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"The sidewalls on those S197ís are massive."

That all depends on what YOU consider massive to be...

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"The sidewalls on those S197ís are massive."

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Ok, how about this: itís close to the same sidewall height as your 66. The overall tire height is over 2 inches taller on the late model.
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I feel like there's a "that's what she said" joke in there somewhere.
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We've lapsed into apples to oranges with a sprinkling of locker room humor. For me its all about aesthetics. I like to see more rubber, both from a front/back AND side view. Just looks "right" to me. "To me" is not the same as the collective "to you". My 65 had 14s and I went to 15s (215/60 and 245/60). That looked right to me. Would it have better lateral grip than a 245/45 on a 17 or 18, probably not, but those don't look right to me. From the front or the back they look pretty much identical, but they get "rubber-bandy" looking in my opinion from the side. Lowering and flaring all help with the visual appeal of larger diameter wheels on a classic to me, but for the natural lines of the wheel wells of the older (65/66) Mustangs, I definitely want to see more black sidewall in there. My compromise will be 16s, that's the best I think I can do and satisfy what I want out of the car. Plus, as stated, they are still widely available.

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@Huntingky Do you have any pics with the 17Ē and 18Ē wheels?
Not real good ones of the 18 inch, when I was doing some fitting I neglected to take a whole car picture but below are a couple with the late model 18x7 +40mm. The rear is wearing 275, the front, a narrow 255.

Then there are a couple with the 17x8 +30mm Bullets. Tires are 245 all around. I need just a little more offset to tuck those 245s in the front a little better.
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I spent months debating over in my head to change from 15 inch. After the mustang international my mine was set on 17`s, but NOT magnum 500s. 245 45 17

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Not real good ones of the 18 inch, when I was doing some fitting I neglected to take a whole car picture but below are a couple with the late model 18x7 +40mm. The rear is wearing 275, the front, a narrow 255.

Then there are a couple with the 17x8 +30mm Bullets. Tires are 245 all around. I need just a little more offset to tuck those 245s in the front a little better.
Thanks. The 17s do look better than the 18s. Iím worried that the research and development will go more heavily to the 18Ē than the 17Ē. Iím wanting to do some track days and autocross for fun. Iíve also read that the 18Ē wheel allows for better tucking of the UCA

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I spent months debating over in my head to change from 15 inch. After the mustang international my mine was set on 17`s, but NOT magnum 500s. 245 45 17

That looks good. You have a nice car btw

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My 69 has 14" magnum 500s. I'd probably go 15s if I could find some for a reasonable price (yeah, right).



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A lot of this is purely a matter of taste. I was stuck on 15's for a long time. I'll probably stick with such for my '69. But a set of 18's dropped in my lap really cheap. After trial fitment (pictures of that in my thread somewhere in this section) I decided to keep them. I keep looking at them and a part of me keeps thinking "I can't believe I'm going with 18's." But they seem to suit the car. I've noticed as already mentioned by xj220 that bigger rims look better if the car is a bit lowered and the stance tweaked. They seem slightly more at home to me on '67 up cars too, for the most part.
I've got my 18's on the front with spacers, the rears are a whole other project. While mockup a grandson did comment that "the new rims look wicked sick", so there's that I guess.
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Every time I convince myself that 18s are too big for a 65-66, I see one that pulls it off. 17s are still plenty big enough for me, but Iím learning that there can be exceptions.
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I'm in the tire and wheel stage now. Prolly go with 22" spinners and a 30 profile tire...

I'm already way over on what I thought I'd spend to get it back on the road but it needs tires at least. He put tires on it, drove it a bit for a few months then went into storage for 13 years. While the treads look great once you look down inside and feel the ride even though they have "new" depth tread they've got the rot. I'd reckon they're good candidates for a blow out.

I was looking at 15-16 on classic looking Cragars with some raised letter Firestones or Goodyears for the olde tyme look. After looking at pics @Huntingky posted the 17s look good with that style wheel.
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15-16” are the way to go on these cars.

17” in rare occasions.

18” are totally overkill.

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17's really seem like the sweet spot for tire tech/price right now.
I was just watching the IMSA race @VIR and they had a Michelin Tire tech spot. They said that both INDYCAR, that uses 15"s and NASCAR were both considering going to 18" wheels like the GT cars. Benefits of course in deflection and rolling resistance. Then he said the same size would tire would have a longer contact patch which is still wobbling my mind

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