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Old 06-08-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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How thick of an adapter do I need for new wheels?

I finally found a set of wheels that has everything I'm looking for. I drive a 2010 focus sedan ses, and currently have the stock 17" wheels. I'm looking at getting the Tenzo Meister Matte Black V.1. If getting these I definitely want to go 18" which will be 18x8 with 42 offset. The question is they are only in 4x100 bolt pattern. I'm not too familiar with wheel adapters, but was wondering what size as in thickness do I need?

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Old 06-08-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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Also, I'm running Eibach Sportline springs.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:55 AM   #3
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I believe the minimum thickness they make is 1". You'd have to do the math to figure it out. 1" = 25.4 mm.

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:02 AM   #4
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With adapters it's going to push the wheel to far out of the fender and you rub a lot, plus the fact there not safe at all
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Compare the offset and/or backspacing of your stock wheels with that of what you want to purchase. That'll give you an idea of how thick of a spacer you can go with before your tires are outside of the fender.

You also need to be mindful of the inner hub bore diameter on the new wheels. If it's anything different than stock, you'll need either hub-centric rings (if the diameter is larger than stock) or a hub-centric/wheel-centric adapter with the correct hub size for your new wheels. That can get into custom adapter territory which can be spendy.

The key to all this is knowing your stock wheel's offset and backspacing specs and comparing that with the wheels you want to purchase.
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Won't work. Offset too low already and with an adapter its gonna push that wheel out way too far.
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Hmm, that sucks, I thought I finally found what I was looking for haha. Does anyone know of a site that has something like that style in 18" and in 4x108? I feel like I have searched everywhere and only have found them in either 17" or in a different bolt pattern.

Here's what I'm looking for.
http://www.wheelstudio.com/view-whee...ll/vehicle-all
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Does anybody know wat wheel adapters size i need to switch out my stock 4 lug 4 x 108 mm 4.25 inch to 4 lug 4 x 108 mm 4.50 inch? I have stock 16 inch rims on now but trying to get my 17 inch 4 lug 4.50 on. I drive a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with drum brakes in the rear. Please.........
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Lots of poor information in this thread, even if most of it is 1/2 a year old it's worth correcting.

First 18x8 ET42 isn't already too low of an offset, it's the same specs as MK1 RS wheels which fit any 1999-2011 NA focus easily.

Next, I'm not sure what info Indy is working with but wheel adapters are plenty safe as long as (just like anything) you don't cheap out and you use quality components.

Finally, I'm not even really sure what Aaron is referring to. Could you clarify what you mean by 4.50 inch? Are you talking about the backspace or do you mean that the bolt circle is 4x4.5 instead of 4x4.25?
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Wheel spaces can be very dangerous as they greatly increase the load on the wheel studs, which can cause them to break, with the result being a wheel flying off the car.

At the auto centers I've run, we were not allowed to install wheel spacers under any circumstances because of the great danger is meant for our customers and the legal liability it exposed the company to.

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