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Looking for some Winter tire/wheel advice!

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Hey all.

I am in Canada (Toronto) and am looking to get some winter tires/rims. I have a Koup EX and the current Hankook tires on the car are 205/55R16. I used these last winter and we had a mild winter but I could tell they were not very good in the snow/cold.

Anyhow, I am able to have things delivered to the States and shipped to me through a friends work so I have been checking out Basically the prices blow anything in Canada out of the water.

I can get the General Altimax Arctic Blackwall for $86 each as compared to $159 at Canadian Tire in Canada. When it comes to rims, I can get alloy rims from tirerack for $69 each cheaper than most steelies in Canada.

Should I be going for the same tire 205/55R16 or should I be going to a 15 inch as some people have told me this is better for traction somehow (and cheaper). If I go to a 15 what dimension would I get? Also from reading another thread on here I dont have to worry about TPMS being in Canada correct?

One last thing, I am terrible when it comes to what looks good, especially on a car. I have the choice of 4 types of rims for $69.

Moda MD12
MSW Type 14
MSW Type 22
Sport Edition SE-14

Does anyone have any opinion on what would look best on Corsa Blue Forte EX? The current EX rims are very dark so its kind of hard for me to gauge how they would look.

Thanks for any help/advice!
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I realy like my Yoko IG20. If you can put 15" go ahead, it's cheaper! Buy your self an ICE tire if you do a lot of city driving and a snow tire if you don't.
BTW those MD12 are the best looking among your choice!
On tirerack there's a tire/wheel size calculator so check there.
NO TPMS in Canada......... as far as I know (maybe in 2011 though!!)
The LX trim comes with 195/65/15, which is what I'm getting as a winter tire / rim setup for my EX sedan. I almost went the Tire Rack route until I saw the shipping charges. :(
mstype 22. I'm not a big fan of thin spokes. You can also go to and check out different rims on the forte koup. You find one's that look like the selections above, just made by rtx
msw 22 for sure, they are slick (kinda resemble the new 2011 SX rims)
I ended up going with Continental Extreme Winter Contact. The reviews were very positive and these tires are very quiet. I do a fair amount of highway driving so it had to handle ice, snow and be quiet at the same time.
I picked them up locally in Markham from a tire shop I've been dealing with for almost 15yrs.
PM me if you're interested in contacting them.

BTW..If I were to choose one of the wheels above, I'd go for the MSW Type 14. Why, they are easy to clean the snow out of. The more spokes, the more you clean.
I used to own a set of MSW Type 14 rims on my previous car before my Forte. They are descent rims. Not too flashy but still have a clean sporty look. Overall quality was descent too. No issues with balancing or anything like that. I believe MSW wheels are designed and engineered by O.Z.
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