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Looking for new wheel + suspension recommendations

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Hey everyone! I have a 2016 ST, molten orange with rado wheels. I've been driving it since new. I would like to keep it for at least a few more years, but in order to do that I'd like to solve a huge issue for the family. The ride quality is beating everyone up.

My first inclination was to consider a set of coilovers and switch to a different wheel/tire setup. Maybe there are other options out there that would do just as good a job for cheaper. My general taste in wheels ranges from Sparco Pro Corsa to Team Dynamics, etc.

Essentially, I want to improve ride quality by as much as possible, but still end up with a nice looking wheel/tire combo and a decent looking ride height.

I would really appreciate any suggestions from the community. Thank you!
 

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When my OE RE71s needed replacement, I went with all-season 215/40/17 Federal SS595s.

The taller, softer sidewall helped with ride quality on my '16 and fill in the wheelwells too. I'm on stock struts/springs.

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Thank you! if I stay with stock wheels I might do that.

From what I'm seeing overall though, it sounds like I need to move to a smaller wheel for a more noticeable change. Going with a 16" wheel and 50 series tire has been suggested by a few people. If I do that, I'd probably want to change springs as well or go to coilovers.

If anyone reading this has changed to springs or coilovers, please let me know what you would suggest as far as a spring that retains good handling properties, but will be less harsh overall than the stock springs.

Thank you!
 
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215s do help if you stay with the 17"ers. I have Mountune Springs and B8s with 8" Rota Recces. I had the springs with stock shocks to start and the ride harshness improved, then I blew a front and (finally after waiting for stock forever) installed the B8s. I am totally happy with this for my daily driver. I have coilovers on my miata, which are nice but I the spring/shock set up for my daily Fiesta. There is less to worry about with the spring/shock set up, install and drive. Possible draw back is no height adjustability but for a daily there is no real need to adjust. Also the cost is less unless you get some low price coilovers which I would not recommend because you will probably want something else after awhile, you get what you pay for. There are a lot of springs that are good choices, Eibach, Swift (had those on a 1 series), etc. I went with the proven Mountune springs which they pair with B8s as a Clubsport package, they have been in Europe for some time prior to the US getting the ST. So I am "pro spring/shock set up" for a daily.

Wheels are a personal choice, get what you like that is in your budget. Tires are also open to preference and need. Looks like you are setting up a daily driver so you don't have to get low wear, super sticky units, you may have some weather concerns, etc. I would not go over 215s if you are staying with 17" wheels and try not to go under a 40mm offset. Rubbing and clearance was a top concern of mine, did a lot of research. Final set up of me was; Mountune springs with Bilstein B8s, 17 x 8 Rota Recce, 40mm offset and 215/40/17 Kumho Ecsta PS31, have been running this for over 2 years on my 2016.

Hope this helps...
 
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215s do help if you stay with the 17"ers. I have Mountune Springs and B8s with 8" Rota Recces. I had the springs with stock shocks to start and the ride harshness improved, then I blew a front and (finally after waiting for stock forever) installed the B8s. I am totally happy with this for my daily driver. I have coilovers on my miata, which are nice but I the spring/shock set up for my daily Fiesta. There is less to worry about with the spring/shock set up, install and drive. Possible draw back is no height adjustability but for a daily there is no real need to adjust. Also the cost is less unless you get some low price coilovers which I would not recommend because you will probably want something else after awhile, you get what you pay for. There are a lot of springs that are good choices, Eibach, Swift (had those on a 1 series), etc. I went with the proven Mountune springs which they pair with B8s as a Clubsport package, they have been in Europe for some time prior to the US getting the ST. So I am "pro spring/shock set up" for a daily.

Wheels are a personal choice, get what you like that is in your budget. Tires are also open to preference and need. Looks like you are setting up a daily driver so you don't have to get low wear, super sticky units, you may have some weather concerns, etc. I would not go over 215s if you are staying with 17" wheels and try not to go under a 40mm offset. Rubbing and clearance was a top concern of mine, did a lot of research. Final set up of me was; Mountune springs with Bilstein B8s, 17 x 8 Rota Recce, 40mm offset and 215/40/17 Kumho Ecsta PS31, have been running this for over 2 years on my 2016.

Hope this helps...
Thank you - I appreciate the info!
 

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