Biggest profile winter tire 17” Rim

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    Hey there guys,

    I have some worn out winter tires that I will be replacing this winter and I’m wondering about ground clearance. I live in an area which receives a very large amount of snow and I am wanting to increase my ground clearance with a set of higher profile winter tires.
    What’s the highest profile tire you’ve run on a stock suspension Gen1 with 17” steel rims?

    I know it’s a specific question but I’m thinking if I can get a 55 profile tire that will raise the ground clearance but at least an inch or so
     
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    I run 235/45-18 on my 2010 and have no issues with height. A little bit of rubbing on the width but for winter tires you should be going narrower for whatever that total height works out to.
     
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    Stock dunlops sucked in the winter

    All season Continentals I have never given it a second thought in Maryland

    Based on my experience if you buy snows it will be unstoppable
     
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    Where in Canada are you? When I was in eastern Ontario speed was great in the winter with a good set of snows now I'm in Manitoba same applies sometimes they don't clear the road of snow drifts Enough so I do hear the undertray on the ruts so I'm considering a small SUV for the winter only for that reason.

    Edit: I'm running 225/45/17 myself and plenty of clearance and tires have served me well in the snow it's nice to have some tire well clearance I'm usually not getting buildups in the wells
     
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    haha yeah I’m not even going to attempt to drive it on summers, pure insanity

    I was just wondering mainly with the lsd how much it actually helps

    I’m in Canmore, Alberta in the mountains. So lots of snowfall to deal with ahah, lots of travelling to and from ski resorts. Do you have a Gen 1 or Gen 2?

    ahhh true, I never thought of well clearance with higher profile tires. That’s a good point. Maybe I’ll just stick with the 205/50/17’s then.
    Have you caused any damage to your car by wintering it?
     
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    got a gen 2, my buddy has a gen1 and he used to winter it you could do 225/50/17 if that's available, wouldn't go too narrow (guess it depends on what wheels you have).

    Car's been fine in the winter I crown coat it every year so my rust is very minimal surface rust on the undercarriage, I've had to replace the undertray thanks to ice chunks thats really the end of it.
     
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    Why would you not recommend going too narrow? Is that the tire he was using? I’ve got 205/50/17 already on Steelies that I got when I bought the car. (I haven’t seen a winter with it yet)

    Is the crown coat just an under body anti rust spray?
     
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    Narrower tires are better in snow.

    On a 16 inch crown vic steely on my ms3 I ran 205/50/16 snow tires. Car was a beast in the snow. Never got stuck. We get a ton of Lake effect snlw where I live. And even lowered, I never had issues getting stuck
     
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    Gen 1?

    Did the ground clearance hurt you in +6”snowfall?
     
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    Yes gen 1

    Only thing I ever worried about was smacking a block of ice on the road with the oil pan.

    Beast mode
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    Shit man that’s f****ing awesome. Looks sweet smashing through it like that. Did you ever do any damage to the car throughout the winter? How about corrosion? How did it go climbing steeper hills? Thought the weight would fall a bit to the rear wheels on an incline
     
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    No damage other than rust. Because Ohio loves overusing road salt. Especially in temperatures where salt doesnt do anything anyways lol.

    Hills are no issue. Just turn off traction control completely (when starting the car, hold finger on dsc off button while cranking...when you let go you should see dsc off light as well as the squiggly traction light remain on once the engine is running) . Its more of a hinderance and safety hazard leaving it on. Any time the wheels slip at all with traction control on it cuts throttle completely.

    But with traction off, no issues keeping momentum
     
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    I’m in Alberta so hopefully the cold temps keep the need for salt pretty low then

    oh okay, thanks for the tip man. Do you believe the LSD has helped you through the deeper stuff too?
     
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    I turn off traction control in the deeper stuff, if im spinning that is then i pull through no prob
     
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    So I’m looking at 215/55/17 or 205/55/17. Does anyone know what the offset of the steel 17” is?
    I want to run the highest profile I can to soften ruts and the overall ride in the winter

    Also 215/55/17 is considerably cheaper than 205/55/17
     
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    You want to run the same offset as the stock wheel
     
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    And stock wheel be +52
     
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    So your steel wheels were +52 aswell?
     
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