the Nokians put on as well, will have to wait for some proper snow again to see how awesome they are. :)

If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the rims and how much did it end up costing you?
I should also swap my summer tires on my '12 for snow, they aren't so good on ice and snow. Not that the newer Ecopia A/S's on my '13 are great but they at least they aren't bad! After my 50% left summer tires wear out I'd probably just replace them with Ecopia's and be done with it. Well I'd probably continue to swap until the winter tires were worn out but after than just stick to one tire.
Never having purchased summer tires I had no idea how poor they'd work in the winter. I'd never have purchased them myself but they came on my lease return '12 which came from Southern CA, a place where you could probably get by with summer tires, year round.

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:55 pm
by pmc
jjeff wrote:If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the rims and how much did it end up costing you?
I should also swap my summer tires on my '12 for snow, they aren't so good on ice and snow. Not that the newer Ecopia A/S's on my '13 are great but they at least they aren't bad! After my 50% left summer tires wear out I'd probably just replace them with Ecopia's and be done with it. Well I'd probably continue to swap until the winter tires were worn out but after than just stick to one tire.
Never having purchased summer tires I had no idea how poor they'd work in the winter. I'd never have purchased them myself but they came on my lease return '12 which came from Southern CA, a place where you could probably get by with summer tires, year round.


Hi Jeff, the rims were around $56 each, and the Hakkapeliittas were $110 each. Local tire shop fitted them for me.

On our two other vehicles we've been swapping winter and summer tires (but I bought the winter wheels & tires used for both of those cars). Winter tires really help, and I like having a second set that I can swap myself.

Leaf was due for tires anyway, I'll have to plan for new summer tires in the Spring, the Ecopias were original (car has 32,600 miles) and are pretty much toast. :D

Interestingly, the tire guy also recommended steel rims over alloy, less prone to leaks over time I guess. I had shopped around for used steelies on Craigslist but didn't get far in my search.

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Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:08 am
by BrockWI
I run the Bridgestone Blizzacks in winter. I have Nokians on another other car and they are better but both are significantly better than all seasons. It is fun to be next to a SUV or truck with all wheel drive and just leave them behind sliding all over at a light :) I would also suggest steel for winter tires, the stock are almost identical in weight.

Anyway the steels are 16x6.5 5x114.3 bore +40 offset and 66.5 mm, the part number on the steel is 62607, I just searched for that and found a couple that way.

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:45 am
by rmay635703
My alloys always leak after a couple years

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:18 pm
by jjeff
PMC, thanks, I'll have to think about that. IMO they do look rather nice on your Leaf, kind of butches it up a bit, trucky like :)

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:07 am
by pmc
BrockWI wrote:I run the Bridgestone Blizzacks in winter. I have Nokians on another other car and they are better but both are significantly better than all seasons. It is fun to be next to a SUV or truck with all wheel drive and just leave them behind sliding all over at a light :) I would also suggest steel for winter tires, the stock are almost identical in weight.

Anyway the steels are 16x6.5 5x114.3 bore +40 offset and 66.5 mm, the part number on the steel is 62607, I just searched for that and found a couple that way.


Thanks Brock. Closest I had found were some similar rims from an Altima over in Oshkosh, but I couldn't tell how rusty they were from the Craigslist photos :lol: I'm running Blizzaks on the minivan and General Altimax on the old Toyota. Amazing what a difference a good snow tire will make.

We'll have to have a Wisconsin Leaf meetup sometime. If I can find a charger between here and there LOL

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:10 am
by pmc
jjeff wrote:PMC, thanks, I'll have to think about that. IMO they do look rather nice on your Leaf, kind of butches it up a bit, trucky like :)


Thanks Jeff .. yeah we thought the rims make the car look a little tougher too, which is good since its whine isn't that intimiating :lol:

It'll fit right in here in the wintertime since so many people drive beaters. :)

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:36 am
by BrockWI
I will have to take my hubcaps off to match ;)

PMC where are you?