Car: Focus 1.6 Zetec 2001 (UK model) with standard 15" alloy wheels.
I have moved to the French Alps temporarily (3-4 years) and I am trying
to find out if it is possible to swap the 15" alloy wheels as supplied
with 195/60 R15 tyres for the 14" steel wheels with 185/65 R14 tyres as
fitted to some other 1.6 models. I cannot get a specific answer from
Ford UK over the phone. I guess they don't want to commit themselves
and be liable but does any kind soul out there know what the actual
differences are apart from the wheels themselves. Are the brake
discs/hubs/etc different between models fitted with these different
wheels. For info the rear brakes are drum.
Alternatively does any one know of a snow chain provider which can
actually supply chains which fit the 195/60 R15 tyres.
Cheers in advance
ps if this is possible does anyone have any recommendations for winter
If you get a set of 14" steel rims from another Focus, they will fit.
You just have to do a calculation when you buy tyres for them to ensure
that the overall diameter is the same which will ensure that your
gearing and speedo readings remain the same. I suspect that 185/65/14's
would be fine but there is a formula for working it out.
I've actually got a set of original 14" rims in my garage following my
upgrade to 15" alloys. I think they have 175/70/14's on them. As you
probably realise, the narrower the better for driving in snow.
Don't really know. Check to see what the locals are using.
British Jet Engine Website http://www.britjet.co.uk
I said this before, but I guess once more won't hurt.Here in Canada I
changed my 195/60/15s for 185/70/14s winter studded with excellent
results..I don't know if you have them there, but I used 14 inch steel Ford
Tempo or Mercury Topaz rims from the junkyard. I don't think the 14 inch
alloys for these cars will fit as they hit the brake caliper. Murray
2003-11-23 23:47:31 PST
"Strangely (you might think) the standard recommended size in Switzeland is
185/65-14. These are about 2% undersized, but it is to provide clearance
for snow chains. I need to use chains about once a week here in the winter,
and it's not a possibility with the 15s, unless I want shredded wheelwells.
Anyway, I agree that buying a set of steel wheels is the best idea,
especially with all the salt used in eastern Ontario.
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