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Old 07-25-2012, 03:02 PM   #11
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Another easy fix is to get smaller tires. 225/45/17s are generally too tall for a focus.
haha. I wasn't looking to spend that much money.

stock is 215/45/17 so its not that much of a difference. I refuse to stretch tire.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:33 PM   #12
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Wouldn't your car already have close to 1 degree in negative camber anyways? I'm not sure what the range is for the SVT but it seems like most Focus are close to -1 already.

I'm really surprised more cars don't run into rubbing issues...one has to do some homework on dimensions to be 100% sure there won't be interference, and sometimes not all the information is available
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A 225/45/17 is half an inch wider and taller than a 215/45/17, that's a pretty big difference.

And you don't have to have micro tires to have them fit. A 205/45 or a 215/40 would alleviate quite a bit of rubbing on their own, heck even a standard 215/45 would help.

You've got to determine what bothers you more, not having the money in your bank account or rubbing.
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In my book wider rim = wider tire, or whats the point?
I wanted to run a 225 and the rubbing doesn't really drive me crazy I can live with it, Just looking into options on how to get rid of it.
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No problem with that.



Start with a fender roller to get the inner portion of the fender the correct shape. Then have someone hold the fender where it attaches to the body under the hood and pull. You're not going to hurt it but you can start slow to get a feel for it. You'll be able to pull the fenders out at the top of the arch enough that you shouldn't have any more clearance issues.

Do it on a hot day with the car sitting in the sun for a little bit. A heat gun when rolling the fenders is a must!!! Cracked paint + road salt = sad panda.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #16
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Proof that wheel width matters for contact patch. 225/45/17 on 7" wide wheel in front. 225/45/17 on 7.5" wide wheel in back. The front tires are also R-comps which tend to run wide, so that just magnifies the importance of wheel width.
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In my book wider rim = wider tire, or whats the point?
I wanted to run a 225 and the rubbing doesn't really drive me crazy I can live with it, Just looking into options on how to get rid of it.
I think 8" is pushing it on the Focus, the recommended wheel width is listed at 7" to 7.5". I'm sure there are plenty of people running 8" wheels but they have really dialed it in to avoid rubbing

I believe the stock SVT and EAP wheels are listed at ET49

So with ET40 wheels, you are gaining +9mm in clearance on outside. But with a 1" wider wheel, losing 13.7mm clearance on each side. So your net difference is 4.7mm outside clearance lost on just wheels dimensions. Add to that a larger tire in width AND height as Nick mentioned, it's easy to see how clearance starts to go by the wayside

I think it was talked about also in a different thread but tires in a 225/40/17 size aren't made besides racing applications, Which would have been a preferred size to 225/45

Hopefully the fender mods solve your problems!
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #18
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No problem with that.



Start with a fender roller to get the inner portion of the fender the correct shape. Then have someone hold the fender where it attaches to the body under the hood and pull. You're not going to hurt it but you can start slow to get a feel for it. You'll be able to pull the fenders out at the top of the arch enough that you shouldn't have any more clearance issues.

Do it on a hot day with the car sitting in the sun for a little bit. A heat gun when rolling the fenders is a must!!! Cracked paint + road salt = sad panda.

Yeah I am familiar with the process so I am going to do some research and see who is good for doing that in my area. I just worried about the paint cracking and then I have rusty fenders and a bigger headache than rubbing

But thanks for all the intel I'll keep you posted on how things go.



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I think 8" is pushing it on the Focus, the recommended wheel width is listed at 7" to 7.5". I'm sure there are plenty of people running 8" wheels but they have really dialed it in to avoid rubbing

I believe the stock SVT and EAP wheels are listed at ET49

So with ET40 wheels, you are gaining +9mm in clearance on outside. But with a 1" wider wheel, losing 13.7mm clearance on each side. So your net difference is 4.7mm outside clearance lost on just wheels dimensions. Add to that a larger tire in width AND height as Nick mentioned, it's easy to see how clearance starts to go by the wayside

I think it was talked about also in a different thread but tires in a 225/40/17 size aren't made besides racing applications, Which would have been a preferred size to 225/45

Hopefully the fender mods solve your problems!
Yea I was pretty aware of the dimensions and what not when I made the purchase. I knew it would be tight but I like how it looks and drives so I'm happy.


YESSSS so much contact patch
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Has anyone tried the camber plates from CFM?
http://focus.c-f-m.com/adjustable-fr...ocus-each.aspx
Are they the same as SPC/Eibach kind? I do not track my car so I don't want to spend the big bucks on the Focus Sport ones but my tires do wear unevenly on the inside of the tire. I have Eibach Sportlines on my car.

Thanks for the help.
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