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Old 08-29-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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205/55/r16 on a drop

Hey guys, so I've researched this and can't get a definitive answer. So for starters I have a 2005 focus zx4 se. A 1.5" eibach drop and camber arms in the rear. Right now I run 205/45/r17 wheels all around on a 40mm offset and have virtually no rubbing. Now my question is, with the same drop will it be practical to run 205/55r16 wheels on a 45 mm offset without having rubbing or any other issues. I've done the research on size difference and even the offset calculators and I know the math, but nothing accounts for that drop. I'm looking for experience now so if you know or have tried. Anything helps! Thanks guys for helping out a ff newbie.


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I ran 205/55/R16 on stock wheels (16x6 et 56) with Eibach Pro-Kit springs and I wore a whole through both of my front fender liners. Yes, they rubbed.

Also, welcome to FF. You're right up the 101 from me. We should get together and cruise sometime.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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I ran 205/55/R16 on stock wheels (16x6 et 56) with Eibach Pro-Kit springs and I wore a whole through both of my front fender liners. Yes, they rubbed.

Also, welcome to FF. You're right up the 101 from me. We should get together and cruise sometime.
The fender liners on my '02 ZX3 w/ prolines are untouched, never rubber with the stock 205/50/16 tires on it now. I was just in the front end this morning and had a look.

I only ran prolines for 10K miles, and rarely had passengers or cargo to haul heavier than a dachshund.

(*edited to change the tire size to 50 series, I had that wrong, so my tires were shorter anyhow)

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Hmmm. Maybe a test fit is my best option. Only dilemma is I dont have the wheels with that offset.
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Why get 205/55, though? 205/50 is the correct size and is easy to find.
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I ran 205/55-16s on stock wheels and a Sportline drop and did not have rubbing issues at all, other than when turning close to full lock, where the tires would rub the front fenders.

*as a side note, the stock 16s are 16x6 et52.5, not the et56 as mentioned above.

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I ran 205/55-16s on stock wheels and a Sportline drop and did not have rubbing issues at all, other than when turning close to full lock, where the tires would rub the front fenders.

*as a side note, the stock 16s are 16x6 et52.5, not the et56 as mentioned above.

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I was guessing, I guess I guessed wrong.

I must have done a lot of driving at full lock, then, because my fender liners are shot.
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I didn't rub on the fender liners as far as I could tell, it was just the fender itself.

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Thank you both for your help. It's awesome to be able to talk to ppl with the same cars and issues as me. But I knew about the 52.5 mm offset on stock wheels, which in turn helps to stop fender rub. My issue is using a 45 mm offset. And unfortunately I can't find someone who has done that exactly. I knew it was a shot in the dark, and this is something I might just have to try... And to answer your question yellow, it's the look. I wanted that taller tire w/o going to a 15" rim. Might be a lost cause :/
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How wide are the wheels? If they're only 6" wide, you shouldn't have a problem...even at 7" wide, you really shouldn't have a problem.

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