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Too much space between the wheel wells unless you lower the car. The low profile tires are a rim bender too if you hit a hole.I like to look at and drive my car and 16 is the biggest wheel size I would go.They still look great and drive well with no suspension mods.These cars are pretty big and heavy by todays standards for a 2 door car. Much larger than a grand am or any of those nonsense type cars. If you just cruise around stylin and profilin 17's are probably cool. But if you drive places and use the car for long distances sometimes a proper long lasting wheel balance becomes important. With low profiles your always out of balance-a LOT MORE than with 16 or heaven forbid 15's. If I could find some mint 15 inch stock chrome fan wheels I would put em on and be done and happy.I am looking at chrome AR wheels 15 inch for 95 bucks a piece new.I could keep my new michelins too. Really got me thinking about how I use the car.
 

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>> Too much space between the wheel wells unless you lower the car.

Not necessarily. 245/50R17 tires on a 17" rim are exactly the same diameter as the 225/60R16 they put on the T-Bird Sport models. Sure, if you put a lower combination profile tire than that you'll have more wheel gap, but is't a tire issue, not a wheel issue.

BTW, I've got Ford's SVT 17x7 Cobra Rs on my mark VIII with 245/50 BFG CompTA tires, and no vibrations at any speeds.
 

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Make sure you use tires with a load rating of at least 1/3 the car's weight. otherwise you will experience low treadlife, and increase the risk of a blow-out.
 

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i personally like my turbine style wheels. they act as a cooling mechanism for your rotors, very handy indeed.
 

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Xpert311 said:
i personally like my turbine style wheels. they act as a cooling mechanism for your rotors, very handy indeed.
I'd LOVE to see you prove it...
 

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GreenBird said:


I'd LOVE to see you prove it...
well, the wheel is shaped like a turbine (or fan) and a turbine is made to circulate or move air. soooooooooooooooo when your wheels turn the turbine of the wheell pulls air over the rotors and calipers to make a cooling effect. thats only if they are facing in the correct direction :rolleyes:
 

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Xpert311 said:
i personally like my turbine style wheels. they act as a cooling mechanism for your rotors, very handy indeed.
Take a look at your avatar Xpert311 and you have my thoughts on the matter.

John
 

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18's

Im runnin 18x9 cobra R's with 245/40/18 in front and 275/35/18 in rear with a 2" eibachs and bilstein shocks, they fit perfect and looks great IMHO, i got pics if you want some

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i have 16'' wheels on my car, and I see them as far too small for the car. I have seen many guys with 17 inch wheels, and they are nicer but are too small.

I think 18'' is the right size for the tbird.

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Well i got some bad news guys, I was at Les Schwab today ( local tire shop )
And some rookie was workin on my car, well i was puttin my new rubber on and the little basterd took a chunk out of the outter ring of the Cobras! Its not your average nick. No its a huge gouge, like hittin a curb goin 40. He was using the wrong machine to put the tire on and when it stopped moving he pulled out his hammer and started pounding the pry bar around, I swear i almost passed out when i saw this. :zbash: I ran out in the " Employees only " area and knocked his @$$ over. Well to make a long story short the manager said they stopped making these wheels for my car and to watch it for the next couple weeks to make sure it doenst flake. BS!!!! I better get a whole new set of rims, hell ill make em find me some Cobras but in 20s or heads will be rollin, just thought ide let ya'll know and see what you think..


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5150, you shoulda went to discoutn tire, we know better than to use a post changer on alloy wheels. seriously, make them buy you a new wheel. seems like the boss was trying to blow you off by telling you nobody makes those wheels. even if they weren't made anymore(which isn't true), somewhere somebody has them in a warehouse collecting dust.
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5150, that shop damaged your wheel, and they are required to fix it to YOUR satisfaction. If not you can take them to small claims court. If they cannot find that wheel anywhere, then they should replace the set. Once they do this, stop going there, and find a good reputable shop, Discount tire is good, or if they are not available, just ask people in your area.
 

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well, the wheel is shaped like a turbine (or fan) and a turbine is made to circulate or move air. soooooooooooooooo when your wheels turn the turbine of the wheell pulls air over the rotors and calipers to make a cooling effect. thats only if they are facing in the correct direction :rolleyes:
heh. i said PROVE. you you have a data sheet showing that the when the wheels turn in the the correct direction they move air from the outside to the inside? I'd settle for a wind tunnel pic, or even some math.

Then you'll need to prove that it doesn't cavatate at high speeds (100mph+)
 

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OMG who cares, drop it. Greenbird why don't you take your own advise and "lock the thread."

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yawn, this is getting really old guys
 
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