Mustang Wheels for Auto Cross? - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack

Wheels & Tires - Sponsored By Tire Rack The place to go for answers on wheel types, tire sizes, offset, wheel patterns and more.
Sponsored By:
Tire Rack


Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-02-2006, 12:21 AM   #1
FSP Focus ZX3
Focus Enthusiast
 
FSP Focus ZX3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30771
Location: Miami Beach
What I Drive: 2004 White ZX3

Posts: 68
FF Reputation: 1 FSP Focus ZX3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Mustang Wheels for Auto Cross?

Hey guys, I've been contemplating using the older 16X8 4 lug mustang wheels that were used in the 80's on mustangs for autocrossing. Any ideas on the feasibility of this. I'm curious if anybody has ever attempted this before. I'm expecting the offset to be completely off, but it may give the car a wider track/stance, which may be beneficial in auto-x.

The wheels I'm thinking off are any of the 4 lug 4 x 4.25 (108mm)

Any input would be greatly appreciated.


FSP Focus ZX3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-03-2006, 09:49 AM   #2
Carrera26
Focus Fanatic
 
Carrera26's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Fan#: 12237
Location: Gainesville, FL
What I Drive: 2005 Mazda3 2.3/2003 VW Passat GLX

Posts: 2,957
FF Reputation: 2 Carrera26 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
There isn't a whole lot of room in the wheel-well for much change in offset, and they could also make problems for you with Scrub Radius and Ackerman Angle. So in effect I don't think that they would fit very well, and even if they did, they would probably mess with steering geometry. Not to mention that you're going to have to invest in a lot of other suspension work to be competitive in the class those wheels are going to put you in, especially if you make other mods to make them fit.

Not very good on the cost/benefit ratio...
__________________
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
Carrera26 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2006, 04:16 PM   #3
FSP Focus ZX3
Focus Enthusiast
 
FSP Focus ZX3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30771
Location: Miami Beach
What I Drive: 2004 White ZX3

Posts: 68
FF Reputation: 1 FSP Focus ZX3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well, I'm currently running FSP in autocross which allows upto a 225 (wide) DOT approved tire. In fact, the 16 x 8's should fit that perfectly. I know what you mean about the rubbing, I expect that may be the case.

Do you really think I'm going to need longer studs on the wheel hub? In any case, I'll try my theory out at a Junk yard, hopefully I can find one that has both cars and wheels available for fitment.

Has anybody tried this though? Just curious.
__________________
Lisa Belgetti: When people risk their lives, shouldn't it be for something very important?
Michael Delaney: Well, it better be.
Lisa Belgetti: But what is so important about driving faster than anyone else?
Michael Delaney: Lotta people go through life doing things badly. Racing's important to men who do it well. When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.

- Le Mans (1971)
FSP Focus ZX3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2006, 07:21 PM   #4
Scott_SVT
Focus Addict
 
Scott_SVT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Fan#: 21836
Location: Cocoa, FL.
What I Drive: 2002 Pitch Black w/Blue int SVT

Posts: 1,067
FF Reputation: 4 Scott_SVT Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
Quote:
Originally posted by FSP Focus ZX3
Well, I'm currently running FSP in autocross which allows upto a 225 (wide) DOT approved tire. In fact, the 16 x 8's should fit that perfectly. I know what you mean about the rubbing, I expect that may be the case.

Do you really think I'm going to need longer studs on the wheel hub? In any case, I'll try my theory out at a Junk yard, hopefully I can find one that has both cars and wheels available for fitment.

Has anybody tried this though? Just curious.
the width of the wheel isn't the problem, there are planty of foci with 8 inch wheels.

Unfortunately, the offset of the mustang wheels is more neutral, verses the foci, which are positive.. this means the wheel center on you mustang wheels is more in the actual center of the wheel, and that brings more of the lip out towards the fender...

It will end up looking a bit like those silly honda civics with the tires sticking completely out of the fender that were popular with the kids back in the 90's (not that bad, but you get the idea)
__________________
13.746 @ 100.52mph
SVT SQUAD #8
Hurray!! a Squad! how umm... stupid....
Scott_SVT is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2006, 07:28 PM   #5
gump1114
DTF
 
gump1114's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Fan#: 13164
Location: Warner Robins, GA, GA
What I Drive: 04 Neon SRT-4, '96 Eagle Talon

Posts: 3,980
FF Reputation: 6 gump1114 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (6)
also something else to consider is the fact that the 4-lug mustangs had a lug pattern of 4x100 not 4x108. so im not sure if it will still work.
__________________
435 HP & 438 TQ - Tuned by Turbo666
12.1 @ 124mph
Former Focus Owner.
gump1114 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2006, 10:02 PM   #6
FSP Focus ZX3
Focus Enthusiast
 
FSP Focus ZX3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30771
Location: Miami Beach
What I Drive: 2004 White ZX3

Posts: 68
FF Reputation: 1 FSP Focus ZX3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Gump, the 4 lug mustangs have a 4X4.25 lug pattern, which is actually a 4X108 lug pattern, I've double checked on several websites and all of the info points me in the same direction. The pattern should be the same.

As for the way the car looks, I really don't give a crap about that. There are plenty of cars at the Autocross meets that I go to that have the wheels sticking out like a Tonka truck. My real concern is the adverse nature of the offset, and how much wheel rub should I expect. In autocross, there are sometimes turns demanding 1 1/2 turns of the steering wheel which leads me to believe that I may get some rubbing on the side of the front wheel wells.

Still, has anybody tried this? I'm really curious if they have.
__________________
Lisa Belgetti: When people risk their lives, shouldn't it be for something very important?
Michael Delaney: Well, it better be.
Lisa Belgetti: But what is so important about driving faster than anyone else?
Michael Delaney: Lotta people go through life doing things badly. Racing's important to men who do it well. When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.

- Le Mans (1971)
FSP Focus ZX3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-05-2006, 04:28 PM   #7
nthcoastcom
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Fan#: 7017
Location: Ontario, NY
What I Drive: 96 Cobra,07 GT, 08 Vista Blue Focus

Posts: 217
FF Reputation: 9 nthcoastcom Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (21)
i believe that there was a discussion on this a while back. Yes they will fit the lug pattern and the width but they will have serious rubbing issues.

thanks
todd
www.nthcoast.com


edit:
heres the link from the last time this was discussed
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...t&pagenumber=2
nthcoastcom is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-06-2006, 02:24 AM   #8
OmniFocus
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Fan#: 30859
Location: Newark, CA
What I Drive: 2000 ZX3

Posts: 25
FF Reputation: 0 OmniFocus Newbie
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Schnack (Ryan Schnackenberg, SM) has used Mustang wheels in the past, but the car was set up super stuff to avoid rub as they protruded a large amount from the fender wells. (In true classic FSP fashion).

Later he moved to sawzalled fenders with 16x9s

Normally his site is www.teammodamax.com but it appears to be down right now.

These aren't the wheels, but it gives you a good idea:

__________________
My e-dyno shows 200whp... unfortunately I deleted my e-car.
OmniFocus is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:40 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Audi S3, Ford Fusion and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. Challenger Hellcat - Charger Hellcat