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Old 10-24-2019, 06:31 AM   #1
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Winter wheel/tire combo

Hi all, new to this forum so forgive me if this has been discussed before. Im looking to purchase my first set of snow tires for my 15 se. Regret not doing it sooner because driving this thing in the snow is awful with all season tires. I'd like to have a dedicated set of 16 inch wheels for the tires. I'm having a hard time finding 16" Focus wheels in Michigan. Will 13+ fusion 16s fit? Does anyone have recomendations on tires for mostly highway driving? Car is a 5sp if that makes a difference. Thanks


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Old 10-24-2019, 09:01 AM   #2
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See this sticky thread from the wheel section:
https://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/...ire-guide.html

Should help open up your search some more. Yes to your question though, any '13+ fusion will work (same for escape too)

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You'll find it less expensive for tires if you went with a 15" wheel. I believe that P195\65R15 is the equivalent to the stock size tire however in the winter it is beneficial to go with a narrower tire as it will track better through deep snow. Steel wheels are economical and stand up better through the winter conditions. Throw on some hubcaps if you want a better look.

I'm not sure where you are in Michigan but I see a lot of used MK3 Ford Focus winter tire packages in Southern Ontario on Kijiji.ca. You'd have the advantage of the strong USD.

If you want to avoid the cost of wheel sensor for your TPMS system you can disable TPMS in the BCM and enable the Deflation Detection System using Focccus and a modified ELM327 ODBC device. It works very well and you will not have a warning light on your gauge cluster (from lack of wheel sensors if you chose not to buy them).
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I am debating running steel wheels, possibly getting some from one of the local pick and pulls. Thanks for the input, it never occurred to me to go smaller than a 16". My gen 2 focus s had steel wheels and I could get awesome tires for $350
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I went with 15" steel wheels (195/65R15 Blizzak WS80) mainly because I couldn't find 16" hub caps at the time and I already had a set of 15" hub caps.

I was afraid that the slightly smaller diameter tires would negatively affect gas mileage - they did affect mileage, but it was slightly up, not down (perhaps they weight less than the 17" OEM wheels, or could be completely unrelated).

I got the package from Tire Rack with the TPMS sensors with the reprogramming device, however I couldn't get it to work, but I didn't have to do anything because the car did not get upset with the new sensors (nor when I put the regular tires back on). They also included a good set of lug nuts, which I'm now using on the regular wheels instead of the horrible OEM ones (had such a terrible time with them on my former Focus).
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I am debating running steel wheels, possibly getting some from one of the local pick and pulls. Thanks for the input, it never occurred to me to go smaller than a 16". My gen 2 focus s had steel wheels and I could get awesome tires for $350
I'm running Michelin X-Ice3 with steel wheels on my Focus. They are super quiet on the highway compared to others I have used in the past. I run Nokian
Hakkapelitta's on my Suburban and I'm really happy with them too. Both are rated very well by Consumer Reports.
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Welcome to the forum! You're doing the right thing by getting winter tires and mounting them on their own rims. It saves a ton of time and money compared to constantly remounting tires.

Another vote for WS80s in 195/65 R15 on Tire Rack steel rims. I didn't bother with TPMS though, so I have to ignore the light on my dashboard all winter and manually check my own tire pressure ::gasp:: I hear the X-Ice series of tires is better for longevity and highway driving, but I've run Blizzaks in 12" of snow without issue (WS70s on an Outback), so I'm a bit biased. Last winter, they didn't plow my street soon enough, so I was literally plowing it in my Focus...snow was flying everywhere and I could barely see out the windshield. She just kept on going :-)
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WS-80s are garbage for anything except deep snow and there's better tires out there now for deep snow. They had an issue with sudden lateral break-away on ice. They're also super squirmy, soft, and don't last long at all. Bridgestone has recently released a new tire to replace the WS-80s this year to address the sudden break away issue the WS80s had.

The Goodyear Ultragrip Ice WRT is pretty good. They're much quieter and more compliant at highway speeds than you'd think a winter tire would be at. Probably my favorite winter tire.

A lot of people are toting the General Altimax Arctic 12s as one of the best winter tire for the money. They're rebranded versions of a tire that's only available in Europe (glav-something something frost.)
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Be careful with the lugnuts. Tire Rack sent me new lugnuts too but it's because the steel wheels use a different type. One uses the bulge type and the other uses the cone type. The documentation from Tire Rack said not to use them interchangeably. Amazon has some good choices to replace the stock ones.
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15 inch 205/65/15 biggest tire you can put on a base model and the smallest rim possible. I have a set for sale but no shipping i'm in NJ.
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