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Casca

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#121201 Rims For Fiesta

Posted by Casca on 02 April 2011 - 05:36 AM

205/40/17 are specs for tires....or tyres. The 205 would be width of the tire in MMs, the 40 is sidewall height (40% of 205mm in this case) and the 17 is for the size rim it goes on....in inches.

For rims, you need to be concerned with lug pattern, size (diameter and width) and offset.

Offset is where the rim's hub lines up with its center line. I think most 17"x7" rims with offset @42 will work, but don't take my word for it. I have one set of 17" rims with a 45mm offset and it does not rub. I have another set of 17" rims with a 40mm offset and it does not rub. I am no expert on the matter and only kinda read up on it when purchasing the rims, but I think the lower the offset, the more pushed out the rim is and the higher the offset, the more sucked in it is. Like my 17"(diameter)x7"(width) et45 set...where the wheels attach to the hub, has the tire pulled more in towards the suspension, while my set that were et40 was pushing the tires out towards the wheel wells edges. This is important because you don't want this number to be off to the point that you rub either on your suspension or your wheel wells.

Rim size is just diameter and width. Easy enough. I don't think you want to go over 7" for width. I have seen people do 8" on the Fiesta, but that is stretching the tire in order to keep it from rubbing. Just keep it simple and don't get a rim wider then 7". Possibly 7.5" will be fine too, depending on the offset. Seen 18" diameter rims fitted and they are fine, but they just look kinda too big for the car to me.

Lug pattern is 4x108 for the Fiesta. 4 is referring to the number of lugnuts/holes and 108 is referring to the spacing/pattern. It has to be 4x108 otherwise it will not line up with the lug patern on the car's hubs.


#103327 Rear Diffuser Opinions

Posted by Casca on 05 November 2010 - 05:01 PM

When I was driving today seen a Mondeo with a silver rear diffuser, this got me thinking I wonder what the fez would look like with the rear diffuser the same colour? I know alot of people have done the plastics gloss black thought this might be something different, What you all think?


Heres a link to a mondeo with the silver diffuser: http://smgenglish.ty...8/mondeo_03.jpg



I think a black Fiesta with a silver diffuser would like about as good as that Mondeo looks. If I had a black car, I'd paint the diffuser a very different shade of black from the car's color or an aluminum looking paint.

Here is a US spec Fiesta with the diffuser painted the same color as the body.

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Personally, I am not a fan of that look. I think it'd have been far better if the diffuser section was black. I painted mine flat black and held the gun back farther to kinda texture it, then sprayed it with a satin clear. Didn't want that section to be glossy or smooth.

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#100355 Plunge

Posted by Casca on 08 October 2010 - 11:02 PM

It is easy to do. Whether you should do it yourself, I don't know.

Ford recommends you replace all the hardware with new hardware. I'd bet money that even Ford dealership shops do not do this.
There are torq specs for the hardware, I don't know if your specs are the same as the ones on my US Fiesta.
Your car will need to be aligned at a shop.

The actual swap out is easy though. Get the car on jacks and remove wheels. Support the bottem of the control arm/wheel hub with your floor jack. Pop the hood and remove the three top nuts on the strut tower and anything that is in the way. I had to remove the hardware for the brake fluid reservoir so that I could get at the nuts. Remove any lines attached to the strut (think was just brake line and abs line). Disconnect the swaybar tie rod from the strut. Unbolt the hardware holding the strut to the pinch collar (actually not a pinch collar..but dunno what to call it) and remove strut. Compress springs and remove camber plate. Re-assemble with new springs. Attach the strut to the pinch collar and the tie rod and then jack the whole thing up into the strut tower.....don't attach the strut tower nuts first as then you'll probably have problems with the tie rod appearing to be too short......don't ask how I know.

The rear was very easy. Jack the car up and place on jack stands. Suppor the rear end with your floor jack. You can do the whole swap out on the Fiesta from the wheelwell. On my bimmer, I had to remove so much interior trim to access the rear tower...but yeah...for the fiesta you don't have to. I realized that after I already took my rear interior apart only to see the nuts on the rear tower are welded to the body. Anyway, remove the rear tires, remove the felt looking wheelwell cover to make it easy. With the rear end supported on jacks, unbolt the bottem bolt and the two bolts on top. Repeat on other side. Then slowly lower the rear end until you can remove the springs. Re-assmble with new springs. Go get an aignment.

This is just a brief, not really instructions as I think you should already be handy enough with wrenching on a car to have figured it out on your own. Really, three top and three bottem attaching points for the front on each side and 1 bottem two top for the rear. Not hard at all.......or a desaster waiting to happen for some people




Almost forgot. Besides a spring compressor, you should also have a tool that can remove the top plate from the strut without you using a vise to clamp onto the piston to keep it from spinning as this will damage it and void your warranty (maybe thats already voided just by not having a shop do it for you guys?)

You need to hold the nut and the torx screw at the same time. I have a special socket set that is hollow in the center and allows me to put other tools through it. A combo wrench will not be deep enough to reach the nut and an offset combo won't fit. On the cheap, you can try holding a socket with vise grips (even better, if your socket's have flattened ends made to be held by a wrench) and run the torx driver through the center of the socket.
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#97615 Labour Charge Cost More Than Springs, What A Joke !

Posted by Casca on 17 September 2010 - 04:12 PM

Just do it yourself. Only special tool you really need is a spring compressor which isn't expensive at all. You'll just need to pay for an alignment after. Looking at my Fiesta, coilover/spring change out will probably be even easier then most other cars I have done. Check out youtube for vids of people swapping out springs.