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I am trying to decide on the right wheels for my 11' GT. I am set on Forgestar F14 in gunmetal. Still on the fence on 19s or 20s. Can I get some opinions? Also, trying to decide on the FRPP 1" or 1.5" springs.

Here is my car with the wheels photoshopped into 19's with approx 1" drop.
 

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I really like the CSL style wheels, so I'm diggin' your car already. I am going a similar route (TSW Nurburgrings) and decided to go with 20" rims all the way around. Part of this is because I am limited in the rim width, correct offsets, and bolt pattern. However, I do prefer the look of a larger wheel, so 20" is where I draw the line between sporty and ghetto. My advice: decide if you want to see more rim or more tire. Then, check out rim widths, offsets, and bolt patterns to make sure Forgestar manufactures the rims you like. You may also think about sidewall flex, but 19" tires are more than ample and probably don't exhibit much more sidewall flex than a 20" tire. Lastly, check out which tires you plan to purchase. This could also influence which route you go, as it did with mine (Michelin Pilot Super Sports).

As for the suspension, I'd go with a 1.5" drop if your area has decent roads. Where I live, the roads suck pretty bad, so I wouldn't want to go much more than a 1" drop (Steeda Sport Springs).

Good news? You really can't go wrong. The F14s look great in both 19" and 20"s. The same goes for a 1" or 1.5" drop. What you're asking very much boils down to preference, so I hope my words helped persuade you one way or another.
 

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Unfortunately, I am not the photo guru...I was mainly checking color contrast with this.
 

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Forgestar's are nice (I had a set on my old 135i when I lived in PA) but I experienced issues due to the weak nature of the metal used (the wheels are cast, despite the name...). I must have hit a bump in the road at some point (crap roads in the Northeast) and bent one of the fronts pretty badly. When I had a wheel repair guy try to fix it, the wheel cracked and they needed to weld it up so it would hold air. The end result looked ok from afar but up close the wheel looked pretty ugly.

Moral of the story, with wheels sometimes you get what you pay for - I may go the forged route when I upgrade mine.

Just a head's up!
 

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Thanks for the advise, but they fit my budget so much better.:yelpleased:
 

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Looks good!! :bigthumbsup:bigthumbsup But then again, I went with the Brembo wheels to get a similar look, so I may be prejudiced ;).
 

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I'll also add that your decision of 19" vs. 20" might be made for you. This is what happened to me and I'll post some things that you should consider (not sure if you have or not)

  1. How wide do you want your rims? I'd imagine 9" in the front, 10" - 11" in the back
  2. What offsets are available? You'll want to stay around 40mm for the front and 40mm - 55mm in the back (obviously, there's some personal preference here)
  3. What bolt patterns are available? Mustangs require 5x114
  4. What tires do you want and what sizes do they come in? 285s - 315s?
  5. How much do the larger tires cost? Are you okay with this?
  6. Do you want a staggered setup?
There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing wheels. I found that out recently when I thought it'd be a breeze to select some wheels. You may have considered these things, but it wasn't clear in your post. Like I said, several of the answers to these questions made my decision for me and you may find yourself in a similar position. Honestly, the asthetic difference between 19s and 20s isn't that great, so don't kill yourself trying to envision both.
 

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I had considered all the tire sizes...budget is a factor but not that big of deal. I want to make sure that I don't regret it later. Here is some of my research and options. Thanks for your input!

1. 19x9 fronts 255/40/19 diameter 27"
19x10 rear 295/35/19 diameter 26.9"

2. Same wheel sizes and tire front
rear 275/40/19 diameter 27.6"

3. 20x9 front 255/35/20 diameter 27.01"
20x11 rear 295/35/20 diameter 28.11"
 

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Looks good!! :bigthumbsup:bigthumbsup But then again, I went with the Brembo wheels to get a similar look, so I may be prejudiced ;).

Here it is before photoshop.
 

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I'd say option 3, but I'm a big fan of a wider rear rim/tire. You may also want to consider running a 305 or 315.
 

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I'd say option 3, but I'm a big fan of a wider rear rim/tire. You may also want to consider running a 305 or 315.
I'd considered 305s but they are limited on tire brands and about twice the price.
 
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