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Help identifying wheels
Floydhead Offline
Junior Member
#1
Hello all,

Well I've got my baby home finally. And I'm very pleased! It was everything that was advertised and looked as good in person as it did in the pictures and that often times is not the case. I think I've pretty much settled on what I believe is a cobra rim for the wheels but I only have a picture of the wheels and I was hoping you all could help me identify it as I'm having trouble locating these for purchase. Also, if anyone recognizes the car, I would love to talk to the owner as I'm sure he/she has lowered it a bit and I honestly would like mine to look just like this but I'm also curious about the ride quality. Anyway, here's a pic of the car. Any help would be appreciated.

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1986 5 speed TC
1980 Monte Carlo
1989 Cavalier Z-24 Convertible
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Not B Anymore Offline
Administrator
#2
Look like '03 Cobra's to me.
http://www.americanmuscle.com/chrome-200...-7993.html

I have them in black.
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels
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Floydhead Offline
Junior Member
#3
Excellent and thank you! I will be ordering them very soon.

Since it appears you have those very wheels on an 86.... I would really appreciate any fitment info and/or tire size recommendations you might have.
1986 5 speed TC
1980 Monte Carlo
1989 Cavalier Z-24 Convertible
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Dan S Offline
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#4
+1 on what B said :rockin:

Yeah, they look mighty familiar....'03 Cobra R from American Muscle.

:pimp:
Dan S
Custom 88 TC, Mandarin Copper Pearl Metallic
http://natomessageboard.com/ubbthreads.p...5#comments
1972 Ford F-100 SWB Styleside
2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3 EcoBoost AWD
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Not B Anymore Offline
Administrator
#5
Tire size - most common would be 245/45-17. You can step up to a 275/45(40?)-17 in the rear. I use 245's all the way around so the following info is based off that size. You will have no issues whatsoever in the rear (with 245's at least). Since they only come in 17x9, you may or may not have to do a little bit of massaging to eliminate rubbing in the front. If your car is lowered (as mine is), you may notice the tire rubbing the inside of the fender lip over moderate bumps. This is easily corrected by removing the top-most screw that attaches the splash guard to the fender and folding the tab on the inner fender lip up and out of the way. I did this with a simple pair of pliers and you would never notice without getting up under there and looking at it. After I did that I had no more issues with rubbing on the fender.

The other issue is if you have the wheel turned fully to one side or the other, it may scrape against the control arm. This is also easily addressed by removing a bit of material from the control arm with an angle grinder. I haven't gotten around to doing that yet - I just don't turn the wheel all the way.

One thing I almost forgot, and it's minor, is with the fronts again. The grease cap on the front hubs sticks out pretty far on our cars. If you notice in the photo you posted, there are no center caps on that guy's front wheels. That's because of those grease caps, most likely. What I did was remove some material from the back side of the wheel's center caps with a dremel, and I also 'flattened' out the grease caps with a hammer so they are as flat as they can get. After that I had just enough clearance to get the center caps on the wheels. I believe Dan S took care of the problem by ordering a different set of center caps that aren't so thick. Maybe he'll chime in on that.

So there ya go - it may take a little work to get everything set up and clearanced, but it's worth it because these wheels are badazz, in my humble, but accurate opinion.
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels
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Floydhead Offline
Junior Member
#6
Great information! I was leaning towards 245/45-17 as it seemed to be a popular size but after reading your post, I'm done looking. I just need to get em on and get driving!
1986 5 speed TC
1980 Monte Carlo
1989 Cavalier Z-24 Convertible
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