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Old 03-21-2016, 09:01 AM   #1
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18inch wheels

Is there any changes you need to make to the car in order to properly use 18inch wheels on the car. I also have the car dropped 1.5 is that a problem at all?
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Biggest change would be adjusting speedometer if your tire diameter changes. If you manage to stay the same or fairly close you'll be fine. It's easy enough to adjust if you already have a tuner.

I am running 275 NT555s as steer tires with a 2" drop and I have no rubbing issues. I don't even rub the sway bar at full lock. They do tend to run a tad narrower than other brands though.

I have 295/35 NT05's on the rear and 315/35 Sumi HTR's on the rear of my 03 and neither have rubbing or clearance issues. Both are lowered ~2" in the rear. You should be fine unless you go with a 335 rear tire or something.
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No. Just make sure you understand proper tire fitment/diameter and that sidewall numbers are percentages, not fixed sizes.
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Ok thank you, just debating whether to get 17x9 or 18x9 all around
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There is no performance benefit to 18s unless you need to get around bigger brakes which 99% of ppl will not.


17s are cheaper, tires are cheaper and they are lighter. 18s are pure looks.


That said, 18s do look better IMO. But if you lower the car enough 17s look great too.
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^Agreed.

For most people 18's are purely an appearance choice. If they had offered the wheels I recently got in 17's I would have chosen them over an 18" option.

You have to decide whether the extra inch is worth the extra cost, weight etc.
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I am only considering 18s because the Y2K Cobras are my favorite wheels and only available in 18s. That and I'm looking at a square setup and like the 9.5" wide all around.


All that said, easy and cheap with great street performance is a staggered set of 17s with Mickey Thompson rubber for $1150.
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Those Y2K wheels are nice. Don't see a lot of cars running them anymore, which is a good thing. Something different.
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Might just get a wheel and tire kit from AM
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I just got a staggered set of MMD 551Cs in 18". I wouldnt have got 18" if they werent on a ridiculous sale through AM, I would have went with 17s because of tire price and a lot more options. In my case Ill be under $1k for wheels/tires, mount, and install. It should be somewhere between $800-$900 when all said and done. Debating on tires now. I will probably be going 26.3" tall front tire, and a 26.7 tall rear tire, from what I can tell I shouldnt have any issues with rubbing. Will be lowering at least 1.5" around the same time as well. Too bad you didnt get in on the sale. Depending on what wheels you want you should check out OEWheels.com, they are a little cheaper and the same quality as AM. Then order your tires from Tirerack and you should save yourself some money.

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I couldn't afford to change 18" tires every two years just for looks, that's why I'll never do it, there's a major price difference. Something to consider if it's ur DD. Staggered 17's with a drop look sweet to me, but its really all preference and cost.

I have heard if you do 10" 18's you may have to roll your fenders depending on your drop and the tire

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I couldn't afford to change 18" tires every two years just for looks, that's why I'll never do it, there's a major price difference. Something to consider if it's ur DD. Staggered 17's with a drop look sweet to me, but its really all preference and cost.

I have heard if you do 10' 18's you may have to roll your fenders depending on your drop and the tire

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That's 10" 18's out back, not 10'

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I couldn't afford to change 18" tires every two years just for looks, that's why I'll never do it, there's a major price difference. Something to consider if it's ur DD. Staggered 17's with a drop look sweet to me, but its really all preference and cost.

I have heard if you do 10" 18's you may have to roll your fenders depending on your drop and the tire

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Depends on the brand of tire. You get some Sumis and they are $110-$125 a tire depending. The HTRZ III tires I hear are actually pretty good. A big wide Mickey is going to be $225 or so. For straight line... yeah 17s are kind of where its at.

You do not need to roll your fenders for a 10.5" rear rim unless you try to stuff a fat tire back there like a 325 M&H Drag Radial or something.
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I couldn't afford to change 18" tires every two years just for looks, that's why I'll never do it, there's a major price difference. Something to consider if it's ur DD. Staggered 17's with a drop look sweet to me, but its really all preference and cost.

I have heard if you do 10" 18's you may have to roll your fenders depending on your drop and the tire

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I agree with Scotty from what Ive seen on friends and familys Mustangs with 18" wheels you shouldn't have any rubbing issues. Now if your lowered like 2"+ and run a slightly taller tire you may have some issues. Only issues I have seen with these cars is on the front during full lock you may rub if you have a 275 40 18 on the front cause of it being 1/2" to 3/4" taller than a 35. Milehigh JDF has 275 40 18s on the front I believe which are 26.7" tall and he had a slight rub with H&R SS springs but it was on full lock, and he had no issues with the fender well. But, he did say he needed a slight camber adj to tuck it under the fender some, but not enough to make the tires uneven etc as far as I know. The tires I want are 26.3" front and 26.7" rear and should fit well even when I lower it. Also Ive heard of people having to reverse their quad shock to fit a 315 wide tire at times, but thats not a big deal. If you have worn out dampners and are running a fairly wide tire I guess I could see an issue there with rubbing the fender well in the rear as well. But most should be fine going 18" and dont have anything to worry about usually.

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I never needed to roll my fenders on my old mustang with either wheel setup that it had. With my current ride I don't need to roll anything either but as Steve said, I do rub the fender liners a bit on full lock. However my tires are close to a full inch taller than the factory size so there is that to take into account. I'm all for gong with 18s, they look way better in my opinion and I haven't had issues finding tires for a decent price. With a 1.5" drop you won't have to worry about any sort of wheel clearance.
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I agree with Scotty from what Ive seen on friends and familys Mustangs with 18" wheels you shouldn't have any rubbing issues. Now if your lowered like 2"+ and run a slightly taller tire you may have some issues. Only issues I have seen with these cars is on the front during full lock you may rub if you have a 275 40 18 on the front cause of it being 1/2" to 3/4" taller than a 35. Milehigh JDF has 275 40 18s on the front I believe which are 26.7" tall and he had a slight rub with H&R SS springs but it was on full lock, and he had no issues with the fender well. But, he did say he needed a slight camber adj to tuck it under the fender some, but not enough to make the tires uneven etc as far as I know. The tires I want are 26.3" front and 26.7" rear and should fit well even when I lower it. Also Ive heard of people having to reverse their quad shock to fit a 315 wide tire at times, but thats not a big deal. If you have worn out dampners and are running a fairly wide tire I guess I could see an issue there with rubbing the fender well in the rear as well. But most should be fine going 18" and dont have anything to worry about usually.

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I had to flip quad shocks on a 10.5" rim but not a 10" rim. Or just remove them if you run aftermarket LCAs.

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I never needed to roll my fenders on my old mustang with either wheel setup that it had. With my current ride I don't need to roll anything either but as Steve said, I do rub the fender liners a bit on full lock. However my tires are close to a full inch taller than the factory size so there is that to take into account. I'm all for gong with 18s, they look way better in my opinion and I haven't had issues finding tires for a decent price. With a 1.5" drop you won't have to worry about any sort of wheel clearance.
After seeing this I might go for a 275/40/18 all around. What brand is that? I had BFGs but those ran really big for a 275 and they might cause more issues up front. I did see a 265/40/18 HRTZ3 for $125 a corner which would work well on a 9 or 9.5" wide rim which is what I am going for anyway and is 26.3" which I know fits.
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These are tires Nitto 555s. They bulge ever so slightly on the front and as mentioned earlier they do scrub the fender liner at full lock, but that problem is easily remedied.
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Ah, 555s run narrow. That is going to be more like a 255 or 265 in "real" size. No way a 275 BFG would fit under there. Not a Comp 2 anyway. A Comp 2 will bulge slightly on a 10" rim lol. Gives a good baseline for sizing tho because I can pull actual section and tread width specs off the interwebs and bump that against other brands on tirerack.


Just for comparison, a 285/35/18 Nitto 555 bulges like a stock tire on a 9" rim and does fit up front on a lowered New Edge. But that is a 26" tall tire, not 26.7" although it is wider.
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Ok thank you, just debating whether to get 17x9 or 18x9 all around
When talking wheel/tire fitment, always make sure the wheel offset is considered.
If comparing with someone else's good or bad fitment experience, make sure offset is not left out of the picture. nough said!
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When talking wheel/tire fitment, always make sure the wheel offset is considered.
If comparing with someone else's good or bad fitment experience, make sure offset is not left out of the picture. nough said!
Generally tho, ppl are going to be getting "Mustang" wheels from AM/LRS/OE Replicas etc... Pretty much just plug and play.
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