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Old 06-07-2015, 02:17 PM   #1
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18x9 Bullitt Rims on 2014 GT

I have a 2014 GT, no Brembos, brake mods, suspension mods, or caliper covers. I bought a set of 18x9 Bullitt rims from AM and put them on and they rub the front calipers. I had to put a set of 3/16" wheel spacers on to be able to use the rims.

Does anyone else have Bullitt rims on their 2014 GT? Did you need spacers? AM acts like they've never had this problem before and I can't figure out why my GT would be different than all the others.

I notice that all the happy customer reviews on AM are from people with 05-09 Mustangs. Did Ford make some changes to the brakes after 09 that caused the calipers to be larger (or wider) and the rims never changed to account for that?

I tried putting a review on AM (where I did not slam them, but merely pointed out the problem), but it never posted. So I wonder if other 2010+ owners have posted similar reviews that never showed up on the site.
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I had some Boss 338's which are basically the same wheel and I had to run a spacer in the rear. The fronts were fine but I also did a spacer, I used a 5/16".
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The rears fit ok, but they really need a spacer too just for appearance sake.
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The rears fit ok, but they really need a spacer too just for appearance sake.
Yeah that's weird how on yours its the front and on mine it was the rear. As long as you don't rub you'll be fine.
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BTW if you really want it to look nice Im selling some 20mm hub centric bolt on spacers. It will really give your car a whole new look.
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This is a dumb question, but how to those work? Do you cut off the studs or do they include new studs that are the right length?
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The bolt on ones actually bolt on and have their own set of studs to bolt the wheel to. I'm not a huge fan of them but if you get good ones like Max Motorsports they are probably ok.


That is another thing, NEVER use a set of spacers that are not hubcentric, IE they have the centering ring on the spacer and a recessed area on the backside for the OEM one to go into. If your current ones are not like that, I would not drive the car honestly.


Also, in case you don't know the 05+ cars had a real tiny shim on one of the studs on all the wheels to hold the wheels on at the factory during the assembly process. All factory wheels have a real small recess one one of the studs for said shim, if you don't remove the shim you will have vibe issues with aftermarket wheels.


And the 18s should not rub on non-brembos... but the 11-14s did get bigger brakes normally. Weird. Should have got 19s I guess... You could always email AM and be like "wtf" and see what they'll do for you.
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I used to have the factory 2008 18x8.5 Bullitt wheels on my ‘14 GT and they cleared the non-Brembo calipers without the need for spacers.

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This is a dumb question, but how to those work? Do you cut off the studs or do they include new studs that are the right length?
Usually the studs will fit into a pocket on the back side of the wheels. I know some people don't like spacers but I've used them on several cars and never have had a problem.
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I used to have the factory 2008 18x8.5 Bullitt wheels on my ‘14 GT and they cleared the non-Brembo calipers without the need for spacers.

Mustang Ford Wheel 18"X8.5" 2008 Bullitt Dark Charcoal 2005-2014 | CJ Pony Parts

(they were replaced when I did the Brembo upgrade)
I didn't think those wheels would look good on a 14 but they actually do

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I used to have the factory 2008 18x8.5 Bullitt wheels on my ‘14 GT and they cleared the non-Brembo calipers without the need for spacers.

Mustang Ford Wheel 18"X8.5" 2008 Bullitt Dark Charcoal 2005-2014 | CJ Pony Parts

(they were replaced when I did the Brembo upgrade)
I have the 18x9 rims that are sold by American Muscle.
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And the 18s should not rub on non-brembos... but the 11-14s did get bigger brakes normally. Weird. Should have got 19s I guess... You could always email AM and be like "wtf" and see what they'll do for you.
That's what I needed to know. The brakes got bigger and AM didn't check the fit. That sounds very bad for a company that only does Mustang stuff. I tried emailing but have received no response from American Muscle.

I agree that I should have got 19s, but I trusted AM.
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PM one of the reps on this forum or call the AM customer service. Email is not a great way to fix issues like this.

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Interesting, I have a set of new AMR AM 18X9 Bullits in the Boxes waiting on the Cash for new Tires. Thanks Guys for the Heads up Info.
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