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Hello,

I have LX 91 and would like to switch 195/60/R15.

I have heard that rim width should be 1/2" to
2" narrower than the tire width for ideal fitment.

Since 195cm equals 7.67" 6" width rim would be ideal and this
is the width which is stock on Ford Focus for 195/60/R15
tires.

Unfortunately Focus has a different bolt pattern.

So could you suggest a particular rim model/manufacturer
which is 6" wide and fits.


Thank you,

Rob
 

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Rob,

most aftermarket rims will be 6.5" or 7", with the 7" being the predominant size. As far as a specific manufacturer or design, taht's up to you. Many can be found in the $100 range, but the sky's the limit?

Check tirerack.com for a good idea of styles available, then go into a local store for more info.
 

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195 60 r15

I agree with bpletch1 ,Tire Rack is a good place to look . just plug in your car stats and the size of the rim you want and it will bring up an array of rims to view , but they don`t have them all . So again as stated before check out your local shops and watch your local Sears or whatever you have for sales on rims . sometimes you can get real nice ones that way . good hunting . H
 

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I believe that the 1st gen EGT rims would fit. I have the 195 60 R15s like you want on my car. They are available at junkyards for about $25/wheel where I live. It could be a low cost alternative and it would be completely Escort.

I would recommend Potenza RE950s if you get them. You may want to go to a wider rim or a taller one. That tire size has a limited variety of good performance tires that are available. I just bought BFG Radial TAs. Stay away from them. They look good but corner horrible.
 

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I just bought BFG Radial TAs. Stay away from them. They look good but corner horrible.
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That's why the Radial TA falls into the "cosmetic performance" category. It means exactly that, they "look" like a performance tire, but they are not. I love explaining that to my older muscle car customers who want the TA for better handling.

If you like BFG, you're much better off with the Touring TA HR4 or upsizing so you can get a G-Force!![/quote]
 

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My 16x7 Rota Slipstreams from ZXTuner.
*click for larger image*

These are also sold in a 15x6.5. There are a lot of other wheels that ZXtuner carries to fit the Escort at a good price. The slipstreams only weigh 13lbs! They've also held up well to the mild potholes where I live. The 15"ers weigh in at less than 12lbs!!!

You can find great tires in a 15" or 16" size, these are 205/45 Sumitomo HTR Z IIs... quiet and sticky. The only problem I had was a minor rubbing problem with the rear fender lips... but I rolled them easily enough with a hammer and a 2x4 :wink: . 195 width tires will fit great on 15x6.5s, but the selection for grippy road tread drops off quickly below 205 unless you are looking into race tires.

*PS: My H&Rs arrived today... so the ghastly front fender gap will be gone shortly. The silver painted bulbs have held up well.. I do most of my driving at night... and have already taken a 3.5hr trip with the lights on.. they're still burning bright.. and no amber showing through when they're off :wink: Oh, the yellowed side moulding is on it's way out too :D *
 

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The rims for the 1st gen won't fit the second gen The 1st gen is a 4x108 bolt patern same as the focus, contour,mistique,and new cougar. The second gen pattern is 4x100 same as the civic and verry easy to find rims for. Hope this was helpfull. Good luck

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Thank you for the responses.

You are right the Rota Slipstream is great and I decided to order them.

I have the following questions on them:

1. Do I need hub centering rings?

2. I am undecided regarding the color of the wheels.
I consider SILVER and STEEL GRAY.
I know the STEEL GRAY only from low resolution pictures on the web.
Could you tell me your impression regarding the STEEL GRAY if
you had a chance to see it?

Beaverboy: what is the color of your wheels?


3. Beaverboy:
Will 205/55/15 tire rub anything assuming I get the fender lips rolled?


Once again thank you,



Rob.
 

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Rob said:
I have the following questions on them:

1. Do I need hub centering rings?
While the wheels didn't appear to be hubcentric, I haven't had any trouble with imbalance. (they've been mounted for 2 months now) You may want to look into centering rings though.. couldn't hurt.

This reminded me of something.. guys, when you get some pretty rims like these, be sure to ask the guys at the tire shop to use the sticky weights instead of the weights that clip on the rims. This way they don't detract from the appearance. :wink:

Rob said:
2. I am undecided regarding the color of the wheels.
I consider SILVER and STEEL GRAY.
I know the STEEL GRAY only from low resolution pictures on the web.
Could you tell me your impression regarding the STEEL GRAY if
you had a chance to see it?

Beaverboy: what is the color of your wheels?
I have the silver.. I took me a while to decide on color.. I finally decided that no other color would look classy with my silver-blue metallic paint. I'm not a white wheel guy.. and I run my snow tires on black steelies w/out wheelcovers, so I know what the black wheel looks like. I really do like the other colors.. just not on my car :(


I used this picture to determine that the steel grey isn't for my car. I took me about 5 minutes to crop the wheels from that image and paste them onto a poor pic of my car (300k pics.. 56kers beware): grey, bronze. Those are a little darker than they would appear on the car.. I should have lightened them.. but even with those I could quickly tell that my finish and those colors just don't match.

Rob said:
3. Beaverboy:
Will 205/55/15 tire rub anything assuming I get the fender lips rolled?
I wouldn't think so. Those tires should fit great (I would think)... but it also depends on what tire you buy. Part of the reason mine were rubbing in the rear was due to the thick 'rim protector' design of the Sumitomo sidewall... and some old rear suspension bushings. I think my rubbing problem was only about 3mm too little clearance too... very very little. It showed up as faint marks along the sidewall after a drive

I reccomend you get the rear lips professionally rolled, I got lucky w/ my 2x4.. and I still plan on having mine done professionally later on this summer.

Electronikal said:
and what about 205/50/16
or 205/45/16...
205/45/16s are what I'm running. I would think 205/50/16s would work fine considering the 17" wheels some folks are running w/ 45 series rubber on them.. expect a slight speedo error though.
 

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There's a lip of metal on the inside of the fender that points back towards the tire.. rolling is bending that lip back up on the inside so that it faces up. This gives you a few more mm of clearance.

Some body shops actually have a device which bolts onto your hub, has a long handle coming off of the plate on the hub, and a high density roller wheel (like you'd find on a palette mover) that sticks up from the handle. My rolling it across that lip and applying pressure downward, it bends the lip very neatly, little my little so that very little paint gets cracked in the process. My 2x4 and hammer method are a bit less subtle, but they get the job done. I already had plans to work on the rear wheel-wells this summer, so some sanding/painting/undercoating are due for the lips (which now have cracked paint. The important thing is, everything looks fine on the outside :wink: and the tires fit inside.
 

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Beaverboy:

What were the reasons that you preferred 16" rims over 15" rims
taking into account available tires, etc.?


Thank you,

Rob.
 

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Partly for looks, partly for tire selection.. partly just to put big wheels on it.

That said, I think 15s look great on escorts and I think the tire selection in 15's is just fine.

Maybe what I'm trying to say is.. I'm not totally sure.. I let the Force guide me. :mrgreen:

I did notice a huge difference, even w/ the crappy suspension, in the car's handling.. not just in outright grip due to the sticky rubber, but the immediacy with which steering inputs affected the car's direction... that stiff sidewall really does make a difference 8O
 

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Hello:

Beaverboy said:
"195 width tires will fit great on 15x6.5s, but the selection for grippy road tread drops off quickly below 205 unless you are looking into race tires."

Should I assume that 205mm tires have
usually better traction than 195mm tires by
"the rule of bigger contact surface"?

But if you go to www.tirerack.com
you can see some 195 tires
which outperform 205 tires regarding traction and other
parameters.

Thank you,

Rob.
 
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