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Can 17" steelies fit over our brakes?
I have doubt's i'll be able to find 18" steelies locally.

I'd do 245/70/17.
 

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not without grinding down calipers a few mm's ( BAAAD )
 

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How large are the brakes for 17" wheels not to fit?

Have any of you taken your FX out in the snow with either the 18" or 20" wheels on it? how did it perform? are there snow chains available for the 20" wheels?
 

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We just had a large snow storm yesterday and I have to travel up a long winding steep hill to get to where I work (a satellite station on the top of a hill). The road had not been plowed yet and I had no problems. There was about 8 or 9 inches of snow on the road. The VDC worked as expected although it's a little weird to get used to at first. This was actually the first time I've needed it since buying my FX in July. I had an SUV before that did not handle as well as the FX in deep slippery snow. I did notice that it takes about half a second for the VDC to kick in when the car begins to fishtail though. All in all it worked great and I'm quite impressed.

I still had the 18" all seasons on but am seriously considering winter rims and tires.
 

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