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Winter tires for X3: Continental VikingContact 7 or Sumitomo Ice Edge

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Winter tires for X3: Continental VikingContact 7 or Sumitomo Ice Edge

I've narrowed it down to two choices: Continental VikingContact 7 or Sumitomo Ice Edge

Regarding proper offsets, hub centric, bolt pattern from @booblehead - I'm not familiar with these, and it's a lot of reading! Would Costco or a good tire shop know this?

I'm looking at 225/60R18

Thanks!
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Get the Viking 7's as they have great reviews. Why put budget trash tires on an X3?

Buy a second hand set of alloys from Kijiji and use them on the X3, you can calculate proper fit of rims on your car using the tool below:

https://www.wheel-size.com/calc/
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Anikiri wrote: Get the Viking 7's as they have great reviews. Why put budget trash tires on an X3?

Buy a second hand set of alloys from Kijiji and use them on the X3, you can calculate proper fit of rims on your car using the tool below:

https://www.wheel-size.com/calc/
Thanks for the link. A friend recommended the Ice Edge and sent me this video:



I was also thinking the Michelin X-Ice Snow, but they're pricey.
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abuela wrote: Thanks for the link. A friend recommended the Ice Edge and sent me this video:



I was also thinking the Michelin X-Ice Snow, but they're pricey.
You can get th Vikings for fairly cheap at Blackcircles or quattrotires. X-Ice aren't worth the cost, they're way too pricey.
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Anikiri wrote: You can get th Vikings for fairly cheap at Blackcircles or quattrotires. X-Ice aren't worth the cost, they're way too pricey.
I saw that website, thank you.
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Any reputable shops can look it up for you.

Assuming you want dedicated winters, then Conti Viking 7 and Michelin Xice Snow (new gen) could be a good choice.
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X3 - current generation G01


5x112 BP
66.6mm CB
18x7 et22

If you opt for aftermarket wheels, then try to get as close to the factory offset (et22) as much as possible.

Tire size 225/60/18
you can choose H speed rated. No need to choose anything higher, like V speed rated as it will be a bit more cost.
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abuela wrote: Thanks for the link. A friend recommended the Ice Edge and sent me this video:



I was also thinking the Michelin X-Ice Snow, but they're pricey.
A completely subjective video like this, without a direct comparison to another tire, is pretty useless.
Sure there is deep snow in the video, but we don't know the condition of the asphalt underneath, and though the Sumitomo's probably aren't bad, the A6 is also AWD.
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abuela wrote: Thanks for the link. A friend recommended the Ice Edge and sent me this video:

LMAO, I love how he drives past the CUV or whatever and is like "this guy looks stuck...but not me!" and then later is just like "hope they're okay..." and continues driving away nonchalantly continuing to rave about the tyres :lol:

Interesting a brand like Sumitomo is even made in Buffalo, NY too. I mean I wasn't sure how many tyre plants were even still in US...I think we have none in Canada anymore?
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+1 for Continental VikingContact 7

They are supposed to be great tires, I had the model before this and they were great!
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booblehead wrote: Any reputable shops can look it up for you.

Assuming you want dedicated winters, then Conti Viking 7 and Michelin Xice Snow (new gen) could be a good choice.
booblehead wrote: X3 - current generation G01



5x112 BP
66.6mm CB
18x7 et22

If you opt for aftermarket wheels, then try to get as close to the factory offset (et22) as much as possible.

Tire size 225/60/18
you can choose H speed rated. No need to choose anything higher, like V speed rated as it will be a bit more cost.
Thanks for the info! I think that will be my two choices now. Yes, a winter set. I'll write down the specs, including the H speed rating. I'm checking prices regularly!
I read up on the offset, cb and bolt pattern. I also saw it on a website listed as 7Jx18 ET22. Not sure what the Jx is?

Are hub rings only for certain wheels? My old car doesn't have them, and my wheels are aftermarket.
sickcars wrote: +1 for Continental VikingContact 7

They are supposed to be great tires, I had the model before this and they were great!
That's great to hear. Thanks!
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hub ring is not required if you choose 66.6 cb, otherwise, you may need it ... let's say you pick a wheel that is 72.1.
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booblehead wrote: hub ring is not required if you choose 66.6 cb, otherwise, you may need it ... let's say you pick a wheel that is 72.1.
I'll be sure to discuss this with the tire shop, thanks!
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