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11-26-2012 04:28 PM
FlankerDFR See my New ST Ride thread in this forum for a good shot of the clearance between my 17" Sport Edition rims and my ST's front caliper/rotor assembly. Piece 'o cake!
11-26-2012 05:06 AM
FlankerDFR I'm trading in my 2012 SE/Sport on an ST later this morning. I've got a set of Sport Edition 17x 7.5 rims I'm going to put on the ST, and a set of 215/50R/17 General Altimax Arctic snow tires (all from the Tire Rack via a local tire store as well as being leftovers from the SE/Sport).

The 215 fifty series snows have the same tire diameter as the stock ST 235/40R/18s (25.4 in). So my speedo shouldn't be out of whack (they're calibrated for tire diameter). Good luck with your ride!

I'll post again and let you know how it went, and hook up a pic or two, if you like, of the new winter set up after I get it done.
11-25-2012 10:31 PM
Flybigrc http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/a...pictureid=8736
11-25-2012 10:30 PM
Flybigrc
11-25-2012 12:21 PM
Flybigrc I just installed 16" Drag 19s with Yokohama ice guards. The clearance in front was 1/8 inch but they run fine. The clearance is about the same as on my 2004 Covette.
09-21-2012 12:09 AM
alaskanzx5 yeah a more narrow tire does help in snow but thats just about it. i would assume it does in rain aswell because with a wider tire you would most likely be more at risk of hydroplanning.

any good mechanic shop should be able to measure your offset and everything to help you find a good set of tires and wheels that will fit. call around and see if you can find one that will even do it for free if you purchase the tires from them.
09-20-2012 10:46 PM
Flybigrc Swansong I agree with the skinny tire for the winter setup. Discount tires has some winter packages.
09-20-2012 01:42 PM
swansong All of the talk of "small" tires is in reference to a winter setup. You want to run as narrow a tire as you can with winter tires. This yields more traction in snow because the tire cuts through the snow and onto the road. A wide tire will be more likely to skate or float across the top. So in this case, small does not equal low traction.

Quality, of course, still matters. But just about all of the winter tire manufacturers make good products, it's hard to find a "crappy" winter tire. Some are just better, and sometimes more expensive, than others. In any case, a cheap winter tire will outperform an expensive all-season in the snow, guaranteed.
09-20-2012 01:32 PM
20Focus13 I think the cold weather tires we get for our ST's should be right for the weather conditions of where we drive. We should also make sure that they have decent grip in the cold and drive safely while these tires are on our car. The manual does state the Factory tires are for 40 degrees and above.
09-20-2012 11:48 AM
YellowJellyBean Here ya go, follow this thread.
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