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Old 01-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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Well my buddy worked on the center caps. He removed the mercury symbol and made aluminum inserts painted silver. He glued them in place but when I went to install them the insert popped out. I thought the glue was not holding well so I tri-bolted each one in place with SS button head screws last night:



So this AM I tried to install them I figured out what caused the blank to pop out! My gorilla wheel locks stick out too far for the cap to seat.

So....


I either leave them off or take the locks off. I suppose I will take the locks off. I doubt anyone would waste their time stealing 96 Sable rims.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #12
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I either leave them off or take the locks off. I suppose I will take the locks off. I doubt anyone would waste their time stealing 96 Sable rims.
Yeah, I used to use wheel locks, and I found them to be more of a PITA than anything else. The average thief is probably not going to recognize the true value of the snow tires you have mounted, and not knocking them (its a great idea for a winter package!!) but the wheels are probably not going to attract the average thief either.

That being said, a DUMBER thief might think you have super expensive aftermarket wheels and go for it, but I'd think you have to be in the D for that...
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Yeah I park in a garage at home and in controlled lot at work so I really don't need the locks. Going to take them off this weekend and put the caps on.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:11 PM   #14
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Got some nice "Blingy" wheels there. they look better then just plain black steel (prob what ill end up with) I wonder if the 94-04 Mustang wheels will fit a Focus. the tri-bar 15's might look nice on one.
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I was able to find 15" Mercury Sable rims on Craigslist for $50.00. I could have gotten them for free but I screwed up by looking too late. They listed back in November but I started looking in December.

Turns out the guy emailed me back saying he basically gave the rims to a Discount tire store near my work. They still had them but wanted 100.00 for the set of 4. I talked them down to 50.00 and picked them up today.

Costco had a coupon deal for 100.00 off Bridgestone tires but it expired on Dec 18th.

However the store said they would honor the price if they had them in stock. So I went there today and had them mount 195-65-15's Blizzak W70s on the rims. Total out the door price was 371.00 which includes: nitrogen, life time rotations/balance and road hazard warranty.

Total cost for rims and snow tires 431.00

Not my favorite looking rim but for cheap winter rims they will do. This way my Black machined 17s stay out of salt for the winter and I have better traction.



Should I leave the caps off?

A machinist at work said bring one in and he would see what he can make me but I doubt he can after seening them off.
nice rims....and a good deal.....
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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do you guys know what other OEM wheels from other ford models will fit the '12 focus?
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do you guys know what other OEM wheels from other ford models will fit the '12 focus?
cacophonous was kind enough to post them in this thread HERE

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16" = 215/55R16

If you are putting aesthetics on the backburner you could purchase new 15 or 16" steelies for about 50.00 each at Discount Tire or Tire Rack.

Also if you are purchasing used rims you will want to make sure the bolt pattern is: 5-108mm

Here is a list of vehicles that have rims with that bolt pattern. The offset may be slight different but should work fine:

Ford
Taurus/Sable 91-07
Thunderbird 89-04
Windstar 95-04

Jaguar
S-Type 99-03
X-Type 01-03

Lincoln
Continental 88-94, 95-03
LS6 00-03
Mark VII 93-00

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Cougar 89-98
Sable 86-05

Volvo
240 76-93
740 83-98
850 94-00
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60 Series 00-03
70 Series 98-03
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The dealer ordered me 4 stock lugs at no charge and hand delivered to my house. Well my next door neighbor drives cars for the dealer so he delivered them.

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The dealer ordered me 4 stock lugs at no charge and hand delivered to my house. Well my next door neighbor drives cars for the dealer so he delivered them.

Sure beats the look (and the price in your case) of steelies!!
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