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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010 Thread Starter
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2011 Mustang GT Winter Rim Size

I have been following many posts regarding Winter tires for the 2011 GT. Every place that I went to shop tires referred to their books and they all indicated that a 17" steel rim is recommended for the Winter tires and I have followed a few posts where people discuss whether a 17" would fit but never someone who has actually tried it.

This weekend, my 17" steels came in for my Michelin X-Ice2's. They don't fit. It is very close but the welds on the rim brush against the outside circumference of the caliper. I am ordering some 18" steels now but the cost and tire selection is far more limited (now using a Toyo GO2-Plus).

Does anyone actually have 17" steels that fit their 2011 GT front brakes. I am surprised that the catalogues of these tire vendors all say they fit (Tire Rack too) if they don't. Did I maybe get an odd steel or would another manufacturer fit? Do aluminum rims fit larger?

Looking for feedback from those who have tried 17" on their 2011 GT with standard brakes - successful or not.

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I bought ice / snow tires for the 19" Brembo wheels, Bridgestone Blizzaks. I had them on my last car, they were great! Not sure what wheel size has to do with it other than finding tires to match an odd size wheel. 17" seems like an arbitrary number to throw out...

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Thanks for the reply.

17" seems to be the recommended tire size from all suppliers. I have 19's on the car now but for cost and availability was hoping to get into a 17" rim.

Even the Ford dealership recommended 17" rims and tires for Winter on the 2011 GT. Given that recommendation, I am interested in learning if anyone was successful in getting them to fit or is Ford also in a loop of misinformation on what will go around the larger 2011 front brakes.
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buy a set of take off factory wheels?
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Thanks for the reply.

Do you know for sure if 17" factory takeoffs will fit over the 2011 GT's larger brakes. I understand that they fit over a 2010 brake setup (which are about 1/2" smaller) but am looking for someone who has actually put 17" rims over a 2011 setup or can confirm that they fit.

All the reference manuals say they fit but the steel ones I had sure didn't.

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what was the exact rim size? was it 17x6.5 ??? just wondering, as i have a set of 17x6.5 rims for a '11 V6 Mustang (Pony Package) and i can't seem to get a straight answer anywhere, so the '11 V6 has the same brakes as the '05-'10 GT?

so that means the standard '11 Mustang GT has larger brakes than in '10? i know there is the larger Brembo option now as well,


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