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Old 09-22-2011, 01:53 PM   #11
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Winter Tires Reco

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Thanks for the offer to spec and quote.

Year: 2012
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Tires only or winter package: Winter pack.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #12
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Miles,

Thanks for the offer to spec and quote.

Year: 2012
Make: Ford
Model: Focus Titanium
Location: Toronto, Canada
Tires only or winter package: Winter pack.
Never a problem. For your vehicle I would recommend the 195/65R15 Blizzak WS70 ($91) and either a steel wheel ($50) or an inexpensive aluminum alloy like the Sport Edition A7 ($85). Personally I like the look of the A7 but there are a few options that are of similar quality and price.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:16 PM   #13
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Some very good info in this test for any one considering using two winter tires vs. a set of four. I like that this was done on a FWD sedan so Focus owners can get a good taste of what this would be like. Check it out:

Four of a Kind Versus Two Pair
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:45 PM   #14
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Never a problem. For your vehicle I would recommend the 195/65R15 Blizzak WS70 ($91) and either a steel wheel ($50) or an inexpensive aluminum alloy like the Sport Edition A7 ($85). Personally I like the look of the A7 but there are a few options that are of similar quality and price.
Interesting reco. I have 17" tires, I believe. Why the 15" reco?
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Interesting reco. I have 17" tires, I believe. Why the 15" reco?
3 reasons:

1. Better cost!
2. You can typically get a narrower tire on a small wheel. This helps you because are consolidating the weight of the vehicle on to a smaller contact patch. This causes the tire to cut through the snow where a wider tire would try to plow over it. If you watch dirt rally racing you might see something very similar since the cars are taking advantage of the same concept.
3. You can also get a 1'' taller tire for every 1'' you size down in the wheel. Since tires are more flexible than wheels it allows the tire more room to wiggle and get the biting edges into the snow.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:31 PM   #16
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Okay I think I get it, won't the wheels look rather small in the wheel wells?
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That's a matter of opinion more than anything. If you think so then there are 16'' packages available as well.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:52 AM   #18
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If you're getting black steelies, nobody will notice since both the tire and wheel are black and the overall height is pretty much the same as the 17" since you're increasing the sidewall height and decreasing the rim diameter.

One other point, getting the winters on their own dedicated wheels makes them easier/cheaper to have changed over in the Fall/Spring over the long-haul.

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Old 09-23-2011, 09:00 AM   #19
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Hi Miles.

I'm supposed to pick up my 2012 Titanium with 18" wheels next week.

I'd like to order a set of snows & rims soon.

Will 15" steel rims fit?

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Yes sir - the steels we have will fit the Titanium guaranteed.
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