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Old 01-18-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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Replacing a RIM

98 Mustang Convertible not a GT - my son broke a RIM - the tire size is 225/55 R16 - I want to get replacement and since he is 16 and this is his first car - he can deal with whatever I get him (for now). My question is that if I find a wheel from a used wheel place or on craigslist - what should I know to prevent any issues. For example, if I find a wheel from a 98 GT is this an issue, etc...

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Re: Replacing a RIM

since it is a 98 V6 it will be teh 16 inch "waffle star" rims if my memory serves me right (5 star looking rim)

You will need to buy the same style rim of course, the GT and Cobra are different. They also put that same rim on older GT mustangs but in 1996 they swaped to a new style. Just get pictures before you buy to make sure they match up. Ebay will probably have them or your local junk yard / pull a part.

Only issues is going to be being out of round (hit something), or balance issues so be sure to check for those. Any shop that can balance/mount tires can check the rim for you and let you know if it is ok and can be balanced and such. Make sure they check it for being out of round.

is this your rim?

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Yes, that's the rim - I really don't care if it matches - I just want to find the least expensive route I can. Again, it's his first car - he can count his blessings until he can afford to upgrade and/or buy his own.
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Re: Replacing a RIM

yea, I understand what you mean. That rim should be at most junk yards and pull a parts (junk yard where you go in and get the part yourself). They are a tad harder to find now simply because they were used on 94-95 GT mustangs (base rim option) and 98 V6 Mustangs. The rim should run you 50-100 bucks honestly depending on how scratched up and all that.

If you can find a local mustang club near you you can perhaps get in touch with a local mustang parts dealer that has used parts for cheaper as well.

Another option other than ebay is latemodelrestoration.com and 50resto.com but I doubt they have those any more.

Those wheels are called "Waffle Star" that may help in describing them to someone, I think they are 16 inches by 7.5 inches wide.

The issue with buying on ebay or at a junk yard will be if they are warped or cant be balanced you may not know until its to late.
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Re: Replacing a RIM

Thank you SpectorV - we had great hopes for the car until he put it on it's side in a ditch. Now, it is what it is. He get's to drive it however it looks until he can afford better.
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Re: Replacing a RIM

well a thing thats great about the Mustang is they are easy/cheap to repair and work on compared to other cars
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Ha...I just bought a set of 4 17 inch stockers from the corral for 150 with the center caps.... There are TONS of rims on that site... Check the classifieds
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yea issue though is tires you have to buy and 17in tires will run you 100 each~
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yea issue though is tires you have to buy and 17in tires will run you 100 each~
There is everything from 15s to 20s and rubber is a whole lot more than 100 bucks here .... Who cares what it costs...when it comes to my mustang I will spend it... It's only money
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Re: Replacing a RIM

If you don't care if it matches then you can get a 16 inch wheel from any mustang 94-newer, explorer, ranger, crown vic, lincon towncar, mitsubishi eclipes, jeep wrangler or any other car or little truck that has a 5 bolt 4.5" space bolt pattern.
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Re: Replacing a RIM

the thread starter just expressed cost was of concern and wanted to get it back running as cheap as possible, thats the only reason I said tires would run up the cost.
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