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Old 09-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #51
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I know this gets pointed out all the time. But snow tires.

If you want the car to handle well in the snow, get snow tires. It might save you life. Mine have.

I recently moved to md and last winter had zero times when i had to drive on the frozen stuff, so it's not worth it. But if I lived up north still, i'd spend the money on snow tires.
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I DO agree on this. But also. An All-Season tire and an experienced driver does the trick just well enough for me. My Semi doesn't come with snow tires...
I think your Semi is "a bit" heavier than the Focus' 3,000 lbs though, for some extra traction ... ; )

(Late post on my part ... but closer (more relevant) to the coming winter! :)
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #52
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I got about 19,500 miles, I'm pretty happy with them. My 2005 Focus was lucky to get 10,000 out of a set of tires before the sound and cupping would be drive me crazy.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #53
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I got about 19,500 miles, I'm pretty happy with them. My 2005 Focus was lucky to get 10,000 out of a set of tires before the sound and cupping would be drive me crazy.
Let me guess--cupping on the rears? My '01 cups tires very quickly at the LR position. I have to be sure to rotate every 2-3K miles to keep it from becoming a roar and vibration issue. Alignment doesn't seem to be the cure--I think there are some bushings that wear on the rear.

It will be interesting to see if the 2012 does this after a lot of miles. The control blade suspension is the same basic design, but hopefully that issue has been improved.
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I got about 19,500 miles, I'm pretty happy with them. My 2005 Focus was lucky to get 10,000 out of a set of tires before the sound and cupping would be drive me crazy.
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Let me guess--cupping on the rears? My '01 cups tires very quickly at the LR position. I have to be sure to rotate every 2-3K miles to keep it from becoming a roar and vibration issue. Alignment doesn't seem to be the cure--I think there are some bushings that wear on the rear.

It will be interesting to see if the 2012 does this after a lot of miles. The control blade suspension is the same basic design, but hopefully that issue has been improved.
I think you're right about the (rubber) bushings, which would be pretty much done (hardened and cracked) after 11 years. An alignment might show nothing out-of-spec, but when you have loads in different directions while driving, I'm sure things are moving a lot! (where they shouldn't be)

I would check the 4 rear lateral arms (2 rear front and 2 rear rear), as they are supposed to keep the toe in check ...
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #55
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The DW's and DWS's are some of the best tires you can buy. I had 275 width Conti DW's on my old Mustang on all four corners. The grip, was astonishing.

I plan on running a 18x8 or 18x9 on all four corners of the Focus next spring, with a 235 to 255 width tire.
The focus sel comes with 215/50/17 contis. IYO would 225 or 235 width be acceptable without causing any rubbing, steering, turning, or clearance problems?
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The focus sel comes with 215/50/17 contis. IYO would 225 or 235 width be acceptable without causing any rubbing, steering, turning, or clearance problems?
Only with the 302/303A packages do the SEL come with the 17" wheels standard, else they were between 295-495 for the optional polished wheels or the black faced wheels. The standard SEL wheels were 16" the exact same size as the base SE/SE sport.
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Only with the 302/303A packages do the SEL come with the 17" wheels standard, else they were between 295-495 for the optional polished wheels or the black faced wheels. The standard SEL wheels were 16" the exact same size as the base SE/SE sport.
U are correct in that the sel comes w 16 in wheels however no matter as it also comes w 17 in wheels, u just need the appropriate pkg
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:24 PM   #58
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I've been doing some reading and I think I've made my decision. What do you guys think? I'm replacing the Michelin 18's from Ford and looking for a good all season tire. I live in MN and I need something that is gonna do well in snow. Below is a link...Comments?

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....dClar=Titanium
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #59
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U are correct in that the sel comes w 16 in wheels however no matter as it also comes w 17 in wheels, u just need the appropriate pkg
Isn't that what I just said?

Actually it would matter as the 302a package was another $1300+ and the 303A package was another $3000+ over the base SEL.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #60
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drove my car home from the dealer and to my mechanic and had them oem tires replaced, had maybe 50 miles on them. replaced them with 235/40ZR -18 Continental ExtremeContact DWS purchased from tirerack.com.
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