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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-29-2009, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not going through another winter on all-season tires so I'm looking at some snow wheel sets as suggested by TireRack. The recommended package consists of 14" wheels with tires of size 195/70R14. Perhaps this would look strange on the Cobalt (4-lug pattern) but the price tag is appealing. Will these wheels actually fit the car?

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As long as it is a 4x100 bolt pattern.

I wonder about clearing the front brakes though...

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should be fine. unless yourve upgraded the brakes they should clear fine
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From what I've read, you really shouldn't go with a smaller wheel than 15". I don't remember the reasoning (you would think it wouldn't matter since you can go up in size or down in size on an SS...they put 16" winter wheels/tires)...but I do remember reading that it's not recommended to go below the 15" size...I don't think it has to do with fitment.

Anyway, I bought my car in June 07 and in the fall of 07 I bought an aftermarket set of steel wheels and Hankook winter ipike w407 tires from Discount Tire Direct...I ended up paying $260 shipped to my door for mounted and balanced tires with steel wheels. They had a deal going on at the time...buy a set of wheels and get $100, but a set of tires get $100 off...I took advantage of both offers. I haven't seen another offer the same since then.

I'll tell you what though, I would never have trusted my OEM Continental tires to the winter...they were horrible in wet and dry, didn't want to imagine winter driving with them...I was so happy I went with winter tires and wheels.

My suggestion is to keep to 195 or narrower tires...since in winter you want as narrow as possible to "plow" through the snow rather than a large patch of contact area like dry traction.

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As long as it is a 4x100 bolt pattern.

I wonder about clearing the front brakes though...
thats what i was thinking.
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I'd prefer to buy a set of 15" steel wheels. There are a number of places that sell them for the Cobalt, but I've not found a place that sells a complete winter steel wheel package that can be delivered to my door step. I'll probably go with cheap 15" alloys shod with good snow tires.
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I had a set of 14 inch wheels on my car last year. They were close to the breaks but fit just fine!



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They definitely have to look funky, that's for sure!

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Here was my car on 14's I was also lowered on SSC springs



And a little vid of me burning the tires off them lol



Its funny how much faster little/light weight wheels make the car!



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Haha - those are soooo cuuuuute!! Hahahaha.

They don't look half bad, actually.

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