View Full Version : Help me with Wheel Selection for Father-Inlaw

07-11-2008, 12:20 PM
Hello all. I hope you guys and gals can help me with my father in-laws '89 Mercury Cougar XR7. He would like to get new wheels and I don't want to recommend something that will have issues. He would like to get 15" wheels all around with a normal width up front (7" or so) with as wide as he can get in the rear with a "drag" looking style street tire (like G60-15's or similar, that's what he likes). He has no brake upgrades and does not plan on upgrading them and has a stock ride height. What do you all recommend for a width in the front and rear and what offset? How wide can he get in the rear with the tires similar to the G60 style tire?



07-11-2008, 12:34 PM
Without changing the bolt pattern of the wheels most people on this site run a 17x9 or 18x9 with a +36mm offset. Tires sizes range from a 245/45/17 or 255/45/17 and 245/40/18 or 255/40/18. I don't know of any aftermarket rims with a t-bird bolt pattern in a 15" or 16" rim.

fast Ed
07-11-2008, 01:02 PM
Selection in 15" will be very limited. Tire Rack is only showing 5 different styles, and they are all 6.5" wide.

If he goes to maybe something like billet Centerline wheels, he might find wider stuff, but I have no idea if they still offer anything in 5 on 4.25".

Ed N.

07-11-2008, 01:08 PM
Lincoln Mark VIII's and Ford Taurus's have the same bolt pattern as the XR7 and T-birds.

07-11-2008, 02:42 PM
Lincoln Mark VIII's and Ford Taurus's have the same bolt pattern as the XR7 and T-birds.

And Lincoln LS's, I want me a set of those chrome 17"s they came with.

07-11-2008, 03:07 PM
Check out www.thecustomwheelshop.com Brad can help you with your needs. He's got a good selection of wheels for the T-Bird/Cougar :D


07-11-2008, 06:44 PM
Thank you all very much for your replies. I will let him know his options. I was trying to get him to at least get a 17" wheel. Who knows, we will see. I'll let you all know what we end up doing. Thanks again everyone.


07-11-2008, 08:13 PM
i have some 18s on my car with 245/45/18's ,speedo is dead on and they look great


07-11-2008, 10:48 PM
Do yourself a favor. Regardless of size, do Not get "polished aluminum" wheels if you drive the car frequently. They require frequent cleaning to prevent permanent discolored pitting that essentially ruins them.


07-17-2008, 12:06 PM
Thanks again everyone. This car isn't even on the road yet and when it is it will only be driven occasionally. I have a tech question into summit because he likes some wheels and tires in their mag. We will see what happens.

decipha - I would love for him to get a setup like what you posted but he is not into the larger wheels :confused: To me nothing looks better than a nice set of large wheels, but to him it's a different story.


David Neibert
07-17-2008, 12:37 PM
Chrome Cobra Rs 17" x 9"....buy them from the link Melon (Andy) posted.


07-17-2008, 04:14 PM
If he converted to a mustang bolt pattern he can get an unlimited size of 15" tires...I assume he like the tall tire fat/skinny look. You wont ever get that with a 16 or 17 inch rim especially with whats offered for us