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Old 06-01-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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I have a 2015 ford focus SE Sport package with the 17" wheels. I am seriously considering switching those heavy rims (24-25lbs) to a lightweight O.Z. Leggera HLT (17lbs). My biggest doubt is whether I should stick to factory 17" sizing or go +1 and up to 18" including correct tire sizes. So what do you think? Does anyone have any experience going from the stock 17" Cooper RS3-A to a larger wheel size?

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Old 06-01-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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Do you live somewhere with rough roads? My 2012 Titanium comes with stock 18's, and if you asked me to swap to a higher profile tire I would do it in a heartbeat

I live in Houston though, we have crappy roads
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Do you live somewhere with rough roads? My 2012 Titanium comes with stock 18's, and if you asked me to swap to a higher profile tire I would do it in a heartbeat

I live in Houston though, we have crappy roads
I daily drive over speed bumps and go over a lot of potholes near work. Not huge but enough to jar the suspension. I feel the tire taking the hit.

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Well, if it were me I would stick with 17's.

When I got my focus I thought the 18's were great, and I do live the grip they provide. But I kinda feel like the positives are not enough to outweigh the negatives of the bad ride.

When I had a rental with 16's it felt like I was driving on a cloud
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I love my 17s on my car. I like the look of 18s, but the roads here in LA are TERRIBLE, so I've decided to stick with 17s.
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What about handling?

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Would think bigger tires the weight would be more even more. Handling would not improve.
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Would think bigger tires the weight would be more even more. Handling would not improve.
My current setup is stock alloy rims at 24lbs per wheel and unknown weight for the Tire (COOPER RS3-A). I want to go plus one 18" at 17-18 pounds and same tire brand since they give me such good mileage and grip.

Current :
17" Ford alloy rims ,24lbs
Cooper RS3-A

FUTURE options :
17" O.Z. Leggera HLT, 17.4lbs
Cooper RS3-A

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18" O.Z. Leggera HLT, 18.5lbs
Cooper RS3-A

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Going from 17s to 18 inch tires is usually a big price difference. Rubber cost more for 18s and it stopped me for years on my mustang

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Going from 17s to 18 inch tires is usually a big price difference. Rubber cost more for 18s and it stopped me for years on my mustang

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So stick with the 17" and just get same sized rims but lighter?? The leggeras were literally $100 dollars cheaper for 17" than 18"... I guess I could do that and keep my current rubber until it needs replacement. I just want to reduce weight, better handling, and since the motor only puts out 160 I want to reduce its work load.

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