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Old 09-22-2011, 12:46 PM   #31
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Does anyone know what kind of steering limiter is on the 18" Titanium package? Do they just look like rubber bump stops on the knuckle?

I was just wondering because I'd like to get a tighter turning radius when I throw on my winter tires.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:43 AM   #32
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on any type of frozen road surface, the tighter you wanna turn the straighter you will go, atleast from my experience.... going 25mph on a icy road and try to turn hard to the left, you will go straight... yet 25 mph slightly turn left and you will turn left, there is no corners in Maine that I can not make, my 18's have a good turning radius... but read turning radius is 36 feet, but doesnt say anything about rim size (smallest circle the focus can make is 36 feet) but another test with 18's shows the same turning radius
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Or you could try to avoid potholes and not hit them at high speeds? I live in Cleveland, which is *relentlessly* known for its potholes and constant construction (because of our harsh winters and hot summers the roads wear out quickly). I've never dented a rim from a pothole. Why? Because I slow down before making contact so that it doesn't do damage.

Either way, the tires that come with the 18" wheels on this car actually have quite a bit of sidewall and a large amount of overlap. You'd have to *really* hit a pothole to actually damage a wheel.
I don't know how you do this. Half the time they're hidden because it's dark and the other half they're filled with water or you don't see them because you're shoulder checking or changing lanes. Slowing down isn't always an option. Especially, with the tailgating drivers we have in Ottawa.
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I don't know how you do this. Half the time they're hidden because it's dark and the other half they're filled with water or you don't see them because you're shoulder checking or changing lanes. Slowing down isn't always an option. Especially, with the tailgating drivers we have in Ottawa.
Sounds like you need the pot hole detection layer on the NAV. That would be cool if all the pot holes showed up on map so you can at least get some kind of warning when they are approaching.
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Hey! Great idea. We could use crowd sourcing. Whenever someone hits a bump that causes xx gees worth of vehicle movement, the system's GPS would mark the location and upload the data to all other Nav users who would have that point flagged on their systems. heh heh
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Sounds like you need the pot hole detection layer on the NAV. That would be cool if all the pot holes showed up on map so you can at least get some kind of warning when they are approaching.
That is a good idea, maybe a manufacturer with a working Nav system will program it. I don't have Nav in my Focus, but it sounds like 11 pounds of crap in a 5 pound MFT Nav bag. They should get the system to work as designed / advertised before adding anything new and useful.
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on any type of frozen road surface, the tighter you wanna turn the straighter you will go, atleast from my experience.... going 25mph on a icy road and try to turn hard to the left, you will go straight... yet 25 mph slightly turn left and you will turn left, there is no corners in Maine that I can not make, my 18's have a good turning radius... but read turning radius is 36 feet, but doesnt say anything about rim size (smallest circle the focus can make is 36 feet) but another test with 18's shows the same turning radius
Weird... I really just wanted the turning radius for things like making a u-turn on my street - seeing as how my turning radius is too large for that.
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i can make U-Turns all day long.....lol I made a few in Boston the other day.....
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One thing about turning radius: seems great handling cars have bigger turning radius. Cars that handle poorly have small ones. I may be wrong there, but i have noted this.
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Hate to bring up a dead post, but I just did some online window browsing at tirerack. The 18 package that I was looking at, with lower cost options in tire and wheel, were still almost 500 dollars more than the 17 package. That, combined with steering limiter parts and labor (which I assume has to be done for 18 wheels), will keep me looking at 17's for summer tires and wheels.
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