Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum - View Single Post - How well does your Focus drive in snow?
View Single Post
Old 01-03-2012, 03:36 PM   #112
Focus Addict
cacophonous's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 89165
Location: Hell, MI
What I Drive: 2012 Focus Ti & 2005 Saab 92X Aero

Posts: 714
Points 1,776, Level 24
Points: 1,776, Level: 24 Points: 1,776, Level: 24 Points: 1,776, Level: 24
Level Up 76% Completed
Level up: 76% Level up: 76% Level up: 76%
Forum Activity 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
FF Reputation: 2 cacophonous Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Originally Posted by Royal Tee View Post
Thx for the info.

We are waiting for our FF w/the 18" package and I am in the process of researching snow options.

1 is to obtain the 17" black OEM wheels available and get winter tires for them that bring the radius to the same of the 18" just to keep all the #'s in line.

Is this a viable option or does anyone recommend another direction?
You could do that sure.

Your stock tires are 235/40R18 which have an outer diameter of 25.4"
You would want purchase 215/50R17 tires which have an outer diameter of 25.46"

The difference is .06" which would throw your speedometer off by 1/10th of a mile at 65 MPH

Personally I went with 15" Alloys and 195/65R15 Blizzaks which has the same approx outer diameter as my stock 17" Black & Machined rims 215/50R17 tires. My speedometer is off by 1-2 miles at 65 mph. I paid 50.00 for the used rims and 371.00 for the tires (out the door) at Costco.

The 15s are cheaper and work better in the snow since they are narrower. They also have as higher sidewall which is better for pot holes, etc.
2012 Focus Titanium HB, Yellow Blaze, 400A, Winter, & 17" Black Machined Rims
cacophonous is offline  
    Reply With Quote