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Old 01-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #561
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This is my first post, but I figured I would put it here with a THANKS! Just picked up the car on Tuesday, and this thread has helped immensely. Especially the Splash Guard and Shift knob portions. I am hoping to continue the modding :)
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:11 AM   #562
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Wheels!

Well, it has been a good weekend so far, regarding the Focus and getting it ready for summer. The new summer wheels have been found and bought!

I had a few ideas in mind regarding what I wanted, but I was also keeping an eye out for anything interesting that may pop up on Kijiji. I was thinking along the lines of a unique set of OEM wheels from Volvo or someone, and that's exactly what I ended up with.





At the start of the week I came across a newly posted ad for some 17x8" V70R wheels with some minor curb rash. They were a good price and the damage was minor, so I immediately contacted the seller and started arranging to meet with him and see the wheels. Through our back-and-forth emails he explained that he had sent them off for refinishing and when they came back they'd be available for the same price. Saturday morning was the day I went to see them and they were exactly what I wanted. I bought them on the spot and took them home. They even came with a set of tires (though they have to be replaced) but they're good enough for test-fits.




Last night I put a couple on to check clearances and see how they'd look. I'd done all the math ahead of time regarding width and offset, and on paper I had figured out that they should fit. The only way to know for sure though, is to actually put them on.




Success! They fit beautifully, and while not completely flush are very close. They're simple and subtle, are still an increase in diameter over the stock wheels, and being Volvo they keep with the OEM+ theme.






As mentioned, the tires have to go and they'll need some TPMS sensors installed anyway. I think I'll switch down to some 225 tires, as these are currently 235s and are perhaps a little close.




But, there you have it. The Focus' new shoes for summer. Don't think I'm done with them though, I still have an idea or two I want to try.

I really love those rims and wound up buying the same set off of craigslist for 100, major road rash. I covered them in plastidip and painted the center caps red.
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Is there any better full side on photos of them?
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Is there any better full side on photos of them?
Sedans are too long to fit in the frame. Perhaps dan__dan has some of his hatch?
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This is my first post, but I figured I would put it here with a THANKS! Just picked up the car on Tuesday, and this thread has helped immensely. Especially the Splash Guard and Shift knob portions. I am hoping to continue the modding :)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you found it helpful. Congrats on your new car!

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I really love those rims and wound up buying the same set off of craigslist for 100, major road rash. I covered them in plastidip and painted the center caps red.
Nice! Now I can see them in black.

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Too much awesomeness to fit in the frame, yes.
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And then there were two:

This morning the second side skirt arrived. Next these need to be installed for a test fit before paint. Once they're in colour then I'll need to let them cure for a while before wrapping them in 3M.



Along with the skirt came a small pack of clips, I'll check to see if any need to be swapped out in order to install the ST pieces; I also have to order new front mud flaps to fit them.



Also waiting to be installed now is a replacement MAF sensor housing. Thanks to Mason for that!
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Those skirts are nice
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His or mine?
Either or. Just want to see what they look like from the side with the full side of the car.
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I had to take them off. I cracked the rim on a rally-cross track. I'm back to my steelies. Sorry bro
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Why are you wrapping them? Does the paint have a better chance of chipping off since they are plastic pieces or something?
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