Pearl
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:31 am

Call TireRack, and ask them. They have all the details about the minimum wheel size, brake dimensions, clearances, etc.
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triangles
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:55 am

wrcfocus wrote:I'm tempted to rent a Focus for a day and try to do swap in my driveway.
Where are you? If you were close to me I'd offer to test fit them on my FFE. I'm sure others on here might be willing to do the same. If you're not nearby you could always just send me your wheels and I'll test fit them for you. :D Honestly I'll send them right back! :lol: When my tires wear out I plan to get the Falken Ziex ZE950 either with a 215/65R15, 215/60R16 or if I stay with factory rims then 225/50R17. I'd sacrifice traction with a narrower wheel/tire for an extra mile or two of range but I don't see any that are close enough to OE size. I had an older version of this tire on my old ICE car and they were superior to the Michelin tires that I generally prefer in every way except wear. Considering they were significantly cheaper it was worth having a little higher wear rate Not sure if that will apply to the FFE tire sizes. Thankfully I should have many years before I need to worry about tires.

FYI the 205/65R16 tire will only result in you going about 1mph slower than the speedo says at 60mph. This handy tire/wheel calculator may be helpful.
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wrcfocus
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:31 pm

I'm in Toronto.. so I'm not exactly a short drive from where you are.

Thanks for the link, looks like I've found a home for my spare wheels. :)

NavinRJohnson
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon May 08, 2017 9:39 am

FFEsquared wrote: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.

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 also just switched to the Ventus V12 evo2 after putting almost 20k on the stock Energy Savers. Car is much more surefooted now - and doesn't 'hunt' on uneven pavement. Ride comfort and noise seems about the same. Surprisingly, I haven't noticed any loss in range (I do 50/50 Hwy/City). Best of all, the car now handles like it should -- you can take corners at much higher speed with confidence (could never do that with the Energy Savers). These are wonderful for the $$... only $70ea after rebate right now!

Konowl
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:55 pm

wrcfocus wrote:I'm in Toronto.. so I'm not exactly a short drive from where you are.

Thanks for the link, looks like I've found a home for my spare wheels. :)
Has anyone actually tried 15 inch tires on the electric yet?

triangles
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:24 am

Konowl wrote:Has anyone actually tried 15 inch tires on the electric yet?
I "test fitted" 15" swirlies from my old escort. I put "test fitted" in quotes because the bolt pattern is different and I removed the center cap of the escort wheel and lined it up with the axle nut. The brake caliper had less than 1/4" clearance to the wheel maybe 3/16". I keep going back and forth as to whether or not I"m gonna try 15" wheels. Maybe if I find a cheap set on craigslist I might try it.
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FFEsquared
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:45 am

I think I have a set of 15x7's I can test fit. I'll try to check today.

EDIT: I have a set with two different 5 lug patterns. Neither fit. It looked like it would have fit with about 1/2" clearance on the front. No issues on the rear.
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EVA
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:19 pm

Whoa, why 15 inch wheels? I would figure a person would go up in wheels size to lower profile.

The Focus Titanium handling package is 18 inch wheels. We have that car with the handling package.
235/40ZR18 95W XL.
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Konowl
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:04 am

EVA wrote:Whoa, why 15 inch wheels? I would figure a person would go up in wheels size to lower profile.
Cost.

It doesn't make much sense, logically, to go with 18 inch winter tires.

Pearl
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Re: changing wheels and tires

Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:06 am

Konowl wrote:
EVA wrote:Whoa, why 15 inch wheels? I would figure a person would go up in wheels size to lower profile.
Cost.

It doesn't make much sense, logically, to go with 18 inch winter tires.
I have Alloy 16s from a standard Focus on mine.
I picked up a set for about $100.
https://www.hollanderparts.com/used-aut ... 143-5820-1
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