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Ford Panther Platform Wheel Widening - Build A Panther Part 6 The Wheel Widening Edition

Wheel Widening for the Crown Victoria

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There are about a million reasons why wheel widening a set of factory wheels is a good idea. Often, the wheel widening procedure costs less than buying new wheels. You generally can have them made to whatever offset you want, and they look good. Automobile manufacturers spend a fortune designing a car, and they often the get it right from the beginning. Widening a set of OE wheels is a great way to keep you car looking stock as you build it up, assuming you are into the whole sleeper vibe.

Pico Wheel & Tire has been family owned and operated since 1920. Current owner Garry Stevens took over operation of the business from its founder, his grandfather Christopher Burdick, and business is still pretty good, even in this era of cheap, cast-aluminum, aftermarket wheels. He is able to widen or narrow nearly any kind of wheel available, and the prices are very reasonable. Aluminum wheels will cost more than steel, and wheel widening prices will vary depending on how much wider (or narrower—Stevens can make a set of skinny front-runners for you, too) you want them.



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Checking Offset/Backspace

There are a variety of ways to determine just how wide a wheel and tire package you can fit on your car. Here is process I used.

I found a good tire size comparison tool online at RimsNTires.com/specs.jsp that allows you to compare prospective wheel and tire combinations to what's on your car now. For this to work, you need to know your tire size (no biggie-it's molded into the tires) and the diameter, width, and offset of your existing wheels. Tire Rack will have specs for your stock wheels. Using the tire comparison tool, I plugged in my stock specs and then tried several combinations of section widths and aspect ratios to come up with a tire that was about 2 inches wider and within an inch of overall diameter of my stock tires. In my case, the 225mm section width is approximately 8.9 inches wide. A 285mm tire is approximately 11.2 inches wide. To determine the correct offset and backspace for the new wheels, I used Tire Rack's specs for my stock wheels: 16x7 ET50 (ET50 means 50mm positive offset-the hub flange is 50 mm outboard of the wheel's centerline). According to the tire comparison tool, this is equivalent to a 5.9-inch backspace. Knowing I could increase the overall package by about an inch inboard, and factoring a 285/40 tire mounted on a 17x9 wheel, a 37mm offset equates to 6.5 inches of backspace.

Parts List

Description PN Source Price
17x7.5 10-slot wheel (set of four) STL03670 Rock Auto $383.16
Widening two steel wheels to 9 inches N/A Pico Wheel & Tire 180.00
Kumho Ecsta ASX 245/45R17 (pair) N/A Performance Plus 266.00
Kumho Ecsta ASX 285/40R17 (pair) N/A Performance Plus 360.00
Mount and balance four tires N/A Performance Plus 79.00
Wheel alignment N/A Just Tires 79.00
Total $1,347.16

SOURCES
Performance Plus Tire & Automotive
3910 Cherry Ave
Long Beach
CA  90807
562-988-0211
www.performanceplustire.com
Rock Auto
6680 Odana Road
Madison
WI  53719
866-762-5288
http://www.rockauto.com
Pico Wheel & Tire
North Hollywood
CA
818-982-0375
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