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Hello, my name is Thibault, I am 33 years old and I live in France.
I just bought a 2018 Eclipse Cross.
European version Instyle = SEL 1.5T S-WAC.

I find it magnificent and I need it to live in the middle of the mountains where we regularly have snow in winter (15cm currently).

I am on the forum because I am looking for information to use the 16 "wheels and my dealer tells me that it is impossible because the calipers are too big.

Happy New Year 2021 to all.
 

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Bienvenue, Tibo - tres belle voiture :)

I'd check with @mxhdroom on the 16" wheels, as he's apparently done this same thing:

 
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Bonsoir Thibault! Welcome to the forum.

As @slippercream has stated, I am running Yokohama winter tires on 16 inch wheels with no issues with the electric parking brake or the calipers. It may be a question of offset but I'll see what information I can get together before I get back to you. I'll also add a couple of photos of my wheels/tires; please stand by.

What area of France do you live in? We spent a couple of weeks in the Massif Central a long time ago and that area as well as the French Alps are included in our favourite places on Earth.

Again: welcome to the forums. A bientot!
 

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Hello and welcome.

I wonder why do you want the 16 inch wheels? Is there a specific reason? I drove them for a year and it was not fun at all.
 

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When I bought our EC in October 2020, a Yokohama winter tire and steel wheel package was included in the sale. I assumed it would be an 18" steel wheel package with 225/55-18 tires, but when we had the package installed, it was the 16" package.

I also thought 16" wheels would not work with the electric parking brake, but apparently my dealer found a way around it. That's why I'm wondering if it's an offset issue. Regardless: they work well with no handling issues, the acceleration is better, and through our latest snowstorm they've provided stellar traction. More investigation on my part is required, and I'll see what info I can get out of my local dealer.

More to follow; thanks for your patience.
 

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Hello and welcome.

I wonder why do you want the 16 inch wheels? Is there a specific reason? I drove them for a year and it was not fun at all.
I say, in the winter, function beats form. 16" wheels means more sidewall. Just like when mudding, you want to have less wheel to allow for more flexion.

Winter rubber also is more pliable than summer or A/S tires - so in the event that you hit an oddity, bump, or pothole, it's more forgiving - and having more "plant" to the road is always better than... well... not having it. Especially in the winter.

Finally, ice is harder than dust and dirt. Snow can be abrasive. So, having your regular wheels smashing up against ice and abrasive smut like salt and grime - you get the point. Steelies, who cares? In many cases, one could argue that heavier wheels helps you to feel the condition of the slippery road better anyway. Much like a lightened flywheel messes up traction control - or even worse - the driver's perception of traction.
 
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Bonsoir Thibault! Welcome to the forum.

As @slippercream has stated, I am running Yokohama winter tires on 16 inch wheels with no issues with the electric parking brake or the calipers. It may be a question of offset but I'll see what information I can get together before I get back to you. I'll also add a couple of photos of my wheels/tires; please stand by.

What area of France do you live in? We spent a couple of weeks in the Massif Central a long time ago and that area as well as the French Alps are included in our favourite places on Earth.

Again: welcome to the forums. A bientot!
I live in Haute-Loire it is a department which is part of the central massif. We live there very well !!!
 

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Hello and welcome.

I wonder why do you want the 16 inch wheels? Is there a specific reason? I drove them for a year and it was not fun at all.
The 16 "tire is narrower and more comfortable. And better grip on snow
 

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When I bought our EC in October 2020, a Yokohama winter tire and steel wheel package was included in the sale. I assumed it would be an 18" steel wheel package with 225/55-18 tires, but when we had the package installed, it was the 16" package.

I also thought 16" wheels would not work with the electric parking brake, but apparently my dealer found a way around it. That's why I'm wondering if it's an offset issue. Regardless: they work well with no handling issues, the acceleration is better, and through our latest snowstorm they've provided stellar traction. More investigation on my part is required, and I'll see what info I can get out of my local dealer.

More to follow; thanks for your patience.
Yes I also think that there is a necessary offset. But I don't know if I should take rims with more offset (Positive offset) or less offset (Negative offset)
 
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