Originally Posted by SVTFocusOnMe
In my book wider rim = wider tire, or whats the point?
I wanted to run a 225 and the rubbing doesn't really drive me crazy I can live with it, Just looking into options on how to get rid of it.
I think 8" is pushing it on the Focus, the recommended wheel width is listed at 7" to 7.5". I'm sure there are plenty of people running 8" wheels but they have really dialed it in to avoid rubbing
I believe the stock SVT and EAP wheels are listed at ET49
So with ET40 wheels, you are gaining +9mm in clearance on outside. But with a 1" wider wheel, losing 13.7mm clearance on each side. So your net difference is 4.7mm outside clearance lost on just wheels dimensions. Add to that a larger tire in width AND height as Nick mentioned, it's easy to see how clearance starts to go by the wayside
I think it was talked about also in a different thread but tires in a 225/40/17 size aren't made besides racing applications, Which would have been a preferred size to 225/45
Hopefully the fender mods solve your problems!