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Old 09-04-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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Rims or just Wheel covers on SFE?

I am getting a Silver SFE this week and cant stand the wheels on it. I want to either get a nice looking wheel cover or maybe spend some money and get some rims for it....but I don't want to spend a ton on rims. I would most likely just buy rims, then have the factory tires installed.

I need some advice or maybe some pictures of some good nice looking but affordable rims.....thanks


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Old 09-05-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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Tirerack usually has good prices on most of their wheels and commonly have some specials and close out deals. A lot depends on the wheel size you're interested in. Personally I think wheel covers, well, look cheap. Most are made of flimsy plastics and don't hold up very well. I've seem too many get damaged just removing or installing them. Good ones are also surprisingly expensive.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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If I go all in and get 17" rims and change the tires....will i loose mpgs? Will a program change be needed for the larger rims?
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If I go all in and get 17" rims and change the tires....will i loose mpgs? Will a program change be needed for the larger rims?
I dont know the dimensions of the SFE wheels and how they are different from the standard Focus wheels but as long as they are lighter wheels you should be fine. Read what Geezer and SniperX discussed about that here in regards to size, mpg and weight.

Your overall diameter should be close to the same, probably less than 3% difference because as you increase wheel diameter, you will be decreasing the sidewall of the tire. So you shouldnt have to worry about a program change.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #5
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If I go all in and get 17" rims and change the tires....will i loose mpgs?
Probably, because all the "SFE" tires are low-rolling resistance garbage. They don't grip, that's why you get an extra MPG or two.

Grip >>>>>>>>>> 2MPGs, but that's just me.
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If you want to keep the mpg's, which is why I assume you're buying the SFE model in the first place, then I wouldn't mess with the wheels or tires. I'm sure you could find a more aerodynamic wheel though and possibly one that are lighter too.

If you want something that's going to be sportier and still get great fuel economy then get an SE.
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will the sfe tires be bad in the winter
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they're all season, so, they'll do, if you dont mind going slow and getting stuck once in a while, but if you expect serious amount of snow, you will likely want dedicated snow tires.
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will the sfe tires be bad in the winter
Yes. Eco-tires are notoriously bad in the snow.
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