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15" 16" or 17" 3rd gen

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by DanDidIT, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. DanDidIT

    DanDidIT FEOA Donator

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    I see any of these sizes will work fine to maintain the factory diameter. Any thoughts on which route to go if getting new summer tires/wheels? Of course, the 15s are cheapest... but they may be a tad small looking by today's standards. Was thinking of going 16" Thoughts?
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    I like the looks of my 17"s, never had a set of 16"s, but liked the appearance of the 15" ZX2 wheels I had on my Black Tracer back in the day... :) The 17"s make the car corner better, but you feel the bumps (every bump...and rock... etc.) Some of us have had issues with rubbing too. If you don't get a factory wheel- be sure to get the right backspacing/offset or you may kick yourself later. Show us what you decide! :)
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    Thanks for the details. I agree the 17" wouldn't be the best for a car you plan to drive a lot. I'm really between 15 and 16. Still working it out...
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    Anyone running a 205/50 16? I'd like to get a bit more height as compared to a 205/45 16, if it will fit without rubbing.

    It looks like a stock 185/65 14 is about 23.5" in diameter and 7.3" wide, while the 205/45 16 has 24.1" diameter and 81" wide.

    Thanks
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    I love my 15s.
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    cklaubur Former Escort Owner

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    @DanDidIT: My Focus has 205/50R16's. If you'd like, I can do some measuring of the wheel/tire combo for you.

    Casey
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    Thanks, I'm good for now... was just wondering what everyone's preference was
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    17" x 7" - I wrapped them in 205/40/17 tires. No rubbing issues.

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    18" x 8" - I wrapped these in 205/40/18 tires. Rubbing on hard bumps or when I had a heavy load in the back.

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    John
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    Thanks John. Looks nice. I do see you have the rear DBs on in the first picture. What rotors are you running?

    I also just noticed that your car is satin black. What paint did you use? Does it clean up well?
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    i have a set of 16" wheels on my 99 and use 195 45 up front and 205 50 in the rear. neither rub or have any clearance issues. i am probably going to change out the fronts to match the rear but i just wanted to try out both sizes and see how they did.

    on a 3rd gen 4 door or wagon 15" wheels will look good from a zx2. 2003 wheels or 99 s/r wheels would be the coolest but any 15" zx2 wheel would look and fit good on a 4-door or wagon

    what is your location?
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    Lowering springs.

    John
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    Slotted and drilled. I rattle canned the paint job. I've done a few rattle can paint jobs and have learned a few good tips as to how to get it to look decent. PM me if you need help.

    John
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    Do you know the brand and how are they with corrosion? I'm looking for a good quality rotor that resists corrosion so they look presentable.

    Your paint job is impressive. I would not have known that was a rattle can. There's a few brands that are better than others for large areas. Gotta do it in the shade when it's cool out.
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    Out here in Cali not much rusts since it's usually so dry so it's hard to say how they are with corrosion but I would say probably most are comparable to each other since the blanks probably all come from the same foundry in China and get finished here. Short answer? Their probably isn't a difference between them in regards to the metallurgy and corrosion resistance. Also, while rust may form on the face of the rotor the moment you apply the brakes all that rust will disappear.

    I used a paint can sprayer tool so that my fingers wouldn't get tired and I wouldn't rush the job. I also bought some different spray tips with different spray patterns. I got 4 or 5 per spray style so that I could tailor it to different parts of the car and change out the tip when it starts to clog. I kept a cup with paint thinner handy so that I could just pop the tip off and drop it in the cup to let the tip soak. Some people try and clean out the tip with a needle but that just changes the spray pattern so as soon as it starts to clog I pull the tip off and drop it in the thinner since the paint in the tip is still soft enough for the thinner to penetrate. Tight areas like door jambs get the tight spray pattern and the larger areas like hood and body panels get the wider spray pattern. Prep is almost more important than the actual spraying of the paint so be sure you get everything as smooth as possible before you spray it. Don't skip prep steps like wiping down with grease remover before you paint it.

    John
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    Love the way 18's look on these small cars
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    do you know the specs on those wheels: width and backspacing?
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    18" x 7" with a 35mm backspace if I'm not mistaken but those particular wheels are not easy to find as they've been discontinued.

    John
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    Thanks - do you know what the backspacing is?

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