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Old 01-09-2010, 11:41 PM   #41
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BA Mustang, very cool wheels.

Sorry to ask such a basic question, but everyone on this thread seems to have gone for the Shelby drop. Just picked up a very stock '65 "C" code and would really like some handling. Am changing wheels and tires, but is the "drop" a good choice for this street/ stock set up?

Can I do the drill myself, or is this an exact science needing specific engineering? Will stock/repro upper control arms bolt right into this drilled mod, or do I need to go to tubes?

Do I need to go to a shorter/GT spring, or can I use the stock springs?

Any info much appreciated! Thanks, guys.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:49 AM   #42
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It definitely helps out a bunch and I use it on the street. They have a metal template out that you use to mark the spots to drill. Stock arms work fine with this, that is what most if not all of us are using. Stock springs work fine I was running them until I decided to upgrade to the 1" drop coils when I was beefing up the front.

This site is helpful. http://dazed.home.bresnan.net/drop
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:52 PM   #43
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Great looking cars! I have a 69 mach 1 with stock 14 inch wheels and want to know if I can go with 275s? I was told 245 is the max width without modifications?
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You should be able to run those on the rears. Fronts I wouldn't go more than 245.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:13 PM   #45
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Perhaps you wheel afficianados can assist me. These are the wheels I'd like to put on my Mustang, once I get to it. I put them on for a mock picture and I think they look pretty good, but I have no idea what kind of wheels they are

They're 15x7 (all four), and the tires are 205/50R15. I love the tires but I can't find them locally, from BFG. I have no stats on the ride height and springs, because all of that isn't installed yet

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I can't find any brand on the wheels. All it has "engraved" on it is "15 x 7"

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:26 PM   #46
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Looks like an old drag wheel.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:02 PM   #47
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and the tires are 205/50R15. I love the tires but I can't find them locally, from BFG.
205/50-15 is a bit light size-wise for a 3000# car, and will look a little small in the wheelwells once you get it all together. I'd look at least up to 205/55 or perhaps 205/60. I think 205/60-15 is the closest diameter to the OE tires at about 24.7" OD.

Point of reference - one of my cars is a 1995 Mazda 626, about 2900 lbs with an OE tire size of 205/55-15 (on 15x6's). I do run extra-capacity competition tires in 205/50-15 on 15x7's at autocross that are good for the same load, but the gap between the tire OD and the wheel well is pretty big when I've got them mounted up. With the suspension compressed to the bump stops, there's still an inch or so gap.


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Old 01-27-2010, 04:07 PM   #48
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This is mine with the 245 45's up front and 255 45s in the rear. Still with mide eyes and spacers.. 1.5 inch spacers up front and 1.25 in the rear. 17x8 ford wheels.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:09 PM   #49
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the 275 tires will fit in a 69 but that is about the max if you want to still keep it mostly under the wells. I went with 275s on back of mine on a 15x8 rim and 225s up front on a 15x7 rim.

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what 275 look like on a 69 coupe

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Old 01-29-2010, 10:07 AM   #50
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here is mine..
cut stock springs 1 1/2 coil.. had performance drop springs but didnt drop it
1" lowering leafs for the rear
1" front sway bar.. 1/2" rear sway bar
17x8 wheels 225/45/17 tires up front
17x9 wheels 245/40/17 tires on the rear.

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So it looks like Ill be going with a more modern wheel for my 67. I know I will need wheel adapters to make them fit but my question is...

Is it easier for me to go with a 1994-2004 wheel or a 2005-2010 wheel?
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The offsets on the later wheels run up around +40 mm, vs +22 to about +25 for the '94-'04 wheels. I'm using Ford wheels from the FRPP catalog here rather than aftermarket wheels (aftermarket offsets can vary all over the map). I'd guess that the offset for most 1960's-era wheels was closer to zero. The 5-bolt patterns are all on a 4.5" bolt circle.


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Perfect... thanks guys.
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So it looks like Ill be going with a more modern wheel for my 67. I know I will need wheel adapters to make them fit but my question is...

Is it easier for me to go with a 1994-2004 wheel or a 2005-2010 wheel?
I dont have spacers on mine. check out california custom wheel market. they make the wheels for correct backspacing for the early stangs. my wheels were $500 and tires were $450
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Modern wheels on a classic Mustang do'nt look good on them. stay with a classic style wheel that look some much more awesome than a modern looking wheel. I have Keystone Klassic on my 65 FSTBK,
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Modern wheels on a classic Mustang do'nt look good on them. stay with a classic style wheel that look some much more awesome than a modern looking wheel. I have Keystone Klassic on my 65 FSTBK,
I completely agree. I have 15 inch Magnum 500 wheels on mine. I wouldn't have it any other way. The only larger modern wheels that look good are the Bullitt wheels and the torque thrust II wheels. Thats pretty much it.
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Here are new pictures! I will try and lower it some today if I can. It needs like 2+ dropped in the front.

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what wheels are those?
Summit Legend 5 series wheels. 15x7 front and 15x8 rear
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:25 AM   #59
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you need WAYY more tire on the back. lol but i like them. and lower the front a lot, too. haha. what are you doing with the old setup?
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you need WAYY more tire on the back. lol but i like them. and lower the front a lot, too. haha. what are you doing with the old setup?
The old setup had smaller tires that the new ones. I was only running a 215 on the old ones and now I run a 225. Front was lowered like 3 inches last night. I have sold my old setup and am trying to find out a good day for the guy to pick it up.
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