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OEM Ford parts wheels ARE NOT PAINTED.
SO if you choose to buy the wheels new from Ford Parts, they will cost retail $700 or so each.
The cheapest one can get Ford parts, like from dealers who discount and are mentioned here..
Is about $350 each.. and they arrive with no paint.

So then you have to paint them.

The original 'snowflake' ST wheels same thing from Ford parts. no paint. BUT,
the original OEM snowflake IS available from Ford Racing, painted gloss black,
for about $200 to $225 each
eBay has OEM wheels.. typically from junk cars. So you have to watch out for bent and damaged rims.
eBay has sets and singles..

The golden place for OEM wheels is your local Craig's List.
Sets of four off the car are plentiful enough to make it worth watching your local or nearby big city
Craig's List until you find a set you want. It might take six months of watching.. be diligent!
So basically crazy expensive to buy new and they dont have paint, or look for good ones used that are cheap, or just buy aftermarket.
 

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I was lucky enough to find a local guy selling his for $200 with less than 50 miles on them....looked brand new.


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I have them and I like them on my color.
They don't look good on all colors, but that subjective.

I've seen several sets on craigslist go for $300 barely used
 

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If it makes you happy, then you should get them. It's your car man

I love the look slightly more than I like the look of black normal ST wheels, but if I pay a lot for wheels, there are so many better looking ones IN MY EYES that are MUCH lighter weight...so it's performance AND visual improvement that I care about. Plus, aftermarket wheels are actually cheaper than what some places want for premium stockers.
 

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They'll be overpriced separately from the dealer and they are heavy, but they are very likely more durable than a lighter and cheaper wheel. Generally, to get light and strong, you also get expensive. I drive about 50k/year through all kinds of weather and conditions, dirt roads, US steadily declining infrastructure, etc. and the only time I've ever blown out an OE wheel was a 13" steelie hitting uncovered railroad tracks at 55 mph in a 1984 Subaru (also the only time I ever needed an alignment from an impact and not just as part of replacing worn parts), so I tend to stick with OE wheels.
 

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I have them and I like them on my color.
They don't look good on all colors, but that subjective.

I've seen several sets on craigslist go for $300 barely used

Agreed, the optional wheels do look nicer on certain colors. Before I bought my TS I was trying to buy an Oxford white model, which to me looks great with the snowflakes, but someone picked it up just as I went to make an offer on it.
 

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I think they look far better than the stock wheels and for the price (when purchased with the car) they are a good value. Seems stupid that they come unpainted if you buy them separately from Ford, you'd have to go through the hassle of painting them so they would hold up in use, the stock ones seem to have a good black epoxy finish that seems to be durable.
 

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They'll be overpriced separately from the dealer and they are heavy, but they are very likely more durable than a lighter and cheaper wheel. Generally, to get light and strong, you also get expensive. I drive about 50k/year through all kinds of weather and conditions, dirt roads, US steadily declining infrastructure, etc. and the only time I've ever blown out an OE wheel was a 13" steelie hitting uncovered railroad tracks at 55 mph in a 1984 Subaru (also the only time I ever needed an alignment from an impact and not just as part of replacing worn parts), so I tend to stick with OE wheels.
Exactly, I would prefer to buy OE but idk if i can find any near me for sale with a reasonable price.
 

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I think they look far better than the stock wheels and for the price (when purchased with the car) they are a good value. Seems stupid that they come unpainted if you buy them separately from Ford, you'd have to go through the hassle of painting them so they would hold up in use, the stock ones seem to have a good black epoxy finish that seems to be durable.
I know, just wish they were cheaper and painted from the dealer.
 

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I like the premium wheels, I wasn't sold on them when I originally bought the car but they have really grown on me and I wouldn't want to give them up now.

Also on the not painted from the dealer, I could be wrong but I've never seen oem wheels sold unpainted... are we sure about this because I seriously doubt ford sends those wheels out with no paint. Think about it these are machined face wheels so even the dealer wouldn't be able to finish them, they would have to paint and then send them out to a specialist wheel shop to have the face machined and hope they come out looking oem. These aren't body panels that will need to be painted 10 different colors these are wheels that only came in one finish, no reason for them to come unpainted
 

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Ahh, my info came from the OEM snowflake wheels, which are unpainted.
These alternate wheels may be painted. My bad.
 

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I like the premium wheels, I wasn't sold on them when I originally bought the car but they have really grown on me and I wouldn't want to give them up now.

Also on the not painted from the dealer, I could be wrong but I've never seen oem wheels sold unpainted... are we sure about this because I seriously doubt ford sends those wheels out with no paint. Think about it these are machined face wheels so even the dealer wouldn't be able to finish them, they would have to paint and then send them out to a specialist wheel shop to have the face machined and hope they come out looking oem. These aren't body panels that will need to be painted 10 different colors these are wheels that only came in one finish, no reason for them to come unpainted
That makes sense to me. I just have to see what the dealer is selling them for, and if they really do come with paint or not. I would prefer to buy new but depending on the feedback on the dealer I may have to go aftermarket or buy used premium.
 
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