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1996 Mustang GT, Need help with Wheel specs/info for purchase

I need help with determining exactly what wheels will fit my car. It's a 1996 GT with the stock 16 inch rims right now. I found some good deals on ebay and some other places but before I make a purchase I wanna make sure I am aware of what specs to check before making a purchase. I'm in the market for 17 or 18 inch wheels and I think I need a 5x114.3 bolt pattern ???? I dont know anything about the 'spacing' and 'offset' dimensions of wheel sizes or exactly what these mean ? Any help with what wheel sizes/dimensions to a '96 Gt would be great. Thanks

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the bolt pattern is 5x4.5 as far as the metric for that...idk u got me, i fit 9in wheels on my cobra without any problems .. once you go bigger than that is where you'll have to look into wheel spacers and such

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i'm sure a 10.5 wide wheel will fit...it's when you start going with wider and taller tires u start havin problems

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I'm not overly concerned with the width, I probably wont be going bigger than 8 or 8.5 but I always see stuff like "backspacing" and "offset". Are these measurements almost neglible or is it likely that I could buy a wheel and not have it fit because I didn't know my backspacing and offset numbers ?? Or does anyone know how much backspacing is too much ?

1999 GT 35th Anniversary Laser Red. CAI, some pretty lights and an O/R UPR x pipe
1996 GT K&N Cold Air. BBK off-road X-pipe, Yukon 3.90s 17x8 Anthracite Bullets, Kicker AMP, Kicker subs., Misc. Interior dress up. Angel Eye Halo Projector Headlights...SOLD
1986 Camaro Z28
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offset is the distance from the hub to the center of the rim
the offset's year model specific ie 1996 GT

Backspacing is distance from the back edge of a wheel rim to the back of the center section(how it fits in the wheel well and how far it sticks out)

which is how wide the wheel in other words

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just go to americanmuscle.com and they have 94-98 mustang wheels and you can even get 99-03(04) wheels

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thanks tony thats what i thought they were but wasn't sure. The reason i ask is because i found some wicked cheap wheels but dont want to buy the wrong size regarding the backspacing

1999 GT 35th Anniversary Laser Red. CAI, some pretty lights and an O/R UPR x pipe
1996 GT K&N Cold Air. BBK off-road X-pipe, Yukon 3.90s 17x8 Anthracite Bullets, Kicker AMP, Kicker subs., Misc. Interior dress up. Angel Eye Halo Projector Headlights...SOLD
1986 Camaro Z28
T-tops, K&N, Edelbrock shorties, custom exhaust
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anytime man! you need anything else jus pm me!

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