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Old 11-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #31
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Ive explained it to you bro. I'll tell you what, next week, im gonna put my steelies back on so i can have my wheels powder coated. Im gonna have to take off the tpms. Ill take pics and do a write up. Sound good?
I just picked up some 17" oem without tpms, so I'll be swapping mine over in the near future. Definitely would appreciate some pics of the tool and process.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #33
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Sounds good, its a tool you can pick up at a cars parts store. Also not too hard of a process but i will show you for sure
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #34
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Question Urgent Q's wheels!

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Option #2 OEM 16'
Q's Q's Q's!
So after I haven't had any wheel option down here.... Now I do have 2 wheels options!
The 16' OEM (picture) from a 2013 SE with 5,000KM in mint condition!
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A 18' ST OEM from a Focus ST 2009 with 98,000KM, the wheels look like they need a paint job and some other job 'cause 2 wheels can't be balanced ('cause a road hole)

Both wheels cost the same ($300 ish USD)
No tires for the 16'
Tires for the 18' but need to be replaced ASAP

Help! Please!
What wheels should I buy and why? P&C
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #35
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Q's Q's Q's!
So after I haven't had any wheel option down here.... Now I do have 2 wheels options!
The 16' OEM (picture) from a 2013 SE with 5,000KM in mint condition!
And
A 18' ST OEM from a Focus ST 2009 with 98,000KM, the wheels look like they need a paint job and some other job 'cause 2 wheels can't be balanced ('cause a road hole)

Both wheels cost the same ($300 ish USD)
No tires for the 16'
Tires for the 18' but need to be replaced ASAP

Help! Please!
What wheels should I buy and why? P&C
TY for all your help!
Since you're in Mexico and have concerns about the ground clearance you will prefer the ride with the 16" wheels, and you can re use the tires you already have if you wanted to, the 18" wheels will have a lot less rubber and air than the 16" wheels will.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #36
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:45 PM   #37
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The difference is in the details...

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... Anyway I think both wheels are the same, just some paint added. ...
Option #1 OEM 16' so I'm keeping my tires .............. Option #2 OEM 16'


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They are both the same wheel, just paint on one (they are officially called "Painted pockets" by Ford). ...
Not exactly. Look closely where the inner ends of the spokes meet the centers. On the silver ones they just blend in. On the gray/machined ones there is a raised shoulder around the U-shape where the slots that go through the middle of the spokes end at the center. The area around the center cap is flatter on the gray wheels, but sticks out on the silver ones, which are also painted all over without the machined surfaces the gray ones have. It's easier to see in these photos:




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The casting for the silver wheels looks more integrated to me than the more separate-looking spokes with the shoulders. I also think the gray ones would look better if the color was darker, like it looks in your "Option #1" photo. In person it looks too light for my taste, but I could still live with them if I get an Ingot Silver '14 SE with the Sport Package that includes them.

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I like the un-painted ones on my Sterling grey Focus. Depends on your preference. I think the un-painted ones tend to look slightly larger in diameter than the painted ones. I wanted the 17" black wheels but I think then I would've had to put the black headlights and driving light covers on. Just my opinion of course but I think the silver headlights match the silver wheels.
Aside from the "unpainted" ones actually being painted silver (I know what you really meant ;) I agree with all of that. (Nice photos of your car, btw.) The black/machined 17" wheels are my favorite, too, especially on an SGM car, but they're a bit expensive. The smoked silver (or stainless steel look) 17" wheels from the 2013 and later SE Appearance Package also look nice, but the older I get the more I value a quiet, comfortable ride over the improved handling of the lower profile tires. Not to mention the added cost of replacing the more expensive 17" tires when they wear out.

One thing I like better about the style of the 16" alloys is that the lug bolts go through webbing between the spokes, rather than through the middle of the spokes themselves, like they do on the 17" alloys. (The 16"s are more like the American Racing Equipment "Torq-Thrust" alloy wheels seen here that I craved from when I first saw them on dragsters in the early '60s. I believe the design of the Focus 16" alloys was influenced by them, and they still look good to me 50 years later.)

The only thing I see going against the silver 16" alloys is that they have become so common now that they're standard equipment on the base SE from 2013 on. That doesn't make them look any less attractive to me, but then I rarely see any Focuses around where I live. (On a two mile walk I can see more Priuses than I can count and at least 3-4 Teslas drive by, and the only Focus in my immediate neigborhood is an electric. )

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... if PENNUT said they're the same, painted and unpainted, can I get the silver ones and get them painted like the bi-color wheels in the photo? ...
You could paint the silver wheels a darker color, but trying to match the machined surfaces would probably look fake because of the differences in the shape of the castings. Just painting the whole silver wheel one color would be easier and more real looking. I think they would look good in the smoked silver/stainless finish of the 17" SE Appearance Package alloys. What I'd really like to see would be a textured finish that looks like unfinished cast magnesium or aluminum, but it probably wouldn't be easy to do or to keep clean. Not sure it would be worth the effort just to have something noone else does.


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It would be much simpler just to get a set of either wheels and not fuss with painting them.


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The gray/machined wheels look better to me on a white or silver sedan, but on your Sterling Gray car I'd vote for the silver ones. (Don't take my vote too seriously, though, 'cause I'm still having trouble deciding for myself and might vote differently tomorrow.)

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #38
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #39
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Here you have the real wheels I'm trying to decide between


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Both wheels are used
16" comes from a 2013 SE Focus
18" comes from a 2009 ST Focus
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