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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Tires

Will going down a tire size damage the qashqai? Heard that it's supposed to increase deep snow traction and they're cheaper.
how would I go about selecting a set of smaller tires?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2016, 05:01 PM
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Not sure how you go about minus sizing for winter tires as I usually go with generic Michelin ones.

Found this on a tire site so it could be useful.

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Traditional Minus Sizing
By using traditional Plus Sizing techniques in reverse, combining taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels. For example, a 2011 Kia Forte Koupe would have an original 215/45HR17-sized tires in favor of a Minus One 205/55R16-size on 16″ wheels (where the wheel diameter is 1″ smaller and the tire’s sidewalls are ¾” taller) or Minus Two 195/65R15-size on 15″ wheels (where the wheel diameter is 2″ smaller and the tire’s sidewalls are 1″ taller).
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Some people even stay with the same tire size that come with the stock all seasons, and instead over inflate them a bit
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Why over inflate them? Thought you were supposed to keep them at the manufacturer recommended pressure?
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2016, 03:49 PM
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Higher inflation pressures could provide an improvement in steering response and cornering stability but this is only up to a certain point and is usually seen on track and if you accidentally over inflate it too much you can damage your tires more easily when riding over potholes or debris on the road. Better to stick with the manufacturer recommended psi.
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Higher inflation pressures could provide an improvement in steering response and cornering stability but this is only up to a certain point and is usually seen on track and if you accidentally over inflate it too much you can damage your tires more easily when riding over potholes or debris on the road. Better to stick with the manufacturer recommended psi.
good point, it will probably contribute to faster wear since weight isn't' as evenly spread throughout the tire as with OEM pressures.

Overall though, with just winter tires to OEM pressure spec you're FAR better off than those running all seasons, especially during deep freezes.
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All seasons means 3 seasons, not 4.
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All seasons means 3 seasons, not 4.
Huh?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 07:07 PM
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Depends a bit where you are living :P



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True! Lucky you, don't have to deal with that one extreme and messy season
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