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post #1 of 106 Old 03-11-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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winter tires options for the Ford Escape

winter tires options for the Ford Escape

What winter tires have you purchased for the Escape? Or is everyone using the stock tires still?
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post #2 of 106 Old 03-14-2013, 07:17 PM
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I purchased the recommended package from tirerack.com and have been very happy with them. Very grippy.
I ordered these tires:
225/65R16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Mounted on these wheels:
New Steel Wheel 16X6.5 Black Painted

With new TPMS
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You should take it to some snow trails and shoot some videos.


How much did you pay for the TPMS?

Good choice on the WS70.
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mine came with good year ultra grips great tires but I would take off the traction control in deep snow
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$32/each for the TPMS
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I have an escape titanium with 19 inch rims. How will a different tire size change the dynamics of my vehicle? For example, going from 19 inch rims to 18 inch rims or 17 inch rims.
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If you go down to a 18" rim with a taller sidewall it would make the ride a little bit softer but less responsive to steering.

You shouldn't change the overall diameter of the tire but you can change the rim size and tire sidewall size - as long as the end result is the same or similar overall diameter vs stock.
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Does anyone know if Michelin Ice3 235/55/17 will do teh job or can they actually be fitted? THX
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If some of you have the knowledge and time to answer my questions I'd appreciate it. I'm totally ignorant about tires/wheels but I'm going to be moving to a place that gets some snow and I'd like to get some winter tires for winter instead of my stock 19s. Please talk to me like I'm your idiot brother cause I've never done this before.

I'm going to be getting 18" wheels because of cost and availability, I assume I just need to get the ones that fit a 2013 escape and those dimensions are locked no matter the brand?

Tires, I need a taller sidewall? What are the exact numbers I should be looking for to get close to stock dimensions as well as fit 18" wheels? No idea what those numbers mean.

TPMS? yay or nay?

After receiving, I just install em at the end of fall and swap them when its spring? Keep them inflated for storage or no? Any other things I should be doing with them?

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post #10 of 106 Old 06-04-2013, 04:50 PM
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You need to get wheels to fit your Escape (correct bolt pattern, so they can be attached), and then tires to fit the wheels you've purchased. The two things are related, but not the same.

The OEM tires on the Escape's 18" wheels are size 235/50R18. The first number, 235, is the width of the tire's tread, in millimeters. The second number, 50, is the aspect ratio, i.e., the height of the sidewall divided by the tire's width. The "50" actually means 50% -- the tire is half as "tall" (at the sidewall) as it is wide. The "R" just means radial; sometimes this is left out, because most tires are radials these days. If the tire were speed-rated, there would be another letter in front of the R, such as H, V, or Z. (Sometimes the speed rating is also shown elsewhere on the tire.) Finally, the "18" refers to the diameter in inches of the tire's opening, and therefore of the wheels it fits.

However, the wheels you buy may not be the exact same size as the OEM 18" wheels, though matching them would be a prudent thing to do. You need to fit the wheels you do get.

If you're going to store the wheels/tires as units until you need to put them on again, rather than taking the tires off the wheels, I think it makes sense to keep them reasonably well-inflated, but others can chime in on this point.
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