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rjstat

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What size wheels
« on: February 03, 2007, 06:32:28 AM »
OK guys and girls Junior and I have decided that this spring we wanted to put some new wheels and rubber on the Cougar. I currently have the stock 21 spoke 15" wheels. My question is what size wheels would you install on the Cougar 17, 18, or ? Would you go larger in the rear or one size all around.
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Re: What size wheels
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2007, 02:10:38 PM »
IMHO; the 17" and larger rims dont allow enough sidewall height, and are waaay expensive to put rubber on... the stock 15X6.5 inch wheels are a tad narrow for most apps, and you need at least a 16" wheel to accommodate the MK VIII discs and calipers that I recommend on the front only, to optimize braking. Considering the above statements .... a 16" wheel will not be as expensive, and a width of 7" - 7.5" is optimal. 7" fronts only and 8-8.5" rears would allow you to run a decent 225/60/16front and a 255/60/16 rear, which would be a balanced and great handling set up.....with 8" rims , you could upsize to 265 or 275/60/16tires..for drag racing .... I would not go down to an aspect ratio of anything less than 55, (the middle number) as then the tires are rated insanely high speed , with insanely low wearfactor and high price.  Personally I am running 7.5" X 16" wheels and H rated 225/60/16 Fuzion tires which are performing well, and were reasonably priced....The prices on V, Z, and W rated tires is ridiculously high, the only ones that come in 17" or bigger rim sizes, and of course wear out verry rapidly, but look stylish if you are a teen, or balck dude, looking for the radical "look". Oh, and save the 15" skinny rims for some skinny front tires if you wanna shave about .2 sec. at the dragstrip, LOL
« Last Edit: February 04, 2007, 12:27:11 AM by Jake »
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Re: What size wheels
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 08:33:36 PM »
I am running Rim 17" x 8" wide Mille Miglia Emotion rims.


They do not make them anymore but they look nice when they are chrome plated on a Cougar!!!

When I purchased the rims years ago I found 21 tire choices of 225/55/17 tires for the front that fit.  This tire is  -.11" smaller than a stock 94/ 95 tire.

For the rears I use 255/50/17 which is +.19" higher than stock.  There are not that many choices for this size (5-4) but I never had a problem getting tires.

I tend to agree with what the old crusty :boat: :jake: says that the ride is not as good as stock.  It is less bouncy which can be good with a stock suspension.  With my 97 Sport suspension it is firm and I have to watch the bumps.  Needless to say the tires grip and I like the choice I made.   O0
The 5.4 swap has been called a bad idea, and considered an underpowered considerable waste of time, since 2007.

Nice to see that most donít think that anymore.
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Re: What size wheels
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 10:19:09 PM »
Those are really purdy rims... something about the italians...... they do a lotta car stuff with an innate grace and purity of line. I have yet to see a Mille Migla wheel that offends me. i just cant afford the 17" tires!
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GVW 4340 lbs, go figure!


 
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