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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It would be nice to have a sticky on the subject of Snow/Winter wheels and Tires. Just thought I'd share what I've learned (albeit the hard way) on fitments for the "2013" sonata.
1st off, coming from a 2011GLS, I saw not reason why the 16" wheels wouldn't fit. I ordered the exact same wheel as another 2.0T SE owner had, NO luck, Not sure how HE got them to fit, but a 16x7.5 "will not clear the lower, rear control arm bushing on the 2013's. (maybe it changed in 2013?)
I don't know if stock 16's will clear the 2.0T or SE model either but the lowest I have found for an aftermarket wheel is a 17".
Craiger 16's will NOT fit.
17x6.5-7.5 will fit.

tire size for 17s. 215/55R17 to 225/60R17 are OK. (the narrower, the better for snow)
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My winter setup:

Elbrus I05 wheels (not ice coated), 17x7.5, +45mm offset, 6.02" back spacing, (5x114 bolt pattern of course)
Wheels were on sale at Tirerack.com for $85 a piece, and come with lugnuts, lug adaptor, centering ring and center caps. NOTE: since these are just winter wheels I am not using TPMS sensors. By law now, NO shop will install wheels without them if your vehicle is using them as standard. You will have to put them on your self.

Tires, General Altimax Arctic (non-studded), 215/55R17 size.
4 star rating from tirerack.com I commute on interstate and hywy for work, so having a tire that has good road manners for the usually clean and dry after plowing is a must. This tire is rated high by commuters. Still great to get you through the side street crap left by incompitent road crews. $121 per tire at the rack.
Total for setup mounted, balanced and shipped. $950.39 from tirerack.com
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Good setup, same tire I want.

Post pics when they are on the car!
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ARRGGG.
I went to put on the new wheels N tires last night, the friggen shop that test fit the 16's didn't put the lock Key back in the package it comes with and lost it. So now I've got to wait till the replacement I ordered to come in. Atleast they are going to reimburse me for the cost of it.
Dang,,, I can't catch a break to get these things on for nothing. Atleast there's no snow on the ground "at the moment".
They look about an inch taller when setting next to the stockers.
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Here's the set finally mounted. (granted now there's no snow in the forecast but hey, they're on)
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Have you had a chance to get in the snow yet? I just picked up a set of Alitmax Arctics, 225/55r17, for $350. Now I just need to get them mounted on the extra set of '03 Tiburon wheels I picked up and I hope to run them for a month or so to get a feeling for them. Even if we don't get much more snow here this year, my aunt's driveway is pretty steep and has a 90 degree turn half way up before it gets really steep for the last 10 feet to the top. Since the driveway will probably have snow of some kind, it will be a good test, especially if we get more snow - March is always good for a couple feet
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Yes, I've gotten 2 snow's now and some icy roads. they've done really well. They're not studded, but I feel pretty confident on the icy roads (even the interstate) with turns/curves in them.
They've been really good on the road too, not as wandering as I had thought they'd be.

Night and day difference with the right tire vs. the stock 18" Hankooks.
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Here's the set finally mounted. (granted now there's no snow in the forecast but hey, they're on)
These are back on the car as of yesterday. Just in time too. We started getting snow last night and it just started to dwindle off mid afternoon. Roads are Crap and there's about 3-4" so far. Tires are a HUGE difference in the crappy stuff. I can't imagine how it would be handling with the Hankooks on it. All the other cars that come down my street are sliding all over and hitting the curbs. lol

I was joking about putting some MatTraks on her Mitsu outlander sport, she said yeah sure, but I don't think it's got the power to make'm turn. lol
I'd love to put the 2.0T and trans from the SanteFe in that lil thing!!!!
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These are back on the car as of yesterday. Just in time too. We started getting snow last night and it just started to dwindle off mid afternoon. Roads are Crap and there's about 3-4" so far. Tires are a HUGE difference in the crappy stuff. I can't imagine how it would be handling with the Hankooks on it. All the other cars that come down my street are sliding all over and hitting the curbs. lol

I was joking about putting some MatTraks on her Mitsu outlander sport, she said yeah sure, but I don't think it's got the power to make'm turn. lol
I'd love to put the 2.0T and trans from the SanteFe in that lil thing!!!!
We had that little snow fall Wednesday, Just a little over and inch, the crappy hankooks sucked. tried to make a corner getting on interstate at 20mph and went straight, was able to get it back in time. Went yesterday and put on 4 Continental Extreme Contact DWS. But went with 225/50/17's(all they had in stock) and MB Wheels Alpina rims. Difference was night and day. Got until spring to decide if I want to keep the Crapkooks on the 18's or change to a better summer tire, and save the continentals for winter
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