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Old 02-10-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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2012 17" vs 18" wheels

Simply put would 17" or 18" look better on the 2012 focus. I know the handling package has 18" wheels but anyone think they will look to large?

here are 18"s i would like on my focus




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I do not care about looking. The 17 tire has a lot more tires available as replacements, and cost less for the same tire.
As for handling, the 17 with a 50 aspect ratio is great for protecting against potholes and such. Once you are under 50 % the problems of underinflation, and potholes goes up.
And i have nice black painted 17's on my 2012.
I did not like the design of the 18s for the Focus anyway.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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The 17's would be lighter and thats something to consider.
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The 18's look better IMO and the OE 17" wheels are actually heavier.

Tires are going to be more expensive on the 18's obviously and you wouldn't want to use them during the winter, so 18"s are going to be a big investment.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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18"look good but i am having an inner conflict about it haha :)

18"look good but look funny with small rotors, they take more to spin up and slow down and cost more.
17" depending on wheel style can look better or worse but fit the rotors better, slightly better ride quality, lower price and can probably handle just as well
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I'd go with the 17" wheels myself, but that's just me.

Tires are cheaper, less chance of damaging a wheel due to potholes, and less unsprung weight.
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I personally don't like the look of rubber band (really low profile) tires as well as some other reasons. Because of their lower volume they usually require higher tire pressures to maintain load carrying capacities. Higher pressures often affect ride quality. Suspension components wear quicker and the potential of blowouts increases when hitting pot holes etc.
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I'd be happy either way. I personally might go with the larger 18s, but that's me.
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I prefer 17's for many of the above stated reasons.
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I personally don't like the look of rubber band (really low profile) tires as well as some other reasons. Because of their lower volume they usually require higher tire pressures to maintain load carrying capacities. Higher pressures often affect ride quality. Suspension components wear quicker and the potential of blowouts increases when hitting pot holes etc.
235/40/18 has the same air capacity as 215/50/17
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