08-27-2012, 07:21 AM
As some of you might know from a previous post that I'm new to the car world yet alone the focus world.
I am looking for nice wheels for the vehicle but can't understand how the sizing works.
All I know is that I'm looking for a
17x7 and 4x108 (As the focus has a unique size wheel- correct me if I'm wrong)
What else am I suppose to look for in a tire?
I have a 2001 Ford Focus SE (4 door)
08-27-2012, 09:26 AM
The wheel isnt unique, its the bolt pattern/offset that is unique. Any 215.45/17 or 205.45/17 tire will fit any 17x7 wheel.
what to look for in a tire depends on if you are looking for a summer only or all season tire. From there, there are lots of good choices. Goto www.tirerack.com select either of those above tire sizes and you will get dozens of tires that will work well. If you have a specific question on a certain tire, go ahead and ask here. you can also go to that website and type in your make/model car and they will only show you wheel options that will fit your car, just find a 17" wheel that you like. If you are looking at wheels elsewhere, you are correct about our cars needing a 4x108 bolt pattern. Generally, a 40-50mm offset works well with our cars, other offsets may work but they may not fit as well.
08-27-2012, 10:25 AM
I really appreciate it.
What do these numbers mean?
215.45/17 or 205.45/17
Or what do they pertain to?
Sorry for the ignorance?
08-27-2012, 10:42 AM
17= rim size
08-27-2012, 10:57 AM
17= rim size
if you want to read up on what they exactly mean, you can read here. (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=46) In very generic terms, its the proper size tire for a 17" wheel on our cars. When you buy tires, that is how they are organized and sold.
Enter either of those tire sizes here (http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?camefrom=&fromIndex=true&isDom=false&index=xx&search=&autoMake=&autoModel=&autoYear=&autoModClar=) and it will list all tires in that size. You can then sort by price, average review, type ect...