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Old 04-23-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Thinking of going with the larger wheels? This might change your mind

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I think nothing bigger than 19" is optimal for looks and performance, mainly because sometimes 18" don't leave clearance for certain brake kits.

I prefer to have 18s and more tire, than 19s with less.


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I'm happy with my 18 inch factory wheels but i wish they were 9 inches wide instead of 8 inches
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Mine came with 19's and still has 19's, just went from a 255/40 to a 275/40 and up sized to a 19x9 over the original 19x8.5
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I don't race or track my car so the 0-60 doesn't bother me. What does bother me about the larger wheels is the ride and for that I will never buy 20" wheels again.
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I have boring stock factory 17s. I really want atleast 18s.

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I would definitely do 18" wheels next time.
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I have yet to see a mustang look good with 20s
Love my 18s and havent had any issues with them
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i have yet to see a mustang look good with 20s

love my 18s and havent had any issues with them

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Im guessing those are 20s
Not bad on the newer mustangs
I just know my generation (99-04) looks horrible with 20s
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It definitely depends on the model year. I would never go bigger than an 18 on a 04 down. But the newer ones have the body lines to accommodate a little bigger wheel without looking like a crown victoria on 24" wheels. Although I'd probably still stay at a 19" on the newer stangs. Not an issue for me until the next models come out, if they can top the look of the new edge that is...

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Im guessing those are 20s
Not bad on the newer mustangs
I just know my generation (99-04) looks horrible with 20s

I agree.

Most of the 10-14s don't look bad with 20s.
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Thinking of going with the larger wheels? This might change your mind

^ your body style is 10-14. S197 II
18 is biggest I'd go on the 05-09.

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Thanks for the link, very informative.
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I have yet to see a mustang look good with 20s
Love my 18s and havent had any issues with them
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I love my 20's but it is definitively worse ride and I am getting some drag wheels for strip days
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I also think 20s look nice. I have the 17 OEMs right now but looking to go 18x9 front 18x10 back someday


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19's on my 2011

Just a near stock 3.7
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19 is perfect for the 10-14 cars, IMO of course.
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19 is perfect for the 10-14 cars, IMO of course.
I agree.😉

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A 19 fits the body lines of those model years very well.

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19's look amazing on the S197's

Just a near stock 3.7
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19's on my 2011

Just a near stock 3.7

So, you finally got some new wheels?
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So, you finally got some new wheels?
Yes sir! New shoes! 😀

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Yes sir! New shoes! 😀

Just a near stock 3.7

They do look pretty good. I like them
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Regardless of wheel size, having the right size tire to match is key.

I prefer 20 inch wheels on a lowered S197. I run 20x9 Foose wheels wrapped in 275/35/20 M/T Street Comps. I think it looks damn close to perfect, but then again I am biased because I love my car more than yours
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Regardless of wheel size, having the right size tire to match is key.

I prefer 20 inch wheels on a lowered S197. I run 20x9 Foose wheels wrapped in 275/35/20 M/T Street Comps. I think it looks damn close to perfect, but then again I am biased because I love my car more than yours
I would certainly hope you would love you're pony more than mine. I like the look of 19's a bit more than the 20's

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They do look pretty good. I like them
Thanks sir. They are my favorite looking wheel right now for the S197's. No other wheels I wanted more

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When I went with heavier chrome wheels -- they were the same diameter, but were also wider, with less offset-- on our 2008 Corvette, I could hardly believe how much it negatively affected the performance of the car.
I could no longer break the tires loose as easily from a stop, and you could for sure feel it MUCH slower to 60 mph. I also lost about 10% of the mpg.....I learned my lesson for sure. Never again!!
Although I have the stock 18's on my GT with the all season Pirelli's -- when those wear out, I am STAYING with the wheels, and just going to a higher performance summer tire.............Any suggestions on what will fit the 18's and maintain the same overall diameter? It is very important to me that the new tires are quiet as well.
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If you want to keep the same overall diameter, use the same tire height.

I love my MT street comp, they're about $220 off their website, so they're probably cheaper at Tire Rack etc.

Great performance, very sticky, not as good in the rain however. Nothing drastic like all summer tires, but you can definitely feel the difference in traction, mainly if you're at a dead stop and turning, the rears spin a little.


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If you want to keep the same overall diameter, use the same tire height.
Yeah, I know I need to stay with the same diameter...............but sometimes when going to a wider, stickier tire, you're often stuck with less sidewall. If you stay with the same aspect ratio for a wider tire, then you may have a taller sidewall......Not a whole lot of choices in 18" sizes for a higher performance tire -- lots of A/S though!
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Yeah, I know I need to stay with the same diameter...............but sometimes when going to a wider, stickier tire, you're often stuck with less sidewall. If you stay with the same aspect ratio for a wider tire, then you may have a taller sidewall......Not a whole lot of choices in 18" sizes for a higher performance tire -- lots of A/S though!
If you keep the same rim dia and the same tire dia, the sidewall automatically has to stay the same. The aspect ratio must change relative to the width to make this happen.
(If you stayed with the SAME aspect ratio on a wider tire, as you said, you would end up with a taller tire.)
Since you have an 18" rim I'm guessing you have the 235/50R18 which is approx. 27.3".
What's really limiting you is the 8" rim width.
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My point (perhaps not well enough expressed) was that -- to go to a wider tire, I'll have to drop in aspect ratio -- to maintain the same OD......there, more clear?
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Just throw some 22s on it.

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My point (perhaps not well enough expressed) was that -- to go to a wider tire, I'll have to drop in aspect ratio -- to maintain the same OD......there, more clear?
Just wanted to make sure of you thoughts.
So, you'd probably be limited to a P255/45ZR18, I would guess. Not bad, in a good high perf. summer tire.
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