Do you use your OEM wheels for snow tires or buy a second set?

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Going to be needing to buy some snow tires for my 20 GT. I’m unsure if it’s worth it to buy a second set of wheels or to just use my normal wheels that it came with. What does everyone else do here?

I have the stock black paint 18 inch wheels.
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Definitely second set of wheels. Unless instead of spending 20 minutes to swap the wheels you'd be rather going to tire service place to have them mounted... Also, second cheap set would quickly pay for itself (unless you have tire machine & balancer at home), if you have a second set, it's a no brainer.
 

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Second set. I went with 19x9 Ford Performance Boss 302 wheels, so no need for spacers, no need for centering rings, and I can run a rotatable square setup for the winter tires.
 

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Buy a second set. You can get stock wheel in the for sale section for next to nothing.
 

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Bought a set of 19X10's to run summer tires. Kept the stock 19X8.5's to run the winter set. Pirelli Sotozero III's on the Mustang, and Michelin PA4's on the Charger.

The Pirelli's were out of stock, which is why I got the PA4's for the Charger. Didn't get to drive in snow with them, but the cold weather grip is astoundingly better than stock. The Charger also has the ubiquitous P-zero Nero's from factory. The car was almost undriveable even in the least aggressive mode. In "eco" mode, I spun wheels at every light. The Michelin's immediately put a stop to that.

As for the Mustang, I've driven the Sotozero's in actively falling snow, on ice, and wet/dry pavement. Zero complaints about them either. I might go with the PA4's for the next set though, if the snow performance is as good.
 

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I suggest a smaller wheel with narrower rim, if you can find one that fits your Mustang. They are much better at handling snow than and bad roads.
 

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I bought a set of cheap black 17" rims for my car from Tirerack, with slightly narrower and taller sidewall tires. Have had good luck with the Michelin X-Ice tires getting around.
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Using my 18” oem as winters and I have my nice aftermarket rims for summer.
 
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I bought a set of cheap black 17" rims for my car from Tirerack, with slightly narrower and taller sidewall tires. Have had good luck with the Michelin X-Ice tires getting around.
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But would 17s fit on a GT? I know the GT has bigger brakes than the EB.
 

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Second set for sure. Stock 18" for the taller and narrower "advantage" over the snow.

It is worth it to reduce the number of times the tire shop has to man handle your rims to swap the rubber. Plus you can take just the tires in when it is time for new rubber so they won't man handle your car either.
 

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I bought a dirt cheap set of steel rims with Bridgestone Blizzaks ws80 for $300. Non PP car the 18x8" fit fine. They have approx 50% tread left on the rears and tested in heavy snow here North of Toronto this February.

Car handles really good I could easily daily drive this thing. I did add about 75lbs of weight in the trunk.

Steel rims are hella ugly but they wont leak and are super strong!
 

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OEM wheels are being used as winter wheels since narrow tires are better in the snow and cheaper.

I run nicer looking and wider aftermarket wheels and tires in the summer when dry grip matters more.
 

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Buy a second set. You can get stock wheel in the for sale section for next to nothing.
That's what I did, and now have two identical set of wheels. Now wonder if I should have gotten a different set for a different look in winter.
 

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I bought a set of 18" GT wheels for around 150 in pretty good shape with TPMS sensors in them, which I thought was a hell of a deal, and now only put them on when needed. I found some Toyo 235 50 18 unstudded tires on Craigslist so thats my snow set up. And even though I have the compact spare, when I go on a road trip, I throw a spare un studded snow tire in the trunk in case of emergency. Beats mounting up that compact spare. My car (Cal Special) uses 19 X 8.5 up front and 19 X 10.5 in the rear, (I had them widended) and all of them are about the same diameter.
 
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