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Old 04-17-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Keep 18" 03 Cobras or swap them out?

Having a raging inner debate with myself over my new wheels. I like them but my tires are a little narrow which I expected. The rear rim is OK but he front is bugging me.

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I know I could sell them for probably $450 locally which is not a huge hit from what I paid for them and they are brand new. I would replace them with a 18x8/18x10 set from AM which would fit these tire sizes perfectly vs the 18x9/18x10.5 these are although these are within spec.

I'm kinda pissed because BFG specs the widths out for these tires at 9.1 and 10.7". The rears are pretty accurate but the fronts... not so much, they are more like 8.5" which if I knew I would have not ordered the 9" rims.

Thinking of either Anthracite Bullitts in the 18x8/18x10 configuration or...

Silver AMRs.

Or just stop crying and run with what I have lol. Any opinions/thoughts/ideas?
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It's hard to get satisfied with a set of tires. It's just in our modding nature. I just bought my 4 th set. The first 2 sets I would change out every 6 months to keep me happy.
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Well I'm not dissatisfied with the rims as far as looks, just fit and the lips on the AFS rims are huge at 1/4". You'd have to buy a tire +2 sizes up if you were looking for flush just to bulge out over it and then look flush lol. I mean they balanced right up and the clear is good...

I dunno I'd just have to decide between the AMRs and another set of Bullitts if I do get new ones because for some reason nothing else comes in 18x8... or even 18x8.5... You don't really need a 9" up front on a street car IMHO and less rolling resistance=better gas mileage anyway.
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I say suck it up, lol
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probably hard to do but sell the rubber buy new rubber?
I would not trade in Cobra rims for Bullitts ..
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I say suck it up, lol
I probably should. Or... buy fatter rears and put the 275s up front at some point...

edit: kidding, I had 275s up front once on 9" rims, way too big.

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^^ what?? 275 up front? I think my 245s up front are big enough. Lol where I am lack is the 255s out back and they have a small sidewall so the ride is kinda rough
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I was kidding. I had 275s up front at one point at it was just too much. If anything I'll probably run like this for a bit and if I still can't stand it I'll get a 245/45/18 or a 255/40/18 to go on the front although I think I'm the only one who really notices this. I just had the fronts rebalanced like 15 minutes ago and even the tire guy was like "dude, we've seen way worse this is nothing". Lol
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Oooo alright My bad I was confused. Lol I think my front wheels sit better flush then my rear. So I might need spacers out back
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I'm not talking about flush with the fender I'm talking about the lip of the rim sticking out like 1/8" past the tire up front. Rears are totally flush which was the look I was going for. Almost had it... I probably should just get the 245s at some point and call it a day.
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Oooo alright sorry again lol I'm all over the place. But yea I have 245 and they are pretty good looking.
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245/45/18 would be the same diameter as the back, any fatter and I'd need to go down a sidewall size which drops me back to 26" vs 26.3" for the current ones and 26.6" if I went to the 245s which is what the 275/40 out back is.

I dunno though I think the 18x8 on the SN95 might be better, fenders are not as pushed out as the Edge which does need the 18x9. I'll have to sleep on it some more. I just wish there were more options in 18x8 besides the AMR and Bullitts. If I wanted Bullitts I would have probably just taller tires for my 17s.
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Oooo alright sorry again lol I'm all over the place. But yea I have 245 and they are pretty good looking.
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245s on my 17x9 in the front...don't have any closer pics...sumitomos
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Eh I'm probably going to keep them for now. I can always change my mind later.

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So good from the side. Damn front lip lol.

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Today... my father asked me "so what are you going to do about those gangsta wheels?"



Back to looking at 18x8/18x10 although as I said, my choices are limited to AMR or another set of Bullitts. I really think I am going to wind up getting a new set and selling these rims to recoup most of the cost. They are on sale again online for $588 but I think I could get $450-$500 locally for a ready to go set, no waiting and no blemishes. Or I wait till they are $795 again and then sell them.

So its once again off to bouncing back and forth between Anthracite Bullitts or Silver AMRs.

And I'm not getting new tires. I can make most of my money back from the rims, same cannot be said about the tires plus I like the width and sidewall on the tires I have PLUS they hook up awesome.

FML...
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I think your gangster rims look better then these....
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Gangster, as they lip out too much, although I do not like fr500s at all.

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oh haha that's a bit racist lol
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Lol, I just don't like improperly sized rims and I know I could sell these for near what I paid for them.

Or... if they dont' sell for some reason it might be motivation to get a real termi to put them on lol. They'll sell.
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stretch them
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I know I replied on the other thread but "stretching" them would not have fixed anything as they were seated properly. It just looked like a plate was sitting on the rim, just like that one in the video after they "stretch" it. IMHO, stretching rims, like unpainted carbon fiber hoods, is a ricer thing because the high schooler with the Civic couldn't pay enough for proper tires or a paintjob for the hood.

At any rate, new rims are on, look amazing and the sizing is perfect with the tires I have.

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man, I think I like the 03/04s better, but its still looks sexy AF!!

btw tint your windows
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This asshat state has a no-tint law for the fronts. I do need to do the rear/quarters though. Its ok though because in 3-4 years when we start looking for a bigger house and to sell our starter home for realz I'm likely going to move us to PA which as better laws all across the board including concealed carry/castle laws and you can tint everything IIRC. Maybe not the windshield but I know the fronts for sure.

And I think I like the look of the wheels about equally. The 03s made it look a little newer and made the wheels look bigger, however the AM wheels have a much nicer finish on them, they tuck under the fenders a little better (not too much) and I forgot how much I missed having the deep dish. I hit those dishes with some wheel wax and they really shined up.

I was also able to sell my 03s and the OEM center caps that don't fit AM wheels for $500 locally 2-3 hours after listing them on CL. A guy literally down the road from me had just got back from a swap meet all pissed off that nobody was selling a good set of wheels for a good price and couldn't get over to look at them fast enough. Shook my hand, went to the bank, came back with $$$ and off he went like a happy camper. I'll probably see them again rolling around on his 97 GT lol.

Another nice thing is the two boy racers with 96-98 cars in my neighborhood had to sell theirs so the two other SN95s with Bullitt rims are gone and I'm the only one I've seen around minus a nice 97 Cobra that has stock rims. These years are getting harder and harder to find in the condition mine is in.
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