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Old 03-25-2013, 01:54 PM   #1
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Staggered tires on an 87 GT

I have an 87 GT convertible and I want to upgrade the rims and tires. I'm going to go with 17" aluminum pony's and I want to stagger the tires. Can I fit 10" tires in the rear as is or do I need to make some modifications? I was told that I might need to remove one set of the rear shocks.
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I had to roll my fender that's in I still have the quad shocks and a 275 tires
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Depending on the rim size you will need lots of backspacing.
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I have an 87 GT convertible and I want to upgrade the rims and tires. I'm going to go with 17" aluminum pony's and I want to stagger the tires. Can I fit 10" tires in the rear as is or do I need to make some modifications? I was told that I might need to remove one set of the rear shocks.
Dont do it man. I recommend you do what Ford Racing told me to do. Get 17"x9" on all 4 corners Get 245 or 255 tires in front and 275's or a little bigger in the back. Along with some ford racing lowering B springs if it's your daily driver. This will give your car that mean muscle car staggered stance. And this way you wont need to do any other modifications to make the rims and tires fit.

Also just FYI by getting different size tires in the front and back for example 17x9's in front and 17x10's in the back you will not be able to rotate your tires meaning you will get uneven tread wear on all your tires and you will have to replace your tires ALOT sooner. Good luck
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Dont do it man. I recommend you do what Ford Racing told me to do. Get 17"x9" on all 4 corners Get 245 or 255 tires in front and 275's or a little bigger in the back. Along with some ford racing lowering B springs if it's your daily driver. This will give your car that mean muscle car staggered stance. And this way you wont need to do any other modifications to make the rims and tires fit.

Also just FYI by getting different size tires in the front and back for example 17x9's in front and 17x10's in the back you will not be able to rotate your tires meaning you will get uneven tread wear on all your tires and you will have to replace your tires ALOT sooner. Good luck
Even w/ 17X9's all around 245 or 255 front and 275 rear as you suggested can't be rotated thus giving the same tread wear & life expectancy. But you're right about the mods, unless the car is not lowered.
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Even w/ 17X9's all around 245 or 255 front and 275 rear as you suggested can't be rotated thus giving the same tread wear & life expectancy. But you're right about the mods, unless the car is not lowered.
Maybe but forsure having different size rims will shorten it's tread wear expectancy by ALOT more. Anyway, that's the setup i have on mine and all my tires have even tread wear all around after 10,800 miles. I was told they were rotated but you could be right. Your car your choice though. That's just my opinion.
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I put 17X9's on the back of my Fox, and 275's as well. I didnt roll the fender, but I had to reverse the quad shocks and use small spacers. But you shouldnt need any bigger than 9" wide anyways. Btw I actually left the stock 15" pony rims up front. If you want a great rim for the price and quality check out ponyr.com they have 4 and 5 lug rims of most sizes of the pony style and a few others.
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I put 17X9's on the back of my Fox, and 275's as well. I didnt roll the fender, but I had to reverse the quad shocks and use small spacers. But you shouldnt need any bigger than 9" wide anyways. Btw I actually left the stock 15" pony rims up front. If you want a great rim for the price and quality check out ponyr.com they have 4 and 5 lug rims of most sizes of the pony style and a few others.
Niiiice i like that. Does it affect ride quality at all?
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With the quad shocks flipped and the spacers, not one bit. The car is lowered too. But I did research a 275-45-17 compared to the stock 215-65-15. The rotational difference was less than a mph so I figured they would be okay. No problems so far, and they've been on since October.

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I have pictures of the set up in my build thread. Its the project Niterage thread in this section.
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I put 17X9's on the back of my Fox, and 275's as well. I didnt roll the fender, but I had to reverse the quad shocks and use small spacers. But you shouldnt need any bigger than 9" wide anyways. Btw I actually left the stock 15" pony rims up front. If you want a great rim for the price and quality check out ponyr.com they have 4 and 5 lug rims of most sizes of the pony style and a few others.
Exactly what I was about to type. Definitely the way to go!
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Thanks guys. So if I go with 17x9 all around 245 or 255 in front and 275s in rear I won't have to make any mods. It's not my daily driver and I don't want to lower it.
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Thanks guys. So if I go with 17x9 all around 245 or 255 in front and 275s in rear I won't have to make any mods. It's not my daily driver and I don't want to lower it.
You should be fine with that setup.
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