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Old 03-31-2016, 03:48 PM   #1
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Lowering, wheel offset, rubbing and door auto lock

Hi all,

So, just got my 2016 Ford Focus and I have a few questions.

First of all, the Focus replaced a leased Audi A4, which had automatic door locking when driving above 15 kmh/9 mph.
From searching this forum and Google i've learned how to put the car into programming mode. However I absolutely cannot get it reprogrammed so that i can get auto lock enabled. Some say that pressing the lock button once enables it - but when i exit programming mode it still doesnt lock. Others say its a combination between unlock/lock or the unlock button only... In my mind I have tried all combinations - Can anyone clarify this with exact steps?

Secondly, im currently driving on factory 18" wheels with ET55.
In Denmark its not allowed to change the distance between the wheels more than 10mm/0.4" per side either way from default factory "settings", which means that its legal for me to go to ET45 (or up to ET65, in theory - who would want to?).

Combo questions:
When driving with 235/40R18 ET55 wheels, can I go to ET45 without problems with rubbing?
Can I lower the car 30mm/1.2" with eibach/h&r springs without rubbing even when the car is heavy loaded?
Can I lower it 30mm/1.2" and go to ET45 without problems with rubbing even when its heavy loaded?
Is it enough to change the springs without dampers? Whats the advantages/disadvantages of doing so? I can see from the forums that people recommend changing dampers aswell, are default dampers not good enough to stabilize when vehicle is lowered?

"Off-topic": Currently looking for nicer summer wheels than factory (which i will use for winter), looking at OZ Ultraleggera and Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 (ET45!).. If anyone has suggestions for nice lightweight summer wheels please share :).

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Noticed a loophole in your rules that you might want to take advantage of at some time.

Your interpretation is accurate for wheels of the same width, but when you add width half of the difference goes toward reducing the "distance between the wheels".

You'll see this in reduced ET numbers as wider wheels are fitted, just to keep the inside edge from touching the suspension or body. Add an inch of width, and the inside edge moves in ~6.5 mm, so a 10 mm reduced ET is only 3.5 mm further between the wheels.
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