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    \r\n Hi. I am a soon-to-be 2019 XC60 T6 R-Design owner. It comes with 21" wheels but to survive harsh Canadian winter (eastern Ontario, Canada), I will need as much rubber as possible.
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    \r\nI scanned the forum and there were a couple of mentions of someone sporting 18" MSI rim with 255/55-18 AT rubber. What about winter? What do you guys use that\'s a perfect fit and doesn\'t affect the electronics (pilot assist, etc.)?\r\n
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    \r\n I haven\'t done a winter in mine yet, but last few winters in my other/previous cars, I\'ve been going with Nokian Hakkapeliittas, they\'re awesome, I\'ll be getting them for my XC60
    \r\nBut also, you don\'t want as much rubber as possible, narrower tires, smaller contact patch is the usual way to go. I find Nokians (and Blizzaks for that matter) to be so good that I\'ve been going with the same size as my regular tires.\r\n
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    \r\n To keep with the Swedish theme of Volvo, I switched from Blizzaks (used on all my other vehicles) to Nokian Hakkapeliittas R3 on the XC60... went with 18" wheels as I like more sidewall on a snow tire...
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by rhmorris\r\n View Post\r\n
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    To keep with the Swedish theme of Volvo, I switched from Blizzaks (used on all my other vehicles) to Nokian Hakkapeliittas R3 on the XC60... went with 18" wheels as I like more sidewall on a snow tire...
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by X3JA\r\n View Post\r\n
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    Well, Nokian is Finnish. Close enough.
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    \r\n I am most concerned with finding the right rim size. The various rims I see have offsets of 45 or 42 while I think official offset is 50.5 on 18" (https://www.wheel-size.com/size/volvo/xc60/2019/). Basically, looking for a perfect fit in 18" or 19" size.\r\n
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    \r\n We are also in Eastern Ontario. (Ottawa) remembering last winter...We are getting Fast titanium Switch wheels, size 18 x8 5-108, mounting Continental Vikings Winter 7 235/60R18s.
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    \r\nRecommended by our trusted tire guy. We have had Gislaveds in the past and they were excellent, Continental owns Gislaved apparently.\r\n
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    \r\n Quote Originally Posted by swederyd\r\n View Post\r\n
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    We are also in Eastern Ontario. (Ottawa) remembering last winter...We are getting Fast titanium Switch wheels, size 18 x8 5-108, mounting Continental Vikings Winter 7 235/60R18s.
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    \nNice combo. If you don\'t mind me asking, how much did you pay/where did you get them in Ottawa?\r\n
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      Winter tires - what do you have/recommend (rim size and tire size)?

      Hi. I am a soon-to-be 2019 XC60 T6 R-Design owner. It comes with 21" wheels but to survive harsh Canadian winter (eastern Ontario, Canada), I will need as much rubber as possible.

      I scanned the forum and there were a couple of mentions of someone sporting 18" MSI rim with 255/55-18 AT rubber. What about winter? What do you guys use that's a perfect fit and doesn't affect the electronics (pilot assist, etc.)?

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