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So I noticed on Saturday that the alignment I've been putting off till I can afford wheels and tires has eaten the inside of my passenger front tire down to the belts, so the GT Bird is stored for the winter now until I can afford tires.

I have 3.73:1 gears, and the car was rolling on 255/50/16's when I got it from Traveler. Tires were worn due to overinflation, so I knew this was coming. Speedo reads perfectly according to my GPS, timing a mile, and the police "Your Speed Is" signs. Anyway, the only tires I can find in 255/50/16 are BFG Sport Comp 2's, which look like a good tire, but even though I only use the car in the summer I have trouble buying a 300 treadwear tire. I've had good luck with General Altimax AS-03's on my 1999 Mustang GT, great treadwear, great traction in rain and dry, and although I haven't used them in snow, would I be caught in snow they supposedly would work ok, so I found some in 255/40/18.

I went ahead and ordered these, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-4-Wheels-18-inch-Matt-Black-Under-Cut-Rims-18x9-fits-5x108-ET35-CB66-6-/181906143979?vxp=mtr

According to this website, the tire will be close enough (off by .1" height, .3mph at 60), and the wheels with the 35mm backspace will clear my suspension and only be silghtly further out than the stock wheels, which tend to tuck in somewhat.
 

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Let us know how those wheels are. I like a few of the designs that the seller has, and they are a good price. They have a set of 7 spoke 17s I was looking at getting for my cougar this spring.
 

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Let us know how those wheels are. I like a few of the designs that the seller has, and they are a good price. They have a set of 7 spoke 17s I was looking at getting for my cougar this spring.
I will test fit the wheels and post pics when they arrive. No tires 'till later this winter, but I know I'll have a 1/2 overlap of tire, and the general location of the tire since they're the same OD as my current ones, so I'll make sure they fit. He has them in a 38 backspace too, but I was afraid of internal clearance.

The wheels are Chinese, not sure if that's good or bad, and if you buy 100 of them you can get them for $50 each from the distributor... Not sure what I'd do with 96 extra wheels though...

These? I like them. Always liked the Cougar 7 spoke.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-4-Wheels-18-inch-Matte-Silver-Finish-Rims-18x8-fits-5x108-ET40-CB73-1-/181907639870
 

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Let us know how those wheels are. I like a few of the designs that the seller has, and they are a good price. They have a set of 7 spoke 17s I was looking at getting for my cougar this spring.
Test fitted the wheels with the car in the air. I don't have tires yet, so I can't put it under it's own weight, but they do (just) fit nicely. I took measurements of how my current 16x7 stock with +39offset and 255/50/16 tires fit in my wheelwells. Then I plugged in the appropriate 255/40/18 tire on my 18x9 +35 offset new wheels and it "should" clear everything. I will of course use the calibrated eyeball before driving on it and roll the fenders if needed.

This is the page I use for the calculations. Very handy!
Rim & Tire Size Calculator. Custom Offsets - Wheel-Size.com

This has all of my measurements with my tires plugged in already. Do your own measurements and plug your data in. I know that my new wheels have about 1/2" clearance to the spindle, but since tire size and width are identical, I should have no issues there. I did discover that when I turn my wheels to the lock toward the right, I am just barely rubbing my oil filter relocation lines, so I need to re-route and secure them. Glad I saw it before I made them leak. Going to replace that with braided this winter anyway.
 

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Yup those are the ones! Kind of like a modern update on my OEM 7 spoke wheels.

My Cougar is away for winter so unless I find something I like better by spring, im going to get those. Glad to hear you used that seller and they worked out well so far.

Do they have any brand name or anything on them?
Mine were in boxes, w something I had never heard of. I went to the website and the wheels weren't there.
I'll look it up when I get home and post.
 

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Nice wheels. Can you post pics when you get the wheels and tires on? I'd like to see how those look on the car.
Thank you!
Yes I will. I have the wheels, just got the hubcentric rings in, and should be able to buy tires in January. I'll get them mounted and installed then, and shoot some pictures.

Yup those are the ones! Kind of like a modern update on my OEM 7 spoke wheels.

My Cougar is away for winter so unless I find something I like better by spring, im going to get those. Glad to hear you used that seller and they worked out well so far.

Do they have any brand name or anything on them?
I forgot to look at the boxes, sorry!

The wheels came from here...
FREEMAN RACING WHEELS

I cannot find the actual model on their website though.
 

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Checked out the wheels you purchased. Seems like a really good price for them. Not sure how the "Made in China" will work out but I would image they aren't going to be much different than most other countries that produced wheels that aren't produced in the US or European countries. Would suggest you have the wheel put on a spin balance machine if possible to see how they balance out before mounting tires.

I noticed the size listed for the ones you purchased had a 40mm offset. Wondering if a 38mm would work as well since I'm considering these wheels for my Cougar... 18 18x8 Verde V55 Kaos 5x108 38mm Hyper Silver Wheels Rims | eBay. They aren't as low priced as the ones you got but fairly reasonable compared to some others. And I like the pattern so the few extra dollars for my tastes are feasible. Would like to see them when you have them mounted. Maybe start a thread of photos with wheels mounted when you get them on. By then maybe I'll have mine purchased and mounted.
 

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Checked out the wheels you purchased. Seems like a really good price for them. Not sure how the "Made in China" will work out but I would image they aren't going to be much different than most other countries that produced wheels that aren't produced in the US or European countries. Would suggest you have the wheel put on a spin balance machine if possible to see how they balance out before mounting tires.

I noticed the size listed for the ones you purchased had a 40mm offset. Wondering if a 38mm would work as well since I'm considering these wheels for my Cougar... 18 18x8 Verde V55 Kaos 5x108 38mm Hyper Silver Wheels Rims | eBay. They aren't as low priced as the ones you got but fairly reasonable compared to some others. And I like the pattern so the few extra dollars for my tastes are feasible. Would like to see them when you have them mounted. Maybe start a thread of photos with wheels mounted when you get them on. By then maybe I'll have mine purchased and mounted.
Actually, the ones I bought have a 35 offset, I posted the 38's because the auction I won wouldn't let me post it up. There is a handy calculator that shows what fits with tire sizes and compares them to what you have. For example, stock our cars are 225/60/16 on a 7" wheel with 39 offset. I run a 255/50/16 on those same wheels, and used that for my calculations which show that they should clear fine. Here's the site... Custom rims, wheel tire packages for your ride - RIMSnTIRES.com

Another good site that lets you plug in more real data using measurements you take yourself is here...
Rim & Tire Size Calculator. Custom Offsets - Wheel-Size.com
The link I provided has the details on my car and my measurements, so plug your own in.
 

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Got them mounted today, pardon all the leaves, and the low quality of the pictures. I'll get better ones this weekend in the daylight.

Car is lowered 1.5", just doesn't look like it due to the angle, plus it just got off the jack.




Here's a much better shot I got yesterday.
 

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Man those wheels look sweet on your bird ! :surprise:
 

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She's at the alignment shop now, I have to say I haven't noticed any loss in ride quality, but I'm on the Eibach springs with GR-2 shocks. She's fairly compliant, yet still corners like a pro.

I do have to watch for potholes, and I need to roll the fenders.
 

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I'm on the Eibach springs with GR-2 shocks. I do have to watch for potholes, and I need to roll the fenders.


Looking at that pic..It looks like the rear is lower than the front..

In fact, I've heard other people that are running the Eibach springs complain about the rear being too low compared to the front..

You could probably even out the stance of your car by installing a set of air bags in the rear..

Here's the Sticky: Installing Airlift 1000 Load Assist kits on the MN12 platform

I plan on running a set of air bags on mine eventually..My reason being all the extra weight I have in the trunk..





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Looking at that pic..It looks like the rear is lower than the front..

In fact, I've heard other people that are running the Eibach springs complain about the rear being too low compared to the front..

You could probably even out the stance of your car by installing a set of air bags in the rear..

Here's the Sticky: Installing Airlift 1000 Load Assist kits on the MN12 platform

I plan on running a set of air bags on mine eventually..My reason being all the extra weight I have in the trunk..





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My driveway isn't flat, so the suspension isn't even there.
I'm not too worried about it, not enough to put airbags in it anyway. May upgrade to vorgtlands at some point.
 

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My driveway isn't flat, so the suspension isn't even there.
I'm not too worried about it, not enough to put airbags in it anyway. May upgrade to vorgtlands at some point.
So why did you want to roll your fenders then?
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So why did you want to roll your fenders then?
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Clearance in case I hit a big pothole. The tires are just a little too close to make me comfortable, so I want to massage them a little so that I know the tires will tuck in when the suspension compresses.
Here's the car on a more flat parking lot.
 

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