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Old 03-25-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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I need some opinions on what I should do. Here is my situation.

Money is tight, like always , and I really want to get a new set of wheels. Right now I am currently running on my stock 16" Wheels with 215/55 R16. When I bought my car, the owner before me lowered it on non adjustable(eibach) springs, so I am not sure how low he lowered it. To make a long story short, the stealership i bought my focus from, changed out the tires from what I believe and put normal size on, instead of low profile. So, my current tires rub pretty bad in front when I turn sharp, or go over bumps over 30mph. I think I mentioned it before in a thread awhile ago. Feel free to take a look at my gallery to see these honk'n tires, and how low my car is.

Anyways, I have a few.. options.

- There is a guy I know selling a set of 4 SVT 5 Spokes, 17x17, with 205/50 R17 tires with what he said have about 70% left on them. He wants $450 as of right now for them(wheels and tires). Only 2 of the rims have minor scratches, hardly noticeable. I'm thinking I MAY be able to talk him to to atleast $400.

But, I want black wheels to match my car obviously, so.... I have two options really...

1. Buy these SVT wheels, and have them power coated black at a local power coater for $45 a wheel. Which would total, both wheels/tires and powder coat at around $630. If I go this option, I could have them sooner then option two, and fix my rubbing problem sooner(hopefully, I am sure the tires are a lot smaller then my current ones).

2. Save up, and buy the Ford racing focus rally wheels, and tires, total would run about $930ish plus fee for tire place to install tires onto the wheels. Would take awhile for me to save this up. Probably a couple months or so, which means I will have to continue to rub, which really concerns me.

I'm torn. I am kind of leaning towards the 5 spoke SVT wheels, they are not bad wheels at all, and they look nice as well.

What are your guys opinions?



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Old 03-25-2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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I'm partially biased to the rally wheels, so i say option 2!!
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:19 PM   #4
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you could just paint option 1 black, avoiding the $40 a wheel, plus youd save yourself from having to take the tires off and then remount them and balance them which will cost you more money
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ha ha ha... do both!! JK!!! hmm..... i know the money situation so id agree with above.... (master-baits)
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Honestly I'd go route #2 if I had to choose between the two.
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I'm not thrilled with the tire size in option one. It's a little on the unusual side. What kind/brand of tires are they? Some members have reported that the five spoke svt wheels can be fragile (prone to damage) as well. So ask yourself about the road conditions you'll have to contend with. Option 2 is naturally a little more expensive but you get what you want color wise, possibly a much stronger wheel, and have control over tire selection and proper sizing. There's also nothing wrong with painting or powder coating the stock wheels and spending what you save on some good tires of the correct size or possibly a better spring/shock como. It's not the 16" wheels that are causing the rubbing, it's the 215/55 tires which are way too tall and I'm assuming some Eibach sportlines which tend to be on the low side.
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He advertised them as "205/50R17 Semperit Sportgrip 93H ". What's the normal size for profiles? 205/45? They are winter tire(which is fine by me).

I am still debating... if I get the SVT wheels, I can most likely get them this weekend.

I want bigger rims(for look of course), and black. Why go replace the tires on my stock 16"s if I will eventually get 17"?

I'm torn...All of you guy's responses are great, maybe a few more will push me to a side? :)

As for new springs, I don't know. I don't have a garage or anything, and can't "technically" work on my car in our apartment complex. :S I'd have to have someone do it....which costs..

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Most commonly used sizes are 215/45-17 and 215/40-17. Standard stock 16" size is 205/50-16. A properly sized 17" tire is no bigger in overall diameter than the properly sized 16" tire. The wheel may look bigger but the tire diameters are the same. 16" wheels are usually lighter and as a result provide better performance (less rotational mass because wheel weight and tire weight is closer to the hub). Most serious autocrossers will go with 15" rims for these reasons. Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to wheels and tires. The performance downsides can be slower acceleration and longer braking distances.
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