Advice on wheel/tire package (yet another thread!)

Help Support 7173Mustangs.com:

TommyK

VIP Members
Joined
Sep 19, 2010
Messages
1,673
Reaction score
50
Location
CT
My Car
73 Mustang Convertible
I don't think the backspacing will work on those. You might want to do a mock up and see.

 
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
3,534
Reaction score
485
Location
Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
According to my calculations based off my current setup the rear will fit well with 315s. I still need to double check the width of my current wheels. For the front I would need a 1" spacer (bolt-on) for either 245s or 255s.

I am definitely not going to rely solely on my theoretical calculation. I have to do a mock up. I like that tool you suggested.

I found this thread where he used FR500 wheels as well. It doesn't seem that this member is still active.




 
Last edited by a moderator:
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
3,534
Reaction score
485
Location
Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
Assuming I can figure out the backspacing, which one you think would look better. I like the black/chrome look but my car has silver accents which may match the Silver or Anthracite finish, but it may be too boring. Thoughts?

Black/Chrome:

mustang-fr500-wheel-kit-17x9-10-5-black-94-04-mustang-fr500-wheel-kit-17x9-10-5-black-94-04_19...jpg mustang-deep-dish-fr500-wheel-17x10-5-black-94-04_0c9c0fe0 (1).jpg

Silver:  

mustang-fr500-wheel-kit-17x9-10-5-silver-94-04_e7d7c967.jpg mustang-fr500-wheel-17x10-5-silver-94-04_9cc446be.jpg

Anthracite:

mustang-fr500-wheel-kit-17x9-10-5-anthracite-94-04_127be76a.jpg mustang-fr500-wheel-kit-17x9-10-5-anthracite-94-04_a8f8263e.jpg

 
Last edited by a moderator:

NG8264723

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 11, 2016
Messages
290
Reaction score
1
Location
Harvard, Ma
My Car
1973 Mustang f code MACHI
Purchased in 1997 or so
Tony,

What the hell are you doing?  Stop.

Your car looks amazing!.  Leave it alone!  Those rims look like air jordans on my grandmother.  Spend it on something else......

chris

 
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
3,534
Reaction score
485
Location
Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
Tony,

What the hell are you doing?  Stop.

Your car looks amazing!.  Leave it alone!  Those rims look like air jordans on my grandmother.  Spend it on something else......

chris
LOL. Point well taken. I was on the park of keeping the classic wheels and tires until lately. My car is one of those that may look stock but it is in the resto mod camp. I think the wheels add, or take away, a lot of character to a build. I am still debating what to do and I am really concerned of not knowing how new wheels would look until I had already spent the money on them. One important driver for me right now is that there are not many options for 15" wheels in the 295+ range. I want to maximize traction since with the power I have, first gear becomes almost useless. Our cars will take 315s in the rear with no mods and with the proper backspacing. I would be happy with Magnum-styled wheels but there are no available in the 10.5"+ width and correct spacing. I could find them custom but they are really expensive.

 

B229218

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 25, 2018
Messages
155
Reaction score
16
Location
Socal
My Car
71 mach 1 521 c.j.

Try m/t drang radials, world of difference in traction, remember, a taller wheel will give a shorter sidewall=less sidewall flex for acceleration. 17 or 18 inch rims much worse.

 

72MustangSprint

VIP Members
Joined
Jan 12, 2012
Messages
1,080
Reaction score
43
Location
Tenn
My Car
1972 Mustang Sprint coupe
Would it not be cheaper to widen your back rims or get two new rims with custom offset than four new wheels and tires ?

 
Joined
Aug 14, 2014
Messages
3,534
Reaction score
485
Location
Madison, WI
My Car
1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/408C stroker
All good points. Thank you. I am not only going after traction but also improved cornering. The M/T look good but they seem to be more for traction rather than turning.

Custom wheels can be very expensive. I have seen anything from 3 to 5 times the price of an off-the-shelf one.

 
Top