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I got some 215/65R16 Michelin X-Ice Snow tires mounted on some steel rims I had laying around today. They will probably go on the car around Thanksgiving. I was wondering what pressure to run them at and I found this useful site - Replacement Tire Pressure Calculator - TirePressure.com
Basically it figures out what pressure will give you the same or slightly higher load capacity for a different tire size/type.
It recommends a minimum of 33psi to match the load rating of the stock 225/50R18s at 36 psi.
Just thought I would share if anyone's looking at running winter tires.
Also, these are the wheels I have which were originally bought for the wife's 2012 Beetle New Steel Wheel Black Painted (tirerack.com)
If you search TireRack for Taos 16" winter tire/wheel packages this wheel comes up.
 

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I got some 215/65R16 Michelin X-Ice Snow tires mounted on some steel rims I had laying around today. They will probably go on the car around Thanksgiving. I was wondering what pressure to run them at and I found this useful site - Replacement Tire Pressure Calculator - TirePressure.com
Basically it figures out what pressure will give you the same or slightly higher load capacity for a different tire size/type.
It recommends a minimum of 33psi to match the load rating of the stock 225/50R18s at 36 psi.
Just thought I would share if anyone's looking at running winter tires.
Also, these are the wheels I have which were originally bought for the wife's 2012 Beetle New Steel Wheel Black Painted (tirerack.com)
If you search TireRack for Taos 16" winter tire/wheel packages this wheel comes up.
I am surprised it doesn’t say in the Taos manual.
 

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I am surprised it doesn’t say in the Taos manual.
I've never seen winter tire recommendations in any VW manual. Especially for a different wheel diameter. They do talk about snow chains though.
TireRack seems to be pretty good at updating recommended sizes per model. I just got 4 17" X-Ice with wheels for the wife's Q3 ($1400!) whereas the stock is 19". They include new bolts (conical vs ball seat) and centering rings. Never had an issue with fitment from them.
I moved from South Texas to Idaho just in time for "Snowmageddon" in winter of 2016, so winter tires were a new, but essential, experience for me. They are definitely worth the investment if you have cold winters. Remember they also reduce the wear on your summer/all seasons each year too!
 

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I got some 215/65R16 Michelin X-Ice Snow tires mounted on some steel rims I had laying around today. They will probably go on the car around Thanksgiving. I was wondering what pressure to run them at and I found this useful site - Replacement Tire Pressure Calculator - TirePressure.com
Basically it figures out what pressure will give you the same or slightly higher load capacity for a different tire size/type.
It recommends a minimum of 33psi to match the load rating of the stock 225/50R18s at 36 psi.
Just thought I would share if anyone's looking at running winter tires.
Also, these are the wheels I have which were originally bought for the wife's 2012 Beetle New Steel Wheel Black Painted (tirerack.com)
If you search TireRack for Taos 16" winter tire/wheel packages this wheel comes up.
Thanks CRVW. that’s the size wheel/tire I’m planning for winter. Great to know the correct PSI. Appreciated!
 
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