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    For those of you who drive year-round and change over to winter tires, what tires do you use, wheel size and do you change out all 4 tires/wheels or just the rears? Thinking that someday we should revert to onlu 2 cars and have never had my Miata on the road during winter.

    Thanks for any feedback, particularly for the NC (maybe the ND would be the same?).

    -Jim Merchant

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    Hi Jim

    I’ve driven year round in Miatas since 1990, NA, NB, now NC. in my experience 4 dedicated snow tires make the miata a beast, a real tank in the snow.

     

    I go 1 inch diameter smaller and narrower and increase the side wall so overall diameter is unchanged.  My NC has 195 55 16 snows instead of 205 45 17 OEM.

     

    Highly recommend getting from Tirerack.  Get 4 steel wheels, they arrive mounted and balanced, avoids having to mount and unmount tires 2 x year.

    I like Blizzaks, I am sure others have different opinions.

     

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    • Gear Head
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    Thanks Bill, I checked out TireRack too and they came up with 205/50R16 tires, exactly as you said, 1″ smaller and higher profile to keep the outside diameter the same. Mine is a 2013, NC and has the same size summer tires as yours.

    I need to check out the steel wheels, alloy wheels were $113 each and they suggested Michelin X-ICE X13 tires at $123 each. I will take a look at the Blizzaks too.

    Thanks for the info.  –Jim M

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    Hey Jim

    Get steel wheels, much stronger than aluminum for winter potholes.

     

    Good luck!

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