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Old 02-02-2014, 10:56 PM   #11
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Well it's also because If I get the ST within the next month or sooner, I've heard that it's a bad idea to run a summer performance tire in weather blelow 40 degrees. So figured that all seasons would be the best of both worlds and save some money. If not, I reckon I could force some space in my garage. Is it better to go with smaller wheels in the winter or stick with the same size?

Also thank you for all the help! I noticed you replied on focusst.org too!
It's also fantastic that the help is coming from someone who knows the Michigan weather too haha!
Yes running the stock tires below 40 degrees is not recommended, plus they have very little traction on snow or ice.

I never drove them on ice, but even on dry pavement below 40 degrees and they would light up really easy.

Smaller and narrower wheels/ tires are better for driving on snow and ice.

The smallest size that fits is a 16" diameter wheel, however there can be clearance issues to the front calipers. Of course if it clears it fits, and the full sized spare is a 16" steel wheel.

I went with the 17" wheels I bought to upgrade from the 16" on the old car and turned that in with the stock wheels.

http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-gen...tml#post105481

Some one over on Ford ST nation is claiming that goodyear would exchange the tires within 30 days of purchase, although I'm not 100% sure that should apply to new vehicle sales instead of just retail tire sales.

All seasons are a compromise, but it would be better than leaving the summer only high performance tires on and having a crash.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:06 PM   #12
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Yes running the stock tires below 40 degrees is not recommended, plus they have very little traction on snow or ice.

I never drove them on ice, but even on dry pavement below 40 degrees and they would light up really easy.

Smaller and narrower wheels/ tires are better for driving on snow and ice.

The smallest size that fits is a 16" diameter wheel, however there can be clearance issues to the front calipers. Of course if it clears it fits, and the full sized spare is a 16" steel wheel.

I went with the 17" wheels I bought to upgrade from the 16" on the old car and turned that in with the stock wheels.

http://fordstnation.com/focus-st-gen...tml#post105481

Some one over on Ford ST nation is claiming that goodyear would exchange the tires within 30 days of purchase, although I'm not 100% sure that should apply to new vehicle sales instead of just retail tire sales.

All seasons are a compromise, but it would be better than leaving the summer only high performance tires on and having a crash.
I agree. Well I'll report back to both forums when a Focus ST is sitting in my driveway. I'm sure at some point I'll be able to get a dedicated set of winter wheels and tires but I'm sure all-seasons would work for the time being
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This could be the one! A PB ST1 w/ exterior stripe. The blue was just calling my name when I saw it amongst the grey, white and black Foci, Fiestas and Escapes.

because my dad refuses to get one with a moonroof; the belief that sports cars shouldn't have moonroofs(adding weight and whatnot), the ST1 may be mine in a month. The cloth seats aren't that bad sitting in them for the first time. And the 6-speaker system and base radio looks pretty nice! I like all the buttons and complicated looking interior too. The grey inserts are a bit itchy if you're wearing shorts but not bad at all, felt just like sitting in my Blue Astra! It's either this or whatever PB ST2 without a moonroof they can find in out of state in the next 30 days.

I'm wondering how long the stripes will last or how durable they'd be for washing or leaving outside if they're vinyl? anyone have these OEM stripes?
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:38 PM   #14
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I went from a 2012 focus SEL that was pretty loaded to an ST1 and there isn't too much that I miss. the six speaker stereo doesn't sound as good so I had all the speakers replaced with mid-grade speakers and now I think the stereo sounds better than the stock 10-speaker system. I went from leather to the cloth ST seats and I think the cloth seats are more comfortable and the seats and are nicer than I thought. i absolutely did not want the recaros. you'd have to pay me to have a moonroof.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:42 PM   #15
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because my dad refuses to get one with a moonroof; the belief that sports cars shouldn't have moonroofs(adding weight and whatnot)...
Sports car? Like a Ferrari, GT-R, Viper, Corvette, 911, etc.?

Assuming that you intend to drive your car on the street (and not a racetrack), what exactly is the real world disadvantage of you having a moonroof?

It's a Focus for crying out loud.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:26 AM   #16
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Most of the cars I have owned over the past 20 years have had either a sun roof or t-tops including my ST. I really enjoy them in the nice weather and the weight penalty is meaningless on a street car.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:13 PM   #17
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I hate sunroofs, but that's because I'm 6'5" tall and hate the feeling of my hair rubbing the roof. No sunroof usually gives me an additional 2-3" of head room, allowing me to wear a hat and not worry about it hitting the roof.

I wish Ford would have allowed you to get the ST2 or ST3 package with the Focus Titanium interior.
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