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07-18-2013 08:54 AM
rambleon84
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Originally Posted by Jeauxkor View Post
Thanks. Sorry for posting on the wrong thread.
Nothing to apologize for, just making sure you were aware the wheel/tire size differences. Getting 215/35r18 tires when your car would like 235/40R18 much better would be a bummer

best of luck finding the right wheel for you!
07-18-2013 08:46 AM
Jeauxkor Thanks. Sorry for posting on the wrong thread.
07-18-2013 08:40 AM
rambleon84
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Originally Posted by Jeauxkor View Post
I am new to this forum and new to the focus. I purchased a 2012 se 5 door about a week ago. I have the dreaded 16" steel wheels with hub caps on them. YUCK!! I have been looking at the Motegi MR116 but have no idea if I should go with 18 or 17 inch wheels. I think I would like the 18" look but I really do not want to sacrifice the ride. My gut keeps telling me 17's but I am worried they will not look like I expext them to. Any advice? I have never owned a little car like this so it is all new to me. Thanks in advance.
The advice given in this thread was specifically for '00-11 Focus, as we have different wheel/tire fitment than you would with your '12+.

You already posted here but look at the pictures and the size wheels/tires folks are running. Search other threads out as well
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=273962

Going larger usually involves sacrificing some ride quality and sidewall, you just need to decide where you want to compromise. I think 17's and 18's both look good on the new Focus
07-18-2013 12:47 AM
Jeauxkor
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I am new to this forum and new to the focus. I purchased a 2012 se 5 door about a week ago. I have the dreaded 16" steel wheels with hub caps on them. YUCK!! I have been looking at the Motegi MR116 but have no idea if I should go with 18 or 17 inch wheels. I think I would like the 18" look but I really do not want to sacrifice the ride. My gut keeps telling me 17's but I am worried they will not look like I expext them to. Any advice? I have never owned a little car like this so it is all new to me. Thanks in advance.
07-15-2013 11:58 AM
grandjb

Pic is kinda dark but you should be able to see fitment.


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03-27-2013 04:25 PM
zx5fanatic
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I've been running 215/35r18 tires for about 2 years and have driven over some serious bumps that I thought would have bent my rims and it never did. I think that has more to do with the quality of wheels not the tires necessarily. I am riding on the Eibach Pro Kit and have not had any troubles with rubbing. Oh yeah the rims that I am running ar 7.5" wide and have an offset of 45mm. Hope this info helps.
This is very helpful. I am considering buying 18s and needed a little direction for the offset. 45mm was a good fit with the fenders?
08-30-2011 12:27 PM
grandjb I've been running 215/35r18 tires for about 2 years and have driven over some serious bumps that I thought would have bent my rims and it never did. I think that has more to do with the quality of wheels not the tires necessarily. I am riding on the Eibach Pro Kit and have not had any troubles with rubbing. Oh yeah the rims that I am running ar 7.5" wide and have an offset of 45mm. Hope this info helps.
08-30-2011 08:51 AM
morando6784 I had 35 series on mine but I bent the lips up on basically all my wheels, so went to a 225 40. It rubs but I'll deal with it. Rolled fenders up it's not to bad, make sure you do if your really low I skinned about 10 inches off the side off my tire when I turned into a drive that went up hill
08-29-2011 07:21 PM
Geezer
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Originally Posted by BLRich1 View Post
Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension - Sponsored By Tire Rack"

Alot of the fitment depends on the offset and width of the rim. Typically people run a 215/35/18 as Slayer mentioned.

As mentioned rim width and offset are key fitment criteria but if you have a drop they become critical fitment issues!
08-29-2011 04:57 PM
BLRich1 Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension - Sponsored By Tire Rack"

Alot of the fitment depends on the offset and width of the rim. Typically people run a 215/35/18 as Slayer mentioned.
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