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    What about the TPMS ?

    Quote Originally Posted by flashbang View Post
    my snowtire saga might be useful if not interesting to some...
    I own a soul sport. I went to sears tire center to get some snow tires (i've been using them for tires for the past few years), and was shocked at how much snow tires would cost me for 225/45 18... all in I was looking at over $900... also, they sold be blizzak's and after doing some online research I decided that Xice-2's were a better tire for my needs (last longer and better overall snow tire minus some performance characteristics)... I know, i should have done the research *before* buying the tires... luckily, sears needed to order the tires so i had time to go back and change my order to the michelins.
    Well, sears tire center lost me for a customer forever because they wanted to charge me a %15 restocking fee!! I cancelled my order altogether and moaned loadly enough that they just charged me $48 to ship the tires back to the warehouse....still upsetting, but i just wanted out of there!
    I then realized after reading some more, that a better option for me would be to by rims and 15", narrower tires for snow.. The 15 inch tires are much less expensive and the narrower tires are better in the snow.
    I read this thread any others that I could find and was left more than a bit confused on what rims I should buy that would have the right offset and would clear the oversized from calipers.
    I ended up going to tirerack.com and a sales associate walked me through their website.. I was able to find fairly inexpensive 15 alloy rims $74 (no steel rims were available). The selection I was offered was sized for my soul sport and I was told that they do not list a rim selection unless they had previously proven the fit for a rim with the same specs. The xice-2 tires were priced at $84 (205/70 15) and they mounted and balanced the tires for free. 2 days later the tires were sitting in my driveway...
    Shipping was around $78 and all in I spent over $200 less than I was going to pay for the (225/45 18) tires at sears, plus I do not need to pay for mounting and balancing every spring and fall.
    Anyway, I don't usually like to advertise for a company or service, but the tirerack experience was almost too easy and affordable
    Flashbang,
    Did you get TPM Sensors? I just bought a set of tires and rims from Tire Rack for my wife's Hyundai and the sensors were only $108. When I go on to Tire Rack and put together a set of rims and tires for my Soul they want over $300 just for the sensors? Did you pay that much or did they do them without the sensors?

    Thanks
    Steve

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  3. #132
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    205/70-15 Winter Tires

    Any idea if these are the correct size for my Soul

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    Maybe. They are 5mm bigger in radius than the 225-45-18 that come on some versions of the Soul (like mine). So that is what I bought, they work good with the new 15" steel rims I bought.

    The closest in size to the original 18's in 15 is 215-65-15 (0.1% vs 1.8% for above) but I couldn't find tires in that size plus they are wider than the 205's. Skinnier tires are better in the snow.

    But you don't get much snow in Vancouver do you?
    Last edited by jazzy; 12-17-2009 at 12:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rudolf.tomka View Post
    Ja mám 1,6 CVVT Europa benzín a pneu NOKIAN 195/65 R 15 a O.K.
    TRANSLATED:
    "I have a 1.6 CVVT petrol and Europe NOKIAN tires 195/65 R 15 and OK "


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    hello friends from Kia Forum. I can not write well in English and therefore I use the Google translator and paste the text into the forum. Please also swallowed YOU compiler for my posts when the forum will appear in Slovak. Thank you. Rudo Tomka-Slovakia. Kia Soul owner.

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    One of 2 up the hill

    I purchased the Blizzak 195 15s with 15 inch wheelswheels back in September from TireRack.com. When snow was predicted I took off the low profile 18s and put these babies on the Soul. My home is located on a private, "C" shaped driveway that 8 of us share. We only got about 6 inches in this first dump but things got tamped a bit before any plowing, then rain, followed by an overnight freeze and then more snow. Neighbors weren't able to get any of their cars up our shared driveway. The Soul had no problem. Ergo . . .

    soulictr

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    Thumbs up My Wheel and Tire Set

    First of Thank you for all the information and advice.

    I went with 16 steel rims, with 205/60/16 General Altimax Arctic

    Here is a run down of how I did it. (links i used are from other people's postings, listed at the bottom)

    I have 18 inch rims, with 225/45/18, the general consensus and using some tire calculators I found the 205/60/16 were within 1.1% of each other. Now for the rims,
    I used a Vehicle Reference Guide to find something at matched up with what the Soul has. I.E. hub, bolt pattern, offset. I found a Mitsubishi ECLIPSE TURBO 89-97
    Once I found my donor car, I went to Car-Part.com to search local junkyards and there is an option to search for other car models with similar specs to the part you are looking for. That led me to a 1999 Mitsubishi Gallant, 16x6 inch steel rims for 20 dollars each.

    From a local tire store (townfairtire) I bought the General Altimax Arctic, mounted for $387

    As for TPMS? I didn't bother, thanks to sdewolfe's post about "The Low Line TPMS is a passive system" Tire pressure Sensor issues
    Since the TPMS sends info when the air pressure low, if it isn't there. Then there is no signal to be sent and its not a problem. So far no idiot light ****UPDATE**** THE TPMS IS LIT, after driving it a bit the light came on, just the "TPMS" letters, not the whole "tire with !" it isn't that bright at all, so I'll live with it.

    So the "bad" of it all. I installed the tires and found that the front calipers of my Soul are huge in comparison to the rear. The clearance from the rim to the caliper is about 3-4mm. Between talking to my mechanic and looking around online, a min of 3mm is required for safety. There is no rubbing at all. You can see on the photo what I mean. (throw in your two cents)

    Overall I'm very happy, I didn't have a chance to try the tires in snow, however the stock 18s did surprising well with the traction control. Again thanks for the advice, as I could not do this without the help of the Forums.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Denim_Soul View Post
    So the "bad" of it all. I installed the tires and found that the front calipers of my Soul are huge in comparison to the rear. The clearance from the rim to the caliper is about 3-4mm. Between talking to my mechanic and looking around online, a min of 3mm is required for safety. There is no rubbing at all. You can see on the photo what I mean. (throw in your two cents)
    I've got 15" rims on mine and the fit to the front calipers is VERY close.

    The initial universal fit steel rims the tire shop tried on wouldn't fit at all. The ones I got were used. So I'm both happy they fit and happy to have saved some money.

    -15°C today, powder and ice on the roads from a thaw over Xmas. Soul still going strong.

    Absolutely LOVE the traction control. Drop the clutch hit the accelerator and getting trough icy intersections and through snow covered parking lots is a breeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denim_Soul View Post

    ****UPDATE**** THE TPMS IS LIT, after driving it a bit the light came on, just the "TPMS" letters, not the whole "tire with !" it isn't that bright at all, so I'll live with it.
    A small piece of black electrical tape will fix that right up!


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    I had 195/65/15 installed (that is what the dealer told me to buy and I also checked on a tire conversion website) It said that it would be off less then 1%. Actually it is off by 8% or so. My GPS now says I am doing 108 when my speedo says 100. Oh well.
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