Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Wheel and Tire Upgrades' started by Smokin, Jan 24, 2014.
Arrived in 2 1/2 days from Tire Rack:
Sunday it is going to be 62 degrees before the next front drops it to -5 Monday night so i will prob test fit both sets then.
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Looking good! You guys have cool wheels and tires like furniture. Those are supposed to go under your car!
Ha ha, I still have my mounted summers sitting in my living room… like furniture.
Rather difficult to mount 3 sets of tires at the same time!
That a bad thing ?? hehe
Arrived from TR in 22 hrs. Very impressed!
Okay, here's a practical and stylish tip -- place a glass top and have a couple coffee tables!
is that on stock suspension?
Do you still have the blue protective plastic on center caps?
Yes-good eye. I test mounted them today, drove a few miles and took them back off. I'm saving the rubber for the track!
Can anyone measure their brake caliper clearance?
I've been asking this for a while, can't find the info online and would like to know if the Sparco 16*7" will clear the brake upgrade I am planning.
Sorry I already took the wheels off.
Question: why do you want to upgrade the brakes?
This is on my list too. I'm torn -- I like the value of the Willwood system, but really like the quality of the Alcon system more. I'll measure this soon. I'm pretty sure the Wilwood setup will fit, and I'm pretty sure the Alcon system won't. I'm afraid I'll end up with new wheels.
Yep, that was my original comment when I got the Sparco Terra's and WinterMaxx.
I got some pix and will post here sometime soon.
Winter/Rallyx 195/55x16 but now that they are on the car I think I should have gone 185/55x16.
Dunlop Z IIs, 225/45x16, as has been said here many times before...
BTW I did use the Tire Rack link noted in the wheel and tire topic to order both sets, so whatever credit the forum gets, you should be getting your due...
I don't think the existing bolt on Wilwood kit is a very good upgrade, the rotors aren't a very big upgrade but they are expensive, the calipers use a funky pad and thin body that means they will flex (probably not good) and wear out quicker than a thicker pad and they aren't making an ST rear brake upgrade yet.
The Alcons are good stuff, Roush uses them on their more serious Cars but there is no rear kit.
Wilwood makes better stuff for other cars, their Miata kits are better for a car that weighs less, I want to make something similar, an upgrade at all four corners.
It looks like a matter of rotor hats, caliper brackets and caliper clearance.
The rotor I want to use at the front looks like it will only fit in one place, as far inboard as possible and then the caliper is thicker.
If I can find a wheel that looks close on clearance, I'll make hats and brackets and have a really slick upgrade.
I think I'll just go Alcon if I can't come up with something else. I'm certain I'll buy new wheels, but I'm very happy with the tires (and size choices) that are available! Dang.
Perhaps SS lines, better pads, and some rotors might stave that off for me. That way I won't worry about proportioning for a bit. Stay tuned...
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