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When we bought our EC, a set of new winter tires mounted on steel wheels was included in the deal. While we can survive winters here in eastern Canada with all season tires, the added security of dedicated winter tires is a welcome addition to the already great handling of the EC.

We had an appointment at our nearest dealer today for the installation, and ended up with Yokohama iceGuard iG51Vs in a 215/70-16 size. TPMS sensors, balancing, and installation was included in the deal, and they would have even stored our all season tires and wheels for the winter. I did some quick math and the entire package is somewhere around the $1400.00 mark.

While the steelies are a bit ugly on the EC, they'll suffice for the winter. Once we get some proper snow and ice, I'll report on how well the Yokohamas work.
 

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One thing I've noticed with the winters and steelies mounted is how much the acceleration has improved, and after carrying my stock wheels/tires downstairs for storage, I can understand why.

Does anyone know how much the stock wheels weigh? I'm guessing in the neighbourhood of 27 - 30 lbs. One of these days I'll hook one up to a luggage scale to get a tire/wheel combination weight, but I'm thinking lightweight aftermarket wheels are now on the wish list.
 

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Very good question. I've not had to dismount the factory wheels, and now that I think of it, hadn't weighed the mounted wheel either. Your guess is probably right about wheel weight.
 

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Surprising to hear the steel wheels are lighter than aluminum ones, but your comparing the 16s to18inch or 17inch?it seems more likely

So far mild winter here in VT.
 

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Had our first light covering of snow here yesterday and after a very heavy frost last night and down to -2*C we awoke to rain and a bit warmer 6*c and up to 8*c this afternoon.
Take care on those wintery roads everyone. The Southern hemisphere peoples can ignore the winter bit, but take care also.
 

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I've had a few sporty drives in the snow on the 16inch all seasons and it was a treat. I tried my best on snow covered backroads to get the yaw control bars to move, but one bar was all I could handle.
As long as your not on ice the sawc is really good.

Overall the EC feels more neutral than understeer and the ABS comes and goes relatively smooth.
I've never driven an outlander just the sport, and I like this awd system better for sure
 

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Nice! :twothumb:

Happy Christmas morning!
 
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Hope you all had a lovely and enjoyable day yesterday.
We had a a very good day leaving home at 8am and drove cross country to our son, his wife Emma and the 2 grandchildren in Edinburgh, and exchange presents along with a special breakfast. Stayed there until 1pm and then drove back across country, carrying presents from Edinburgh for the family in Kilmacolm,14 miles our from home. Had Christmas dinner with our daughter, husband and 2 grandchildren there, then back home to Inverkip at 7pm. A very busy, and a full but happy day.
It is a pouring wet day here today, so not going anywhere, just having a nice restful day.
Oh, the Eclipse Cross drove beautifully, smooth and quiet as you like,
We had one day free of lockdown for limited family visits, which made it all possible.
From midnight last night the whole of Scotland's mainland is in complete lock down again, for a period of 3 weeks.
What happens then is any ones guess. Power crazed Politicians are having a field day.
 

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One thing I've noticed with the winters and steelies mounted is how much the acceleration has improved, and after carrying my stock wheels/tires downstairs for storage, I can understand why.

Does anyone know how much the stock wheels weigh? I'm guessing in the neighbourhood of 27 - 30 lbs. One of these days I'll hook one up to a luggage scale to get a tire/wheel combination weight, but I'm thinking lightweight aftermarket wheels are now on the wish list.
So I finally got around to weighing the "summer" wheels. With the stock Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire (at about 50% tread depth), the total weight per wheel is 52.6 lbs. Tirerack lists the Ecopia as weighing 27 lbs, which means each bare wheel weighs about 25.6 lbs. Closer to 25 is probably more accurate when you remove air, wheel weights, dirt, etc. Not only that, I used our bathroom scale and I know it indicates heavy, at least every time I'm on it...😉

This is lighter than I thought, but at least gives a baseline for future wheel shopping.
 
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