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15" 16" or 17" 3rd gen

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by DanDidIT, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    35mm+ if I'm not mistaken. You can go up to 40mm and still be OK but anymore than that and you'll probably experience some rubbing.

    @wasthatawagon - Did you ever put back the front and rear bumper like in the picture? I remember you posting that you had rolled a possum or some sort of animal and it destroyed your bumper covers. Your wagon was my inspiration for the wagon build I'm doing now. I agree with you. Big wheels on these little wagons look great!

    John
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    neuspeedescort Moderator Staff Member

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    did someone say 18's?
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    topstraight FEOA Member

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    Thinking of putting 15's from a ZX2 on my 97 wagon.My biggest concerns are--

    ---Will it effect ride comfort(bumps,etc,) and cornering?

    --How about MPG? better,same,worse. I am assuming tire width to be about the same.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    You won't really notice much difference unless you're running low profile tires or stiffer lowering springs.

    John
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    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Make sure the tires have the same outside diameter as the stock ones or your speedo and odo will be off and so will your MPG calculations.
  6. ZX2Jedi

    ZX2Jedi FEOA Member

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    I'm thinking of doing some 15x8's on my 2dr but im also fiddling around with 17x7's. Did someone say the max backspace is 40mm on these cars? Or is it different for coupes, sedans, wagons? I have a 98 zx2 coupe so im playing around with different options when i get to that point.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    get 15s with 185/60/15s. Ride is excellent (lowered or standard right height) and handling is improved.
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    ZX2Jedi FEOA Member

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    would that stretch the 185 just a little bit on the 15x8?
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    go with 15x6.
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    ZX2Jedi FEOA Member

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    id have to find a set of wheels i like in that size. if i cant, ill just go with the 17x7s that i found since i know 205/40/17 will work
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    From my observations it looks to me that the wheel well dimensions are the same. I'm running 17" x 7" wheels 40mm offset with 205/40/17 tires and I've had no rubbing issues even with the lowering spings.

    John
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    Ok, I am going to give something different.... this pic is my Diablo with 17x7 wheels, 225/45 R17 front and 235/45 R17 rear.... 20160727_122007.jpg
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    Now I have 15x6 GT wheels now... 20180215_152419.jpg
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    Mazda Protege 5 front bumper? Looks good!

    Like the 93 GT wheels too.
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    Thanks bud!!!! Just wanted to post that you can go with a little wider, with better side wall for the scorts.... I used 10 mm longer wheel studs and spacers to clear the spring pockets for the front struts...
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    So I know that when your car got stolen the guys that stole it put on the protégé front bumper but it was a pretty lame attempt to make it work. Somehow you made it fit. What did you do to make it fit? I'm thinking I may attempt to do this on another Escort project I'm thinking of doing.

    I'm thinking of finding a 2 door LX hatch and swapping out the front bumper like on yours.\\

    BTW I thought you were going to swap out the 2nd gen sideview mirrors for 3rd gen ones? I have a set when I swapped out the 3g's for the 2g sideview mirrors. Hit me up and I'll get them to you.

    John
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    I am swapping the front doors from my 91, to Diablo bud.... I do not like the 3rd Gen mirrors, too small for me... I can see better with the 2nd gen mirrors....
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    John, went to wrecking yard and found another 3rd Gen front nose... Took it home and proceeded to cut the nose (2 1/2 inches below my cut that was made on the Protege nose).... I marked the center for both pieces and screwed them together very carefully... the corners took some thinking out to do.... I will bond it together and mould the seams in when the weather warms up... working on the rear hatch now that I swapped from my 91... will be welding up the holes from the GT rear wing that I had on there... I liked the GT rear wing but it just was not the finishing look I wanted for it... I am trying this 99 Mustang wing now, seems a little better but still thinking of another design.... 2018-02-15 15.28.01.jpg
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    From the picture and your description it looks like you cut the 3g bumper cover at the 90* turn on the fender. In other words the Protégé bumper where the fender turns up 90* is cut straight and the 3g bumper section is everything above. BTW well done. I like how you did that to get the fender to fit. Are you going to butt the edges and plastic weld them or are you going to lap them together and use body filler to smooth out the seam?

    Trying to figure out how to make a rear spoiler for the wagon. Thinking something along these lines. The hard part is getting the mounting posts to lay flat with the contour of the hatch. Thinking of heading to the yard with a sawzall and cutting out the area that I want to mount the wing to. I can cut out the exact shape of the mount plate from the piece I cut out at the yard so that the mount lays flat on the hatch. Just need to figure out how to attach the post to the plate I cut out. I'm also thinking of making the center section adjustable in regards to the angle I want it at to increase or decrease down force.

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    Thinking of using the 8 spoke LX wheels for the project.

    John
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018
  20. DiabloGT

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    I have a bonding agent that will be a permanent bond.... I will be able to fill in low spots and repair/build up to fix the type of plastic our front bumper caps are made of.... I have a couple of small issues to get through on this.... once I get another set of fenders and hood, I will set the front in place from the doors to the nose.... I am going to to a series of pics of how I am going to blend 2nd and 3rd Gen fenders to match my Diablo.... This whole look is set around using 17" wheels and tires... If you look closely, you can see that I matched the 1st gen skirts with the 2nd gen rear wheel openings.... By rolling them out farther, I can run 235/40 R17's in the rear and use 225/45 R17's in the front.... 205/40 R17's are the worst tire size to use due to the fact that you feel every bump, pebble and uneven surface with those tires.... Plus, if you happen by chance to accidently get too close to a curb or hit a pot hole, your wheel is now screwed because of the lack of side wall... Just thought I would say that since alot of you refer to that size of 17 in tire size....

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