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93 cobra wheels on a 88 turbo coupe?
anoblefox Offline
Member
#1
Will these fit? they are 4 lug 17 x ?
Has anyone ever seen them on a t-bird?
88 5.0 thunderbird turbocoupe
84 mercury capri 5.0 EFI
64 mercury comet cyclone 5.0 EFI
77 ford bronco 5.0 EFI
96 mustang cobra convertible
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JONESER Offline
Senior Member
#2
Yes they will fit.
I have never seen them on a T-Bird, but if you plan on doing this, I advise against it!
Send me the wheels and I'll put them on my TC to show all what it looks like.
I have some pony wheels from a 91-93 Stang on my TC now.
If you decided against sending me the wheels, PLEASE post some pics!!!!!
87 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed, boost at 18 PSI, K&N in finder, tangerine paint, shaved door handles, locks and emblems, painted interior trim(same as exterior), tiger print headliner, visors and door panels, Autometer gauges, 5.6" monitor & Playstation 2, lowered, white pony wheels...did I forget anything?
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Chuck W Offline
Posting Freak
#3
They are 17x8 4-lug BUT they have a different backspacing than the TBirds do. The 93 Cobra used the 87-88TC rear axle/brakes, but the wheels are set it about 3/4" more than std Mustang/Tbird wheels, so they would be inset more on your Bird...I would not do it, and they may even rub the front strut. The 87-88 TC's used the std 11" Mustang front rotors w/ the longer control arms, but on the 93 Cobra Ford used the std Mustang control arms and used a rotor w/ a taller hat to make up the difference for what ever reason....so they most likely will not even fit the car. They won't fit any other Mustang w/ the std brakes....

Chuck

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The Cat in the birdcage...
83 TC Clone, 80 Cougar XR-7, 85 Volvo 244 Turbo, AND 88 Scorpio
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#4
Chuck is right -- the Tbirds and Mustangs have different backspacing.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Chuck W Offline
Posting Freak
#5
Actually, the 93 Cobra is the bastard child of the bunch. The rest of the Mustangs and TBirds share the same backspacing, and use the same wheels interchangably. (ie the turbines and the 10-holes).
Chuck

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The Cat in the birdcage...
83 TC Clone, 80 Cougar XR-7, 85 Volvo 244 Turbo, AND 88 Scorpio
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JONESER Offline
Senior Member
#6
OK,
Chuck and Jeff knows more than I.
I still think they would look cool on a TC.
Isn't there anything that can be interchanged to make them fit?
87 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed, boost at 18 PSI, K&N in finder, tangerine paint, shaved door handles, locks and emblems, painted interior trim(same as exterior), tiger print headliner, visors and door panels, Autometer gauges, 5.6" monitor & Playstation 2, lowered, white pony wheels...did I forget anything?
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#7
Here is what I am doing: My original TC wheels look like crap next to my new paint, and when I looked into the cost of having them refinished, and a few dents and bad scrapes taken out of the rim area (previous owner did it, not me!), it turns out new wheels will cost about the same as restoring the old ones. I called Performance Wheel Outlet (they have adds in MM&FF every month) to ask about their Cobra R replicas. The salesman told me about the different Tbird / Mustang backspace, and he told me they would custom make me a set of the correct backspace wheels for the same price as the standard Mustang backspace. Only down side is that it will take a month to get them. So, I will soon have a set of the correct backspace Cobra R style wheels (and also be $600 poorer).

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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Noname
Guest
#8
I just put a set of 93 cobra wheels on my 88 turbo coupe. I used the 93 cobra rotors and installed the abs sensor from the orginal rotors. On the rear I had a set of wheel adapters made to correct for the offset.They look great!!!!!
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anoblefox Offline
Member
#9
hey gns auto, do you have any digital phots of the car with these wheels?
88 5.0 thunderbird turbocoupe
84 mercury capri 5.0 EFI
64 mercury comet cyclone 5.0 EFI
77 ford bronco 5.0 EFI
96 mustang cobra convertible
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JONESER Offline
Senior Member
#10
POST PICS!!
I WANT TO SEE A PIC!
thank you....
JONESER
87 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed, boost at 18 PSI, K&N in finder, tangerine paint, shaved door handles, locks and emblems, painted interior trim(same as exterior), tiger print headliner, visors and door panels, Autometer gauges, 5.6" monitor & Playstation 2, lowered, white pony wheels...did I forget anything?
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