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I was wondering if the 5 spoke SVT rims will work with the 2007 ZX3? Will they bolt up or will I need a spacer?

Also, what, if any, are the differences between the 5 spoke SVT rims for the different years? Being a Focus noob, I really appreciate any info.


BTW, If anyone has these on a 2007 post a pic (or 2) please. Thanks!
 

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The Librarian
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You should be just fine with the SVT wheels.
Bolt pattern and offset are both compatible with your car.

There is no difference at all between the 5 spoke wheels depending upon year.
SVT wheels:
2002-2003 - 5 spoke
2004 - 6 spoke
2002-2004 - EAP 15 spoke
All are 17X7 - 4X108 - 49mm offset

I might add, to keep your speedometer reading accurately you'll want a 215/40/17 tire size.
(SVT is 215/45/17, which is a little over 1/2" taller than the standard models)
 

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Damn WD40.... what an AV.. hahaha.....
 

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there is a formula someone did in PHP that will assist in the difference wheel size will make with your speedo.
 

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WD40 said:
You should be just fine with the SVT wheels.
Bolt pattern and offset are both compatible with your car.

There is no difference at all between the 5 spoke wheels depending upon year.
SVT wheels:
2002-2003 - 5 spoke
2004 - 6 spoke
2002-2004 - EAP 15 spoke
All are 17X7 - 4X108 - 49mm offset

I might add, to keep your speedometer reading accurately you'll want a 215/40/17 tire size.
(SVT is 215/45/17, which is a little over 1/2" taller than the standard models)
Thanks!
One more question [:D] --- what about 205/40/17's (I think that's the size I saw bandied about elsewhere on the forum, although I could be wrong), as far as speedo issues?

Will 215/45/17's have rubbing issues i.e., wheel lock to wheel lock or rough roads? (I know, that's 2 more questions -- whaddya want, I'm a [:eek:)] noob!)
 

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I dont think it would rub, I run 205/40/17s on mine, and theres plenty of room. The difference between a 205/40/17 and a 215/45/17 is just under 1 inch more in diameter, which if you think about it, is about .5 inch all around. Not gonna hurt you [thumb]

Plus plenty of guys run 215/40/18s and 215/45/18s around here.
 

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what about 205/40/17's...as far as speedo issues?
Here's a comparison of the tire diameters between all the sizes mentioned:
Stock (assuming you had 16") 205/50/16 - 24.07"
205/40/17 - 23.45" (speedo will read 2.64% fast - 61.5mph at 60mph actual)
215/40/17 - 23.77" (speedo will read 1.26% fast - 60.7mph at 60mph actual)
215/45/17 - 24.61" (speedo will read 2.25% slow - 58.6mph at 60mph actual)

As I mentioned.
215/40/17 would be the closest match to keep the speedometer reading accurately.
205/40/17 is hell on wheels if you have rough roads. Not much sidewall for protection.
215/45/17 will definitely give the best ride and wheel protection, though you'll have the aforementioned speedo error,
and slightly slower acceleration due to the taller tire.

Will 215/45/17's have rubbing issues i.e., wheel lock to wheel lock or rough roads?
No rubbing issues at all, provided you use the SVT wheels (or comparable offset), and aren't dropped more than 1.5".
 

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words of advice, with the 5 spoke wheels, make sure you get enough tire sidewall as these wheels are known to break and bend if you hit a crater. But stock, the svt wheels had those POS COnticontact sport tires with a really soft sidewall. Personally, I would go 215-45 or even 225-45, make sure you always keep the tires inflated around 35 psi, no less, and make sure you buy a good tire with a hard sidewall, BFG G-force sport, KDW, Eagle F1 GSD3, ect.
 

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oh, by the way, I swapped out 205-50-16's for 215-45-17 (5 spoke svt) with no rubbing issues at all. If you do a drop, I can't say what will happen. ALso, I hit a crater of a pot hole the other day and my wheel was fine. Avoid those continental tires.
 

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you said you wanted a picture. I may have a silver sedan, but I do have the SAp bumpers if you wanted to see a pic.
 

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WD40 said:

215/40/17 would be the closest match to keep the speedometer reading accurately.
The only problem is 215/40 profile tires are really hard to find outside of a drag slick or other track-only/dry surface only tire. When I got my second set of summer tires, it was either 225/40 or 215/45.

Duffman355 said:
words of advice, with the 5 spoke wheels, make sure you get enough tire sidewall as these wheels are known to break and bend if you hit a crater.
You really can't get enough sidewall on a 17" wheel, going any higher than 205-215/50 17 would result in excessive rubbing. I'd suggest staying away from the SVT 5-spokes and go with either 6-spoke or the EAP 17s which are by all accounts bulletproof.
 
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