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Change to 16x6.5 wheels, cheap?

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#1 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 05:55 PM

I'd like to change my Energi factory wheels to a set of 16x6.5 wheels. Here's why:

  • 205/60/16 tires are WAY cheaper and more common, and they are the same size for odometer/gear ratio
  • The new Nexen N Blue EV tires are only available in this size, and they are supposed to be the best for ULRR (and they're like 1/2 the price of comparable 225/50/17 tires)
  • Overall better and cheaper tire availability
  • Less rolling resistance and drag due to smaller (thinner) tire
  • Slightly better ride quality, NVH and vehicle wear due to a larger sidewall tire

Factory C-MAX wheels are +55 offset and 63.4mm/63.5mm center bore and 5x108mm bolt pattern. This means we need wheels with these specs or close to.

 

I understand the downsides of a thinner tire. I don't carry much weight and I'll be doing weight reduction on my Energi so it's a non-issue for me.

 

 

The problem is, finding the wheels for CHEAP and reasonably lightweight (i.e. OEM used, or really common used)

Any ideas or comments?









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#2 OFFLINE   RubyMax

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 07:08 PM

TireRack ?



#3 OFFLINE   cwstnsko

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 04:40 AM

If you want inexpensive wheels, they use that size for winter tires on steel wheels. If you want light wheels, they cost a bit more, and most aftermarket wheels are a few mm different in offset, but just enough to keep the outside edge of the tire in the same place as the stock wheels and tires. Either of those wheel choices might be slightly less aerodynamic than the stock wheels, but if aero is a big goal, pizza pans can be added to any of them :)

According to the spec sheet for that tire, it will work fine with a 7" rim width. This would open up the choices amongst OEM wheels from other models, such as the 2012+ Focus SE

#4 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 05:17 PM

If you want inexpensive wheels, they use that size for winter tires on steel wheels. If you want light wheels, they cost a bit more, and most aftermarket wheels are a few mm different in offset, but just enough to keep the outside edge of the tire in the same place as the stock wheels and tires. Either of those wheel choices might be slightly less aerodynamic than the stock wheels, but if aero is a big goal, pizza pans can be added to any of them :)

According to the spec sheet for that tire, it will work fine with a 7" rim width. This would open up the choices amongst OEM wheels from other models, such as the 2012+ Focus SE

Thanks, great idea. I'll consider 16x7's from a 2012 focus.

 

The goal is to get a set of 4 decent looking/light alloys for ~$200 and 2012 focus SE might be the ticket.



#5 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 08:07 PM

Picked up some wheels from a 2014 or 2015 FF for $150, and they are pristine. 500 miles.

 

205/60/16 N Blue EV tires are about $90 a pop, and 225/50/17 Michelen Eco tires are about $90, so $400-$150 = $250 saved on next tire install. But I should be able to sell the stock 17's for at least $250 with the crap tires on there, so I come out ahead $500.

 

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#6 OFFLINE   altabrig

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:04 PM

Cheaper tires (though you wrote $90 on each for the 16 and 17s), and I imagine better milage with less weight in wheels and tires.

Did you have a bad experience with the stock Michelins? Mine aren't wearing that well at 32k.

Post picks when the new wheels and meats are mounted.

#7 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 07:58 AM

Cheaper tires (though you wrote $90 on each for the 16 and 17s), and I imagine better milage with less weight in wheels and tires.

Did you have a bad experience with the stock Michelins? Mine aren't wearing that well at 32k.

Post picks when the new wheels and meats are mounted.

Never used the michelens

My car came with some crap Firestones



#8 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 09:13 AM

Never used the michelens

My car came with some crap Firestones

Those aren't OEM tires.



#9 OFFLINE   okashira

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 11:24 AM

Those aren't OEM tires.

 

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#10 OFFLINE   stevedebi

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:55 AM

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No need to be without class. Ironic, since Sherlock Holmes had it.


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