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96 Mustang Wheels Questions

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Old 05-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I have a 96 GT with some beat up rims and bad tires. I was looking to get a new set and was wondering how wide and how large in diameter should I got in the front/back. I also am unsure of the offest. I'd like to go about as wide as possible in the rear to get some more traction. I've lowered the car about 1-1.5" with Eibach spring and don't want to rub.

Any help would be appreciated. Also if you live in the Detroit area and are looking to sell a set, let me know. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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I don't have exactly what you are asking for but..........

I have a set of tires/wheels from my '97 Cobra. They only have 50k miles on the rims and have been garaged always and not driven in snow. So they are in good condition.
I have a son who lives in Ann Arbor and visits often. So he could transport them for us if you have any interest.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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9" wide up front and 10" out back is pretty common and will look good. As far as diameter, 17" or 18"; either should work fine for you.

If you're really interested in traction though, you should consider upgrading the rear suspension components.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:31 AM   #4
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Thanks guys.

@ old mustanger
Thanks for the offer but sorry I'm not a big fan of that style and they are no wider than what I got

@z28 klr
What else do you recommend that I do? I don't really have wheel hop just a lot of spin
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:05 AM   #5
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^ wheel hop is suspension, where wheel spin is tires

What kind of tires "were" you running before they became bald? Tires should be chosen by the needs of the driver, yet decided by the budget... what are they?

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Old 05-26-2012, 12:03 PM   #6
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I had 275 BF Goodrich Super Super Sports on the rear with stock 96 GT rims.

I just got a set of 17x9 1995 Cobra R rims that were powder coated black. they look real good on the car. The wheel wells were looking kind of funny after I lowered the car, but these new rim s really fill them out good. The tires on them are bald so I'm definately looking for some new ones. the Super sports just seemed to spin. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #7
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Is it mostly a street use car?
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #8
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I really recommend the staggered setups from AM. The 315's in the back look sooooo good. The Black Bullitts are kind of overdone, but they still look amazing. 2003 Cobra R's will look great too. Whatever you do, if you get them from AM, get the NITTO's. Amazing tires for a few dollars more than the Sumitomos.

I have zero wheel hop with barely any wheel spin outside of launch on the 10.5's out back, and I have the stock lower control arms with no quad shocks.
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Yeah its mostly for street use. Ever since my jeep got stolen, the mustang has been my daily driver.
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if the car is stock 255s should be plenty of traction for the power youre putting down..
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:43 AM   #11
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It's not stock. I had 275 BF Goodrich KD on it and 275 BF Goodrich SuperSports after that. Neither hooked up. I got the 9" rims now so I was thinking wider tires in the back. I'm looking for some suggestions for what brand, or do you guys think I should stay with the same ones, just go wider?
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:39 AM   #12
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A 9 inch rim is an upgrade, but 10.5's would have fit perfectly and been more what you want. If u want traction get some nitto 555's from AM
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17x9 up front and 17x10.5 in back. looks sick. I think 17s look best on our cars and the 05+ look better with 18s. American Muscle usually has great combo deals on these.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:18 AM   #14
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The biggest I would go is 275/35/18 in the front. But that will rub when you lock the wheel left or right. So that would be an 18x9 wheel. For the back the biggest you could fit is an 17x11 or 18x10.5 with 315 tires. And If you take out the quad shocks you can fit 335 tires.

If you are going 17 inch. I would recommend 17x9 front with 265x40x17 and for the rear 17x10.5 with 315x35x17

If you are going 18 inch. I would reccomend 18x9 front with 265x35x18 and for the rear 18x10.5 with 315x30x18
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