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One of the main questions we receive when winter season rolls around is if winter tires are really necessary. The answer to this may depend on your driving habits, and also local conditions during the winter. Read on to learn more.

Winter tires are distinct from summer and all-season tires in a variety of ways, snow performance being the most obvious. The main difference is the cold weather tread compound that remains flexible when the temperatures fall below 45°F. This improves handling, braking and traction is all cold weather conditions

Discount Tire surveyed hundreds of drivers on the habits, behaviors and perils of winter weather commuting. Here are the results:





If this sounds familiar and your winter conditions are consistently frigid, or anything more than light snow, then winter tires may be right for you. In addition to a set of new winter tires, you may also what to consider a second set of winter wheels. A dedicated winter tire and wheel package makes seasonal change overs a breeze and will protect your expensive aftermarket or OE wheels from caustic chemicals and road salts that are laid down during the winter months. To this end, many go with traditional steel wheels or inexpensive aluminum alloy wheels for a no worry winter wheel and tire package.



For more information on winter tires visit our Winter Tires Tips & Guides Section. If you have any questions or need a price quote, please feel free to reach out to us though Private Message - we'll make sure you are taken care of!
 

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Welcome to the site Gordy0079!

It may be worth considering a dedicated winter tire and wheel set-up. Overtime it will save on the mount and balances charges you'd be up against each year, plus it'll save you some time as well.

If that's simply not in the cards for you, Pirelli offers their Winter Sottozero in the factory 305/35R-20 size. If you prefer to go a little narrower with the tires, there are a handful of options in 285/40R-20; this size is approved for an 11-inch wide wheel.

Inventory is a little scarce this time of year, but shoot us a PM with your zip code and we'll be happy to see which options are available to you.
 

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I do not want to buy new wheels.
Don't understand that either. So you are going to break down your wheels twice per year to switch from street to snows then back to street? You'll spend a fortune on tire changes and probably end up with scratched up wheels.

Buy a set of used Hellcat 9.5" wheels or some Hellcat reps and mount some 275/40-20 snows on that, and you can do the swap to winter and back in your driveway and those tires while not looking as good, will work fine on a Widebody.


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I have not looked into used rims yet. I can definitely do that. I have however looked into new replica rims and they are still pretty expensive.

One of my favorite things about this car is the Devils rims. I am adamant about sticking with that style since it was one of the main appeals for me. I have found replica Devil’s rims for about $350 each (not sure of quality) but that is still pricey when you add in the tires. In Europe many countries, particularly Germany, require snow tires from 15 October - 15 April regardless of conditions. This is not my daily driver so I do not intend on driving it in heavy snow but I also do not want to park it for 6 months at a time.

Tire shops here are more customer oriented and less likely to damage rims. There are a lot of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes on the road with nice wheels. The cost of those cars here is almost twice what we pay in the states. The shops here are also reasonably priced for mounting and balancing.

The real wild card here is my wife. She is already not to happy about the purchase and add to that the requirement for winter tires. I am trying not to rock the boat. If she had no objections I would buy a new set of rims and tires in a heartbeat.

I will definitely look into the used wheel or replica option but I for sure want to stay with the Devils rim style.

I am open to any leads on where to find the best quality for a good price.

my zip code is 09606. It is an APO address.
 

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Any thoughts on these rims?


Also, what is the proper offset? I am not familiar with offset so I will need to do some research to understand it.
 

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Welcome to the site Gordy0079!

It may be worth considering a dedicated winter tire and wheel set-up. Overtime it will save on the mount and balances charges you'd be up against each year, plus it'll save you some time as well.

If that's simply not in the cards for you, Pirelli offers their Winter Sottozero in the factory 305/35R-20 size. If you prefer to go a little narrower with the tires, there are a handful of options in 285/40R-20; this size is approved for an 11-inch wide wheel.

Inventory is a little scarce this time of year, but shoot us a PM with your zip code and we'll be happy to see which options are available to you.
Do you carry the Devils Rim that looks like the OEM the Charger Widebody comes with?
If i go down in width, then the cost savings on the tire makes getting a second set of rims more affordable.
 
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