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Old 07-05-2010, 09:10 PM
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Default ET35 Wheels on a Mk1 Focus

How well would these wheels fit on a focus? I believe the foci's standard offset is ET42, would spacers be required? Offsets confuse me a bit
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Don't do it!!!

ET35 if for Escorts and Pumas and the like.

You need a MINIMUM of ET42 (so ET42 or higher).......standard Ford alloys are around the ET52 mark to give you an idea, they are tucked right into the arches!

If you fit really low offset wheels then you really run the risk of the catching on teh inner lips of the front AND rear arches and, because of the extra distance between the tyre tread and the hubs, you will probably foul the inner arch liners on full lock, which is an instant MoT failure as well as being bad for tyres and arch liners!
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Cheers again Dave I did myself a little drawing the other day and came to this conclusion... unfortunately there doesn't seem to be much in the way of decent second hand 17x8.5s at ET42+
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as far as i remember normal focus is et38 and st170 is 42. think you'll have problem with 8.5 inch wide wheels anyway if it lowered
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Originally Posted by caprizetec170 View Post
as far as i remember normal focus is et38 and st170 is 42. think you'll have problem with 8.5 inch wide wheels anyway if it lowered
Completely wrong.

See my post above.

8.5" wide wheels are a definite no-no........you will struggle with 8" wide wheels on the normal Focus!
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Originally Posted by Davemurphy007 View Post
8.5" wide wheels are a definite no-no........you will struggle with 8" wide wheels on the normal Focus!
The standard rims on a 2.0 look like the normal 15" focus wheels, but are actually 16" x 205 wide, just over 8 inches.

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OH EXCUSE ME FOR BEEN COMPLETLY WRONG my standard st wheels are et 42 with standard 215/45 tyres rear and 225/40 front lowered 40mm and ony things that ever rub is mud flaps off the road on hard cornering. my old 2 litre had 17 et38 mondeo wheels fitted with 205/40s and never had any bother anything wider could have been problem though this is only my real life experince so i could be completly wrong
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Originally Posted by Davemurphy007 View Post

you will struggle with 8" wide wheels on the normal Focus!

I have 8's on mine and they are 19" without any major hassle.

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What tyre size have you got fitted and what suspension are you running?

I ran ET42 18 x 8's (same as Focus RS) with 215/35 tyres stretched on them, Koni adjustables (coilovers), Eibach anti roll bars AND Poly bushes and still got scrubbing front and rear over hard bumps.

I've also run ET37 17 x 7's with both 215/45 AND 215/40 tyres with the same setup (wound down the ride height a little bit more) and got rubbing on big bumps as well.

caprizetec - STANDARD ST170 wheels are ET49

Escow- Van - 2.0 litre 16" wheels may have 205 width tyres on them but they are only 6" wide and ET52.5 hence they are nowhere near the edges of the arches!
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I have 215's and got Eibachs on car. I had a Zetec dropped 50mm previously with RS alloys and never got any rubbing whatsoever.
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i had 8x18 et35 Ace rims with 215/35/18 tyres dropped 60mm on gmax suspension and it never rubbed once

here was the car in question

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ET45 on 8x17's if you're on about a normal Focus, but if you're on about a Focus RS then ET35 will be fine and look much better than the standard ET42's. Anything wider than 8" and you should really consider coilover to allow more room and still keep the depth of wheel to wing.

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Default ST150 17" alloy wheels on focus 1

What is your opinion ?
Can these wheels from fiesta st150 ET52.5 7J 17" fit on focus 1 1.6 ?
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Default ST150 17" 11spoke

Did anyone put these wheels on focus 1 ?
ET52.5 7J... I tried just the rims on the car and i see that there is a small gap of 7-8 to 10 mm betwwen the rim and the suspension...
i am so confused...relly don't know if they would fit....what doyou think ?!
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Mate, from what I've gathered these would be perfect. I wanted to get some for mine, but thought they were a much lower offset. Frickin gutted now, although I do love my oz's
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Duderacing---I believe you think that they are good for the focus...cause i see you got a Ka.
The only thing that concerns me are these spots ( see on the photo )
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especially the lower one which is less than 8-9mm from the rim,where is supposed to be the tyre part that protects the rim...if i will not be able to fit the rims,it will be because of 1 or 2 mm...
I must say that i want to go for the 205/45/17 tyre size and if necessary i will not lower at all (i was hoping for 3,5mm...)
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Default ST150 11spoke 205/45/17

I must mention that i don't wanna use any wheel spacers...i do not know if it is possible,,,
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I don't think the bottom spot on the hub carrier will be of any concern, as it should move with the wheel, staying in the same position relative to the wheel.
The upper spot on the shock absorber, would make me try to simulate the suspension travel with the wheel on.
Or, if you can measure your standard wheel's gap to this point when raised on jack, then again when it is on the floor, to see what direction the wheel moves in relation to the shock.
I wouldn't have spacers unless absolutely neccessary either. Looking forward to seeing them on.
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I really don't know...but there are some guys who have these wheels on...have a look ! The rims look amazing.
http://www.focusowners-social.com/fo...spacers#p23014
http://www.focusowners-social.com/fo...&hilit=spacers
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Dude, there's your answer right there. Get em on and get some picks up! lol.
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Sorry to bring this up...but some 17x7 ET37 wheels, would fit with no problem in a Focus mk1 1.6?
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Originally Posted by Freeked View Post
Sorry to bring this up...but some 17x7 ET37 wheels, would fit with no problem in a Focus mk1 1.6?
I think that something between 42 and 49 is the ideal for mk1 focus. ST170 wheels are 215/45/17 7J with 49 offset.
37 offset means that the whole wheel moves to the arch for 12 mm comparing to the ST 170 wheels...so i believe that you are gonna catch the arches with lots of rubbing...
Google it a little more and see if someone used these dimensions.
I hope that i am wrong,but i think that you'll rub...
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Believe me....i've googled it like crazy. Other foruns, some in the USA, where the users run with ET35, say that's ok until there, below that, it's crazy rubbing and the arches need to be flared! This is, about 17x7J wheels!!
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Originally Posted by Freeked View Post
Believe me....i've googled it like crazy. Other foruns, some in the USA, where the users run with ET35, say that's ok until there, below that, it's crazy rubbing and the arches need to be flared! This is, about 17x7J wheels!!
The standard wheels for the 1.6 focus mk1 are 52.5 offset (15" 6J). For the 49 offset of the 7J wheels,they tried to do their best at the ST170 so they could keep a good distance from the arches and also keep a good geometry for the suspension etc. They lowered the offset by only 3.5 mm. I believe that Ford has done its homework and you shouldn't go far away from what they believe is the ideal.
I know some guys that even with the ST wheels rub at the focus 1.6 (lowered by only 3.5mm and at our bad greek roads when allmost fully loaded).
I am allmost sure that you will rub.
My advise is that if you are gonna try to fit these wheels at any cost,you should try 205/45 (or 205/40 if you are too lowered) and nothing more than that. You should also pick some tires with little overall width(such as Hankook(like Ventus V12),Bridgestone etc and not something like Continental or michelin wich has a bigger one) so you could gain some extra mm milimeters.
If i'll find out what happens with the 37offset,i am gonna inform you.
Good luck! !
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Originally Posted by Escow-Van View Post
The standard rims on a 2.0 look like the normal 15" focus wheels, but are actually 16" x 205 wide, just over 8 inches.
Tyre size has nothing to do with wheel width
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Originally Posted by phil69a View Post
Tyre size has nothing to do with wheel width
You will find your 16's are no wider than 7"
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So even with a little camber and the car low, like 1.5'', you think that it'll rub?
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Hi Guys, After being away from the modding scene i am back with a new focus. This is no 3. Help is required for rims? I have recently lowered it on shocks and springs 50mm and set up the front and rear tracking back to original settings, now its time for some rims do 8 x 16s go on? My previous one had 7 x 17s Kahns and was lowered 50mm with no issues apart from the front mud flaps but this time i fancy the euro look. Any help would be greatly appreciated, pics will follow its a gold 3dr quite unusual.
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I have a fiesta st and I have just bought some bk238 alloys but they are a et38 and my car is et52!! Would these fit or would I need spacers?
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sorry to open an old thread..

but would 7.5J x 16" ET30 fit my MK1 Focus??
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they will fit but maybe stick out further than the arch making them possibly illegal, you need to try one first as the normal et is around 50
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Cheers 1-PD, do you think they rub in the inner side of the wheel, I.e. the actual rim rubbing on the coil overs or something else that side??
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Originally Posted by CrisCronin View Post
sorry to open an old thread..

but would 7.5J x 16" ET30 fit my MK1 Focus??
Pics of said wheels please, a friend is after something in this size and offset lol
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Originally Posted by CrisCronin View Post
Cheers 1-PD, do you think they rub in the inner side of the wheel, I.e. the actual rim rubbing on the coil overs or something else that side??

they wont rub the inner they will simply stick outwards further with that offset, as the lower the et the further they stick out
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ok thanks alot mate! which are better though? same sort of ET and offset ect just undecided...
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The 2nd ones look good on an RS Turbo, not so much on a Focus. Had some as temp wheels on my old Focus while my multispokes were being refurbed. Go for the 1st ones.

As for rough guide, here's a few of mine with different wheels. Got the FRS pics too....

7X17 ET40 with 205/40/17





8x17 ET45 with 215/40/17







8x18 ET33 with 225/40/18 (but on Cossie running gear so the measurements are slightly different)



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I have recently bought used Ford Focus MK1 kombi 2002 1.8B GHIA. It has now 14" rims with 47.5 ET and it looks ugly with it. I may buy used rims with parameters:
Borbet
CF 75630 K2
7,5Jx16H2 Si11
Lk 108 (4x108)
Et 35
Will they fit my car? I dont want them to stand outside from the body. I want them to fit exactly with the body line of my car or a little bit hidden (but as little as it has to be). I am not able to fit the rims before buy because I will buy them over internet. Present owner said that they have beed used on Ford Focus MK1 2003 Hatchback. Another choice can be - Ford 16 1/2 J x 16H2 ET 40.
Which will be better / safer choice.

Thank You for any help and sorry for my poor English.
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Originally Posted by Wojciech Wróblewski View Post
I have recently bought used Ford Focus MK1 kombi 2002 1.8B GHIA. It has now 14" rims with 47.5 ET and it looks ugly with it. I may buy used rims with parameters:
Borbet
CF 75630 K2
7,5Jx16H2 Si11
Lk 108 (4x108)
Et 35
Will they fit my car? I dont want them to stand outside from the body. I want them to fit exactly with the body line of my car or a little bit hidden (but as little as it has to be). I am not able to fit the rims before buy because I will buy them over internet. Present owner said that they have beed used on Ford Focus MK1 2003 Hatchback. Another choice can be - Ford 16 1/2 J x 16H2 ET 40.
Which will be better / safer choice.

Thank You for any help and sorry for my poor English.
your first option may stick out a little.
your second option will fit with a little clearance

for reference, here is photo of my car with the following specs: 7x16" ET38
(tyres are 205/45/16)

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