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Replacing Standard Ford 15" Alloys With Ford 17" Alloys On 2013 Petrol Zetec


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#16 hampshireman

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:50 PM

Hmm, think you might be right there bud but the Ford alloys I like don't come in 16s - I've just looked - doh! :blink:



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#17 turbohater

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:15 AM

If you need different wheel nuts for steel wheels,how do you fit the steel spare,do Ford supply a different set of nuts with the wheel,



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 12:27 AM

If you need different wheel nuts for steel wheels,how do you fit the steel spare,do Ford supply a different set of nuts with the wheel,

 

I used the same nuts used for the alloys when using my spare. I may be entirely wrong here, just going off experience from a friend who went from steelies to alloys on his fiesta as he needed a new set of nuts. 



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:46 AM

Using alloy nuts on a steel wheel and vice versa is not practical as a reaction occurs causing them to 'weld' on after a while.
All wheel nuts are actually steel but ones for use on alloy wheels have a collar on them to act as a barrier.
Short term use on a steel spare is fine but long term is not advisable.
Also check that the right shape nuts are used, some wheels have a flat flange and some have tapered ones.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:55 AM

Using alloy nuts on a steel wheel and vice versa is not practical as a reaction occurs causing them to 'weld' on after a while.
All wheel nuts are actually steel but ones for use on alloy wheels have a collar on them to act as a barrier.
Short term use on a steel spare is fine but long term is not advisable.
Also check that the right shape nuts are used, some wheels have a flat flange and some have tapered ones.

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Couldn't have said it better myself :)

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:03 PM

I'll just weigh in on the whole "harsh ride" debate.

 

I had my mk7.5 Fiesta delivered on 17" inch wheels with 205/40-17 tyres, and initially it was quite harsh. So eventually I figured I'd check the tyre pressure, and it was WAAAY too high. According to the manual it should run on 2,3 / 1,8 bar (front / rear) when it's mostly used by one or two persons (front seats only)

 

However the pressure was 2,8 bar both front and rear! After lowering the pressure to the recommended one, I'd say the ride is far softer - heck it's better than that in my Civic (2008 model)

 

I'm currently running on 195/45-16 winter tyres, and whilst it's slightly softer, I'd say the difference is negligble.

 

So for anyone feeling the ride is too harsh: Check your tyre pressure  :)

 

I just wanna add one last thing: I live in Denmark, and AFAIK the roads here are in better condition than the ones in UK, so bear that in mind when reading the above. (I rarely see actual potholes, mostly "holes" are no more than 1inch deep around here)



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:27 PM

17" wheels are perfect .... Do it . An awesome upgrade :)

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

Stoney871 - I think you've got hold of the wrong end of the stick slightly with my question/problem - I'm going from alloy to alloy, not steel to alloy - the wheels that came standard on my fez are 15" alloys. Good explanation though  :)



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:00 PM

I stand corrected - straight swap then!



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

On a side note you can always keep the 15inch for winter tyres (AFAIR they're approved for winter usage) :-) Though you'd need new rubber ofc.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:27 PM

NQbbe - Never mind winter tyres, I think I need flotation bags in this weather :D Good point though.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:46 PM

I was pointing out that even if changing alloy for alloy you need to ensure that they match the hole profile.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:41 AM

I was pointing out that even if changing alloy for alloy you need to ensure that they match the hole profile.

 

Yes, I'm sure my local dealer will ensure I get the right ones.




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