Don't Let a Little Snow Stop Your Ford Fiesta ST

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Did you visit your Ford dealer to test drive a Focus ST but end up with a 2014 Fiesta ST instead? You can't go wrong either way, however it's hard not to be swayed by the Fiesta ST's amazing power-to-weight ratio. 197 horsepower moving a mere 2,720 pounds gives you go-kart handling with plenty of power.

This is all fun until winter, as the vehicle's low curb weight and 205/40R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Max Performance Summer tires make winter driving almost impossible.

Winter / Snow Tire Size:

There will be some variance in sizes depending on where you live, but most Fiesta ST drivers are best served by running 185/60R15 in the winter. This size gives you a footprint that's about 1" narrower, while maintaining the same overall tire diameter. Narrower tires will cut through moderate and deeper snow while providing good grip in packed snow and on ice.

Wheel Choice:

Ford does an amazing job channeling all that power without losing the battle to excessive torque steer (the tendency of a vehicle to veer straight ahead under hard acceleration). Ideally, you'll want to stay close to your 17x7" Original Equipment wheel's 47.5 mm offset. In theory, a significantly lower offset wheel will add torque steer. 

Tire & Wheel Package

Using the above information, if I had a Fiesta ST, I'd order a set of 185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires on 15x6" 47mm offset steel wheels.

185/60-15 Studless Ice and Snow Michelin X-ICE Xi3 $103*
185/60R15 Michelin X-Ice Xi3
15x6 47ET Steel Wheel $50*
15x6" Steel Wheel

View all winter options available for your Ford Fiesta ST and create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Comments on Don't Let a Little Snow Stop Your Ford Fiesta ST

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Steven Udell:
Ford Fiesta ST 2014 white... needs ice/snow studless tires
I like ur sites sugestions on
285/60R15 Mivhrlin X-ice Xi3 and 15x6" steel wheels..
but ur site does not have the steel wheels.

So.. I have stock set up right now(factory)
I don't think the 185/60R15 will fit the stock rims..
So... what to do
would be willing to buy a new set of rims for my old tires for now.. and put ice/snow on factory rims..
or just buy steel wheels with the 185/60R15s..
..or... what
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by cy:
Steven, the 15" steel wheels are en route to us, we should get them late November. So if you put your winter tires on at Thanksgiving time like we do, the steel wheels will be here in on time. Please order in advance because we'll fill the oldest orders 1st.

As you pointed out 185/60-15 won't fit your stock 17" wheels.

Thanks. Cy.

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