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Old 09-18-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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18" vs 17" Rims

Hi All,

I have not had a chance to drive a Focus with the 18" sport rims. Can anyone describe the drive feel of the 17" vs the 18"?

When I drove the SEL with 17", it seemed tight but comfortable (ie not punishing the kidneys with every bump). The car was loaded with three big guys when I test drove it.

The 18" rims look better IMHO, but if the ride is going to be punishing, I'll stick with the stock 17" rims. This car will be 90% commuting to and from work on the highway. We may take it on a few short trips where we don't need much luggage...again, all highway.


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Old 09-18-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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I'd probably recommend the 17 rims" - I have the 18" rims which come with stiffer springs. While it looks better and can handle turns better, if you're going to be doing a lot of commuting I think you'd appreciate the softer ride.
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I have an 03 PT Cruiser that came with 215/50-17 tires. In the 100,000 miles the original rims got ruined by pot holes and the second set of after market 17" rims have several dents from pot holes.

If you live in an area that has pot holes I would recommend staying with the stock 16" wheels. When we ordered our SEL we stayed with the stock 215/55-16 wheels and tires to get some more sidewall for pot hole protection.
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I have an 03 PT Cruiser that came with 215/50-17 tires. In the 100,000 miles the original rims got ruined by pot holes and the second set of after market 17" rims have several dents from pot holes.

If you live in an area that has pot holes I would recommend staying with the stock 16" wheels. When we ordered our SEL we stayed with the stock 215/55-16 wheels and tires to get some more sidewall for pot hole protection.
Not many potholes in my neck of the woods. I have a 2002 Maxima with 17" tires and have not had any issues with them.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:07 PM   #5
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I have an 03 PT Cruiser that came with 215/50-17 tires. In the 100,000 miles the original rims got ruined by pot holes and the second set of after market 17" rims have several dents from pot holes.

If you live in an area that has pot holes I would recommend staying with the stock 16" wheels. When we ordered our SEL we stayed with the stock 215/55-16 wheels and tires to get some more sidewall for pot hole protection.
I didn't have any problems with the aluminum alloy rims on my '03 Focus other than a tiny bit of road burn from toll booths and drive throughs. This car had 15 inch wheels I believe.

On my '01 Focus which had Steelies I think I went through 4 of them. I dented both from wheels hitting a curb after slipping on the ice. I also dented both passenger side ones on a bad pothole on the mass pike, popped both tires too. This car had 14 inch wheels I believe.

My '12 had 16' on Steelies with Aero covers. If I can find a good looking set of Aero Rims, I may try that out and use my current ones for my snow tires, but otherwise, I am not big on deviating from OEM, with the exception of Tire Brands.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:18 PM   #6
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Generally wheels with 50 series tires are not gonna have too many problems.
The 17" wheels with 50 series tires is the ideal setup IMO for big size, vs not rubber band tires.
So i am happy with the compromises on my Focus with the 17" wheels and 215.50.17 tires.
The amount of air in the rear tires is more important for ride, that is the tire size.
And i would say having to use 39psi in the 18" is going to be a harsh ride over any bad pavement.
The base psi for the 17" tires of 36psi is pretty good compromise between solid feel and soft enough not to annoy.
For that i would say go with the 17's
Also when you have to buy tires. the 17" wheels are going to have more optiona and better pricing.
45 series 18"s cost a lot more than 50 series 17's for the same tires.
below is the link for my particular preferred comparision for my 17" 2012 Ford Focus tires. All the info:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...jsp?type=UHPAS

PS and just because one particular tire of a brand is best in a catagory, does NOT mean others of that brand are any good at all. Conti is #1 here, but the brand has dogs rated at the bottom of the ratings in other areas.. so do your homework!

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Old 09-18-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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I would say the 17" especially if you're in a cold weather area!
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:26 PM   #8
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I have an 03 PT Cruiser that came with 215/50-17 tires. In the 100,000 miles the original rims got ruined by pot holes and the second set of after market 17" rims have several dents from pot holes.

If you live in an area that has pot holes I would recommend staying with the stock 16" wheels. When we ordered our SEL we stayed with the stock 215/55-16 wheels and tires to get some more sidewall for pot hole protection.
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.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:18 PM   #9
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i love the handling of my 18's, not tried the 17's so I am kinda partial to 18's.... but I am looking for a set of 17's for winter tires...
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If you are considering the Handling Package with the 18"s that includes the full size spare, understand that the full-size wheel, takes up a lot of additional cargo room that would otherwise be yours to fill with cargo. The floor is raised up at least an additional 3-4". That is why I stuck with the 17"s on my Ti.
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