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Our 2015 Mazda 3 touring is our second car, but the only car my wife can drive. The car worked great as an all around driver in California. In NW Wyoming it's going to need some help. The 18 inch rims of the M3 sport makes it hard to find snow tires for it.

What suggestions for snow tires for an 18 inch rim for a climate where it snowed 30+ feet last winter?

For my truck i can find a ton of rims on tires from a person who lifted their truck and upgraded wheels and tires. If I wanted to buy a set of second cheap wheels to work with snow tires, what should I look for?
 

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I got Blizzaks on 16 inch alloy rims from Tire Rack dot com. Tire Rack still has steel wheels but sometimes the offset isn't correct, so I use alloy. They have a good selection of studless tires and it's easier for me to change wheels than to bring it to a shop. For our other car, I got Continental DWS, which is an all season that is supposed to be very good in snow (DWS stands for Dry Wet Snow), but I haven't used them in the winter yet.

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Welcome Photobug. As your question asked for recommendations for tires for 18” rims...

I have Mazda 18” wheels on my ‘17 Mazda 3 GT. I am getting studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8’s (not the run flats). Hakka’s are consistent winners in the Scandinavian contests, and they know snow and ice just as you do. I am getting a set of four 215/45R18’s for $804 (mounted and balanced at my local Discount Tire store). Here’s a video of those tires working in the snow.

https://youtu.be/8sCrinRCs-c
 

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Our 2015 Mazda 3 touring is our second car, but the only car my wife can drive. The car worked great as an all around driver in California. In NW Wyoming it's going to need some help. The 18 inch rims of the M3 sport makes it hard to find snow tires for it.

What suggestions for snow tires for an 18 inch rim for a climate where it snowed 30+ feet last winter?

For my truck i can find a ton of rims on tires from a person who lifted their truck and upgraded wheels and tires. If I wanted to buy a set of second cheap wheels to work with snow tires, what should I look for?
We have a few 215/45R-18 Winter tires for you to select from including Hakkapeliitta and Blizzak tires. Here is a link to them on our web site:

Winter Tires | Discount Tire Direct

Shipping is Free and no tax for WY.

Please let us know if we can help
 

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We have a few 215/45R-18 Winter tires for you to select from including Hakkapeliitta and Blizzak tires. Here is a link to them on our web site:

Shipping is Free and no tax for WY.

Please let us know if we can help
Looks like almost all your snow tires are out of stock. I will check with your Idaho Falls location next week when I go visit the big city.
 

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Looks like almost all your snow tires are out of stock. I will check with your Idaho Falls location next week when I go visit the big city.
With winter tire season you gotta get in early before everything is out of stock.
 

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Looks like almost all your snow tires are out of stock. I will check with your Idaho Falls location next week when I go visit the big city.
We have not received all our stock yet but as mentioned they do tend to go fast. Thank you for checking with the Idaho Falls store. They should be able to get you set.
 

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I highly recommend Hakka, X-ice and Blizzaks. I currently have the X-ice on my 3 and I drove from Halifax N.S. through northern USA back into Vancouver over Christmas (7 days and nights leaving christmas morning.. yay...) last year and through ice storms in North Dakota and other sketchy road conditions I never felt unsafe even after passing rolled over cars and semi's. With that said from reading reviews and driving a 1 ton cube truck that was running Hakka's even without the box loaded the truck felt perfectly safe driving up through northern BC a few years ago, so that gave me great confidence in them but I couldn't find where to get a set for my car last year in Halifax. The Blizzaks I have owned on a previous car and I believe they were the WS-60. They were on par with the X-ice.
 

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Coast Tires have Hakkas in Nova Scotia, but rereading your post I guess you're in BC now.
 

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Will 225/40 R18 fit my mazda?

I have a chance to grab some used Blizakks sized 225/40 R18. How will these fit my Mazda Touring?
 

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I just bought a new '18 M3 and live in Colorado, which means I had to figure out winter tires as well. You may want to check into getting a second set of wheels, which I what I ended up doing after looking into it quite a bit. Setup:

16" wheels, 205/60R16 winter tires

Those tires are the same OD as the stock 215/45R18's, but narrower and a taller sidewall, both of which work better for winter driving. In that tire size, the tires and wheels themselves are quite a bit cheaper than 18's. My whole tire and wheel combo, mounted, balanced, including tax was just under $800.
 

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I just bought a new '18 M3 and live in Colorado, which means I had to figure out winter tires as well. You may want to check into getting a second set of wheels, which I what I ended up doing after looking into it quite a bit. Setup:

16" wheels, 205/60R16 winter tires

Those tires are the same OD as the stock 215/45R18's, but narrower and a taller sidewall, both of which work better for winter driving. In that tire size, the tires and wheels themselves are quite a bit cheaper than 18's. My whole tire and wheel combo, mounted, balanced, including tax was just under $800.
205/60R16 is the stock wheel size on the lower trim levels too, which is why it's a perfect fit. The smaller wheels and tires are definitely a lot cheaper than going 17" or 18". I'm probably going to pick up a set of steel wheels and General Altimax Arctic tires in that size in a few days from Tire Rack since there is a rebate through the end of October on the tires. A little over $600 delivered is a pretty good price for some winter driving peace of mind. I was very happy with those same tires on my Forester before it kicked the bucket.
 

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205/60R16 is the stock wheel size on the lower trim levels too, which is why it's a perfect fit. The smaller wheels and tires are definitely a lot cheaper than going 17" or 18". I'm probably going to pick up a set of steel wheels and General Altimax Arctic tires in that size in a few days from Tire Rack since there is a rebate through the end of October on the tires. A little over $600 delivered is a pretty good price for some winter driving peace of mind. I was very happy with those same tires on my Forester before it kicked the bucket.
Are you getting them delivered to a Tire Rack distributor? I am at over $800 for delivery to my home.
 

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Bought some Nokian hakkapeliitta r2 for $464 at discount tire direct ebay store they are currently doing a promo for $100 off.
Running 205/60/16.
 

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I purchased a winter tire/wheel set from Tire Rack a few weeks ago. Ended up going with 205/60/16 General Arctic 12 studded on Focal wheels. 9lbs per corner lighter with the 16" set. Much better ride than the 18" wheels. Now just need some snow to play in.
 

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Are you getting them delivered to a Tire Rack distributor? I am at over $800 for delivery to my home.
Tire Rack

16x6.5 Steel Wheels
$62 x 4 = $248

General Altimax Arctic 12
205/60R16
$84.39 x 4 = $337.56

Subtotal = $585.56
Shipping to my home address = $103.72

Total = $689.28

There's a $50 rebate on the tires, so total comes down to $639.28. Is shipping different for you? Suburban Chicago is only a 2 hour drive or so from the distribution center in South Bend, IN (their headquarters has a pretty sweet little autocross track btw). Maybe the proximity makes for cheaper shipping for me.
 

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Great choice on the General Altimaxs - I used to have them on my G35 and they were great in deep snow. Many folks tend to jump on the Blizzak wagon (they are great tires), however, there are many other brands that work well also.
 
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