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#41 OFFLINE   corncobs

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 09:51 PM

Waldo was right, according the the 2015 Fusion Order Guide 18" wheels are still optionally available on the FFHs. Corncobs, you can sleep soundly again.


:) thanks for being concerned about my sleep but I'm not sure if that is correct. I didn't see optional 18" wheels under the Hybrid section but I could have easily missed it. ;)
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:32 AM

:) thanks for being concerned about my sleep but I'm not sure if that is correct. I didn't see optional 18" wheels under the Hybrid section but I could have easily missed it. ;)

 

I agree, looks like I was wrong, I don't see optional 18in wheels on any of the Hybrid packages.  I do like the new 17in wheel though.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 09:46 AM

So my 18's will soon become collectors items.  :love_shower:


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:14 AM

 
I agree, looks like I was wrong, I don't see optional 18in wheels on any of the Hybrid packages.  I do like the new 17in wheel though.

Which are only available with the appearance package or terracotta option.
No options for the luxury package as far as I can see and that would be a disappointment.

Edited by corncobs, 16 May 2014 - 10:15 AM.

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 12:02 PM

:) thanks for being concerned about my sleep but I'm not sure if that is correct. I didn't see optional 18" wheels under the Hybrid section but I could have easily missed it. ;)

 

I think you are right.  I was looking at page 16 and made the wrong assumption when I saw 18" wheels on SE appearance package but that appears to be for the gas models only.  Sorry, Corncobs.

 

Maybe Lunesta is an option for you?  ;)


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 12:28 PM

As long Ford realizes their mistake before MY2017 and beyond I will remain very happy with my current FFH.

Nice 18" wheels and still great gas mileage nothing more I need. :)

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:57 PM

Why not bling it out with 20's and spinners?


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:39 PM

I don't see the big deal with having larger rims. It's not like they only have one option, there's still an upgraded wheel available, it's just now also 17 inches. Why are 18 inch rims considered superior?


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:16 PM

I don't see the big deal with having larger rims. It's not like they only have one option, there's still an upgraded wheel available, it's just now also 18 17 inches. Why are 18 inch rims considered superior?

I think you meant 17" as I edited above?

 

It is my understanding the overall diameter of the tires with 18" wheels is almost identical to the 17" wheels because the 17s have a taller profile tire. Is that correct? Is this a matter of personal taste (and that is fine) or is there technical reasons why a larger wheel and lower profile tire is superior?


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:48 AM

Texasota you are correct!
The tire makes the difference. The 18" version has less sidewall height and is also wider which should provide more grip (less MPG).
Overall it's not that much in this case but larger wheels improve handling, cornering, braking and looks which is like you said personal taste.

The Fusion is such a good looking car it just makes it look even better. Just like a good looking woman on high heels to enhance all proportions ;)

I think we are getting way of topic :) has anyone seen samples of the new colors?

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:09 AM

I think you meant 17" as I edited above?

 

It is my understanding the overall diameter of the tires with 18" wheels is almost identical to the 17" wheels because the 17s have a taller profile tire. Is that correct? Is this a matter of personal taste (and that is fine) or is there technical reasons why a larger wheel and lower profile tire is superior?

Oops! Thanks for catching my error. I fixed my post now.

 

Texasota you are correct!
The tire makes the difference. The 18" version has less sidewall height and is also wider which should provide more grip (less MPG).
Overall it's not that much in this case but larger wheels improve handling, cornering, braking and looks which is like you said personal taste.

The Fusion is such a good looking car it just makes it look even better. Just like a good looking woman on high heels to enhance all proportions ;)

I think we are getting way of topic :) has anyone seen samples of the new colors?

Having driven both I notice no difference in handling, but I do notice a difference in MPG. I like the heels comparison.

 

Also, the Energi order guide has now also been posted on BOF: http://www.blueovalf...-date-question/


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 11:59 AM

The difference in handling between 17 and 18 is subtle, but noticeable when you push the car to extremes. There is a slight bit more roll with 17's when you take sharp corners at higher speeds due to the taller sidewall flex. It isn't as noticeable in the 13+ Fusion due to its tight suspension but in the older cars, very noticeable, the Sport had 18" wheels, and the FFH had 17", and the Sport had a tighter suspension, so the difference is like night and day. Both had a very close overall diameter in tire size, but the handling was quite apparent.  Putting the Sport wheels and tires on the FFH would make handling much better, though not nearly as good. That was THE one thing I missed the most about the Sport, the handling. Now the 13 FFH handles just as well if not better.


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 01:41 PM

If I had a choice, I'd pick the 17 inch, higher profile tire because it will give you a little extra protection for the rim when driving over potholes and railway tracks. Another thing to look at is how the tire protects the side of the rim, when parking close to the curb. I'd pick the tire with the most sidewall bulge in it, to protect the rim. 


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 02:11 PM

 

I've attached the 2015 Hybrid Marketing Guide here:  attachicon.gif2015 Fusion Hybrid Marketing Guide.pdf

Lots of information in that guide.

 

Any one have a link or a copy for the 2014 Fusions? I just want to keep it for a reference.



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:36 PM

I think we are getting way of topic :) has anyone seen samples of the new colors?

 

I was searching for those new colors and found Magnetic and Guard on the 2015 Ford Mustang web page here:

 

      http://www.ford.com/...0140519023211:s

 

of course looking at colors online may not be a very accurate representation.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:45 AM

If I had a choice, I'd pick the 17 inch, higher profile tire because it will give you a little extra protection for the rim when driving over potholes and railway tracks. Another thing to look at is how the tire protects the side of the rim, when parking close to the curb. I'd pick the tire with the most sidewall bulge in it, to protect the rim. 

Some of the Goodyear tires have a ridge on the sidewall that extends well past the rim and does a pretty good job of protecting the rim. The RSA comes to mind on this one. 


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:03 AM

 
I was searching for those new colors and found Magnetic and Guard on the 2015 Ford Mustang web page here:
 
      http://www.ford.com/...0140519023211:s
 
of course looking at colors online may not be a very accurate representation.


Nice find the Guard looks nice I think you could also call this Gunmetal.
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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:06 AM

I want one in Gotta Have it Green.  


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

The difference in handling between 17 and 18 is subtle, but noticeable when you push the car to extremes. There is a slight bit more roll with 17's when you take sharp corners at higher speeds due to the taller sidewall flex. It isn't as noticeable in the 13+ Fusion due to its tight suspension but in the older cars, very noticeable, the Sport had 18" wheels, and the FFH had 17", and the Sport had a tighter suspension, so the difference is like night and day. Both had a very close overall diameter in tire size, but the handling was quite apparent.  Putting the Sport wheels and tires on the FFH would make handling much better, though not nearly as good. That was THE one thing I missed the most about the Sport, the handling. Now the 13 FFH handles just as well if not better.

I would rather have the 17s then. My wife doesn't like it when I take corners quickly because everything goes sliding around in the trunk then. She also doesn't like it when she has to hold on to the grab handle while I'm driving. Sometimes she can anticipate when I'm coming fast into a corner and she grabs on to the handle in anticipation. So 18s which can corner slightly faster don't add value for us.


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:40 PM

You haven't trained her well then :)   Imagine what she would be doing in a 2010-12 that doesnt have the bolsters in the seats or the flat cornering of the 13.     I have about 5K more miles left on my tires before they will need to be replaced.


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