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 Post subject: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:33 am 
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Has anyone put wheel spacers on their FFE? It's just for looks. My ST has them and it gives it a better stance (wider profile).


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:11 pm 
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I've heard they wreak havoc on your suspension, especially a less beefy suspension that I suspect the FFE has. What about wheels with a different offset? Not sure if that has the same effect on suspension but can achieve the same look while being a better-looking wheel than stock.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:04 pm 
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NavinRJohnson wrote:
I've heard they wreak havoc on your suspension, especially a less beefy suspension that I suspect the FFE has. What about wheels with a different offset? Not sure if that has the same effect on suspension but can achieve the same look while being a better-looking wheel than stock.

Wouldn't the FFE have a beefier suspension as its the heaviest Focus of them all.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:33 am 
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jmueller065 wrote:
Wouldn't the FFE have a beefier suspension as its the heaviest Focus of them all.

Someone correct me if I am wrong but I thought the only suspension difference was beefier springs in the rear for the extra battery weight.

I have no idea what the scrub radius is on the FFE but adding spacers to change the offset will change the scrub radius which has the potential to greatly alter the handling characteristics of the vehicle. Depending on the change it can cause the wheels to tend to toe out or in on acceleration, braking, and cornering and can affect the amount of input force on the steering wheel to keep the car pointed where you want it. Sometimes this can improve things other times not so much. If changing the handling characteristics doesn't matter to you then adding the spacers for looks isn't a big deal. Also not knowing what the factory scrub radius is and how much of a spacer you plan to use I have no idea how much or if it would even be noticeable the change in handling would be. Since you've already done it on your ST I'd imagine you should already have a pretty good idea how it will change the handling on the FFE. For anyone interested in a quick primer on how scrub radius affects handling, click here.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:37 am 
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Well, I traded in the ST, but the FFE cannot corner near as quickly or safely as the ST did. Not even close. The FFE has no traction and slides or hydroplanes easily in comparison. It has to be driven a little more delicately, which I do, but I have been surprised in it with slippage, so maybe that is just a downside of LRR tires.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:49 am 
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Streetfocus, you answered your question. It is the low rolling resistance tires.

The person selling the OEM tires, ask them how the car handles with the Focus 18 inch summer tires - they just put those on the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:03 am 
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Using wheel spacers can stress the wheel studs.


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 Post subject: Re: Wheel spacers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:05 am 
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Very minimally unless under extreme load conditions (like road course turns at higher speeds) . I had them for years.


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