Magnetoreluctance
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Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:24 am

Hey everyone! I'm now the proud owner of a 2013 FFE in Blue Candy Metallic. The car was a lease and it has mismatched tires. With winter approaching here in the Midwest, I'm thinking of getting a set of winter tires for the car so I'm not sliding around as much.

On my other cars, I have bought a second set of wheels for the dual purpose of having a skinnier tire and more sidewall to better protect against the inevitable potholes that appear on the road. Since the FFE has a unique wheel and tire size, I'd like to hear if anyone else has successfully run a smaller size. Looking at getting a set of 16 inch steel wheels from tire rack with size 215/55 R16 as found on the conventional Focus SE. Thanks.
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Pearl
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:15 am

I purchased the recommended Winter Tire/Wheel package (at the time) from Tirerack. Bridgestone Blizzak 215/60R16 on Steel wheels for my C-Max Energi, which has the exact same stock wheel and tire as the Focus Electric. The Blizzaks have performed quite well on the C-Max and I expect the same results on my Focus Electric.
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Magnetoreluctance
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:48 am

Thanks. Yeah now that I look at it the 215/60 size more closely matches the diameter of the OEM tire (26.1 vs. 25.9). Glad to hear its feasible.
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:33 pm

I just put on 205/60 R16 Pirelli Ice Zero FR winter tires I got from Tire Rack. The wheels are Ford alloys that I think were OEM on some model of Fusion. According to the math I ran, the 205/60 R16 will be within 0.17" diameter of the stock 225/50 R17 Michelins. The number of revolutions per mile is off by only 5.26. I've never used these Pirellis before, so this winter will be the test.

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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:08 pm

Thanks, yeah I found 16 inch Dorman steel wheels on Rock Auto for cheap so I may go for those. They are supposed to accept the OEM wheel covers from the Focus SE.
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triangles
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:58 am

I was contemplating 15" wheels since the tires are even cheaper. 205/65/15 is just a fuzz smaller than the stock 225/50/17's Since they put 15" wheels on the lowest base Focus I would think they would fit the FFE since to my knowledge the spindles, calipers, etc are all the same so there should be no problem with 15" wheels. Someday I will confirm this... I just need to find someone with 15" wheels to verify.
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Magnetoreluctance
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:37 pm

triangles wrote:I was contemplating 15" wheels since the tires are even cheaper. 205/65/15 is just a fuzz smaller than the stock 225/50/17's Since they put 15" wheels on the lowest base Focus I would think they would fit the FFE since to my knowledge the spindles, calipers, etc are all the same so there should be no problem with 15" wheels. Someday I will confirm this... I just need to find someone with 15" wheels to verify.
From what I can tell, 15" wheels do not fit on the FFE. I would have liked to go smaller because both tires and wheels are cheaper.
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Pearl
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:23 pm

Magnetoreluctance wrote:
triangles wrote:I was contemplating 15" wheels since the tires are even cheaper. 205/65/15 is just a fuzz smaller than the stock 225/50/17's Since they put 15" wheels on the lowest base Focus I would think they would fit the FFE since to my knowledge the spindles, calipers, etc are all the same so there should be no problem with 15" wheels. Someday I will confirm this... I just need to find someone with 15" wheels to verify.
From what I can tell, 15" wheels do not fit on the FFE. I would have liked to go smaller because both tires and wheels are cheaper.

Not sure why it wouldn't, unless rotors are larger on the Electric version. The S model Focus comes standard with 15" wheels.
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:00 pm

Nope, I've verified rotors and calipers are the same on all mk3 focus. There's no reason I'm aware of that a 15" won't fit. Only reason I think it isn't listed as an option is because all hatchback focuses came with either 16" or 17" wheels. Either way I'd like to know for sure whether or not a 15" wheel will fit. Someday I will find out unless someone beats me to it.
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Re: Anyone running winter tires with smaller wheels?

Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:03 pm

triangles wrote:Nope, I've verified rotors and calipers are the same on all mk3 focus.
Except for the RS. I wanted to see if my 17" wheels would fit on the RS I bought for my son, and they wouldn't clear the calipers. (was thinking this might be an inexpensive way to get him winter tires, since the RS is in Colorado Springs where he is going to school)
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