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I've got an 83 Mustang with 16 inch ponys but I found some 4 lug 17x9 inch Cobra R's at a good price today but I've seen on a few sites where it's mentioned that the front spindles on mine are different than the 87 and up models so clearance is an issue with 16's but nothing is ever mentioned about 17's.

Question I have, would a 17x9 with a 24mm offset work?

I've looked at this site and others but I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to backspacing/offset. http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp

I'm not overly interested in doing a 5 lug swap either. I've already done enough with this car.
 

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Hoping someone has this answer or has/had a similar car...

I've got an 83 Mustang with 16 inch ponys but I found some 4 lug 17x9 inch Cobra R's at a good price today but I've seen on a few sites where it's mentioned that the front spindles on mine are different than the 87 and up models so clearance is an issue with 16's but nothing is ever mentioned about 17's.

Question I have, would a 17x9 with a 24mm offset work?

I've looked at this site and others but I'm pretty much clueless when it comes to backspacing/offset. http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp

I'm not overly interested in doing a 5 lug swap either. I've already done enough with this car.

Your stock spindles utilize puny 10" disc brakes. 1987-1993 5.0 spindles utilize 11" brakes. To upgrade to the 11" setup, you need the following:

spindles
rotors
calipers
brake lines (I'm a little fuzzy here, haven't done this in a while)

Look around on Craigslist, or elsewhere, they should be darn-near free, I ended up throwing a complete conversion setup away, after trying for two years to practically give it away.

Beyond that, the wheels should fit, but I don't like the way 17x9 wheels poke out of the front fenders on a Fox body....and the tiny front brakes won't look so hot in those open, 5-spoke wheels. Personally, I'd stick with the Pony wheels.
 

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Thanks doom. Thats what I was worried about...the 9'' rim sticking out of the front fender well.

Brake upgrade is actually on the table since it does have a hard time stopping. I have to mash the brakes down to keep it from jumping into traffic sometimes if I dont drop it into neutral. Darn 347's.
 

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Thanks doom. Thats what I was worried about...the 9'' rim sticking out of the front fender well.

Brake upgrade is actually on the table since it does have a hard time stopping. I have to mash the brakes down to keep it from jumping into traffic sometimes if I dont drop it into neutral. Darn 347's.
There is a fairly cheap 'upgrade' package I've done to these cars in the past, in addition to the 11" disc GT spindles:

1. Lincoln MK7 calipers
2. 10" rear drums and backing plates from a 1983-1986 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, or a 1983-1988 T-bird/Cougar with 10" drums
3. Ford Crown Vic master cylinder from the early 1980's

It's not exactly a bolt-on, but it's minor work, really...
 
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