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Old 06-28-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
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rota slipstream 16x7 questions

i'm looking around to try and find good price on some rota slipstream 16x7s but am having a hard time tracking down some with 4x108 that arent flat black lol. any1 know of a good site to get these in gun metal and with the correct offset to fit on the SVTf? thanks!


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^^^Good luck on that.
You just asked the question that's been on many a fOCUS owners' minds for years. LOL!

About the only way to get a decent offset (45mm) for the SVTF offset, is to order them (and wait forever) from MachIII:
http://www.machiii.net/Rota_wheels.html
And, IIRC, you have to order 4 or 6 sets?

These are the only other sites I know of:
http://www.rotawheels.com/p1.php
http://www.subydude.com/google/Main%...mainsliced.php
^^^Both of those sites require a bit of hunting to find any wheels in the fOCUS (4X108) bolt pattern.
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^^^Good luck on that.
You just asked the question that's been on many a fOCUS owners' minds for years. LOL!

About the only way to get a decent offset (45mm) for the SVTF offset, is to order them (and wait forever) from MachIII:
http://www.machiii.net/Rota_wheels.html
And, IIRC, you have to order 4 or 6 sets?

These are the only other sites I know of:
http://www.rotawheels.com/p1.php
http://www.subydude.com/google/Main%...mainsliced.php
^^^Both of those sites require a bit of hunting to find any wheels in the fOCUS (4X108) bolt pattern.
man, that is some sad news!! lol.

what would be a relatively = priced and weight 16" rim with 4x108 and 45mm and what site is a good one to order from for these?

i need some rims and tires bad (2 tires are dethreading on me and 2 rims are chipped around beadline and leaking air bad).

lol, thanks :-D
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Try these sites:
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.jsp
http://edgeracing.com
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/home.jsp
http://www.wheelsnext.com

By the way;
What is your reasoning for stepping down to 16's from the factory 17's?

A lot of SVTF owners run 16's in the winter, but as soon as the snow melts, the 17's go right back on.
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gearing, better acceleration mainly.
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ooo and lighter too.
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gearing, better acceleration mainly.
You realize, that's not a function of the wheel diameter...
it's a function of the tire diameter.
I see where you're coming from, and that's one of the reasons I run 1.5" shorter tires (on 16" rims) for AutoCrossing.
On the street however, you're going to have to deal with an inaccurate speedometer due to the shorter tires.
The only way around that is to get a custom tune (and tuner to go with it) to change the parameters in the ECU so it reads properly.
If you don't, not only is the speedometer off (reads too fast), but the odometer is racking up miles that you're not actually puting on the car.

Gotta go...I'm friggin' hungry!

OK...I'm back...
Check out the "Tire Size Calculator" at the bottom of the Read First: "Ford Focus Wheel & Tire Information" thread at the top of these forums.
That'll show how for off your speedometer will be, depending upon what tire size you go with...not wheel size.

A pretty common size for SVT owners to go with (especially when lowered with rubbing problems) is a 215/40/17.
You could use the 17's you have (save some money) and pick up a bit of gearing advantage.
In fact, that's right where you would be with the stock 205/50/16 size on the standard fOCUS.
Again, use that calculator to see how far off your speedometer would be with that size.

Getting off track here...
A "tune" (SVT owners: Post reviews of your Tune!) would do more for your performance (and be cheaper) than switching to 16's would be.
^^^I'd really suggest looking into that first.
Not only is it cheaper, but you'll then have the capability to adjust the speedometer in the future if need be.
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im looking to do a bronze slipstream...
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ooo and lighter too.
Forgot about answering that one.
Yes, most 16's are going to be lighter than your 17's.

But that's not the point I want to make here...
Don't forget to check tire weight!
Most sites will have that information, and if not, generally the tire manufacturer site will have it.

I've seen several people put gobs of effort (and money) into saving 5 lbs on a wheel,
only to choose a tire that's 4 lbs heavier than what they were running.
IOW, they got a net savings of 1lb per corner after spending hundreds of dollars.

For any given size tire, there could be as much as 5lbs difference between manufacturers and/or tire type.
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the rims i have are chipped badly around the beadline (and thus leaks air) on 2 of them and scratched up and peeling (did a bad move and bought some chrome SVT rims from tirerack like 3 yrs ago) and hence why i'm buying some new rims (figured may as well go lighter and an inch small since im forced into buying new rims anyways), and the lightest tires i believe i found (that arent like all out race tires) were like 19lbs each.

i have the diablo predator and custom tune with tom so i figured once i swapped tires i'd have him update my tune and email it to me so i can load it into my car :-D

thanks for all the info!! :-D

ooo and my current rims are MAD heavy... like... 25lbs a piece im guessing (they most likely heavier than the stock 02-03 svt rims which are already somewhat beastly).
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