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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue May 31, 2016 10:48 am

I went with Michelin Primacy MXM4. Minimal energy efficiency loss, much better grip.
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue May 31, 2016 2:01 pm

sefs wrote:I went with Michelin Primacy MXM4. Minimal energy efficiency loss, much better grip.
With all the same measurements as the stock tires?
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:43 am

WattsUp wrote:
sefs wrote:I went with Michelin Primacy MXM4. Minimal energy efficiency loss, much better grip.
With all the same measurements as the stock tires?
Yeah, the exact same measurements.
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:29 am

I switched to Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 tires.

My priorities were to find the highest performance tire at a reasonable price. It is not a LRR tire, it is a maximum performance tire. I purchased it in the stock size. I ran the OEM tires at 40 psi and do the same with the new tires.

Tires replaced at 9,900 miles (replaced early and put the used OEM focus tires on wife's fusion [the other FFE] since they are the exact same tires and we like them on her car)

Lifetime 243 WHr/mi and has never been reset, has been +/- 1 for the last 3 months
50-60% 65 mph freeway

My initial impressions:
Much better grip
Same noise level except slightly louder over bumps
Slightly smoother ride
Slightly less "tramlining" (following grooves in road)

Probably 2-5% loss of range

I will update info as I drive on them more.

EDIT: After 10,000 miles on the V12's my wHr/mi stabilized at 250. Considering my commute speed limit increasing and abusing it on track at Laguna Seca I figure my driving habits influence my efficiency significantly more than LRR v sticky tires.
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:53 am

After 2,500 plus miles I am very happy with theses tires. Lifetime has been steady at 245 wHr/mi for the last 2,000 plus miles. I believe that I am getting better efficiency on city streets due to the lower weight of the tires but losing efficiency on the highway due to their higher rolling resistance. So less than a 1% loss for me. The speed limit increased on 6 miles of the highway I normally drive from 55 to 65 and the weather is changing so I can no longer make a fair comparison.
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:23 pm

I have a 2017 FFE on order and where I'm located I will need winter tires. Does anyone know if 15" wheels with a 42mm offset will fit on the FFE? I'm thinking of going with 195/70-15 tires.

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Re: changing wheels and tires

Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:11 pm

I have 205/60-16 winter tires on my 2012. I don't remember the exact offset, but the wheels are Ford OEMs that were originally used on some version of a Fusion. I checked the front brake caliper clearance and if a 15" wheel clears it, it can't be by much. Who sells a 195/70-15 winter tire? I can't find any at Tire Rack.

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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:26 am

according to tirerack, the smallest recommended tire is 215/55R16, which is what I have for my Bridgestone Blizzaks
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:15 am

StoBro2 wrote:I have 205/60-16 winter tires on my 2012. I don't remember the exact offset, but the wheels are Ford OEMs that were originally used on some version of a Fusion. I checked the front brake caliper clearance and if a 15" wheel clears it, it can't be by much. Who sells a 195/70-15 winter tire? I can't find any at Tire Rack.
If you use a 2012 Focus-5door SE on tirerack it shows 15" wheels as an option. Also you might have better luck finding a 215/65-15 tire. as far as I know the spindle, caliper and rotor are all the same on any 2012+ focus hatchback so if a 15" wheel fits the 2012 SE it should fit the FFE. Someday when I have the time... I have some old 15 inch wheels unfortunately a different bolt pattern that I'm going to see if it will give me any idea of if a 15" wheel will fit or not.
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:55 pm

Thanks for the replies. And no, I wasn't able to find a 195/70-15 snow tire.. it was a hypothetical one. But I see that Triangles was able to point me in the right direction with tire size. I have a set of 15" 5x108 wheels mounted on 205/65-15 tires and I don't want to part with it if I can use it on the FFE.

With the 215/65-15 tire there are 3 options that I found on Tire Rack: Yokohoma Iceguard IG52C, Firestone Winterforce, General Altimax Arctic. I've had the Winterforce before and I'm leaning towards that. Btw, the Winterforce tires are on clearance sale at Tire Rack.

I'm tempted to rent a Focus for a day and try to do swap in my driveway.

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