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Old 11-18-2013, 04:26 PM   #131
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I had four left over snow tires from my last focus.An oldie,2000.Good tires.I have a 2012 focus now and thought I was saving myself some money by buying four cheap used 15" rims for those tires.Going from a 16 to a 15" in the winter is ok,rims are 5x108 great.The tires are 195/60-15's.The optional 15" recommendation is 195/65-15.Calculators recommend staying within 3% of the diameter.Theres a 3.09% difference here.Tires are not set up on rims so test fitting isn't much of an option.Has anyone here used 195/60-15's on there focus?Its an se.Thanks for any help.
Apparently the rims I picked up aren't going to work.They were off of a 2006 Taurus,apparently the stud size is different.What a p.i.t.a.
So to save anyone else the trouble,they don't work.
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:15 PM   #132
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So I ended up buying the winter tires and wheels from the guy. I don't think I got the best deal ($750) for the wheels, tires, and a euro rack for my car. But I measured them when I got home and didn't realize that the tread 7/32 in the middle, but it has not hit the micro bit compound wear bar on either side of the tires. So he was obviously running them over inflated. Should I run them a bit under inflated to compensate for this or are they just going to be bad in the snow regardless now?
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:58 PM   #133
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Hi, Tirerack,

I'm 2014 Titanium owner, looking for winter package.
it looks like tirerack recommended 195/60/15 is out of 3% boundary with by 17inch set - any reason Tirerack is recommending this sets?

Also if I opt for 16inch package, which size of wheel should I get? I can find there's 16X6.5 and 16X7 used by ford stock, what's the differences between them?
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:42 PM   #134
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Hey starianova, I tried the Tire Rack calculator for your vehicle and found the 15" minus sized combo. called for a 195/65-15 tire - that would be a lot closer to your 17" size.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #135
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Question Need winter tires to replace my OEM's

I have a '12 SE auto w/ sport pkg. and the 225R15's with 35K on them cost me a $50 tow bill on my OWN street this afternoon. Not worn (3k rotations and always properly inflated) but not knobbies, either. I need to get replacement tires in the a.m. and like Mastercrafts (by Cooper) from years of experience with non-performance compound tires. I know I need to replace all 4 or do I? Get 4 installed on steel rims to take off and replace with the factory alloys once the threat of snow is gone?
Any of you snowbirds have any suggestions? Thanks!
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Tires only or winter package: Winter Package

In the winter time I snowboard in the Appalachian mountain range. Snow amount varies from dustings to a 12" (Not that I would drive in that much with this car) We get more wintery mix crap locally. (2 hours east of the slopes) I am thinking I would buy a set of steel wheels to mount some winter tires on and swap out between summer wheels to winter set up when I put my snowboard racks on.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:25 PM   #137
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So I did some searching but haven't found too much information for my application:

2013 Focus ST, OEM tire size 235/40/18.

Tire Rack's site says they have a 16x6.5" steel wheel that fits. What's my best option for tires? 205/60/16?
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So I did some searching but haven't found too much information for my application:

2013 Focus ST, OEM tire size 235/40/18.

Tire Rack's site says they have a 16x6.5" steel wheel that fits. What's my best option for tires? 205/60/16?
We currently have the 16x6.5 steel wheels in stock and the Pirelli Winter Sottozero3 in 215/55R16, a performance winter tire, would be the recommended set of tires.

Though not one of the recommended sizes, 205/60R16 should work and it opens up some more options if you wanted a studless ice and snow tire. These work a bit better on ice and deep snow but have softer sidewalls so they will not feel as firm and set at speed when the roads are clear and it's just cold. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the input, Seth.

Do you think the 205/60/16 would really give up that much as compared to 215/55/16? It looks like there's a pretty steep price hike on the latter size. And if rolling diameter is similar, where is the instability coming from since sidewall height is close?

I understand in winter-time, skinnier is better. Plus, isn't a 205 width a bit better fit for a 6.5" rim? I run 205's on my 8" wheels on the Mazda... (no it's not stretch/poke)

I'm not trying to discount/ignore your recommendation. Just trying to better understand. For what it's worth, MO winters are generally pretty mild, so the wider section width may not really apply to me. I just don't want to find myself out and stuck.
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I believe the skinnier tire way of thought was debunked...
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