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Widening stock wheels

Have any of you guys widen a stock wheel before? Like this... http://www.weldcraftwheels.com/index-1.html

I was thinking about going from the stock 6.5in wide to 8.5in wide? I think that will be wide enough? I will be running the mark viii TC and 3.73 gear this soon and will probably need the extra rubber on the ground.



I was reading about it on one of the local mustang forums here and it seemed like a good idea.. I've also found the marauder guys like to do it as well as the vette guys...
I found some quotes online from $110 a wheel to $250 a wheel so I mean it will come up to about 5 or 6 hundred when all said and done.. I sent the guy an email and I'm waiting a reply.. What do you guys think?



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Just thought of this...tires... who sell's a tire that is as tall as the stock 215/70 tire but on a 8.5" wide rim.. ........ That might put a rain on my parade! .... Gonna go search for that one...

Ok so I would need a 255/60/R15 tire, but for a car. That might actually be doable..

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You can get really nice wheels @ way less than $250 each.

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$250x4=$1000 vs. $250x2=$500

Plus added cost of those low profile tires all the way around plus the cost of the hub swap.

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lol raining on my parade uh?

Can't be too bad I am only going from 6.5 to 8.5 wide. And besides who cares about cornering? It's all about the 8 sec race

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I have some 99 cobra rims widened to 10". And Pops had some 6er stAng wheels out to 9.5 and stock marauder wheels narrowed to 5" for skinnies. No problems here except for a couple pin holes in the narrowed wheels, but that is one large weld there. Some silicone took care of that.

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Nice. Has anyone else had them done before?

Has anyone run a 3.73 gear with mark TC on stock tires? I imagine it wouldn't work too well.. But I've been wrong before

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lol raining on my parade uh?

Can't be too bad I am only going from 6.5 to 8.5 wide. And besides who cares about cornering? It's all about the 8 sec race
8 sec? You only racing 0-60?

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60?? I might hit 40 by 8 sec if I'm lucky

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currently i am running a 15x8 rear wheel with 5.5" backspacing and a 275/60 r15 tire
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Tbird1997,

I had Weldcraft widen a pair of 16" x 8" Cobra R replicas for me a couple of years ago. They do excellent quality work.

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Tbird1997,

I had Weldcraft widen a pair of 16" x 8" Cobra R replicas for me a couple of years ago. They do excellent quality work.
Where did you find cobra r replicas in a 16 inch wheel?

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I don't remember!

I got them from some online shop 10 years ago, to mount my first set of drag radials which were 255/60-16 BFGs. The wheels were manufactured in Mustang bolt pattern, but the seller redrilled them to fit my T-Bird.

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I got a quote today for $175 a piece for the extra 2 inches and probably about $20 for shipping each way. Seems like a pretty good deal.

Oh cool good to hear MikeB!

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currently i am running a 15x8 rear wheel with 5.5" backspacing and a 275/60 r15 tire
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Awesome. Do you have any pictures of it? Are you running the stock 15" wheel? Was it enough or did you wish you went with more?

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I got a quote today for $175 a piece for the extra 2 inches and probably about $20 for shipping each way. Seems like a pretty good deal.
Is that from Weldcraft? If you get them done, be sure to post up pics. I've been considering having them do some work on a set of wheels for me.

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Racecougar- Yessir. Turn around time is about 3 weeks. And I will post pics when I get them done. I hope I can get around to it before too long.. First will need to find a pair of stock wheels in good condition from the junk yard.


Can someone tell me about running a stock tire ~235/60/15 or 215/70/15 with a 3.73 gear and a upgraded mark viii torque converter? Is it manageable? I am just debating on whether I should install gear and TC first or widen wheels first.

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I've thought about getting a set widened. What would be the best size to go with (wheel & tire size)?

Eventually I will lower the car no more than 2" so i'm not quite sure what would be the best width to go with, with out having to roll the fenders etc..
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with stock fan blades




with weld's





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sick! Bolt pattern swap? Stock height? What size tires are those?
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hub swap to 5x4.5, stock height at the time (have dropped the front 1.5" since) front tires were 235/60r15 (now 215/70r15) rears were 275/60r15
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mmm I like it but I really don't want my wheels to stick out that far in the back -I like it tucked in. I think I've asked you this before but what was the tire you ran on the stock fan blade in the rear?

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I want it to go from this...




to this...


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99 cobra's from 8" to 10". 315 tires in the rear.





1995 SC------------------1994 SC----------------1993 LX
Black----------------------Red----------------------Grey
3.8-------------------------3.8w/bent rod---------5.0
4R70W--------------------M5R2--------------------AOD
2.4 AR in works---------2.0 Auto Rotor---------N/A
24psi----------------------15+----------------------none yet
450RWHP----------------322RWHP -------------who knows/who cares
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mmmm love staggered wheels/tires!

...but this thread is about getting stock wheels widened, not doing a hub swap and getting wheels that are already wide enough to run a good size tire in the rear.

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Chris, who did the widening on your and your dad's wheels? Was it Weldcraft or someplace else?

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Chris, who did the widening on your and your dad's wheels? Was it Weldcraft or someplace else?
All of our wheels are done from weldcraft. I'll get some pics up of the welds themselves.

We've had my 2 cobra wheels done, 2 v6 stang wheels for slicks and 2 marauder wheels cut down 3" for skinnies.



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...but this thread is about getting stock wheels widened, not doing a hub swap and getting wheels that are already wide enough to run a good size tire in the rear.
Just giving OP and idea what to expect.

Also if you go too wide with the 15's you may loose your e brake. The cable with my 10" 17s doesn't like to make the bend.

1995 SC------------------1994 SC----------------1993 LX
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24psi----------------------15+----------------------none yet
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Yea, i'm not sure what the best width to go with would be and the same with tire. I dont want to have to modify anything.

I have 3 sets of 15''
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All of our wheels are done from weldcraft. I'll get some pics up of the welds themselves.

We've had my 2 cobra wheels done, 2 v6 stang wheels for slicks and 2 marauder wheels cut down 3" for skinnies.
Thanks. The more I look into it, it really looks like Weldcraft would be the place to go to.

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Weldcraft is the place to go to. Very cool and local company !


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with stock fan blades


with weld's

Wow, that looks absolutely awesome. Definitely a nice stance and the meaty tires make it pop.

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