Rick Flores stuffed some 17X11's under this Popular Hotrodding feature a while back, no tub. When he sold it on Flebay he admitted in the ad that the size was problematic, prone to rubbing issues. I love the look but I also love driving my car without worrying about a tire blowing out because I ran a combo that didn't work in the real world.
69 Mach 1 418W/TKO600/Street HP750/RMP Front Coil-Over/TCP Manual R&P/3.70 Auburn Pro/Global West SFC-5 Leafs-Del-A-Lum/Koni's/Magnaflow 2.5 X pipe
something you need to consider is the tire you decide to go with. I am running Michelin Pilot Super Sports, now if you were to get my 295 size in a BFG the tire is much fatter and will rub, not all tires even though they can be the same size will fit and sit the same. Nitto tires also run a bit smaller than Toyos etc. i used a few tires as mock ups when the shop ordered my wheels. the shop said it would not work and it did. 295/35/19 is a Porsche 911 rear fitment and BMW M5 so there are a ton of tire choices, and that is true for 17X11 tires on the market for the OP question. I suggest you go to a local tire shop who may have various brands in the size you want to compare or just buy a few from Discount tire and pay return shipping, thats what i did before i picked mine, the Pirellis and Continentals were much larger than the Michelins the BFG were like SUV tires. In the end it cost me $60 in shipping to make a critical decision and it was worth it.
That's also worth noting. I modeled my build after Ricks with a 4" drop in the rear. I originally had BFG GForce tires like Rick but they were just too wide. I am running Nittos on mine as they run a little narrower on sidewall width than other tires. In Ricks auction pics he apparently had also changed to Nittos.
My car is an adult driven cruiser and I don't anticipate any problems. My cuda has same wheels but running Sumitomos tires but has less clearance and it doesn't rub. Unless the Mustang has more swing and sway I think I will be ok. If it does, I may consider Del-alum spring bushings or a panhard bar. And yes, I have stock springs (2" dearch + 2"blocks) and had to remove my sway bar. Hope to reinstall it but may have to narrow it.
I stayed with an 18X10 on mine. I also opted for the slightly smaller in size Nitto's but running a 305/35 out back with no tubs. I had to clearence the font inner wheel well and roll the fender lips. Other than that it they fit well. These are 94-04 Bullitt Wheels, in 18X10 and I ran a 17X8 up front as the 9in was a bit too big once I lowered the car.
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