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Sorry, my post turned up about nill. I want to get the Continental ContiExtremeContact or the Sumitomo HTR+ for my wife's stock focus ride height with 17's. I have Konig Appeals, don't know offset (40mm?). There are no good all-season tires for under 100 bucks a piece as far as I know in the 205's. We have parada spec2's now with 30K miles, and they are getting really loud and worn out.

Alternatively, I could go with 205/40 series pretty cheap. What would the ride be like?

Thanks!!!!
 

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I can't come up with any good reasons to go 205/40 instead of 215/45 on your 17's.

For one, your sidewall height just dropped a bunch:

215/45 - 96.75 mm
205/40 - 82 mm

I don't know what your roads are like, but that's asking for it big time in places like Michigan, where fractured roads are everywhere. Plan on her rims being trashed, and her butt feeling every crack in the road.

Plus, if your 215's have large fenderwell gaps now, the 205's will only make that worse.

The other thing you should look at is the tire load rating; I can almost guarantee 205/40's are way too small for a Focus - there's simply not enough air in the tire to hold up a Focus safely. Plus, it's got to hold up the weight of whatever else is in the car (your wife, you, the other passengers, the vacation gear, the stereo system, etc.), and then be strong enough to withstand additional forces from hard cornering or braking.

Take a lesson from Ford here - they put 215/45's on the SVT when they could've gone with a smaller (cheaper) size - because the smaller size was TOO SMALL!! Your wife's saftey should take precedence over finding the cheapest tire to fit your rims.
 

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Ok...Here I come to save the day!!

Consider a set of 215/40/17. These can be had for about $80 to $90 per tire.
Heres an idea from Whalen Tire Kuhmo Ecsta 711 - $64.00
Kuhmo Ecsta Supra 712 - $88.00
Falken ZE 512 - 86.00
Hope this helps you out a little bit.
 

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I just installed the 215/45/17 ContiExtreameContact all-season tires. I have them mounted on SVT wheels, so the back spacing is different than your Konig wheels. I'm still at stock ZX3 right height and there is no rubbing or other problems. But I am planning the Eibach treatment very soon.
Was looking for a tire that would have decent dry grip but could handle wet and snow conditions.
I have never had a set of Conti tires before, so I was alittle unsure. So far they have handled well in the cold rain. Waiting to see what happens when the snow hits.
 

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215/45-17 Extreme Contacts would great choice for the NW, test very well in the wet see test:

http://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=DG2&url=tires/tests/testResultsModel.jsp&tireModel=ContiExtremeContact&tireMake=Continental

pretty decent ride:

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The other thing you should look at is the tire load rating; I can almost guarantee 205/40's are way too small for a Focus - there's simply not enough air in the tire to hold up a Focus safely. Plus, it's got to hold up the weight of whatever else is in the car (your wife, you, the other passengers, the vacation gear, the stereo system, etc.), and then be strong enough to withstand additional forces from hard cornering or braking.
I beg to differ. Murph (ZXMurph) runs 205/40-17 Toyo RA-1s on 17x7 OZ Chronos as his daily driver/race setup, and he has no problems other than a harsh ride.
 

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[The other thing you should look at is the tire load rating; I can almost guarantee 205/40's are way too small for a Focus - there's simply not enough air in the tire to hold up a Focus safely.
When we look at load capacity we consider what the smallest tire available for the chassis carries at the factory recommeded air pressure. In this case the LX runs a 185/65-14 at 32psi carrying 1047 lbs. A 205/40-16 Standard Load tires carries 963 lbs at 36 psi so it's too small but at 205/40-16 Extra Load (or Reinforced) tire such as the Yokohama Parada Spec 2 carries 1074 at 40 psi so it's large enough.

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