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Old 12-22-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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Sable wheels/snow tires

I was able to find 15" Mercury Sable rims on Craigslist for $50.00. I could have gotten them for free but I screwed up by looking too late. They listed back in November but I started looking in December.

Turns out the guy emailed me back saying he basically gave the rims to a Discount tire store near my work. They still had them but wanted 100.00 for the set of 4. I talked them down to 50.00 and picked them up today.

Costco had a coupon deal for 100.00 off Bridgestone tires but it expired on Dec 18th.

However the store said they would honor the price if they had them in stock. So I went there today and had them mount 195-65-15's Blizzak W70s on the rims. Total out the door price was 371.00 which includes: nitrogen, life time rotations/balance and road hazard warranty.

Total cost for rims and snow tires 431.00

Not my favorite looking rim but for cheap winter rims they will do. This way my Black machined 17s stay out of salt for the winter and I have better traction.



Should I leave the caps off?

A machinist at work said bring one in and he would see what he can make me but I doubt he can after seening them off.


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Old 12-22-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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There's probably a ford center cap that will work perfect.
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kinda reminds me of the mercury topaz fender with name on it that was in my 90 tempo..BUT not in the broke down car with multiple color body parts, kind of way...I will be on the look out for ya, as that will be one unique combo...good find!
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Guy at work is trying to make a new circle piece to go in center of center cap.
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If you didn't redo the TPMS sensors, how annoying are the warnings? Do they persist or eventually give up? Will probably do winter tires next season but the whole TPMS thing is a bother.
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If you didn't redo the TPMS sensors, how annoying are the warnings? Do they persist or eventually give up? Will probably do winter tires next season but the whole TPMS thing is a bother.
I didn't have them mount on car yet. Going to have it done next week on a nice day so I can wash/dry my 17"s before storing them.

There are a few threads here on the TPMS and it sounds like a small piece of black tape is all you need.
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The rims are off a Mercury Sable. Maybe a centre cap from a Taurus between 1996 and 1999 might work - some of the rims were the same between the two makes just with different Ford/Mercury badging.

As for TPMS, I bit the bullet and had them put in. The upfront cost is a pain, but spread out over a few years isn't so bad.
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Finally mounted them w/o center caps. I will see what the guy at work comes up with and either leave them off or maybe get Taurus caps.

Lugs are sealed anyway...

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How does the hub bore fit, tight? Also how is the offset compared to the factory wheels? From the pic above it looks like they fit good.

I have a line on a set of 2003 Sable rims, so want to make sure you are happy with the fitment of yours.
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How does the hub bore fit, tight? Also how is the offset compared to the factory wheels? From the pic above it looks like they fit good.

I have a line on a set of 2003 Sable rims, so want to make sure you are happy with the fitment of yours.
Hub fits good, not too tight. Offset is 8mm different than stock.
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