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Old 09-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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We have the chrome 18" wheels on our 2012 Terrain, with winter coming and around here where its a rather mild winter they use salt alot. I was wondering if there will be any tweaking that has to be done if I put on a set of factory 17" rims or similar for the winter.
It would also be nice if some good soul could post a link to a company that sell just plain old rims to fit, cause all I have found is fancy rims and don't want to put out to much on rims just for the winter.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Canadian Tire is usually good if you want an affordable winter setup. I did a quick search for steel wheels, and they have 17's that fit our Terrains at $70/wheel

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From my experience, I learned that the odd sizes are where you pay more. Maybe you'll want to go with 18 inch steel wheels, since 18 inch tires might be cheaper. Plus you'll get more clearance driving in the winter running 18's.

Have you looked into winter tires already?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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Never thought of Canadian Tire. They are exactly what I'm looking for.
I haven't looked for rubber yet but assumed once I got the rims I might buy local tires since I live in a small town I have very limited choices on just about everything or even bite the duty bullet and get rubber from down in the states (were 6 minutes from the Idaho border). If the rims are just for winter then I'll get snow tires and not have to change rubber..just change the whole tire in spring and being a chrome mag I just can't go to any tire shop to swap rubber for the fear of damaging the chrome rim.
Leaving for Lethbridge on the weekend so going today to verify CT in Lethbridge has those rims instock and save myself 5% of the HST right off the top for shopping in Alberta. Gotta love the BC HST Tax =12%
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Never thought of Canadian Tire. They are exactly what I'm looking for.
I haven't looked for rubber yet but assumed once I got the rims I might buy local tires since I live in a small town I have very limited choices on just about everything or even bite the duty bullet and get rubber from down in the states (were 6 minutes from the Idaho border). If the rims are just for winter then I'll get snow tires and not have to change rubber..just change the whole tire in spring and being a chrome mag I just can't go to any tire shop to swap rubber for the fear of damaging the chrome rim.
Leaving for Lethbridge on the weekend so going today to verify CT in Lethbridge has those rims instock and save myself 5% of the HST right off the top for shopping in Alberta. Gotta love the BC HST Tax =12%
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You should also consider buying tires online and having them shipped to you, but with how big and heavy they can be, shipping might be a lot! Since you live 6 minutes from the Idaho boarder you might as well go their, crazy how cheap things are stateside!

Keeping a seasonal wheel and tire combo is the best way to go about it, saves you money in the long run and so quick and easy to do.

Your welcome! I've been in the car game for a while so I do know quite a few things!

Keep us posted on your winter wheel and tire setup.
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Went on a rim and tire mission and was a bit dissappointed in my findings. First went to Canadian Tire to find out that instock isn't in their cards on 17 or 18" rims, they have to be special ordered.
Went to Costco next to have a very knowledgeable tire dude tell us that since I have 18" rims I might not be able to downsize to 17" due to a different sized brake rotors and a rock might get caught between the rotor and rim and literally cut the rim off...Okay, that baffled me a bit that GM would do such a thing so I went straight to a dealer and found a Terrain with factory 17" rims. I could get over 3 fingers inbetween the rotor and rim on the 17" but on my Terrain I can get just over 2 fingers between rim and rotor on the 18" rims.
I've tried looking up if GM does have different rotor sizes for Terrains but to no avail.
I can get mildly fancy rims out of the states for same money as I can get chitty steel up here in Canada so prolly goin down south to purchase tires and rims, just like my Harley Softail I can get parts shipped for 30% less than the dealers up here charge and with money almost par it makes perfect sense.
Bottom line is that I can't downsize and have to stick with 18" rims and tires I have now
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Never thought of Canadian Tire. They are exactly what I'm looking for.
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I'm putting 20"inch on my car i want it higher off the ground easy safe way to do it maybe 19inch but they are so much more expensive because of the odd size if your going 19 just go to 20inch you will be saving on the tires
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