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Old 11-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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Rota Wheels >> FYI

Well, I learned something today.
I called "vividracing.com", as they list Rota wheels for the Focus.
Now! here is the important part. Special orders don't upset them.
I was able to order the Rota grids, 16x7, 45mm, WITH the polished lip.
They can also get the ROTA RB's in the 42mm offset.
Long story short >> I have talked and shopped for the last month and was told (how many times?) that the wheels I wanted were "just not available".
Pooh!
They can also get the ROTA Slipstreams with the polished lip >>FYI<<.
NOTE: You have to call them as they don't show all the options on there web site. (We talked to Shawn who was very helpful).
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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So did you buy the wheels? Also did they show up yet? If so, PICS PLEASE.
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but who wants the polished lip LOL....I just ordered rota track r's in silver....shhhh
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So did you buy the wheels? Also did they show up yet? If so, PICS PLEASE.
Yes I bought them. Wife picked them out. If Mama happy everybody happy!
They won't arrive for 6-8 weeks as there a special order. But that's OK as there for the summer tires anyway. Really wanted the RB's, but Shawn called Rota while I was on the phone and they confirmed the minimal acceptable offset for the Focus was 44mm. Here is a pic. Just want to say choices are very limited in a 16" wheel. Nuther Note: So whats with all the 40,42,38mm wheels? There for the Audi 80/90(?) series that share the same bolt pattern as the Focus. just FYI.
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Good info! Rotas FTW!!
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Yeah I got the 42mm AR1's from tirerack. They rub the fender just a bit :(
They look good though. Would a machine shop be able to shave the back of the wheels for me? What would it cost? (Don't mean to hijack)
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I think I like those rims more than the Montegi rims I had, but you cant beat the steelies for winter.
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Yeah I got the 42mm AR1's from tirerack. They rub the fender just a bit :(
They look good though. Would a machine shop be able to shave the back of the wheels for me? What would it cost? (Don't mean to hijack)
I actually looked into that for the Rota RB (yes, wanted them that much).
2 millimeters = 0.0787401575 inches (Less than a 10th). BUT! The area where you have to take it off is critical to the strength of the wheel. To visualize, its the area where the stud holes are. So you must either get a ruling from the manufacturer, or find a really (really) good machine shop dude that knows his stuff. Machining the wheel is not that expensive. Assume $25-40 per wheel depending on the wheel. (the issue is whether they have the equipment to hold the wheel, while it is being machined, WITHOUT screwing up the finish. I.E. They have to be able to do a 'reverse' mount). There is also the business with the hub and hub ring (if applicable). And you must also take into account clearance for the brakes. A good machine shop (or the manufacturer) should be able to answer all those questions. Hope that answers it!
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I think I like those rims more than the Montegi rims I had, but you cant beat the steelies for winter.
Thankfully, Saint Louis has generally very mild winters (by comparison to our northern,eastern,western and southern neighbors). So I will just run the OEM wheels as they have the All Seasons mounted on them.
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