Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by NeckDelight, Dec 17, 2019.
Slap on torque bolts and go.
No spacers or anything. Every once in awhile the rear tires would rub on fender when going through a steeper entryway but otherwise no issues and the front never had problems as tires were a little smaller. I feel like mine has some pre-existing sag in the rear though so this may have influenced some of the rubbing. These rims are very doable in my opinion though, especially with the right tires.
Awesome I got my tires installed on my rims no problem. Guy said they mounted right up. We chatted about how 195/60/15 is the smallest tire you can safely put on a 15x7 rim. Not I am going to attempt to bring them back to life before I put them on the car. This picture here is with the tire and haven't started cleaning it yet.
And this one here I started to clean it but haven't spent much time on it I guess not too bad looking for 30ish year old rims
Here's my before picture
And after. I have to do some finishing touch up work to the center caps
When buying a set of aluminum wheels - make sure they have center caps!
I have one nice set of aluminum Protege wheels for my Escort, with one missing cap. Think I could find it at any junkyard? Not so far.
The center caps came with this set but I want to freshen them up before I put them on. I did look up center caps for these on eBay a full set is like 170 and someone is selling 1 center cap for 25 bucks with 5 blemishes. I feel I got.a decent deal cause all the center caps that came with these rims are in decent shape just faded. It's driving my crazy they are not on these rims but that's gonna be one or many projects today. Bringing the center caps back to life
Here's the finished product after center caps have been painted and installed
Why I first saw those wheels I was thinking, those will look like trash on an escort. But now after seeing them mounted I rely like them. Might have to pick up a set myself.
I was skeptical at first but once I stand back and look at it I am quiet pleased
I tried them on my 82 EXP, with the 81-83 suspension you need 1/4" spacers for most wheels 6.5" and wider to clear up front. Also up front you typically can't exceed 195 width without 1/4" spacers, the 84-90 suspension is far more lenient with wider wheels/tires.
What made me not want to use them is they stick out pretty far outside the quarter panel. With Escorts and EXPs that have additional rocker moldings/skirts and wrap-around molded bumpers they look fine but without it's nasty.....
FWD wheels from like a Contour look a little better but still stick out of the fender more than I care for (still need 1/4" to fit on 81-83 suspension)
I need this. Thank you for posting! Looking good!
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