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Finally got some wheels for the TC. 17x7.5 Ford Fusion with Bridgestone Potenza 215/50 tires. Too soon to tell if there is any handling difference but it sure looks better.

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I'm already searching for summer rims (alloy) for the FTCW XL I'm getting this summer. I'll put the snows on the stock steelies & get rims that don't scream "BASE MODEL" next spring.

I don't want to go low-profile though, due to the road conditions in Quebec. (I drove 9 km without a pot-hole & had to refresh the GPS to make sure I was still near home...)

 

GK

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I went classic. You could call them base modelish, but I wanted to make sure they're strong and from a reputable manufacturer as I sometimes ride fully loaded and a thin spoke wheel may fail a pothole, so I ditched the original idea to get a fancy replica wheel.

 

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BBJ, I totally dig those wheels with the GT stripes.:thumbsup:  I think anything (well, almost anything) you can do to make a white TC different is a plus.  Here in Charleston, SC we have more white cargo vans than I have ever seen.  Ha ha, now i'm one of them! 

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18 minutes ago, davidparker said:

BBJ, I totally dig those wheels with the GT stripes.:thumbsup:  I think anything (well, almost anything) you can do to make a white TC different is a plus.  Here in Charleston, SC we have more white cargo vans than I have ever seen.  Ha ha, now i'm one of them! 

A nice little throwback to the old Shelby GTs. Nice.

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On 3/31/2018 at 12:59 PM, BBJ said:

Finally got some wheels for the TC. 17x7.5 Ford Fusion with Bridgestone Potenza 215/50 tires.

 

 

 

An extra inch isn't much bigger for a wheel.  But that could make all the difference, depending on what the offset and backspacing is.  Do the tires rub when turning?  I don't think the handling or turn radius would be noticeable with 1" difference in wheel width......

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The 17x7.5 Fusion wheels should have a +55 offset in effect pushing the inside edge of the wheel 18mm closer to the suspension. If the wheel clears the brakes okay (and it should) this shouldn't be an issue. The scrub radius will go -6mm which might be noticeable but I kind of doubt it. The tire itself really doesn't change much with 215/50r17 being only .2" larger in diameter than 215/55R16 and the cross section will barely increase due to the increased wheel width. A good setup I'd say.

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More wheel with a little less tire.  Less sidewall.  Perhaps a little bit more grip on the road.  Maybe better handling.  Maybe a stiffer ride.  But it shouldn't really be that noticeable unless you have a back back.  I haven't noticed anyone on the forum mention suspension modifications.  Nobody has tried different shocks, springs, and struts.  

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Those Fusion wheels look great. I'm curious about their weight.

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I also have Fusion wheels waiting for summer tires for next spring.  Do you need to change anything to use them on a TC?  Different lug nuts or spacers or anything? 

Hub centric or lug centric the same? 

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6 hours ago, MLB said:

I also have Fusion wheels waiting for summer tires for next spring.  Do you need to change anything to use them on a TC?  Different lug nuts or spacers or anything? 

Hub centric or lug centric the same? 

 

That could depend on what year it is. 2012 and older I think used a different bolt pattern and hub bore. Try this, there is a TON of info on there.

www.wheel-size.com

 

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I like the GT stripes a whole lot!  I'll have to think about what those would look like on an earlier one.  It sure beats plain white, and sure would be more cost effective and better looking than painting the outside a different color.

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Also, I'm thinking about putting 2012/2013 Focus wheels on my TC.  I assume they will fit.  Actually, I'm confused.  Wheel-size.com says the TC is 5x108.  They say Fusion and Focus are 5x114.3.  So, do you need adapters or do they fit?  I'm officially confused now.

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11 hours ago, WillMartin said:

Also, I'm thinking about putting 2012/2013 Focus wheels on my TC.  I assume they will fit.  Actually, I'm confused.  Wheel-size.com says the TC is 5x108.  They say Fusion and Focus are 5x114.3.  So, do you need adapters or do they fit?  I'm officially confused now.

 

Are you sure you have the right year? It matters. And Fusion is a little bit more limited if I recall.

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No, I'm not sure I have the right year.  I'll check again.  Thanks.  I may be having a DOH! moment.  The 2012-2014 Focus wheels are turning up as 5x108 now.  I don't know what I did yesterday.

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I just bought four used Focus wheels from Ebay.  $208 for the set seems like a decent risk to take.  If they don't fit for some reason, I'll just sell them.

 

Then windows for the sides and maybe GT stripes.  I really like the way those convert a plain white van into a far better looking machine without painting the whole body.  I just don't know what it would look like on a first gen yet.

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