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Old 07-11-2017, 09:02 AM
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Winter Tires

I purchased my 2013 Mini in the spring (when the snow is done in Northern Illinois) with performance tires on it already. I was thinking about picking up 4 plain-jane rims and all-season tires to get me through the winter. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:37 AM
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I just put on a set of studded General Altimax Arctic tires on my old 15"x5.5" base R56 wheels. $65 a tire at Discount Tire (they also make a non-studded version). They don't make a 175/65R15 (OEM size), but the 185/65R15 they do make fits just fine (only 0.2" taller than OEM 205/45R17 tire).

General is owned by Continental and the tires are manufactured in Germany.

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Old 07-11-2017, 10:08 AM
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On a 2013 Cooper S you might need to get at least 16" rims to clear the brakes. Surf Craigslist for a set of OEM 16" wheels. You can probably find a set for cheap. Then add a set of 205/50-16 General Altimax Arctics.
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I purchased my 2013 Mini in the spring (when the snow is done in Northern Illinois) with performance tires on it already. I was thinking about picking up 4 plain-jane rims and all-season tires to get me through the winter. Any suggestions?
The title of your post says "Winter Tires," then you inquire about picking up "all-season tires." Two different animals.

If it's winter tires you want:
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, look no further; none better...

If it's all-season tires you want, be forewarned that there is not an all-season tire in existence that can compete with a dedicated winter tire:

I run Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 on my '04 R53 and love them in the wet, dry & very, light snow, but when more of the white stuff (like you'll get in Northern Illinois) is on the road, the Nokians are put on.
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When I lived in wisconsin I found a set of OEM mini rims for pretty cheap and then put blizzaks on them. Can't go wrong with blizzaks
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I purchased my 2013 Mini in the spring (when the snow is done in Northern Illinois) with performance tires on it already. I was thinking about picking up 4 plain-jane rims and all-season tires to get me through the winter. Any suggestions?
If you're getting a 2nd set of rims anyway, you might as well get dedicated snow tires instead of all seasons. The all seasons will only give you traction for a few more degrees of temp drop as compared to your summers and light snow traction. Just get the snows and you'll be better served in the white stuff.
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I live in NE Ohio and bought a second set of OEM wheels and Blizzaks for winter. Three winters here and the tires are still in great shape.
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A little late to the thread, but if you're still shopping....I did the same thing living in Chicago (and now in Michigan), but with Dunlop 3d run-flats. They're not as badass on the snow and ice as the Nokians or Blizzaks, but they're much better on dry (or at least clear) pavement. And let's face it, in a northern Illinois winter, you're still going to be on pavement most of the time, and the best snow tires are awfully squishy for pavement use. The Dunlops are plenty adequate; my limiting factor in deep snow is usually the amount of snow washing up the hood and over the windshield so I can't see. Or else it's the clown in front of me with bald tires and RWD.
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One thing to be careful of is to be sure the TPMS sensors are the same in the winter wheels as your summer wheels.
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