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#1 OFFLINE   twintornados

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 08:48 PM

Ok...going to get some dedicated snows and rims for my 2011 MKX.....O.E. is the optional size 20" Pirellis, standard size is the 18" units...I scored a really good deal on some 17" Ford Five Hundred rims...same bolt pattern and offset for $50 per rim. Now for the snows....going with my personal favorite, General Alti-Max Arctics size P245/65-17....overall diameter of the 20" Pirellis are 29.6" and the 17" Generals are 29.5"....have new TPMS sensors coming ($60 for a new set of 4 with new valve stems)....last season, I was not impressed with the Pirelli Scorpion STR's in the winter, fine for the other three seasons...the General Alti-Max Artics are an awesome tire..I have had them on my last 2 Fusions and they were great....


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#2 OFFLINE   twintornados

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:42 PM

Updating now, dropped the prepped rims off at my local tire shop and will be picking the mounted snows up tomorrow. I will post pictures once I install them on the MKX....at the end of the day, I selected Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT's instead....$60 dollar rebate gets doubled when you use a Goodyear credit card and since I have the $$$ to pay for them anyhow, I will pay 'em off when the bill arrives and enjoy a $120 rebate instead. No brainer on that...and the best part is the "Made in U.S.A." label on the side of the tires.....

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#3 OFFLINE   Armen

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 12:49 PM

Updating now, dropped the prepped rims off at my local tire shop and will be picking the mounted snows up tomorrow. I will post pictures once I install them on the MKX....at the end of the day, I selected Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT's instead....$60 dollar rebate gets doubled when you use a Goodyear credit card and since I have the $$$ to pay for them anyhow, I will pay 'em off when the bill arrives and enjoy a $120 rebate instead. No brainer on that...and the best part is the "Made in U.S.A." label on the side of the tires.....

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According to what I've read reviews,  the Goodyear's are supposed to be some of finest out there.  I think Bridestone owns a good chunk of the market with the Blizzak line.

 

I like that the Goodyears are made in the U.S. too. And that double rebate doesn't seem to hurt either!


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 11:29 AM

Did a "test fitting" to ensure that there are no interference issues....there are none...they fit and look great!

 

Original 20" with Pirelli Scorpion STR all season radials

 

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17" Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT' s on 2005 Ford Five Hundred aluminum rims...

Yes, I used a heat gun to remove the Ford logo decal and replaced it with a red reflective oval.

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Side by side of the Pirelli vs the Goodyear...

 

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

Did a "test fitting" to ensure that there are no interference issues....there are none...they fit and look great!

 

Original 20" with Pirelli Scorpion STR all season radials

 

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17" Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT' s on 2005 Ford Five Hundred aluminum rims...

Yes, I used a heat gun to remove the Ford logo decal and replaced it with a red reflective oval.

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Side by side of the Pirelli vs the Goodyear...

 

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They look good!  It almost looks like you have enough room for the tall Lincoln logo to fit within the Ford oval?


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 05:20 PM

Actually, I was going to have a local graphics shop make some decals with a Lincoln logo in it...but they kept trying to "bump" the cost...also, I really didn't like the red reflector get up, so I have some reflective black decal material coming...going to experiment with that...if I like it, I will snap some pics when I am done...

 

EDIT: The black reflective decal material arrived today (10/20/14)...LOVE IT! Much nicer than the red...

 

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 04:13 PM

Snows went on the MKX today....ready for Ole Man Winter for sure....I am really happy with the way my winter tire rim project came out...I am also pleasantly surprised how quiet the Ultra Grip Ice WRT's really are...

 

Installed and torqued to proper setting...

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Quick run to the car wash for a clean up...

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I got the answer to the worst Ole Man Winter has to offer....

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 03:19 PM

Good looking set of wheels.

I changed mine over today using the winter 18 inch Cooper Weather Masters from my Santa Fe on a new set of black wheels.

Having been driving the 20 inch Pirellis I actually found the ride smoother but a slight bit noisier.

Will post a picture of this look soon.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 05:14 PM

Same here Pepper....the ride is much more "compliant" with my Goodyears....and I am surprised at the overall quietness of the tire.



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 09:33 PM

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Isn't the of the MKX awesome looking!   :rockon:


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Posted 03 April 2015 - 10:49 AM

Ok fellow MKX'ers....spring has sprung and the 20" Pirellis are back on as of yesterday 4/2/15....Spring tip, after you are done torquing your lug nuts, putting the summer carpeted floor mats in, and checking the air pressure, don't put the air gauge away until you check your spare tire....mine was probably never checked since it was installed in the car at the factory....it was at 34 psi when it is supposed to be 60 psi.....it is now properly inflated, and my mind is a little more at ease in the unlikely event I need to use it.








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