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Old 09-16-2014, 11:21 PM
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I have a 2013 Sport with the 20" wheels and I want to get some winter tires.

As I'd prefer to have a cheap set of winter rims, I'm hoping to get some 17" wheels and tires. I've searched around the forum, and I know I should look for a tire around 33" tall to keep the speedo etc. correct. Hopefully a tire size a little narrower than the stock Sport tires. I know I can search all over for which manufacturers make which winter tires in what sizes, but I'm hoping someone already knows a good combination that works.

What's a good 17" winter tire size that matches stock closely?

Will a basic 17" wheel fit on my 2013 Sport no problem? Is there any issue with width?

Any other cheap wheels to suggest? I'm not concerned with looks at all for the winter wheels.

Any other suggestions?

Anyone running Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires on their Ram with feedback to offer?
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Another question... would running tires of a standard 17" size (265/70/17 I believe... correct me if I'm wrong) instead of the 20" Sport tires mess things up noticeably in the computer? Is there a way to switch it without buying a programmer
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If you are going to buy rims and winter tires I would go down to 17 inch and find a cheap set of black steel rims. This way you have way more options on winter tires and typically they are cheaper. Personally I prefer 285-70-17 as they are close to your stock 20; overall height. As for the speedo it will be slightly off but nothing I would worry about.
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Last winter I bought a set of 17" plain steel rims with 265/70/17 dedicated snow tires on them with TPMS. I messed around for about a month trying to find a set up that was closer to the 275/60/20 stock ones, I looked at a couple different sizes for both 17 and 18 inch rims, but they were so uncommon it was hard to find snow tires for them, and when I did they weren't cheap. I ended up buying the Nokian Hakkapeliittas, however they weren't in stock, so the tire place put on the cheapest snow tires they had while I waited for the Nokians to arrive. Turns out the Nokians didn't arrive until the end of winter, so I ended up using the temporarys for a whole season. I now have brand new Nokians in the garage waiting for this winter . The ride was very similar to the stock wheels, the only difference I noticed was they were slightly louder than the summer tires, which is to be expected with a more aggressive tread, and also when i stepped into the truck it just seemed a tiny bit shorter than stock. I didn't notice any problems/changes with the computer or speedometer, but I'm sure it was off just a hair. I was extremely impressed with how well the truck handled in the snow with even the cheapest of snow tires. The traction control works wonders, and even trying to spin the tires in a snow covered parking lot was difficult with the TC engaged. It was a world of a difference compared to the crappy Goodyears. Hope this helps.

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