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What will fit a Fusion for aftermarket wheels, I'm looking at keeping the stock tires (17"), but most of the weels I'm looking at are 17x8 with a 40-42mm  offset, will these fit a Fusion?  Anyone running something like this they can send me pictures of?

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Thats weird I actually forgot to ask today? I actually ordered my konig Imagine in black but they were 17x7's. Since I will also be using the stock tires. Check out discount tires or call them? To expensive right now with rims/tires for me? I just want that black rim with the black car!! I hope they arrive by fri or he said for sure by mon!
 

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Shouldn't be too bad if you run a 40-42 offset (stock is 44). They wheel will be a half inch closer to the spindle in the front, which is where clearance is tight, but since you're sticking with the stock tire it should work. There could also be some tight clearance between the corner of the tire and the rear part of the wheel-lining. To check this out, turn the steering wheel exactly 360 degrees and stick your hand between the tire and the plastic liner. With the stock tires you should just be able to fit your fingers in there, make sure you don't reduce that too much with the new wheels. What looks like enough space when sitting still turns into nothing when you're driving and hit a pothole or slam on the brakes.

There could also be a chance that the extra half+ inch sticking towards the outside could cause some rear fender rub, so make sure to check that out carefully before driving too far.
 

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Here's an interesting site I came across. It's all about Mazada6 tech. This link is a guide to wheel/tire fitment. Some things like distance to the fenders might be different. Untill some people take the plunge and start experimenting with a Fusion, I'm not sure how acurate the Mazda6 info would be. I'd still use it as a guide.

http://www.mazda6tech.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=50
 

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I wouldn't rely on Mazda6 fitments for wheels - they have a completely different offset and body.
Also, I would not recommend running a stock tire on an 8" wheel... stock wheel is what, 6.5"? What's the tire size? I assume in the 205-215 range? That'd be small - real small - for an 8" wheel.
 

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I found Fusion offsets in another post- 16in is 40mm and 17in is 44mm. It looks like we'd have no problems with aftermarket wheels because their offsets are in those ranges. I guess the only question now is tiresize.
 

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[quote author=MZ6ZoomZoom link=topic=38935.msg566651#msg566651 date=1138984272]
I wouldn't rely on Mazda6 fitments for wheels - they have a completely different offset and body.
Also, I would not recommend running a stock tire on an 8" wheel... stock wheel is what, 6.5"? What's the tire size? I assume in the 205-215 range? That'd be small - real small - for an 8" wheel.
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Stock 17in wheel is a 17x7. The tire is a 225/50. This tire should have no problem on a 8in wheel, my RX7 came stock with 225/50s on a 16x8 wheel.

As for the comparison to the Mazda 6, most of the comparisons whould be valid. The Fusion fenders are basically just stuck out about 15mm, and the wheels offsets were changed from the Mazda 6 by a matching 15mm. All the structure on the inside of the wheel well are the same.
 

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Avoid the assumptions and use the fitment windows found on both Tire Rack and Edge Racing web sites. They've done all the testing for you and will help with making the correct choices. Just enter in the Wheel diameter , check the selections and look at both the recommended "offset" and tire size for that wheel. I personally think the overall tire diameter is the most important factor, too tall and there will be interference with the upper control arm, you can minimize this by using wheel spacers sold by H&R springs to push the wheel away from the control arm. Good Luck
 

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I'll be keeping the stock P225/50R17 Tires. I'm just wanting Chrome wheels and all the styles I like seem to be 8" wide. I think it'll work, but I was hoping someone else would have a set on before I got my car.
 

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FYI: The Lincoln Zephyr has a 7.5" wheel. Maybe you can take a trip to your local dealer and see how much clearance is left between the suspension and the tire. As stated before,wheel spacers are an option.
 

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[quote author=Cross Bolt link=topic=38935.msg580381#msg580381 date=1140002917]
FYI: The Lincoln Zephyr has a 7.5" wheel.[/quote]So does the Fusion...?
 

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Hey Adam! Welcome aboard!

Anyway, as for my opinion on the tire... it's OK - nothing WRONG with it. But it's MASSIVELY overpriced. And of course, if you want real performance, go with, as GreenNuggs says, a summer only compound. I run Cooper Zeon 2XS's in summer.
 

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I hope to have the offical answer very soon. I've got the wheels sitting here if my car ever comes in. It's been released from plant so one train ride, one truck ride and she's here!
 

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I talked to customer support at tire rack and they adivsed a 17X8 wheel with a 225/50-17 size tire will work on al fusion models with no spacer needed, if you change the wheel size to any wider you will need wheel spacers
 
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