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Old 03-27-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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which is better?

I'm getting one of these two but can't decide which is actually
a better size for the focus? Mine is 2004 focus (stock is 16").

option 1:

15x7.5 wheel

option 2:

15x6.5 wheel


does that 1 inch width make much of a difference?? Should i get the wider one?

if i get the 15x7.5, can i fit a 225 width tire on that?


Lastly, how much of a difference do u think a 16x6-7 wheel is compared to a 15x6-7 wheel? Performance wise and looks? Will the gap/space between the tire and the wheel well be the same or greater because it's a smaller wheel?


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The gap will depend on what size tire, now what size wheel. 15s that weigh the same as 16s will perform better. Most 15s are lighter anyway, which is good. I ran 225/50/15s daily for a long time with no trouble, but you have to have the right offset wheel for that. 15x7.5 will be tricky, but can work very well. What wheels are you looking at? There are lots of options for 15x7. I wouldn't recommend 15x6.5 if you're looking for performance, but will be less likely to rub for normal sizes like 205s. I guess it depends on what you want to do.
This are the ones I mentioned earlier. Car is lowered 1.5" and leaning. I never rubbed unless I had passengers in the back.

Feel free to ask further questions. I'm a huge fan of 15's.
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Thanks......btw my car is not lowered (i don't plan on lowering it either). So will 15x7.5 wheels with 205-50-15s be clear of rubbing both inner and outer?

What if i went with a bit of a thicker tire at 225-50-15s on the 15x7.5? Will that be okay too? The wheel offset is 40+mm. Does that make it tricky?

Once again my car is not lowered and i won't be lowering it.
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40 offset with 225s may rub on bumps if you have passengers, but it could probably be fixed for no money just a little work. It might not even rub. I'd say to go with the 225. A 205/50/15 is a very short tire. 195/60/15 is stock. You'd probably want to go with a 205/55/15 if you didn't get the 225. They'd be rub free and have the same height as the 225/50. Both of these will be just a little but shorter than your stock 205/50/16, but will help the gearing. New they'll have fender gap like your worn out tires have, and then wear a little shorter from there. The gap will look better though, because the wheel and tire will sit closer to flush with the fender, not back inside the car.
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get the wider ones
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so does a 205 tire on a 7.5 inch wide wheel "look" wider than if it were on a 6.5 inch wide wheel even though its the same 205 tire?
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w/ that large of a sidewall, i wouldn't worry about it, you won't notice it, but if you do go w/ a 225, you more than likely will rub. there was a stock svt w/ 225/40/17's a while back that was rubbing pretty badly.
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