Don't Let Snow Stop Your 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Before my BRZ and MR2 Spyder days, I was a Honda guy. To this day, I still hope Honda will come out with a new Prelude. If not, the Civic Type R sure looks like a vehicle to tempt my interests. 

Are you a driver that just picked up a Civic Type R yourself? I'm sure you're loving it, but if you reside in the snowbelt region, you're going to need winter / snow tires.

Winter / Snow Tire Category

As discussed in our snow tire overview, you need the optimal snow tire and size for your specific winter climate. Here in South Bend, Indiana, our winter is a mix of deep snow, blizzards, persistently icy secondary roads, slush and cold, dry pavement. Is your winter weather similar? Milder? Fine tune your choice to match your typical conditions and driving temperament. 

Performance Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Given the Civic Type R's combination of steering response, power, overall handling balance and surprising lack of torque steer, most Type R drivers are best served by performance winter tires. One critical factor to consider is tire size. There is always going to be a balancing act between having a tire narrow enough to cut through deeper snow, but wide enough for ice, packed snow and dry roads. If you're going with a Performance Winter / Snow tire to prioritize dry-road handling, staying with the Original Equipment 245 width complements that  dry road emphasis. Specifically, choosing the 245/35R19 Michelin Pilot PA4 for its key strengths of good snow grip, wet traction and dry-road handling. For wheels, consider the 19x8 ET 45 gloss black painted MSW Type 71 (Original Equipment wheels are 8.5" wide with a 60 mm offset).

245/35R19 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 
19x8.5 ET 45 Gloss Black Painted MSW Type 71 $171
MSW Type 71 

Studless Ice & Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Is your Civic Type R  your sole winter vehicle? Are you living in an area that gets a large amount of snow and ice? Then you'll want to get Studless Ice & Snow tires for their ice and packed-snow grip advantage. The complementary tire size would be 235/45R18. 235/45R18 tires are about 1/2" narrower and 1/2" larger in diameter than your Original Equipment 245/30R20. This narrower footprint cuts through deeper snow, yet is wide enough for ice and packed snow. The Continental WinterContact SI offers a great balance between ice grip and dry-road handling. For wheels, consider the 18x7.5 ET 47 black painted MSW Type 27.

Continental WinterContact SI
18X7.5 ET 47 BLACK PAINTED MSW TYPE 27 $148*
MSW Type 27

Note: Your Civic Type R uses the Indirect ABS-based TPMS system so no direct sensors are needed. Just hit the TPMS reset button after installing your wheels and tires. 


Saturday, December 9, 2017 by Rick Schliesman

Hi, just got my 2018 Type R (finally) early last week, and have been trying to QUICKLY deal with the winter tires/wheels dilemna in slightly-upstate New York. I also don't want to start ordering stuff that won't work, or worse, won't FIT. From reading this blog (, I'm not sure I'm on the same page with you. My stock wheels are 20", and I've got MASSIVE reservations about fitting ANYTHING smaller/narrower around the Brembos. There is literally no more than 1/4" of space between the back of the spokes and the outer face of the calipers. I'm crapping cinderblocks trying to determine how much smaller the diameter and/or width of winter tires can be. And Honda North America will only say "Honda recommends that owners use their own discretion in winter driving"- to ANY question about re-shoeing a Type R. I know someday I'll look back & laugh about this delay, but I'm over 65 & don't want to miss ANY quality driving time. Any wisdom for me? Either way, thanks in advance, Rick
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Cy

Mr. Schliesman,

Your Type R Brembos are huge so yes we have to be precise to ensure the listed wheels fit. We have done our homework so all the suggested wheels are 100% guaranteed to clear your brakes. See more on we check fit here:

I personally stopped by the check out the Type R we were measuring so I understand your concerns given how large the brakes are but this is what we do.



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