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#1 OFFLINE   78Pinto

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:25 PM

Has anyone put different wheels on their C-Max? My wife wants chrome wheels, possibility Focus Titanium.







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#2 OFFLINE   livesmith

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Posted 17 May 2016 - 07:55 AM

I've got a set of Taurus wheels for my snow tires.



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Posted 17 May 2016 - 08:34 AM

I know there are some posts on this forum about this.  I remember someone looking at Focus wheels too. 

 

I used Plasti-Dip on my wheels and made them black.    I know of at least a few others that has done this.  

 

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#4 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 12:19 PM

I wish someone made Solid Dish Wheels to make the car more aerodynamic. :headscratch: Curious, I had a 73 Pinto Wagon. LOL :)

 

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 07:17 AM

You dont have your Pinto wagon any more? I bought mine new 37 years ago in July! Come to Ford Nationals in Carlisle PA

the first weekend in June to see lots more.



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Posted 21 May 2016 - 08:18 AM

No I don't, but I put headers and dual port manifold on it along with some arrow dynamic aids and was able to get up to 30 miles per gallon with a four speed transmission

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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:44 PM

I wish someone made Solid Dish Wheels to make the car more aerodynamic. :headscratch: Curious, I had a 73 Pinto Wagon. LOL :)

 

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You can buy steel wheels and put aerodynamic hubcaps on them. But the steelies are 25lb http://www.tirerack....&autoModClar=SE



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 08:41 AM

Wheel well cover

Here is my solution for now. DIYS LEXAN Wheel Covers. :)

 

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 09:00 AM

 

 

Here is my solution for now. DIYS LEXAN Wheel Covers. :)

 

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Are they slanted? It looks like they would catch the wind



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 11:17 AM

1/8" Covers don't stick out as far as tires and I have 1/8" foam insulation tape under LEXAN to seal the wheel.  Easy to take off and on. Also have 1/4" plastic screw going through Cover and sticking out 1 1/4" on inside to make sure Cover doesn't spin and unscrew. :) 

 

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 02:46 PM

1/8" Covers don't stick out as far as tires and I have 1/8" foam insulation tape under LEXAN to seal the wheel.  Easy to take off and on. Also have 1/4" plastic screw going through Cover and sticking out 1 1/4" on inside to make sure Cover doesn't spin and unscrew. :)

 

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I mean it looks like the front is higher. The back should be higher so that the skirt doesn't catch the wind (think Marilyn Monroe)

 

BTW I noticed your signature has GPS distance. I wouldn't go with GPS distance due to the lack of precision with GPS tracklogs. Without WAAS you're getting maybe 10 feet precision, so you could drive in a perfectly straight line but have deviations in the track points, creating a crooked tracklog. The distance of a crooked line is greater than the straight line, so end up with an innacurate distance and MPG calculation. 


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#12 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 04:16 PM

I mean it looks like the front is higher. The back should be higher so that the skirt doesn't catch the wind (think Marilyn Monroe)

 

BTW I noticed your signature has GPS distance. I wouldn't go with GPS distance due to the lack of precision with GPS tracklogs. Without WAAS you're getting maybe 10 feet precision, so you could drive in a perfectly straight line but have deviations in the track points, creating a crooked tracklog. The distance of a crooked line is greater than the straight line, so end up with an innacurate distance and MPG calculation. 

I think we have some confusion here, I believe you are referring to wheel well cover which may not be perfectly parallel with the ground, but close enough. BTW I did bevel the edges to improve aero.  Yesterday I went 140 mi. on I-85, I-285 and GA400 to Alpharetta and back. I averaged about 53 mpg for the trip and 54.1mpg/750mi. on tank. My first tank with no mods I got 47mpg so it would look like I've gained 7mpg with all my mods. :)  Concerning GPS distance I checked a pretty straight section of I-40 for 400 mi. odometer and GPS gave 408.8 miles or 1.022%.  When tread is worn down I have seen as low as 1.014% off, always more miles than odometer. :)   Given your example the GPS value should be smaller than odometer I would think. :headscratch:  

 

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 07:54 AM

 
For snows, you can go with 215/55-17 on 17x7.5, 47 or 48 offset, chosen for perfect fender clearance.   For comparison, OEM size is 225/50-17 on 17x7, 55 offset.
You might want snow tires in the slightly narrower 215/55-17 size, and these fit great.  Just make sure your offset is 47 or 48, NOT the original 55, to ensure they don't rub the outside fenders as smaller offset wheels may do.
It actually raises the car up by about 1/4", and the tires look like they fit in there even better than the OEM tires/wheels.
 
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Posted 24 May 2016 - 10:30 AM

I think we have some confusion here, I believe you are referring to wheel well cover which may not be perfectly parallel with the ground, but close enough. BTW I did bevel the edges to improve aero.  Yesterday I went 140 mi. on I-85, I-285 and GA400 to Alpharetta and back. I averaged about 53 mpg for the trip and 54.1mpg/750mi. on tank. My first tank with no mods I got 47mpg so it would look like I've gained 7mpg with all my mods. :)  Concerning GPS distance I checked a pretty straight section of I-40 for 400 mi. odometer and GPS gave 408.8 miles or 1.022%.  When tread is worn down I have seen as low as 1.014% off, always more miles than odometer. :)   Given your example the GPS value should be smaller than odometer I would think. :headscratch:  

 

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The GPS number is usually higher than the actual distance traveled because the calculated position "wanders". For example if you stand in one spot and let the GPS collect points, they will drift around you, and you'll end up with a distance logged even though you were standing still

 

At one job I had we were mapping roads with GPS tracklogs, and what we had to do was manually draw a centerline between the points, because the points were never in a straight line


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 04:56 PM

The GPS number is usually higher than the actual distance traveled because the calculated position "wanders". For example if you stand in one spot and let the GPS collect points, they will drift around you, and you'll end up with a distance logged even though you were standing still

 

At one job I had we were mapping roads with GPS tracklogs, and what we had to do was manually draw a centerline between the points, because the points were never in a straight line

I don't believe this would matter, because it would be averaged out on a long trip. I talked to Garmin which they did say that GPS is alot more accurate than a automotive odometer.  The support person said they do have info internally, but can't release it publicly. ;)  Maybe a legal thing.  I see a difference between new tires and old on my Garmin nuvi 765T.

 

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 07:06 PM

I really like this wheel www.hrewheels.com/wheels/forged, however at a cost $1500 per wheel it will never be found on Maxius.  My Plasti-dip coating will have to do.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:12 PM

I know there are some posts on this forum about this.  I remember someone looking at Focus wheels too. 

 

I used Plasti-Dip on my wheels and made them black.    I know of at least a few others that has done this.  

 

If you can live with the factory wheels?  Plasti-dip is a great alternative, I did mine and they hold up real well








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