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Old 02-18-2015, 04:21 PM
PamRichardson PamRichardson is offline
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Default Looking for 17X8 wheels?

Andy has already mentioned Discount Tire in Michigan, the contact is Steve Martzke, 517-622-8700. Andy mentioned that 17X8 wheels for Fords are available and I think they are around 16-17 pounds.

I talked with Steve and he found some Ridler Wheels 17X8 that fit my 3rd gen just fine. They are made in China, and we haven't actually driven on them yet, but, it appears they should be ok. They weigh 20 pounds (Series 695 -- they look like old Cragar wheels). Prices are very reasonable. Steve indicated 20 pounds was about the lightest we would find for our 3rd gen. My former 16 inch wheels are 17, 19, and 23 pounds (different kinds)

Another source for Ridler and other wheels, is 1010tires.com. I talked to Lisa. Prices very reasonable there too.

Some small issues with the 695 that we have overcome. We need a 3 1/16" bore for the hubcaps of the Ford 9", and the bore on the 695 is 3 inches. It is a coning bore, in that the back is way wider than the front. We were able to cut half an inch off our Coleman hubcaps for the 9" and everything fits just fine now. I ordered new hubcaps from Coleman and they were quite willing to make them shorter, so I will have a new set and a spare older set all half an inch shorter.

Also, the hole for the socket wrench for the lugs is not quite big enough for a standard impact socket. I did a quick search on google and found lots of people have thin walled impact sockets, so ordered one of those and it fits fine. The wheels most likely are made for 7/16" studs and correspondingly smaller lug nuts, we run 1/2" studs on all our hubs. The half inch studs, however, fit just fine.

See attached picture. The tire is a used A6, thanks to Andy for sending it so that we could do fitment.

Either one of these contacts are great to work with. I don't know about other lug patterns, like say for the 4th gen, or some of the newer cars, but, I found both willing to research and make recommendations.

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Old 02-18-2015, 10:59 PM
Talladega Talladega is offline
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Default wheels 17x8

I found some that had a lip on them so I could hook my alignment machine
to them , Pam yours look great but wont work with my machine , im not sure there any lighter but I will check.

This one has a lip and you can get it in dif offsets if you look through the search I did, I also see some American racing wheels avab that will work also.
and I think the center hole is a bit bigger.


the search I used was for 17x8 5x4.75


Thanks T

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Old 02-19-2015, 02:20 PM
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I haven't been able to find much to fit Gen 4 GM. I have a set of 16x8
american Torque-thrust II, 5.25" backspace, but to have to run a .25 spacer
to get the spokes to clear the brake calipers. In 17x8 I haven't been able
American has TT II with 5.5 BS that will probably work. Weight is going to
be about 20-22 :-(. What's funny is that stock 16x8 Gen 4 GM wheels are
really only about 19 lbs, although the offset (55mm) is terrible for where an
AS car really wants the tires.

One thing I have found (but not purchased) is this:

These are for a Jaguar. I suspect they are quite heavy, but haven't yet checked.
Kevin Smith
1993 Firebird AS #03 Oregon Region SCCA & ICSCC
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:55 AM
andy mcdermid andy mcdermid is offline
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Call Steve directly, he can find want you need. My wheels were not in the on line catalog.

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Old 03-16-2015, 03:18 PM
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Default Smaller 1/2-20 Wheel Nuts

Hi Pam,

Maximum has quality 3/4" socket wheel nuts to fit wheels with smaller openings. I use them for both my street and race Mustangs. I noticed they also have a thin wall socket if it is really tight.

Allison Palitz
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:17 PM
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Default Lug nuts

Allison --

Thanks for this info, but, I'm not sure it would work for me. The lug nuts I have are 1/2-20, and work with a 19 mm socket which is a hair smaller than a 3/4" head. I was able to find a thin walled 19 mm impact socket that works.

I searched a lot for a smaller head lug nut but found none in the 1/2-20 size.

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