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Hi guys, my name is Austin. I been restoring a old ford EXP and in the process I have ended up with a few sets of 15” escort GT wheels. Last time I rotated my tires I test fitted one on my 2019 fiesta S 5 speed (poor mans st) It actually far faster and handles far better then the SE models.

Ant I thought why not put a set of the old GT wheels on my fiesta. They look better then the stock steels.
Problem is they are all 7” wide wheels so the stock 185/60r15s will not safely fit. The closest size that will fit is 195/55r15 witch I know will fit the wheel. But what about the fiesta? Will 195/55r15 rub at all? I know the STs use ether 195/50r16 or 205/45r17 or something like that? But I have no clue is a S trim model will fit a 195/55r15. I cant see it being different.

Any advice will be very appreciate.
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I know 195/55 will fit a st but what about an S trim?
 


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195-60/15 will fit fine and so will 205-45 /15 or 205/50 15. I'm running 205-50/16 on my ST and have no issues with rub at all. Note, the offset may become an issue with the larger 205/50-15 but I've running a 43mm offset on my 16 inch wheels. You may want to check your Escort wheels and see what the offset for that wheel is. If it's in the range of 40-45mm it will probably be ok.
 


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I don't recall the offset, I want to say they are 38mm. I did test fit a wheel with out a tire and it looked ok offset wise.
But I bet the offset is wrong. Because everywhere online lists the stock wheel as ether 6 or 6.5 but the wheel is 7" wide.
So I'll have to check.
 


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Hi guys, my name is Austin. I been restoring a old ford EXP and in the process I have ended up with a few sets of 15” escort GT wheels. Last time I rotated my tires I test fitted one on my 2019 fiesta S 5 speed (poor mans st) It actually far faster and handles far better then the SE models.

Ant I thought why not put a set of the old GT wheels on my fiesta. They look better then the stock steels.
Problem is they are all 7” wide wheels so the stock 185/60r15s will not safely fit. The closest size that will fit is 195/55r15 witch I know will fit the wheel. But what about the fiesta? Will 195/55r15 rub at all? I know the STs use ether 195/50r16 or 205/45r17 or something like that? But I have no clue is a S trim model will fit a 195/55r15. I cant see it being different.

Any advice will be very appreciate.
Thanks.
Are you sure the Escort GT wheels aren't 15x5.5 or 15x6.5? Also, I think they're 4x100 and not 4x108 like the Fiesta (S,SE,ST) uses.
 


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The Escort GT wheels were 15x7s?!?

Ford put that size on the V-8 Fox body 'Stangs!
Yes 15x7 was an option in the later 80s. The tempo and topaz also had the same wheels available as an option. I seen quite a few escorts with foxbody wheels.
Are you sure the Escort GT wheels aren't 15x5.5 or 15x6.5? Also, I think they're 4x100 and not 4x108 like the Fiesta (S,SE,ST) uses.
91 and up uses 4x100. 82-90 used 4x108. And yes the 3 sets I have both 14" and the 2 15" sets are 7" wide. 15x5.5 and 15x6.5 was also available and I have a few, but they are all steelies.

Oddly the specks on 80s escort wheels are all over the place online. My 14" 7 spoke wheels are listed online as being 6in wide, 6.5in wide and 7in wide and the offset is listed everywhere from 37.4mm to 39.8mm and some places even list them at being 15" all with the same PN in the listings. So one can't believe what they see online with 80s escort wheels.:rolleyes:


Thanks for the help. I think I'm going to take a chance and get a set of 195/55r15s and see how they fit. if they don't fit I can always put them on my escort EXP.
 


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There really is no reason for that size tire to not fit.

The non ST cars sit a little bit higher than the STs, the suspension clearances should not be that different (albeit the non-ST cars use a different front knuckle/upright), and the base NA Fiesta tires were in some cases taller than that tire size, even though yes, narrower. [wink]
 


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The body is the same on all Fiestas. You should be able to fit a 205 section tire with no trouble at all, as that's the stock section width on the ST. Diameter-wise, the 185/60-15 is 23.7". A 205/50-15 is 23.9". That's pretty darn close. A 195/55-15 is 23.4", which is also close and might have the advantage of giving a little lower gearing overall. In addition there are far more tire choices in a 195 and they are cheaper in general.

Before we bought the ST, we test drove a base Fiesta with the 1.6, but they only had auto transmissions on the lot. The car felt good in general but the auto transmission sucked. I felt like with 120 hp and a 5 or 6 speed, the car would actually be pretty fun to drive. With the tires you're considering it would be that much better and you could even get a set of performance shocks and struts from Ford Performance to uprate the handling. If there had been an ST-Line with manual trans ever made, that could actually be a lot of fun even though it's not as fast as the ST.

Back in 1978 the Mk 1 Fiesta I had started out with 66 hp, but with the judicious use of Formula Ford-based parts, I got it up to about 100 hp. Went from 155SR12 tires to 195/55VR13 P7's and then 185/60HR13 Yokohama A001R's. Lowered an inch and Konis, plus front and rear sway bars. And that was a blast to drive. You could go 10/10ths on the road.
 


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Wasn't the ST Line offered in both AT and ST?

Model: 2019 Ford Fiesta
Horsepower: 120 hp
MSRP: From $17,625
MPG: Up to 27 city / 37 highway
Engine: 1.6 L 4-cylinder
Wheel size: 16″ diameter, 6.5″ width
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
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ST Line Manual Hatchback
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The Fiesta ST-Line comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission (unlike the 6-speed offered in the ST), and an optional 6-speed automatic, which is Ford’s much-maligned PowerShift transmission. At least there is the choice of a stick shift. The tires are the same as you would get on a Fiesta SE if you opt for the 16-inch wheel upgrade. The bodywork of the Fiesta ST-Line means that, like the ST, it’s just a bit longer than a regular Fiesta hatchback. Likewise, it’s also nearly an inch shorter because it’s lowered as well.
 


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Wasn't the ST Line offered in both AT and ST?

Model: 2019 Ford Fiesta
Horsepower: 120 hp
MSRP: From $17,625
MPG: Up to 27 city / 37 highway
Engine: 1.6 L 4-cylinder
Wheel size: 16″ diameter, 6.5″ width
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
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ST Line Manual Hatchback
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The Fiesta ST-Line comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission (unlike the 6-speed offered in the ST), and an optional 6-speed automatic, which is Ford’s much-maligned PowerShift transmission. At least there is the choice of a stick shift. The tires are the same as you would get on a Fiesta SE if you opt for the 16-inch wheel upgrade. The bodywork of the Fiesta ST-Line means that, like the ST, it’s just a bit longer than a regular Fiesta hatchback. Likewise, it’s also nearly an inch shorter because it’s lowered as well.
It may have been offered that way, but at least in late 2019 there were none available anywhere near here. And by near I mean within 200 miles. Just like there were no base Fiestas with manual transmission, even though that should have been a really decent cheap car.
 


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I saw one at the dealer last year and fell in love with the HOT PEPPER RED METALLIC TINTED CLEARCOAT. Normally I HATE red cars and avoid them. I've never had one. If I had a money tree, I'd have my boring grey painted.
 


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It may have been offered that way, but at least in late 2019 there were none available anywhere near here. And by near I mean within 200 miles. Just like there were no base Fiestas with manual transmission, even though that should have been a really decent cheap car.
In May of 2019 my 2019 had to come from a dealer in Solebury/New Hope PA for the options I wanted. It had 11 miles on it. Until they drove it down. 185 when I got it. <7k today.
 


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I love colored cars. I drive a white truck for work, but get tired of all cars being silver, gray and black. My Mk. 1 Fiesta was bright yellow, and I added a red to orange spectrum stripe to the front and sides. I got excited when I saw that Fiesta STs could come in Hot Pepper Red and Spice Orange and Blue and Envy Green. Emphasis on COULD. When I was looking they were all gray, black or white. Only one orange one within range but they wouldn't play nice with my local dealer for a trade.
 


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In May of 2019 my 2019 had to come from a dealer in Solebury/New Hope PA for the options I wanted. It had 11 miles on it. Until they drove it down. 185 when I got it. <7k today.
There are no NEW car dealers in my town (one small used car lot).

There is Fred Beans Ford in Doylestown, Newtown, Langhorne, and many other surrounding towns, and Ditschman Ford in Flemington, N.J., about 15 miles north on 202 from here.
I'm guessing you meant one of these places?
 


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idk, I'll look at the window sticker. It shows the port of entry and the dealer it went to. I think it's on there.
 


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There are no NEW car dealers in my town (one small used car lot).

There is Fred Beans Ford in Doylestown, Newtown, Langhorne, and many other surrounding towns, and Ditschman Ford in Flemington, N.J., about 15 miles north on 202 from here.
I'm guessing you meant one of these places?
Eh, SUNbury...solebury, tomato tomahto. lol

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