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    Fiesta Titanium
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  1. Thanks for taking a look. When looking on Black Circles and searching by 195 45 16 tyre size nearly all listed are XL rated. When I change to 195 50 16 there is roughly a 50/50 split of XL and non XL rated tyres. When I choose 195 55 16 then the majority of tyres are non-XL rated. The Ford ETIS vehicle summary doesn't mention XL rated tyres for my car. I'm wondering if the tyre manufacturer's are choosing to spec their ultra low profiles in XL rating in order to offer more protection to alloy wheels when it comes to the many potholes in our road network. I think I've come to the conclusion that by moving up to 50 or 55 profile tyres I'm not going to choose XL rated ones.
  2. Thanks for taking a look. I was thinking that Ford might have switched to XL rated tyres on the 195 45 16 Fiesta's to reduce the number of buckled wheels that owners had reported. Here is a quote from a list of advantages of XL rated tyres: "Resistance to mechanical damage caused, for example, by driving at speed into the kerb." Changing to 195 50 16 and the resultant increase of profile may have negated the need for the XL rated tyres. With my limited research I have seen both XL and non-XL rated tyres on the 16" Mk7.5 Fiesta's with 195 50 16 tyres. I need to research some earlier Fiesta Titanium's to see if they were ever spec'd without XL tyres from 2008.
  3. Yes. It will say XL and/or 'Extra Load' after the tyre size markings if they are rated as such. Thanks again for taking a look.
  4. I've got the 16" Titanium alloy wheels that came with the car (2012 model), fitted with the original 195 45 16 tyres. I rotated the wheels a few years ago with the plan on getting them to all wear out at the same time so I can renew all 4 tyres at once, thus making it 'easier' to change tyre profile size.
  5. With the Mk7.5 Fiesta, Ford upped the tyre profile size on the Titanium and some models with 15" wheels. They got 195 55 15, instead of 195 50 15 and the Titanium went to what you have. I would be grateful if you could tell me if your 195 50 16 tyres are XL (eXtra Load) rated? Many thanks.
  6. Thanks for the reply. I didn't know about IDS. Reading about that at the moment. I'm not liking the hard ride on the 195 45 16 XL tyres. Thinking of changing to 195 55 16, non XL. That would give me the same rolling radius as the 195 60 15 option that is listed for my car that I understand they use in other non-UK markets. The other option is to find some Mk1 Focus 15" Ghia alloys and stick on 195 60 15. Either way I would prefer to have the speedo calibrated to match the larger rolling radius. Also need to call the insurance company to see how much they will charge for the change - if getting the insurance sorted for this change is too costly then I'll shelf the idea.
  7. I know this is an old thread but wondering how much it cost to have the vehicle updated with your new wheel/tyre size? Although the two tyre and wheel combinations stated are roughly identical in their rolling radius so nothing really needed changing on the speedo calibration?
  8. I noticed something interesting in the new Fiesta brochure - something that is either incorrect, or the Top Gear review has got it wrong... Suspension: Front - Independent with MacPherson struts and anti-roll bar Rear - Independent Control Blade Multi-link system and anti-roll bar Anyone have access to the new Fiesta (or a link to a website with more detail?) that can take some photos of the rear suspension set-up? If it really has changed to independent I thought they would be making more of a fuss about it. Interesting to note that the wheel/tyre sizes have also moved up a size from the previous incarnation: 195/60/15 195/55/16 etc
  9. Hello everyone, I have a 2012 Fiesta 1.4 Titanium Automatic (UK Car). A few days ago I went out for a drive and noticed an odd noise coming from the front of the car. Long story short - front OS coil spring has snapped at the base. I managed to wiggle out the broken piece. Looking to replace the spring (and the one on the NS) but there seems to be some confusion with what springs my car needs. 3 Ford dealers have told me the part number I need is: 1547179 Searching through eBay and looking at genuine and non genuine springs this part points to fitments for Fiesta diesels. Looking through some Fiesta specs from 2012 it looks like my automatic 1.4 petrol is closer in kerb weight to the 1.4 diesel manual, than the 1.4 petrol manual - so this makes me think why Ford say this is the spring for my car. 1547179 from a Ford dealer are £100 each! I'm looking at Kilen springs, although the supplier I am talking to at the moment is trying to tell me that I should be going for the spring for the petrol 1.4 (the standard spring is 13446 and the part number for the lowered spring is 13448), whereas the Kilen part number for the Ford equivalent, 1547179, is 13447. Can anyone shed any light on this, or been in the same situation? Any help would be gratefully received. Many thanks!
  10. Yeah, sorry for confusing things. The more I look around the more I saw it referred to as a MK8 on ebay. I'll correct it again if the 2008-2012 Fiesta is known as the MK7 on this site.
  11. Thanks for the reply Mathrin. It sounds like Ford didn't bother with covering this section. I'm so anally retentive that I will no doubt fashion some felt trim to cover it :)
  12. Hi all New Mk7 Fiesta Titanium 1.4 auto owner here. 2012 model, 3months old, picked it up yesterday. Looking into the boot from the rear seat area (after folding them down) I noticed that under the tailgate lip (to the boot floor - and the width of the tailgate) there is no trim covering the paint work underneath. I can even see some sealant or something with that appearence that just looks like it should not be on show. Perhaps Ford didn't bother because you can't see it when you look into the boot from the back of the car. I was wondering if any other Titanium owner's, or even any Mk7 Fiesta owner could look in the boot and see if their's is the same? Many thanks T
  13. Welcome to the Ford forums muinatiT :)