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Old 07-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #1
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Winter Wheels

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So I want to buy a set of winter wheels. Browsing the forums and Craig's list I found a really cheap set of four wheels from a 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon. Looking in one of the stickies it seems like this wheel will work on my vehicle.

Anyone have more info? Specifically whether I would require additional hardware? Spacers/hubs/etc? Can anyone confirm further specs on them (dimensions)?

Through my research I think they are a 5x108 bolt pattern. 43mm offset. And 6.5x16 wheel.

I'm going to check them out this weekend, so information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 07-20-2014, 01:09 AM   #2
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They are among my favorite factory wheels. Sorry, I can't confirm their applicability to mk3 foci.
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Well, I went ahead and bought them. 125$ for all four. Cheaper than new steelies. They came with rubber which I don't plan on using and 3 of the 4 are holding air. It just so happens that the flat one has a slight dent to the lip of the wheel...hoping it will hold a seal.

Regardless it was a pretty good deal. Anyone know how to tell if a wheel is junk? I'm going to try and fill the tire later today.
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Mount it to the rear hub, spin it and check for runout at the tire mounting area of the wheel.
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Mount it to the rear hub, spin it and check for runout at the tire mounting area of the wheel.
Thanks for the tip!

Upon further investigation I found that the tire has a decent slice, what appears to be a screw hole with the screw removed, and an old rubber plug. I am now leaning to one of those three as the culprit for the flat tire. I tried to push the tire down the best I could to inspect the bead, but it seemed ok. I'm going to try and get the tires removed and will be able to further inspect the wheels, especially since I think that tire on it is junk anyways. Being winter wheels, and only 125$, I may just see what a rubber mallet can do to the bend since I think it is cosmetic. I'll post the pics in a bit.

When I find the time, I'll try what you said. Thanks.
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Rubber mallet will probably just bounce off, but I've had great luck with plastic dead blow hammer...
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Rubber mallet will probably just bounce off, but I've had great luck with plastic dead blow hammer...
I was contemplating some heat, a scrap 2x4, and a mallet of some sort. Who knows though, it might just hold air on its own. Here is a picture for anyone curious. And for my own hope that someone will chime in and tell me every little thing is going to be alright.
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That'll work fine as is, not a bad bend.

Front side is a lot stiffer then the back, back side is where rims get flat spotted more often & enough to want to straighten.

You could try the 2X4 & mallet on that, but I'd avoid heat on that painted casting. Wouldn't try TOO hard though, it's actually a sharp bend on a stiff section you're trying to roll back a little & it's OK as is.
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That'll work fine as is, not a bad bend.

Front side is a lot stiffer then the back, back side is where rims get flat spotted more often & enough to want to straighten.

You could try the 2X4 & mallet on that, but I'd avoid heat on that painted casting. Wouldn't try TOO hard though, it's actually a sharp bend on a stiff section you're trying to roll back a little & it's OK as is.
Yeah, I'm thinking it will be OK as is now too. Especially after my discovery of the 3 potential leaks in this one tire.

I may give it one whack or two if I feel like it, but probably not if she holds air. And since you're under the same assumption as myself, the wheels will probably stay as they are.

Now I need to find some well priced rubber. Is it sad that I'm a little excited for winter now? I wanted the summer so I could ride my motorcycle, but now I'm interested to see what the Focus looks/handles like with new wheels/tires in the winter.
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Double posting here...

Are there any snow/winter tires that are advertised for high mileage? I drive 100miles~ per day as I commute to work. About 80% of that commute is droning down the highway. I understand having a softer tire dedicated for a particular season will not have a huge lifetime, but what kind of mileage can be expected of these tires? Is there a particular brand which puts up to long miles better?

I am hoping for at least 30k miles out of the tire, but I may be dreaming...
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