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2017 Ford Focus Electric (base) $20,536 ON - YMMV

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dgnr8 wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 1:27 pm
I know this has come up before but I didn’t realize how bad the tires are.

When it’s raining the car doesn’t grip, I’m always sliding.

Anyone else have the same experience?
Yes, you need to go easy on wet road when start from a complete stop otherwise the front tires will spin.
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Can anyone tell if my breaker box panel is 100A or suitable for a Level 2 EVSE install? I don't think there should be any issues, but I'm not sure how many Amp panel it is. House is about 12 years old.
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RedStrikeCa wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 9:10 pm
Do you see the main breaker? What numbers are written on the toggle switch?
Oh never noticed that. Both upper and lower toggle switch say 100, so does that mean its a 200A panel?
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Musiq Soulchild wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 2:50 pm
Thanks I just ordered the juicebox pro 40 from there. Should have ordered earlier when it was on sale but hesitated :(

Now i have to find an electrician...
I hesitated as well when it was 10% off because I hadn't taken delivery yet on the vehicle.

But after government rebates, it isn't too big a difference.
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Londonbrewer wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 6:07 pm
For the most part just had a quick look on some YouTube videos.

Used 3 cans of plasti dip spraybombs that I had bought a while ago on sale.

Used some Scotch Brite pads to clean any major oxidation, then washed with dishsoap to clean then and remove any waxes or anything on the rims.

Dried them and used masking tape around tires and wrapped the valvestem

Many light coats with time between to dry. Actually went down pretty easily. By the time I got to the fourth rim it was only another 10mins to start on the next one. Leaving them for a couple days to dry fully.

Will see how it stands up over the winter.
Looks great! Another tip is to get a pack of playing cards and fan those between the tire and rim, may be a little easier than tape...
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joshmxpx wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 8:05 am
Looks great! Another tip is to get a pack of playing cards and fan those between the tire and rim, may be a little easier than tape...
Did see someone use index cards, couldn't find any. Playing cards are a great idea. Tape wasn't too bad, just took longer and was pretty finicky. Playing cards would have been much faster and probably better. Good tip!
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dgnr8 wrote:
Oct 29th, 2017 1:27 pm
I know this has come up before but I didn’t realize how bad the tires are.

When it’s raining the car doesn’t grip, I’m always sliding.

Anyone else have the same experience?
Yes, this happened to me yesterday too. You have to accelerate very slowly otherwise it'll spin. Not the greatest tires...
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I also bought used 16" alloys off Kijiji for $60/set. A little dirty, so I cleaned it with rim cleaner, sanded it with 320 grit sandpaper and use duplicolor engine paint. This is more permanent than plasti dip but it was much faster, 10 mins between coats, dries within the hour. I used 1 can for all 4 wheels, more than enough. Did 4-5 coats each. Only costed $12.99 + tax. This set will be for my winters.

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So what size tires and rims will actually fit as winter tires. As mentioned before I'm being told by ford they should be aluminum.
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UNDFTDss wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 8:45 am
Yes, this happened to me yesterday too. You have to accelerate very slowly otherwise it'll spin. Not the greatest tires...
More than the tires its probably due to lack of weight on the front. No engine and no batteries up front. So changing tire type may not improve things much except that winter tires are a must on the FFE. Added to this is the instant torque which makes the wheels spin readily even on our C-Max Energi that has a 2.0L ICE over the front wheels.
"Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, and the pig likes it"
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UNDFTDss wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 8:49 am
I also bought used 16" alloys off Kijiji for $60/set. A little dirty, so I cleaned it with rim cleaner, sanded it with 320 grit sandpaper and use duplicolor engine paint. This is more permanent than plasti dip but it was much faster, 10 mins between coats, dries within the hour. I used 1 can for all 4 wheels, more than enough. Did 4-5 coats each. Only costed $12.99 + tax. This set will be for my winters.
Looks great! Really makes a huge difference!
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Martin (deal addict) wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 9:22 am
More than the tires its probably due to lack of weight on the front. No engine and no batteries up front. So changing tire type may not improve things much except that winter tires are a must on the FFE. Added to this is the instant torque which makes the wheels spin readily even on our C-Max Energi that has a 2.0L ICE over the front wheels.
If that's the case then pretty much all EVs will have the same issue? I haven't noticed Leaf or Tesla owners complaining about this.
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UNDFTDss wrote:
Oct 30th, 2017 8:49 am
I also bought used 16" alloys off Kijiji for $60/set. A little dirty, so I cleaned it with rim cleaner, sanded it with 320 grit sandpaper and use duplicolor engine paint. This is more permanent than plasti dip but it was much faster, 10 mins between coats, dries within the hour. I used 1 can for all 4 wheels, more than enough. Did 4-5 coats each. Only costed $12.99 + tax. This set will be for my winters.

$60 for a set? That's a steal, I thought the $150 set I paid was a good price......

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