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Old 03-14-2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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converting to a 4x100 bolt pattern

Is it just me, or has anyone else out there noticed that it is near impossible to find a set of lightweight wheels for the old foci? Nearly all of the seriously lightweight wheels (that I have found thus far) come in only 4x100 or 4x114.3. I think the bolt pattern for the SVT is 5x108 - again, uncommon. Anything in 4x108 is so expensive that I might as well be purchasing wheels for a Rolls.

I am seriously considering ANY option that would help me overcome the bolt pattern dilemma. I can see three possible solutions (in order from least to most favorable).

1) Get a set of wheels with a 4x100 or 4x114.3 bolt pattern, and have a machine shop poke some new holes in them. I am quite leery of this option. It could be quite pricey if wrong, and I am not sure of the structural implications (especially on a set of wheels that are presumably engineered for the lightest weight possible already).

2) Get a machine shop to poke some new holes in my hubs/rotors/brake drums, knock out the wheel studs and put them in the new holes. Presto - I have a common bolt pattern.

3) Use some existing ford parts to convert the Foci to a 4x100 bolt pattern. I did some searching and noted that the Escort, Aspire and the ZX2 all have this bolt pattern. Does anyone know if any of the relevant parts from these vehicles are interchangeable?

I would appreciate any input from anyone who could shed some light on this matter.





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Old 03-14-2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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FYI, drilling the hub area - no good...plus, youd then have to worry about our large center bore. I bought hub rings and they were thin thin thin..not like the 1/4/1/2" thick hub rings I was used to.

If you want a nice light wheel...Rota has em. I just got a set of 16" Grids in Bronze (look like TE37) and they are maybe 11-13lbs each. You can get subzeros, attack, SDR, etc. All Rotas are lite and they dont cost that much....

www.jaydm.com or www.machiii.com

Beleive me, a set of Rotas is the way to go. Like you said, you dont want to drill perfectly good wheels.
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BTW, I've had almost every Rota wheel for the Focus and beleive me, they are top notch wheels...plus, they come in the hot colors..gold, bronze, black,silver, gun metal, etc. Also, dunno if anyone knows this, but these wheels are made FOR THE FOCUS. Its not a universal type deal...nuh uh...the center bore is a perfect match..no need to buy hub rings. The offset works, etc. They arent just immitations that have a 4x108 and hope the fit right. Rota is the ISH!! I'm glad we support each other..I have to really and truely beleive in something to be a part of it...
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So i can buy any of the rota wheles and theyr 100% gurante fit?
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So i can buy any of the rota wheles and theyr 100% gurante fit?
..if you get a 4x108 specific wheel....then yeah...if you get a 4x100, then no obviously not..but Rota makes a wide range of wheels and colors and sizes (15-17").

I know they have:

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I've had those 4 on my car (the Grid is the n00b)
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Are these wheel expensive or is it possible to get a rim&tire package for around 700?
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For Example the Grid is $500 for 16"....and then you can get a set of 205/40/16 for $270ish. Factor in some shipping and you're near the $800-900 mark at worst with mount and balance.

They aren't cheap wheels...but then again, $500 isnt bad for a moderate weight set of wheels either...add about another $100 to step to 17" ($595 for SDR) wheels, and another $50-60 ($324)more for 215/40/17...

Tire example was Falken Ziex ZE512 (because they are awesome and non-expensive) and prices from www.victoriatire.com - I make all my tire purchases from there. They are quick and the prices are reasonable, and they have more of the "tuner" sizes and brands...Wheel prices are from Jaydm.com
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there are a lot of options out there for the 4x108 bolt pattern. you just have to know where to look. ROTAs are a good start, but try these sites as well:

www.wheelmax.com -----> click on the "Focus" link on the right and it will narrow down the search for you

www.tires.com
www.tirerack.com

plug in your application and these sites will narrow it down as well. yeah, we don't have as many option as those with a more common bolt pattern, but it's not completely hopeless. it's also a helluva lot easier than trying to convert your bolt pattern or convert the wheel's bolt pattern.

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dont skimp on tires, wait until you can afford some decent rubber.
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dont skimp on tires, wait until you can afford some decent rubber.
The Falken 512's are impressing the hell outta me!! So much, that Im buying another set (for the 16's) unless I can convince myself to go deep into my pockets and get some ill tires...but 225/40/16 is a hard size to find..
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