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Old 05-13-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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01 GT, i have the factory Builltt wheels on, and i need tires. Current factory size is 245/45/17.

My plan is to eventually get 03-04 Cobra wheels (17x9?), what size tire can i get that would fit on my current wheels, and still work if i put Cobra wheels on? Im not trying to fit a bigger tire necessarily, but something that would fit either wheel, if possible. Or maybe the stock size would work fine for both?

My .02, theyre street tires, i burn them all of anyways, so i normally go with stock sizes and middle of the road tires. Dont like to dump money into better tires if i dont need them.

Any input is great!
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

17x9 cobra wheels require a 275/40/17 which will work on your stock wheels but it will be a tight fit~ do NOT (I repeat do NOT) go any smaller than a 275/40/17 unless you like the look of a stretched tire.
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Gotcha, thanks for the reply!

Just pondering, the 94-95 (i believe) Svt Cobra wheels, not the R's, would those fit on my 2001 GT?

Dunno why, but I've always loved those wheels. And ive found them cheap.
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

yup 94-04 all bolt right up, even 05+ share the same bolt pattern but offset on 05+ is different.
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Just made another thread, whoops!

So the backspacing is the same?

If so, im going to buy these....
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

well define "same" its probably not identical to what you have not but its close

you can figure out the backspacing very easily. Measure the back where it mounts to the car to the back edge of the rim (straight out) and compare to yours should be very close to the same. Fit should be about identical.

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Close enough meaning its worth driving two hours, buying them, bringing them back to my shop an then testing to see if they fit accordingly?

Cant get even a shred of an answer from Ford. All they know is 17x8...
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And thanks again for all the info, you've been a HUGE help. As always. : )
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

i cant think of any reason why they just wont bolt right up, even the tire size is the same on 94-04.

They are made to clear the 13 inch cobra brakes so on a GT I dont see it being a problem. I tried to google a 99-04 with them but came up with nothing.
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Awesome, again, thanks for listening to me rant, lol.

I texted the guy and asked him to measure the back spacing, then i can compare it to mine.

Ill go from there.

$350 for all four with center caps, good deal i say!
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

not a horrible price, you can pick up 03 cobra rims new for like 150 each (600 then) or used for around 400

I would get pics of each rim to check for curb rash/scratches. If they are not near perfect I wouldnt pay 350
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Hes sending me a pic of each rim and each hubcap. If theyre in good condition ill offer 275-300, mainly because I have to drive a good distance.

Hope theyre nice, ive always loved that rim style, and i have never seen it on a New Edge.
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Hmmm...

Will I need different lug nuts for those wheels...?

Im thinking so.
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

Yeah, you'll want the lug nuts to match the wheel for sure. American Muscle has lug nuts and they have a very easy wheel/tire section to browse and provides any fitment questions and pictures too.
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American muscle doesnt sell that wheel, and they dont know much about it...

Do the lug nuts go over the center cap? Meaning, can you take the lugs off and on without removing the cap? Ive never actually seen these wheels in person, and the information on them is vague.

I have my factory "capped" lug nuts. Not sure if there is a better name for them... Im thinking i need an "un-capped" acorn style lug nut for these wheels/caps.

Maybe i need "Bullet" lug nuts?

Hell if I know.
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255-40s or 275-40s will work on either ones. Will bulge out alittle more on the stock rims, but will fit the cobra wheels perfect. Could even go with 315-35s on the rear ones will fit but bulge out.
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255-40s or 275-40s will work on either ones. Will bulge out alittle more on the stock rims, but will fit the cobra wheels perfect. Could even go with 315-35s on the rear ones will fit but bulge out.
The tires that were on my stock wheels were 245/45/17, and mis matched. So i didnt reuse them. I had an OLD set of 245/45/17 BFG KDWS in the back room of my shop. I threw those on for now. They have an OK amount of tread, but are getting pretty dry rotted... Kinda scaring me.

Im just going to buy new tires, probably very soon. Ill either do 255/40 or 275/40. Still afraid the 275's will bulge too much, on my 17x8 wheels... Anyone have pics with a setup like that?
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

yea 275 is to much for an 8"rim
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yea 275 is to much for an 8"rim
Had that feeling. Maybe ill try 255's, just to make it a little bigger.
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275s on a 8 in rim look purty tough. Just run lower air pressure in them. Never had any problems running them.
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I have 265 on my 8 inch rim they look good. Do u want a pic of them?
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I have 265 on my 8 inch rim they look good. Do u want a pic of them?
Yes. Please.
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Re: Wheels/Tires fitment/crossover

255 are fine and help protect the rim lip
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265/35/18 on an 18x8" rim.
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265/35/18 on an 18x8" rim.
Looks good!

Problem is youre running a bigger rim, and smaller series tire, which would compensate for the larger tread.

I went with the stock size. Better for burnouts. If i want to hook up, ill run drag radials, once this sled is making respectable power.
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