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ok im a 16 year old kid. and i got a mustang for my 16th birthday... i currently have stock wheels n tires on it. I would like to put bigger tires on the back. A friend of mine said i have 17" x 9.5" tires right now, and suggests that i get 18" x 10.5" tires. i've searched the internet and cannot find anything like that.

Is it possible for anyone to post a link or some kind of way to find tires for my car, Much appreciated :bigthumbsup
 

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ok im a 16 year old kid. and i got a mustang for my 16th birthday... i currently have stock wheels n tires on it. I would like to put bigger tires on the back. A friend of mine said i have 17" x 9.5" tires right now, and suggests that i get 18" x 10.5" tires. i've searched the internet and cannot find anything like that.

Is it possible for anyone to post a link or some kind of way to find tires for my car, Much appreciated :bigthumbsup
hello, welcome to AFM!

ok, someone gave you horse-sh** for information.
firstly, you cannot put an 18-inch tire on a 17 inch rim.
secondly, your rims are 15x7 and will not fit a 17 or 18 inch tire.
3rdly, 17x9 & 18x10.5 are the size of the rim, not the tire.
and lastly, your tire size is 205/65/15

if your stock or close to stock, and looking for more traction, i recommend keeping your stock wheels/tires for now and installing a t-lock.
if you really want some wider tires on your stock 15" wheels, you can put 225/60/15 on the rear, theyre a little bit wider, i did that for a little while and they looked ok.

i am assuming your avatar picture is accurate; if so, good looking stang:bigthumbsup
 

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Welcome to the Forums. Hope you enjoy the site..:bigthumbsup
 

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umm... currently on my car seem like stock rims for the 2000 v6 mustang. The previous owner payed for 3 new tires and there is still one old one one it. We are waiting until we can find out what we need for the front wheels are stock and the rear ones are bigger and stick out some. From my small understanding with my stang the bigger wheels/Tires will improve my traction in the rear and add a really nice appearance. I would have to go and find my booklet somewhere to find the exact mesurements for what i have, but im pretty sure its all stock. The only thing ive done to it is put on all of the decals with my dad over the last winter break from school.


Edit: Thank you for the warm welcoming!
 

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umm... currently on my car seem like stock rims for the 2000 v6 mustang. The previous owner payed for 3 new tires and there is still one old one one it. We are waiting until we can find out what we need for the front wheels are stock and the rear ones are bigger and stick out some. From my small understanding with my stang the bigger wheels/Tires will improve my traction in the rear and add a really nice appearance. I would have to go and find my booklet somewhere to find the exact mesurements for what i have, but im pretty sure its all stock. The only thing ive done to it is put on all of the decals with my dad over the last winter break from school.


Edit: Thank you for the warm welcoming!

open up your glovebox, your tire size will be listed there. if your avatar pic is accurate, then it looks like you have the same wheels as me when i had my stock wheels, and the tire size is 205/65/15.

if you want to upgrade wheels/tires, look around for some wheels you like, post the link, and we'll give a recommended tire size for those wheels.
 

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Maybe I am reading this wrong but, Why can't he just look at the sidewall of the tire and see what size the tire is? Or you can take the rim off of the car and the size is generally printed on the rim if you are confused. Maybe I read this thread wrong though. lmao

www.americanmuscle.com That website has an ok choice of rims and they are decently priced.
 

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Ok, I've gone looking for a bit and i found these wheels.
TireRack.com - Products

I know that it will be a while until i can get these wheels and the tires. Im sorry for being repetative but just a reminder, im looking for taller and wider tires in the back and average sized tires in the front.
Thank you so much for helping me figure all of this out.

Edit: After a little research i found this "
Using a wider tire than recommended:
Using too wide a tire will push the sidewalls out, giving the tire what is known as the "drag tire" look. If you do this on a non-drag tire, there are several things that can happen:
  • A poor bead seal is created
  • The tread is forced into a convex shape, which reduces the tire life. It also affects steering and handling capability.
  • The car will feel floaty.
  • The speedometer will read slower than the car is actually going. "
are there ways to still get the wide tire and not have these effects?
 

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Maybe I am reading this wrong but, Why can't he just look at the sidewall of the tire and see what size the tire is? Or you can take the rim off of the car and the size is generally printed on the rim if you are confused. Maybe I read this thread wrong though. lmao

www.americanmuscle.com That website has an ok choice of rims and they are decently priced.
Well normaly that would probably have worked, but im a highschool student who knows alot less than most kids do about cars. So the weekend is the only time i can actualy do stuff. Also most of the time i can only get to my computer around 9pm each day so i cant go outside to check things right away.
 

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Your best bet would be to get a decently wide rim that will support wide tires. If you throw wide tires on a small rim then you will start to feel what they are talking about in that little article you found.
 

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205/65/15 tires have a footprint of 71.75mm
225/60/15 tires have a footprint of 90.00mm

thats not enough of a difference to cause any of the issues mentioned, especially if the tires are on the rear. i've done it with no problems. thats just a cheap way,i agree the best thing you could do would be to buy some wheels that fit a larger tire, even some GT take-offs would be great
 

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Ok, so ive done some research during my web design and pc support class today during school after finishing my work.

Right now the mustang has 17" wheels
'99-'04 Mustang Tire Sizes at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
this link helps out with deciding what kind of tires are good for the rims with out damaging the rims or throwing the speed-o-meter off.
To get really good sized wheels in the back we are going to need a whole new set of rims for the front and back

This style rim would look really good.
Black Deep Dish 2003 Cobra Style Wheel 94-04 (17x10.5) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
Black Deep Dish 2003 Cobra Style Wheel 94-04 (17x9) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!


NITTO Extreme Performance NT555R Drag Radial (315/35-17) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!http://www.americanmuscle.com/nitto-nt555r-315-35-17.html
these would be the tires for the rear.

http://www.americanmuscle.com/nitto-nt555-275-40-17.html
these would be the tires for the front.


Am i doing good so far with my searching?
 

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Ok, so ive done some research during my web design and pc support class today during school after finishing my work.

Right now the mustang has 17" wheels
'99-'04 Mustang Tire Sizes at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
this link helps out with deciding what kind of tires are good for the rims with out damaging the rims or throwing the speed-o-meter off.
To get really good sized wheels in the back we are going to need a whole new set of rims for the front and back

This style rim would look really good.
Black Deep Dish 2003 Cobra Style Wheel 94-04 (17x10.5) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
Black Deep Dish 2003 Cobra Style Wheel 94-04 (17x9) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!


NITTO Extreme Performance NT555R Drag Radial (315/35-17) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
these would be the tires for the rear.

NITTO Extreme Performance NT555 Tire (275/40-17) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!
these would be the tires for the front.


Am i doing good so far with my searching?
hmm, those are the same wheels i have except those are deep-dish, i didnt even know they were available in deep-dish.

if your stang is stock/near stock, 315's are overkill and will be more rolling resistance and more weight. in other words they'll slow you down.

if your looking for a staggered look i suggest going with (4) 17x9 wheels and running 245/45/17 in the front and 275/40/17

you say your stang has 17's on it already, or am i misreading that...? what is the tire size on your car right now? look on the sidewall of the tire
 

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I am assuming you actually have 16 inch rims if the rims are in fact stock. My car came with 16s from the factory and then i put on the 17's. I have 9 inch wide rims on my car right now. Having a 9 inch rim makes the tire footprint about 10 or so inches wide in guessing. Don't get too large of a rim or your car's wheels will be too heavy and it will slow it down. Ill attach a picture of the rear end if i can.

I have 17x9 inch rims with 275/40/17 tires
 

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In the first pic i had a nasty scratch on my bumper that is fixed in the second pic. Also, the dual exhaust looks so much cooler haha. As you can see, the 9 inch wide rims make it look pretty beefy in the rear. You will get better grip but you wont need too much with only stock HP and Torque.
 

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I have 9 inch wide rims on my car right now. Having a 9 inch rim makes the tire footprint about 10 or so inches wide in guessing. Don't get too large of a rim or your car's wheels will be too heavy and it will slow it down. Ill attach a picture of the rear end if i can.

I have 17x9 inch rims with 275/40/17 tires
your footprint is 165 millimeters.

the way you can figure that is multiply your overall distance around the tire (bead to bead) by your aspect ratio, and subtract that number from your overall distance and you have your footprint.
say you have a 245/45/17 tire, do 245 x 0.45, you get 110.25, subtract 110.25 from 245 and you get 134.75
a 245/45/17 tire has a footprint of 134.75mm
rims dont have footprints unless you roll them bare lol
 

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What if my car likes going barefoot huh? Can't a girl have a little fun in the sun without having her shoes weighing her down. Jeeze you just dont understand hahaha. You know im just kidding, so dont get your window unbalanced over it.... hahaha yeah i went there:laugh:
 

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What if my car likes going barefoot huh? Can't a girl have a little fun in the sun without having her shoes weighing her down. Jeeze you just dont understand hahaha. You know im just kidding, so dont get your window unbalanced over it.... hahaha yeah i went there:laugh:
lmao:shigrin

i just had my windows professionally balanced and rotated, thank you very much :nogrinner
 

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HAHA noob, you wont be able to keep up with my rotated, inverted, super balanced spark plugs... Sorry for the thread hijack lol
 

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hmm, those are the same wheels i have except those are deep-dish, i didnt even know they were available in deep-dish.

if your stang is stock/near stock, 315's are overkill and will be more rolling resistance and more weight. in other words they'll slow you down.

if your looking for a staggered look i suggest going with (4) 17x9 wheels and running 245/45/17 in the front and 275/40/17

you say your stang has 17's on it already, or am i misreading that...? what is the tire size on your car right now? look on the sidewall of the tire
ok that makes sense thank you so much for your suggestions and help. and come to think of it they might be 16" stock haha ive been looking at rims for so long i forgot there was such thing as 16's
 
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