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Can someone tell me what is involved in using the Cobra R wheels?Are the wheels you see on many of the cars shown in pictures on this site a direct bolt on or are there modifications that have to be made in order to put them on?
 

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To be a direct bolt on they must have the 4.25" bolt pattern and a 36mm offset is ideal.
 

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I personally have the 4.25" pattern wheels, but an alternative would also be the Mustang hub swap.
 

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I'm considering these possibly at some point. It seems both are a good fit, am I correct?

http://thecustomwheelshop.com/product_info.php/cPath/1/products_id/31?osCsid=m9h9solnleo566c5evjmm96eb3

http://thecustomwheelshop.com/product_info.php/cPath/1/products_id/66?osCsid=m9h9solnleo566c5evjmm96eb3


Also I know what painted is since my stock are that and I don't mind painted. Polished is what in comparison? I don't care for Chrome rims that are too shiny, I like the painted or duller finish. Would I get that with the Polish? Which would later better? My stock painted are actually in really nice shape besides one rim has some damage on the inner curve of one of the stars (if that is what you call it)

1995 Thunderbird

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Found mine on e-bay....$500 for the set, 17x9
 

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they look nice :) congratulations, did you convert to discs in the back? Where
these rims direct fit bolt pattern or?

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Yes there are a direct fit, made for T-Birds and Cougars. Only thing I had to do was install some 5/16 spacers. The fronts would just barely hit the calipers so I put spacers on all 4 corners.

Car is a fully loaded LX with ABS and came with 4 wheel disc brakes.

Thanks for the comments. :)
 

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well as far as I'm aware that Custom Wheels that is linked on this board, you do not need spacers at all. I am hoping or going for the idea of no spacers at all giving the issues I have
had in the past. Unless I am reading it wrong and all of his rims have spacers.

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check out my galleria, it has both the 03cobra on my markviii 95lsc and the cobra r's on my 96t-birdlx.they are the 4.25pattern,36mm.i have spacers also for the front only, i would recommend baer breaks spacers, cost a little more but worth it. i got my from autobarn?one of those parts online.i wouldn't recommend the cheap ones. good luck on your findings.
 

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checking out the gallery now. What are the spacers used for? I thought on these rims there are no spacers involved?? Why buy these over other rims? Just curious because I thought no spacers were involved. There are no spacers for my stock T-Bird rims and that is what I am looking for the most. Stock fit no spacers and I cool rim.

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What are the issues with the spacers?

I had my rims on another 'Bird and now the one they are on now without an issue.
I put them on all four so the wheels would have an even track.
 

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not sure but I have not had issues with my stock rims but the two after market that I tried
made the steering wheel shake uncontrollably (not that I was fine living with)
Just nervous about getting a set of rims especially online and not getting them to work and being
stuck with them. I can't afford to toss that kind of money out the window and I'm not sure who could.

I thought the stuff from Custom Wheel Shop did not require any kind of spacer or any kind of add in to make them work.

I sent an email to Custom Wheel shop to see what he will say and that way I have a copy of all the info

thanks for all the replies :)
 

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Your best bet would be to deal with a custom wheel shop.

Like I said I got mine off e-bay and seller said nothing about any rubbing issues or needing spacers so I had to find out the hard way. Other than that I am very pleased with my rims.

I really can't remember but I think it was more of the wheel wieght hitting the caliber than it was the wheel. I don't like stick on weights so that may have been my issue.

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oh so it was not a center ring correct? more of less the spacing between caliper and rim?

thanks again :)
Yes, the caliper is very close to the rim on the fronts. I'll try to get some pictures for ya later. Heading out to a couple local cars shows shortly so it will be later this afternoon.


Ahh, ok now I remember. It's not the caliper but part of the suspension that connects to the upper control arm the rim was rubbing and knocking off the wheel weight.....
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/1683/gedc0380.jpg
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5991/gedc0381r.jpg

Now these rims are 9 inches wide. A narrower rim my not have this issue and there fore not need spacers so check the wheel shop to be sure.
 

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okay thanks for the info. I got an email from Brad and I asked him a few questions. He doesn't have the Cobra in stock right now but I am still asking a few more questions. Maybe by the time I am ready to buy he will have them in stock again.

Again I love the car :) looks great
 

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Whenever i got my 03-04 cobra replicas from there they did rub on the spindle. I dont know if it was a combination of being lowered and maybe having cobra rotors (maybe they are slightly thinner on the hub area than stock?). But either way i got like a 3mm spacer and it works fine now.
 

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Ive test fitted everything on my own SC's both lowered 1.5-2.0" and NO RUB. So if you got a rub issue then Im gonna go out on a limb and say you have something wrong with your front-end. Maybe UCA's or something, I dont know. Too many peeps out there rockin' these wheels with no problems/spacers.

One example comes to mind now too...A few guys called me and said they had a rub problem and it turned out to be the WHEEL WEIGHT that was hitting the UCA. You have to use tape weight on the inside, the clip-on weights will just hight the UCA.

I guarentee no rub or ship them back, just be sure to test fit before you mount a tire on the wheel otherwise we wont accept the return. If thats not good enough I dunno what to tell ya. =)

Cheers

Brad
 
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