I just put on my new wheels. They're 18" Charcoal cobra R replicas from The Custom Wheels shop. Thanks Cudaz101!
I know how it is. Just take one thing at a time. The end result will always be well worth the wait.Man, I know. The rotor rust/ non painted calipers. It was never an issue when I couldn't see them. lol. I'll probably paint my calipers, and clean up the rotors pretty soon. I want to put the 13" rotors and cobra calipers on, but I have to get the transmission done next. Rebuild/J-mod. I'm hoping to get it done at the same time, but for some reason the people who own shops around here are keep it stock nazi's. Oh well. The tires are Fierce HP's 245/45/18.
Changing rims/tires is a big upgrade for any car. They truly do re-define the look of a vehicle and yours looks amazing. (Of course I'm just a little biased) lol.Thanks for the comments guys. I have to say I'm amazed how much better it looks over my sport wheels. I thought it would look better, but I think it makes my whole car look better.
I'd love to tint the windows, but in California you can't tint the driver side or passenger side windows. I don't like the way it looks with just the back windows tinted, so I'm not going to. As for lowering.. I was thinking 1.6" but now that I've seen the wheels on my car I might just do 1"Lower it, Tint the windows, and trow the hood bra away and call it a day.
Yeah, maybe. I'm not sure yet. It's a ways down the road anyway. How does the 1.6" drop handle 5 people in the car? I don't have 5 people in my car often, but it happens.Sorry to hear about the crappy tint laws out there.
I've got the 1.6" Vogtlands on mine and like where the car sits. I've never had a problem with clearing speed bumps or straddling road kill, etc.
I think you'll be fine - and very happy with - a 1.6" drop.
I used to have 5% tint all the way around but I usually drove with the windows down. You can get away with light tint on the front driver and passenger windows just not 5% like I had. With 18's IMO it looks best dropped 1.5".I'd love to tint the windows, but in California you can't tint the driver side or passenger side windows. I don't like the way it looks with just the back windows tinted, so I'm not going to. As for lowering.. I was thinking 1.6" but now that I've seen the wheels on my car I might just do 1".
Yeah, like I said it's going to be a while before I decide. I've got to find the best compromise between function and looks. .. when isn't that the case? I plan on doing Koni shocks, progressive rate lowering springs of some sort, and refreshing all the bushings while I'm in there. It probably won't happen for a while though.Not well. With 4 people in the car I have rubbing issues with the back tires on the fender wells. Keep in mind that I have 275 tires in the rear and didn't curl the fender lips. When I'm driving the car by myself or with just my wife and I in the car it handles fine.
Other than that the car didn't have a problem with carrying 4 people. I wouldn't recommend carring four or five people for more than a very short trip. If you don't have them yet you'll want some firm shocks to go with the lower springs.
It's not so much bottoming out that I'm worried about, just tire rub. Also, Love the Mark VIII's.I have H&R drop springs on my Mark VIII and I roll out with the wifey and 2 kids the dog and grocceries and have no problems bottoming out.:tongue:
Might look good, I don't know. I can't think of many cars I've seen with white wheels that looked good in my opinion. Besides that, I like the way the dark gray goes with the pearl, it really brings out the lines of the car and makes it pop, In my opinion as well I suppose. You're right though it might be interesting to see.Looks good, love the pearl birds!.....Curious as to what it would look like with white wheels... Might be tacky on a thunderbird, but looks great on SOME other cars
Awesome!! I will be going with the 1.6" drop then. Eventually. Thanks, for the info, the tires/wheels, and the compliments.Glad you are happy with the setup Josh!! =)
As long as you stick with the tire size you are currently running you won't ever have to worry about tire rub regardless of load or lowering up to 2"... =)
If you decide at some point you want to run a 275MM+ rear tire then you are going to contend with tire rub.
The car looks great!! Deff a step in the right direction bro!! Enjoy!!