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Old 04-29-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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To '18' or not to '18'...that is the question!

I'm looking hard into putting some 18" wheels on my '09 ses coupe and was wondering what your consensus is on that? I'm probably getting the FRPP kit which would lower my ride 1.5" so would 215/35/18 be the optimum tire size OR could I get away with a 215/40/18 size? Thanks, Cliff


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Old 04-29-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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I'm running 215/40/18 with my ICW's and the FRPP drop.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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The downsides, 18's will increase rotational mass and unsprung weight which will negatively impact braking, acceleration, and make your suspension work harder if those performance aspects are of to concern you. The upside, some people think they look good. There's plenty of smaller wheels that look just as good that minimize the downsides mentioned.
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Thanks, I had thought about those downsides as well. I think I'll stay with 17"ers and go with some nice aftermarket wheels.
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Reminder..... always consider the wheels weight and buy the lightest and strongest one you can afford. The same goes for tires. Why buy a nice light wheel then strap a brick on it? Tirerack has most of the tire weights they carry listed on their site.
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18's aren't worth it IMO.. Geezer pretty much covered it, but one downside he left out is the lack of sidewall is dangerous in rough roads and potholes
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^^^^I agree, I like some tire between me an and the road as well. Rubber bands don't make it, I don't like the wagon wheel look personally.
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ive yet to see a bad looking focus with 18. meaning i think any focus with 18 looks good. svt with 215/45-18. if its about looks do it.
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ive yet to see a bad looking focus with 18. meaning i think any focus with 18 looks good. svt with 215/45-18. if its about looks do it.


Looks are a very personal thing. I'm sure there's others, who like me, don't like the look even if there wasn't down sides to bigger wheels. To each there own as they say.

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Old 04-30-2009, 08:05 AM   #10
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I was going to get 17's on my focus but I could find the ones i wanted in that size so i upsized to 18's.Im running 215/18/35 falken ziex 912 and they ride pretty good .Def avoid potholes b/c i already bent one of my rims and I have noticed a little slower acceleration but I plan on upgrading the performance.Mine def needs a drop but idk how much
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