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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-21-2016 Thread Starter
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2002 mustang cobra wheels

Hi all. I have an Aussie imported 2002 Mustang Cobra and when I bought it the wheels were California rims and 18". They sit too far inside the guards. For now I used spacers to try and fill the guards out more. What I need t know from you all, is what 18" wheel offset dimensions will fill my guards without using wheel spacers? Thanks in advance....

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016
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Hi all. I have an Aussie imported 2002 Mustang Cobra and when I bought it the wheels were California rims and 18". They sit too far inside the guards. For now I used spacers to try and fill the guards out more. What I need t know from you all, is what 18" wheel offset dimensions will fill my guards without using wheel spacers? Thanks in advance....
I'm a little confused??? I previously owned a 2003 SVT Cobra and was under the impression there wasn't a 2002 Cobra model???

The Sonic Blue Terminator I owed had the stock 17" wheels but I needed to run a 1" rear spacer to appropriately bring them out flush with the fenders. The 2000 Cobra R had 18's from the factory. IMO, using a 1" spacer is really no biggie as long as the spacer is of good quality, hub-centric and installed properly. On my bolt on 2003, I made anywhere from 480 to 520 HP at the wheels depending on the particular dyno. She also seen at least 30 hard trips down the 1/4 with no wheel spacer failure issues.

I guess your question regarding wheel offset depends on a couple of things. A real Cobra of that vintage (with IRS) would need a different offset than a Cobra clone with solid rear axle. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the inside fenders on a Cobra had different dimensions than the average run of the mill Mustangs. Not much difference mind you but it was a slight difference never the less.

Take a look at the factory offset for a 2000 Cobra R that run the 18" rims. IMO, this vehicle had a much better stance/look than the other IRS equipped Cobras from 99-04 that ran the 17" wheels.

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Thanks Dave. Will look into it.
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