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I finally purchased my All-Season tires today. I got the TOYO FZ4 215/45/17. They are a ZR 87W Rated tire. They really drive great, and compared to the P7000 SS they are much quieter.

My thought is why doesn't Lexus make either the TOYO FZ4 or the Pirelli P7000SS the standard tire and offer the Potenza "Summer" RE040 as a no cost option. This way they could do away with the 16" wheel and tire, the 17s look so much better. Also, then the All-Season package will handle much better with the lower profile and larger rubber. It would save all of us cold weather IS300 owners substantial money (no winter tires needed) and still offer the West Coast and Southern owners the "summer only" set-up. All of us in the North could then still experience performance and handling that will not suffer that much, and be able to make it home if the temp. drops and flakes start falling.
 

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I kinda like the idea of having separate summer and snow tires. I just wish I didn't get the 2 hr drive home on my Potenzas when it started heavily snowing.
I got 16" inexpensive aluminum rims and Bridgestone Blizzak LM22s. They provide a lot better traction than the allseasons would. Got to have 16" wheels during winter in my area. Too many potholes. Besides, I can't stand watching those nice 17" rims being covered w/ salt. During summer, I'll put my 17" wheels back for better handling/looks.
I got to agree with you on offering 17" all seasons. I guess they figured people would opt for 16" in this case.
 

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Hey man...how much did you pay for your cheep wheels ? I have been looking for some resonable wheels/tire deals but everything I have found is $1200 plus...and I really dont want to spend that much dough unless I reall have to.

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Originally posted by vlad_a:
I kinda like the idea of having separate summer and snow tires. I just wish I didn't get the 2 hr drive home on my Potenzas when it started heavily snowing.
I got 16" inexpensive aluminum rims and Bridgestone Blizzak LM22s. They provide a lot better traction than the allseasons would. Got to have 16" wheels during winter in my area. Too many potholes. Besides, I can't stand watching those nice 17" rims being covered w/ salt. During summer, I'll put my 17" wheels back for better handling/looks.
I got to agree with you on offering 17" all seasons. I guess they figured people would opt for 16" in this case.
 

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You can still get winter packages for $1000 from TireRack, but with the amount of snow the NorthEast gets All-Seasons are fine. Plus you save the cost of re-mounting your rims twice a year.
 
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