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So the inevitable is on it's way. Winter will be here in Maine before I know it. I'm going to play it safe and buy a set of studded snows to get ready for the snow and ice though, but they'll be pricey for 17's.

I decided I will buy a set of stock 15's or 16's instead and save myself some cash. My '01 1.8t Beetle has stock 17's and disc brakes all around. Will a set of 15's off a Beetle/Golf/Jetta/Passat fir over the brake calipers alright?

Thanks for the info and advice in advance. :)
 

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25 views.... and nothing? Someone has to know if these are interchangeable.
 

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I can confirm. 15s clear the larger discs on the 1.8T with no problem. My wife's 01 Sport runs Take 5s in the summer, and 15s in the winter.
 

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I'm curious to know what size you went down to? I also have 17" tires -- 225/45-17 which are quite pricey. According to TireRack.com, I can go down to 195/65-15. Has anyone tried this? The local tired guy told me he's never heard of anyone going that narrow.

I live in the snowbelt and expect to get several feet of snow in the next few weeks. Thanks for the help!
 

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Dannielle, I will check in the garage tomorrow to see what I use on her car in the winter. I know they are narrower than the summer 17s, for sure. I don't know what your tire guy is talking about, that is a very common size on small cars.
 

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I'm curious to know what size you went down to? I also have 17" tires -- 225/45-17 which are quite pricey. According to TireRack.com, I can go down to 195/65-15. Has anyone tried this? The local tired guy told me he's never heard of anyone going that narrow.

I live in the snowbelt and expect to get several feet of snow in the next few weeks. Thanks for the help!
Just call The Tire Rack and talk with one of their specialists; they know snow tires quite well (their test track at their main facility in South Bend, Indiana, catches god-awful amounts of lake-effect snow from Lake Michigan...). The Tire Rack has a number of New Beetle 15" snow-tire/steel-wheel packages that include some nice wheel covers starting around $600 for set of four.

Good luck! :cool:
 
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