Ford C-Max rim test fit

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TankII

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I decided to test - it my 2017 C-Max rims on the SHO.
17x7, 55MM offset.

The fit was fine, no rubbing anywhere except for the caliper. The hub is very shallow on the C-Max rims, so the caliper locked the rim as I snugged it up. Brake upgrade or 5MM shims would solve this. I did not check the rears, but I have the 11.6" kit in the rear.

Caliper pic is the front on stock rims. You can see how close it is.

I plan on buying the cheaper regular C-Max rims ( silver, see pic of daughter's 2015) because they are designed for better aerodynamics than the 2017 Titanium ones I tried on. It is a 1 MPG improvement on the C-Max.
 

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Super cool! That's a high offset -- was there no rubbing on the struts? What tire size is on that C-Max rim?

Thanks for this!
 

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I need to check the back for fitment next.

These were stock, 225/50-17.

I am running Eibachs.

I do have the strut spacers at the top ( groaning strut fix) on the front.
 

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Finally, after a long winter I got the time to test for the rears for C-Max rim fitment. Note, I have the '96 rear upgrade. No fitment issues! The side I checked has a dent above the wheel well, and it still looks like it will clear.
So I will be looking into either a '96 upgrade or 13" brakes for the front this year.
I need Tires for the SHO anyway, and while 16" are now mostly back in stock I need to stop better these days here in CT.

BTW, the front had plenty of strut clearance.
 

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What do you think? Stock C-Max size, so 1" taller than the 225/50-16's I had on.
Ride is the same, thanks to the same profile. Braking and accelerating are obviously impacted with the larger diameter.
The tires came off my C-Max - Goodyear Assurance all seasons. Average all-around tire, with a decently stiff sidewall. I couldn't justify spending a whole bunch on new tires if I hadn't validated this combination would work properly in the long run.
I do need to add:
The wheels are thicker than expected, so the wheel lugs are flush with the top of the nuts. I'm not sure how I like this, especially since there is an unthreaded end on the lugs. I retorqued the rims after the first journey ( loaded the car up with 20 bags of mulch, two trips ) and they needed it. BTW, these rims are rated for more weight than the SHO (C-Max and Focus EV are 600 lbs heavier empty), and this particular set (2013-2016) are 1.5MPG more efficient due to better areo vs the two-tone ones I test fit previously. Should give a slightly better top end, I would imagine.

Rims were $60 each at local yards.
 

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WinsletshawnA

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This is awesome info on the C-Max rims fitting the SHO! Who knew, right? Definitely wasn't expecting them to work out. Thanks for the detailed play-by-play, especially the heads up about the caliper clearance. Sounds like some spacers or a brake upgrade might be needed, but good to know it's possible.

Those 2013-2016 C-Max rims with the better gas mileage sound like a sweet bonus too. Maybe a slight MPG bump isn't earth-shattering, but every bit counts these days, especially with those extra pounds the SHO packs.

One thing though, that lug nut situation sounds a little sketchy. Not a huge fan of them sitting flush like that. Maybe there's another lug option out there that would give you some more peace of mind? Safety first!
 
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