View Full Version : Need Recommendation for good Snow Tires

09-27-2013, 08:55 PM
Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum and have found the information posted very useful.
I just wanted to start by thanking you all for your knowledge and contributions.
It helps save uneducated fiat owners like myself from falling prey to overpriced salesmen.

I purchased a used 2012 fiat abarth last week with 7,000 miles
The car came with OEM 17' 205/40 Pirelli three season tires.
I'm considering investing in a good set of 17' snow tires to mount on the existing rims.

Even though, allot has been said already about the various options available, I would like some updated recommendations that won't break the bank. I plan on commuting with the car to various mountains during the winter.


09-27-2013, 10:00 PM
Not sure. Tire Rack only has the Pirelli snows in 16". Going down to a 16 isn't a bad idea with snows though- skinnier is better in snow.

09-28-2013, 10:23 AM
I used 205/40/17" Bridgestone Blizzaks all last winter, and we had a nasty one as you know, never got stuck, not once.

SUMMIT RACING $158 (http://www.summitracing.com/search/Product-Line/Bridgestone-Blizzak-WS60-Tires/)

TIREBUYER $138 (http://www.tirebuyer.com/products/87178:87179/tire?N=124&Nrs=collection()/record[BrandStyleId=collection()/record[BrandStyleId=collection()/record[FitmentId=87178]/BrandStyleId and FitmentId=87179]/BrandStyleId]&Nr=AND(OR(FitmentId:87178,FitmentId:87179),Group_C ategory_Dim:Tire,OR(NOT(Brand_Dim:Fuzion),AND(Bran d_Dim:Fuzion,DC_Inv:1037)),OR(NOT(Brand_Dim:Uniroy al),AND(Brand_Dim:Uniroyal,DC_Inv:1037)),OR(NOT(Br and_Dim:Kelly),AND(Brand_Dim:Kelly,DC_Inv:1037)))&Ne=121&pageSize=10)


09-28-2013, 12:06 PM
Did you have the tires mounted on your OEM rims?
Some users on the forum claim that the salt can damage the OEM rims and investing in 16' tires and rims is safer.

Tirerack offers a 16' wheel and tire package for $856 plus installation and shipping cost:

Total cost probably about $1,000 to switch over.

Should I just purchase tires and mount on existing rims or do you recommend purchasing rims and tires to avoid damaging the OEM 17' rims?

09-28-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks. Any idea what the average cost for mounting and balancing should be?

09-28-2013, 07:25 PM

09-28-2013, 08:53 PM
Thanks. Any idea what the average cost for mounting and balancing should be?

I would say no more than $25 a wheel.

Car looks great BTW!

09-29-2013, 08:09 AM
I used Pirelli SnowControl2s last winter and went down to 16". Tires performed very well in both snow ( had upto 15cm ) and ice. I paid $88 each from Tire Rack but didnt pay for mounting as bought rims too and they mount free. Local shops to me charge 10-15 a corner but find a good one as theres been stories of dented skirts and scratched rims. Correct jacking is vital on these cars!!

09-29-2013, 03:26 PM
Why would you need snow tires if you live in Manhattan ? Wouldn't a set of all seasons do the trick to get you through the centimetre of slush? :peaceful:

Edit. Apparently I didn't read the last paragraph of your post. Apologies. Blizzaks are excellent.

09-30-2013, 08:59 PM
It seems like Bridgestone Blizzak's WS60 17' is the way to go.

Thanks for the advice.

11-04-2013, 04:42 PM
If i purchase the blizzaks WS60 tires to be mounted on my OEM 17' wheels will i also need to purchase 4 TPMS devices or since i am not changing the wheels my existing TPMS devices will work with the snow blizzaks?

11-05-2013, 02:42 AM
Ya Blizzaks are the only winter tire i will ever use :)
They have never even blinked at the harsh Alberta winters!
No you don't need new TPMS

11-05-2013, 03:17 PM
I used 205/40/17" Bridgestone Blizzaks all last winter, and we had a nasty one as you know, never got stuck, not once.

Same here. I drive 100 miles per day. Seventeen inch tires on the optional OEM hyperblack wheels. The OEM wheels are awesome. They took incredible hits from potholes and did not bend. Salt did not damage them. Went through snow like a snowmobile. I see no need to go to 16".

Mini Cord
11-05-2013, 04:17 PM
Well, if you plan to keep the car for a few years, it is cheaper to buy wheels and tires.

Not sure how much a place charges to dismount/mount/balance tires, but let's say 25 per tire. That's 200 per year. That easily pays for 1 rim per year.

The winter tire choice in 16" is very limited, I could only find Pirelli Snow Control and Minerva Tires (Seems they are Chinese).

11-06-2013, 01:09 PM
i plan to try general altimaz tires this year. many sizes are available for whatever rims you have but you may need to go with a slightly taller tire if you want to use 17"s http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=Altimax+Arctic

of coarse i don't drive a 500 and there is only one 17" size available in the blizzaks and a 205 40r would be quite short for a car like the dart. stock tires for a 500 are about 23.5" tall. here is a handy web page to find alternative tires sizes. http://tire-size-conversion.com/tire-size-comparison/

11-06-2013, 01:47 PM
Thank you for your advice.
Not sure how many years I will be keeping the car because planning on having a baby within the next 2 years.
If that happens, I will probably end up selling to the highest bidder on this forum :pirate:

For my situation it seems the best option would be to purchase and mount the 17' Blizzak's WS60 on my OEM rims.
I've been reading only good reviews from other Abarth owners and feel confident making the investment at this point.

12-03-2013, 01:05 AM
Changed to blizzak WS60 17' tires last week. Won an auction on ebay for $380 + $50 shipping.
Headed up to the Catskills- where it snowed- for Thanksgiving weekend.
Car drove smooth no skidding at all. So far no regrets installing the blizzaks.
Will report back when I drive the car through some harsher weather conditions.

Crazy Otto
12-04-2013, 07:04 PM
I understand that tire choice is limited but the way to do this is to have town fair tire (or similar) match online price and sell you winters. You then get free switchovers every season.


I have blizzak dmz v1s on my amg ml63. They are amazing. Tube multi cell technology. On my 4th season.

Cant stand driving my winter beater so I plan to get the ws60s soon. Cant beat the price from tire rack uunfortunately I think they may be the only ones with this stock of 2009 production. Doubt I can get them from town fair.

12-12-2013, 12:58 AM
Thank you for your feedback.

I went ahead and purchased the blizzak WS60 on my car.

Please close thread.

12-12-2013, 11:26 AM
I just had the Blizzak's and wheels put on my Trekking last week, it was right around $1300 total.
Today was the first chance I've had to test them in the snow and I had no issue. I had about 6" at my house so it was a pretty fair test for them ;)

12-12-2013, 11:42 PM
Thank you for your feedback.

I went ahead and purchased the blizzak WS60 on my car.

Please close thread.

Close requested and done.