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Does anyone have winter rims on their Volt?
I ordered winter tires but the dealer was telling me that the sensors in the wheels were too expensive and it would cost me $1000 a wheel to get winter rims.. Just want to double check that statement..

Anyone have winter rims and tires on their volt?

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Yes, I have them for my 2011 Volt and will be getting them for my 2017 Bolt before December.

I bought mine from TireRack. Total price was about $1200 including Blizzak rubber, aluminum rims, tire pressure sensors, balancing. They arrived in two days, ready to bolt on. I do my own tire rotations, so when the big snow storm is due to hit, I mount the winter wheels. Depending on the winter they may be on for only a month. They make a huge handling difference, but they will also knock off 5 miles of battery driving range due to the tread, weight.
 

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Thanks for the reply.. do you know if it's just a standard Tire Pressure monitoring system.. I see them on ebay for $40 for a set of 4.. they say there volt compatible.
 

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I have them on my 2014... same as Steverino...it was about $1200 from Tirerack for the original owner. I bought mine used off this forum last year around half of that. I also have Blizzaks and highly recommend them. I've been using dedicated winter tires for the last 8 years or so, and the safety and confidence they provide is worth the cost and slight hit to the EV mileage. If you have a Discount Tire or American's Tire near you, it's worth seeing what they can do. The nice thing if you purchase them there is that they will do the swap twice a year for you at no cost.
 

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Nah.. I"m in Canada Eh! I already bought the tires from the dealer.. got them in deal with the car. But the salesman suggest I just swap them onto the stock rims every fall and back every spring.. I don't really like the idea. I try to do as much my self as possible. Just wondering how easy that is to do.. basic rim/basic sensor.. or something special is needed for it work right. I read something about needing a Tire pressure sensor programmer as well..
 

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You should be able to get rims and sensors for far less than $1000 for the set of 4. Yes, there is a programming tool that is needed if you swap them yourself. They are less than $20. https://www.amazon.com/VXDAS-EL-504...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=K5ZR6YXQRDHS3HQ023YZ

These are US prices, but TPMS sensors probably run about $40 each. You can do steelies, or get some rims, but either should be $100-$150 each.
 

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Does anyone have pics of the Volt with 15” Sonic wheels? In the old thread the images have expired and are unavailable.
 

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Nah.. I"m in Canada Eh! I already bought the tires from the dealer.. got them in deal with the car. But the salesman suggest I just swap them onto the stock rims every fall and back every spring.. I don't really like the idea. I try to do as much my self as possible. Just wondering how easy that is to do.. basic rim/basic sensor.. or something special is needed for it work right. I read something about needing a Tire pressure sensor programmer as well..

I am in Canada too (Toronto). I typically head to Active Green Ross to swap my tires each winter/spring. I got my winter tires from them after the first season when Michelin were having a sale. I think I paid a little over $900 all-in for Michelin X-Ice 3 tires including fitting and balancing, tax etc.

I didnt have it in the budget to buy rims and additional sensors at the same time so at the next changeover they just swapped things over onto the existing rims. Instead of <$75 to simply switch out the 4 wheels I am a little over $100 to get the job done on the existing rims. For the last couple of years that's what I have done summer and winter but I may look to bite the bullet and buy winter rims this year. not sure. The rims themselves (for basic steel rims) were around $75. I cant recall the cost of TPMS sensors.

You could of course buy basic rims and not the sensors and put up with the warning messages on your screen ... but my undiagnosed OCD would not let me do that !
 

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Would be nice to know what gen2 owners have bought for their snow wheels and had success with them. I am looking at this one from TireRack.

Sport Tuning T23

Size: 17x7.5
Offset: 38mm
https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Whe...autoYear=2018&autoModClar=&packageSearch=true


Here are my questions:

1. It doesn't come with its own lugnuts. It says to reuse the OEM ones. Is there any issue with that?
2. Its offset is 38mm. The Volt gen2 OEM wheel offset is 41 mm. Am I okay going with 38? How far off can it be?
 

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Scored a set of 2016 OEM Base/Non-Premier wheels off ebay @ $400 total. Scored 4 TPMS @ $110 total. Make sure you get the correct p/n for the TPMS (13598773) @ 433MHz. Been running Michelin X-Ice 3 for 2 winters now.
 

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Is it worth the extra to have dedicated rims just for the winter shoes? I skated by last winter without changing tires, but am considering them again this year. I just had to replace our Suburban, so am a little cash-light at the moment. In either case, I think my current tires are in their final tour of duty, so I'm debating going to winter tires this Oct/Nov, then "biting the bullet" for rims and tires again in the spring.

Are there folks out there that just swap the tires on the same set of rims? Thoughts?
 

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I've always gone with separate rims for snow tires on our Volt, our Cruze and the previous two cars.

It costs more up front but it's less hassle than having to go to a tire place and have tires mounted twice per year. I just change them out at home myself.

The OE rims will stay looking nicer longer, since they sit out the winter. Also we went one size down on the Volt and Cruze to 16". The rims and tires are cheaper. Plus it means more sidewall in the winter when the roads are rough with potholes and ice patches.

I just buy a rim/snow tire package on TireRack and they ship it to our house.

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All OE Gen 2 Volt rims are the same size, offset. lug pattern.
 

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Does anyone have pics of the Volt with 15” Sonic wheels? In the old thread the images have expired and are unavailable.
I'll have to update the picture links when I get home, if I remember.
 

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I used Tirerack, bought a set of steelies, mounted with General Altimax Artics for my '16. Used 2 winters and work fine in Maine. I put on a set of Zus tire sensors that mount to the valves, replacing the caps. Those work fine too. I did buy a set of TPMS off ebay, for about $60, but never got around to having them installed, since the Zus work fine. Anyone want to buy them, they're welcome to make me an offer. They're just sitting in a bowl next to my car keys!
 

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I was looking at those!! thanks for posting.
Did you buy TPMS sensors as well? or just let the dash flash.
 
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