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01-16-2013 08:35 PM
Svizzara CL = Craigslist.

Edit: I thought it'd be worth mentioning that our cars also came with 14" wheels/tires - the smallest size offered. I have them, and the tire size is 185/65/14. Just FYI.
01-16-2013 08:31 PM
mattyvac Gondorian, what is the 'CL' that you mentioned in your post?
01-16-2013 08:30 PM
mattyvac I'm in the Chicago area. It would be great to find someone in this Forum who would be happy to have these aluminum rims. They're pretty nice for being 10 years old. The car itself has only 45,000 miles. Hope she never gets tired of it!
01-16-2013 06:10 PM
Mile30 I've been trying to get my Ma to swap her 15s...

You may be able to swap with someone... *ahem*
01-16-2013 06:06 PM
gondorian I don't think it would be hard to trade for stock 15" wheels and possibly gain some cash in the bargain. Just keep your eyes peeled in the trading section and on CL.
01-16-2013 06:00 PM
mattyvac Thanks for the help!
01-16-2013 02:32 PM
rambleon84
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If we keep the same rim, and put on a higher profile tire, they would be bigger than the wheel well, and wouldn't have clearance. I think we might have try
a fatter tire on a smaller rim, to keep the same height and overall diameter the same. Let's say with the 16 inch rim and low profile tire it has right now, the overall height of the tire and rim is maybe 24 inches. I need to make sure the overall height of any replacement tire and rim combination does not exceed 24 inches, or it won't fit the car.
http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
This is a good start to play around with tire sizes and how they effect the diameter.

Stock 15" focus wheels came with 195/60-15s.
Stock 16" focus wheels came with 205/50-16s
Stock 16" focus wheels came with 215/45-17 or 205/45-17

All of those combinations should get you close 24" overall diameter, +/- 2%. Those are the most common focus tire sizes and have been used by many a focus driver If you do go with a 15" tire, a nice consequence is that the tires are generally the least expensive of the bunch
01-16-2013 01:23 PM
mattyvac If we keep the same rim, and put on a higher profile tire, they would be bigger than the wheel well, and wouldn't have clearance. I think we might have try
a fatter tire on a smaller rim, to keep the same height and overall diameter the same. Let's say with the 16 inch rim and low profile tire it has right now, the overall height of the tire and rim is maybe 24 inches. I need to make sure the overall height of any replacement tire and rim combination does not exceed 24 inches, or it won't fit the car.
01-16-2013 09:24 AM
Svizzara You could just buy OEM-sized 16" tires and keep your existing wheels. Save some money!
01-16-2013 06:05 AM
whynotthinkwhynot Moved to Wheels, Tires, Brakes, and Suspension. You should also check out our Buy, Sell, Trade forum for wheels. That will be your best bet to finding factory aluminum or steel wheels. If I were you, I'd get steel wheels for winter tires, and just swap out once a year.
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