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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old November 14th, 2019, 17:50   #1
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Any one run snow tires with different rims in the winter ? If so, what size do you use or recommend ? I have a 2012 jetta sportwagen tdi
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Old November 14th, 2019, 20:08   #2
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I use 16” Steelies from tirerack.com for winter as many TDI’ers.


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Old November 15th, 2019, 03:21   #3
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16 "steels as well for the winter. Over the years, I have been the most pleased with Michelin X-Ice Xi3 snow tires.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 03:36   #4
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16 "steels as well for the winter. Over the years, I have been the most pleased with Michelin X-Ice Xi3 snow tires.
That's what i run. But we don't get a lot of snow here. If you do where you live you might want to try something more aggressive.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 05:16   #5
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I have always used 15 & 16 inch wheels on my previous tdi that they would fit. On this Gen my understanding is that 16s are the smallest that will fit over the brakes. I happen to have an extra set of 17 inch wheels now so that is what I will use this year. General rule of thumb has been smaller wheels and narrower tires for snow.

In the mid-west where ice and compacted snow is as much a problem as deep snow many around here use the blizzaks. I've had very good luck with them. They do have very soft tread and short tread life. This will be my first winter in years with a more general snow tire so it will be interesting to see how they compare.

Bottom line is dedicated snow/ice tires are substantially better in those conditions than "all-season" (no season) tires.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 05:24   #6
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General Altimax Artics are good, too. Sometimes they're hard to find.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 14:36   #7
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Prsa1 I see you are from Mpls. I am originally from the Fergus Falls area and the Blizzaks were used alot there also and that is the tire I was wanting to use. What size rim and tire set up do you recommend ?
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Old November 15th, 2019, 15:04   #8
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Do you need to run TPMS Sensors on your winter tires ?
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Old November 15th, 2019, 15:28   #9
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Do you need to run TPMS Sensors on your winter tires ?
On the 2014 (I have been told) the tpms logic is driven by the wheel speed sensors (abs/traction control et AL). Not sure if your year is the same.

For cost, etc go with the smallest wheel you can, in this case 16,and the same or slightly narrower tire. Tire rack, etc can let you know wheel/tires that will fit and you can put the tire sizes into this site, below, to see what impact they have on speedo/odo.

https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc
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Do you need to run TPMS Sensors on your winter tires ?
You dont need TPMS sensors on any tires MK6 Golf family cars all use the wheel speed sensors in the ABS system to tell if there is any difference in speed between all 4 wheels. If there is a difference (more than likely because one tire is going flat), beyond a pre set value, it triggers the TPMS light. You reset the base value of the system when you press and hold the TPMS button in your glovebox, the car then re-learns the value over the next few miles of driving. GM had the same system in their cars in the late 90's early 00's.
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Old November 16th, 2019, 10:55   #11
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Old November 16th, 2019, 11:43   #12
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Really? Whats the average life of miles on those tires?


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Thought I'd share this photo of my Wagon with Michelin X-Ice 3s on it from last Winter, in Madison WI.

Climbed the hill to the Capital on unplowed roads, no problem, except getting stuck behind a Civic with summer tires (and CA plates). Students!
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Really? Whats the average life of miles on those tires?


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Like you, I also drive a lot so this is a key concern for me.


80k-100k km is not unusual, so about 50k-60k miles.


Their warranty is outstanding, which is a nice bonus.
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