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Old 11-10-2004, 09:44 AM   #1
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17s or 18s

I have an '05 CD (what the hell does CD stand for anyways?) silver ZX3 and i want to get rid of those stock 15s, in the near future im gonna drop it 1.5", now im wondering what would be the right size rims to get, i want them to look nice and clean with no gap after the drop but at the same time not to be heavy and handle like [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]**, any help would be greatly appreciated


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Old 11-10-2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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Go with 17's you will have less chance of rubbing. IMO i think that 18's are just too big for our car.
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if u only go down 1.5 on 17s u will still have a gap. im down 1.5 on 18s and there is still some gap.

i never regret getting 18s. a lot of people will bag on them because they are heavier, and then go and get lightweight racing rims but then still have a system sitting in the back to me there was only 2 options, super super lightweight 15s w/coil overs or a moderate drop with 18s. ive never been much of an in between guy. since light weight rims and coil overs are so expensive, i went with good looks and a comfy ride.
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18's are way too big on the Focus. Plus, every tire size that you go up lessens the force put to the road to launch you, as torque is measured in ft-lbs and if you increase the width of the tire you will lessen the force the tire applies to the road. 17" is just fine.
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18's are way too big on the Focus. Plus, every tire size that you go up lessens the force put to the road to launch you, as torque is measured in ft-lbs and if you increase the width of the tire you will lessen the force the tire applies to the road. 17" is just fine.
well gee i guess its good he doesnt live on a race track. im sure he doesnt launch at every stop light. 18" doesnt have to be wider than a 17" tire either. 18"s arent way too big on a focus, which is why many drivers have them. honestly, i think people that put 17s on their daily driver for performance reasons are kind of rice minded, especially when 80% of them never race. if you really are a racer than you would probably have a set of slicks or another pair of rims with dr's. other reasons i can understand more, like living around pot holes, not wanting as rough of a ride, or wanting a lower drop. but saying that your launch will be worse or that they are heavy when you a have a system and a body kit just bothers me.

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i dont think there will be much of a gap after 1.5 and 17", it wont be sitting on the wheel either, i just want it to look good. the SVTF is dropped only 1/2" and i saw that if it was dropped another inch it would be perfect, so i think i'm going with some 17s and a 1.5" drop and call it a day
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not a bad choice. heres a pic of me so u can get an idea. i only have a 35 series tire on there too, so if you go with a 17 you can get some more rubber. i wanted a little taller tire but i wanted to play it safe without the rub. i have less gap with my 205 55 16 snow tires on :P

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I have 18's I love them to death. Its a bit harrser of a ride but just have to watch for potholes. I'm running 215/35/18 rubber and have no rub issues with my 2inch drop.

But it all comes down to what you want. 17's will have a less harsh ride as far as if you catch a pothole or road hazzards. But 18's look alot better, they really fill out the gap and there is less "slop" when hard cornering because there is less sidewall to give into.

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i would add the pothole comment like everyone else. I live in Michigan, the world's worst roads, and 18's wouldn't last one winter up here.
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after looking at 5speed's 18s which btw are beautiful, im seriously considering the 18s now, to also compensate for the gap
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