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Our 2017 Ridgeline has 45,000 miles. The original tires were replaced at 35,000 miles with Michelin Cross Climate SUV tires. We have snow and ice on our local roads about 4 months of the year. With previous vehicles I have always purchased inexpensive steel rims and mounted something like Blizzaks on them. I don't like studded tires. When it came time to do the Ridgeline, I scoured the internet in vain looking for inexpensive steel rims for 245/60R 18" wheels. No luck, I would have to buy a set of fancier more costly aluminum wheels. The Michelin Cross Climate tires are touted as an all season tire so I figured I would use one tire year round. Turns out the Michelin's are a great tire most of the time. But, we have found they aren't as sure footed on ice and snow. Traction is not the problem, but rather sliding around on nasty roads. You have to drive pretty slow sometimes and be gentle on the brakes.

Does anybody on this forum have any recommendations for inexpensive steel rims and for a tire that is not as slippery in snow or ice. Remember, I don't like studded tires. Thanks.
 

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I assume you are going to wait until next winter then. I'd just look at ebay/craig's during the year and maybe you can score a deal on some wheels. Then at the beginning of the fall, or end of this winter you can watch out for some deals on snows. The RL is pretty good so any snow with reasonable reviews should work to avoid the dreaded ABS clicking under braking. I prefer Blizzaks but when I purchased they weren't available so I got some Yokos which have performed well in all conditions. There are plenty of good choices out there but IMO the tires that can not be studded will be better on ice than a tire that can be studded (but not studded). RL is never short on pull off traction, the tires make the difference with braking and turning.
 

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Does anybody on this forum have any recommendations for inexpensive steel rims and for a tire that is not as slippery in snow or ice. Remember, I don't like studded tires. Thanks.
The G1 steel wheels fit the G2. I sourced mine from a local junkyard and had them sandblasted. Then I painted them and mounted 235/70/17 Blizzaks. Sometimes you can find them on craigslist for cheap.

STL63894/64011 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline Wheel Steel #42700SJCA01
Make/Model/Year:

Honda Pilot 2009-2015
Honda Ridgeline 2006-2014

 

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I bought after market wheels ($$$$) and had Blizzaks mounted (Costco). I live in eastern WA up high. Lots of snow and ice. Between the awd and good tires, it’s unstoppable. By far better than my 4wd Tacoma.
 

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I would propose blizzaks on 17” steelies. Have the tire shop confirm this will fit, as I am still running the stock setup
 

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I am using 245-65-17 Firestone Winterforce UV2 and had them on last vehicle with great results. They are a mid price tire and are quite on bare roads and great on snow and Ice.
 

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I found the OEM Firestone tire to be completely inadequate at 25K miles for snow use last fall.

I bit the bullet and paid more for nice wheels. Dropped to a 17" wheel / tire package though....cheaper (Radius WI22 Titanium Gunmetal) I've used mostly Blizzaks in the past, but tried out these Continentals this time. They were new and not reviewed yet by Tirerack, but I find them to work as well. 245/65R-17 CONTINENTAL VIKING CONTACT 7 XL These tires came with a $70 rebate. There's no substitute for a dedicated snow tire if you live where they are needed
 

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Another thumbs up for the Blizzaks. I drove in Maine this week during the snow/sleet/freezing rain and they were bullet-proof.
 

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Yesterday, we had a soaking rain that turned over to snow. Today the roads were plowed but there was a layer of ice that felt and sounded like rumble strips not to mention power outages, closed roads and downed trees.. The Ridgeline continued to impress on the back roads with the Yokohamas. In 2 seasons with snows, the RL has handled everything with ease. The only condition I haven't experienced yet is high snow which I assume would be a problem given the front end and the ground clearance but that's rare.
 

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Do any of you know if a 06 RL rims would fit my 17. I can get a good set of steel 17" rims off of an 2006. Looking to get some snow tires. From my research it looks like they would work but I just want to make sure.
 

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Do any of you know if a 06 RL rims would fit my 17. I can get a good set of steel 17" rims off of an 2006. Looking to get some snow tires. From my research it looks like they would work but I just want to make sure.
If the steel wheel is the same in this pic, then yes. You'll need the 90304SHJA01 lugs

 

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Yes, the picture in the link from post #3 above titled "Black Steel Wheels" is from my RL :)

Got it.. Very nice. I am going to do the same. What did you do about the tire pressure sensor? Im getting all 4 rims for 150. I figured I will have to buy new TPS sensors from somewhere.
 

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Got it.. Very nice. I am going to do the same. What did you do about the tire pressure sensor? Im getting all 4 rims for 150. I figured I will have to buy new TPS sensors from somewhere.
Great price! TPMS was also sourced from RockAuto. $20 each

 
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