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Old 04-28-2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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Wheel fitment question

My stock focus rims are 17x7" with a 49mm offset.
My current tires are 215/45/17.

What exactly is a safe offset range for me with the tire size specified? I was looking at 42mm offset. What is the difference here exactly?

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You have the ideal combination. Reducing the offset moves the tire closer to the fender lip and increases chances of rubbing especially if the car is lowered.
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Ahh I see, so you're saying 49mm is the ideal combo right?
42mm should be doable? The car isn't lowered, not plans for that really.
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Yes, you have the ideal offset, wheel size, and tire size.
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I don't see too many wheels for the Focus that have 49mm offset.. Most I see are in the 40-45 range. I'm guessing a lot of people here have wheels in the 40-45 range and are fine?
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45mm is usually safe. Less than that and there's mixed results. One again it depends on wheel width, tire size, lowering, etc. Less than 42mm and it gets real iffy. Another thing, as you decrease offset (lower numbers), you increase the chance of stress on the hubs and wheel bearings.
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I have had a 42mm offset for the last 3 years without any problems or rubbing issues. But then of course I don't have my car dropped on it's ass like some people do. I would not recommend going anywhere lower than 42mm without doing some modifications like rolling the fender lip. What kind of wheels are you looking at by the way? I know you can get some Enkei EV5's 17x7 that is a 45mm offset which is a great way to go and not have to worry to much about things. Plus they are a nice looking set of wheels.
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As it was stated above, wheel width, offset, tire size and suspension setup (drop and stiffness) all play a role in the fitment.
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I'm looking at wheels that are 42mm offset. My car has stock suspension. I don't plan on lowering it or anything. I haven't been able to find too many wheels that fit my taste. I'm looking for something black with many spokes like the Ford Racing Rally Wheels.
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I'm looking at wheels that are 42mm offset. My car has stock suspension. I don't plan on lowering it or anything. I haven't been able to find too many wheels that fit my taste. I'm looking for something black with many spokes like the Ford Racing Rally Wheels.

Why not get the Ford Racing wheels if you like them? Solves the offset concerns.
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