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Winter wheels and tires

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New to the forum and love my new ST. I have a ‘21 with 21s black wheels. I live in a very cold weather snowy state and have a decent commute. For winter I’d like to put on some snow tires. I actually already have michelin x ice 245 50 R20s from a prior vehicle (MKT) with one season on them. What are some good wheel choices. Like the idea of black steelies.
 
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Here are several discussions on the subject of wheels and tires. Remember the search function is your friend and has a wealth of information at your finger tips.
 

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Here are several discussions on the subject of wheels and tires. Remember the search function is your friend and has a wealth of information at your finger tips.
Sorry. my question is whether this tire would be good on the ST.
 
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The tires are fine but as has been discussed in other threads any Explorer based rim prior to 2020 will not fit on the new Explorer due the hub diameter being larger. Steel rims from Ford that fit 20-21 Explorer based vehicle are about $550 apiece and are 18". Your speedo might be off a little also with those tires. In other threads it is discussed the proper rim offset if you go aftermarket rims.
 
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Rim offset

Offset refers to how your car's or truck's wheels and tires are mounted and sit in the wheel wells. ... Positive wheel offset is when the hub mounting surface is in front (more toward the street side) of the centerline of the wheel. Most wheels on front-wheel drive cars and newer rear-drive vehicles have positive offset.

https://www.explorerst.org/search/81813/?q=rim+offset&o=date
 

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Thanks. Both Discount and Bell Tire are telling me that I cannot put a 245 50 R 20 on this vehicle even with new 20 rims That was my question. Actually one said I could but it wasn't recommended and the other said they could not because it wouldn't handle the weight. I don't know anything about tires and was not sure if they were just trying to upsell me. The tires were on a MKT which I'm guessing weighed as much or more than my explorer as that is not a small vehicle. Thank you!
 
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The tire size is okay but the load rating for that set of tires must be for a lighter vehicle which is strange a MKT is about 5000 lbs and the Explorer ST is about 4700 lbs. Something is not right they should easily handle the weight.
 

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New to the forum and love my new ST. I have a ‘21 with 21s black wheels. I live in a very cold weather snowy state and have a decent commute. For winter I’d like to put on some snow tires. I actually already have michelin x ice 245 50 R20s from a prior vehicle (MKT) with one season on them. What are some good wheel choices. Like the idea of black steelies.
I’ve had good luck with x ice on a rwd 740i in Wisconsin.

Cast Alloys are relatively cheap. Not sure why you’d want steel. But to each their own.


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I've got a set of 2020 regular explorer take offs with Blizzak's that I'm going to be running this winter in WI. Last winter wasn't horrible with the stock Pirelli's but there were some definite pucker moments.
 


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