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03-21-2013 06:41 AM
RonMaiden We had a issue with the driver's front wheel not staying torqued and and would slightly loosen over a few huindred miles and eventually caused a couple of lugs to snap. Fortunatly it was Discount Tire I was dealing with and they covered my repair and replaced my set of wheels due to them not being able to replace the one under warranty.

Yes,I still miss the gunmetal color since black is so overplayed but they are continuing to grow on me.
03-20-2013 02:57 PM
Arco-Zakus
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I don't recall anything else, other than this ...
Thanks for giving it a go. Now I'm almost curious enough to go searching for whatever it is I thought I remembered about the control unit being different. It would help resolve my frustration over my recollection being so vague, but it won't matter to me beyond that even if there are different control units. After reading it back then I decided that if I buy a Mk3 Focus I'll get one built with whatever wheel size I decide on and not have to be concerned about it. (That's probably why I didn't commit it to memory better or bookmark it back then.)

The more I look at Ron's photos the more I like the wheels with the gunmetal centers. It figures, since all the extra spokes would probably be a lot more difficult to clean, and they're discontinued so I couldn't get them even if I wanted to. (What is it about not being able to have something that makes it more desirable?)

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Original set that we had an issue with one wheel and since had been discontinued.....
What was the issue with the one wheel? Did you buy them locally, or from someplace like tirerack.com?
03-20-2013 10:31 AM
AZfocus2012
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That part I remember and made sense. My vague recollection was that it went beyond that in a way that didn't make as much sense to me at the time. Something different between other trim lines or packages, I think.
I don't recall anything else, other than this giving Ti's a larger turning radius. I think some of the rack issues involved lower trim level cars with the Ti's rack by manufacturer error, causing drivability issues.
03-20-2013 05:31 AM
Arco-Zakus
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The Ti with 18 inch wheels has a different rack. ...
That part I remember and made sense. My vague recollection was that it went beyond that in a way that didn't make as much sense to me at the time. Something different between other trim lines or packages, I think.
03-19-2013 06:44 PM
AZfocus2012
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I vaguely recall reading in one of the threads about steering rack problems that someone found different part numbers for either the steering rack or its control unit for different trim levels (different wheel sizes).
The Ti with 18 inch wheels has a different rack. It has some sort of limiting feature to keep the larger wheels from rubbing when turned to extreme. I have read where some that went up to 18's on cars that cam with 16's and 17's have experienced some rubbing when at the turn limits.
03-19-2013 05:27 PM
Arco-Zakus
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... 5. not sure what else... except that I cant decide on a rim/tire combo... (well without breaking the bank!)
I vaguely recall reading in one of the threads about steering rack problems that someone found different part numbers for either the steering rack or its control unit for different trim levels (different wheel sizes). The reason I remember it is that it sounded so outrageous -- I thought "interchangeability of parts" made the industrial revolution possible -- but it's not totally unbelievable. Maybe some slight variation the different wheel/tire makes in handling would have to be accounted for in software or offset by mechanical differences somewhere else. (The same might be true for springs/dampers vs wheel sizes.)

I'm sorry I can't remember it more clearly or point to the post, but my browser history has stopped working so I'd have to search for it from scratch. I don't know how much effort it's worth but if you can't find it then asking a dealer service manager might be worth the peace of mind. (One guy had a dealer tell him they wouldn't repair a defective power window because the tint he had added made it thicker and heavier.) Unless you do all your own maintenance/repairs it might be worth a little to look into it. If you ever had problems with the steering (or who knows what) it would be no fun to have a dealer tell you they wouldn't repair it because the wheels aren't original.

BTW, I'd vote for the black ones. I think gray centers look slightly better than black with Red Candy Metallic, but they both look pretty good and the spoke pattern on the black one is less busy (easier to clean). Black centers also stand out from the crowd a bit more now that the fashion in OEM wheels seems to be shifting from shiny silver to gray ('13 Focus SE appearance package, Lexus IS 350 F Sport, Acura TL, ...). Too bad the 17" black/machined wheels Ford sells are so overpriced if purchased separately. They look great, are not something you see everywhere you look, and Ford couldn't complain about their specs or quality causing problems. (They also look like they shouldn't be too heavy, but not sure about that.)
02-26-2013 03:12 PM
Uptcv1 19 pounds for the 16 stock rim not bad..! I'll try to get 17's close to same weight or less if not very expensive...
02-26-2013 01:38 PM
BetaDnB Great! Thanks for the info. +1 rep to you.
02-26-2013 01:20 PM
RonMaiden I weighed the wheels alone personally on a trusted scale when I was selling them and needed a shipping weight.
02-26-2013 12:00 PM
BetaDnB Hey, Ron, did you get that 19 pound weight on your own? I either saw it on the Ford site or fordparts.com at the weight I mentioned. If they truly are only 19 pounds I honestly don't see a reason I need to upgrade.
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