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swapping 14" wheels from 95 onto my 'new' 92 w/13"

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by Not THAT kind of 'escort', Mar 30, 2016.

  1. Not THAT kind of 'escort'

    Not THAT kind of 'escort' FEOA Donator

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    Did Ford make a slight suspension height change when they switched to 1" bigger wheels?

    Will my 92 now be riding 'high' or will it be same height as 95 with 14" wheels?
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I doubt the difference would even be an inch. Typically the tires on the 14" rims are a lower aspect ratio, like '55', instead of the tires on the `3" rims, that might be an aspect ratio of '65'.
    I suspect the original ride height of our Escorts has changed more from having the old struts in them and the old springs, rather than any suspension design change.
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    My '91 has 175-70R13 tires and my '95 has 175-65R14. Sometimes I run the 14s on the '91. They are about 5/16" taller and change the speedometer reading less than 1 mph at 65.
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    only thing i have seen on the escort with 1.9 13" tires had smaller brake escort with 14" tires had biger brakes gt cars had same brakes in front just had disc in rear

    i have a 1995 sedan its a mess of escort mazda parts
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    Yep. You can't put 13" wheels on the front of a car that originally came with 14". They won't fit over the brake calipers.
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    LariRudi FEOA Donator

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    True, I experienced that "error"; the 13 inch wheel won't come CLOSE to going onto the studs...... HOWEVER, the question of OP, if I read it right, is putting 14 inch wheels/tires onto an OLDER Gen 2 that came with 13 inch wheels/tires; I've done it OFTEN, and presently do it.... yes, you've gotta watch your speedo as your actual speed WILL be higher than indicated. I've done it on my first 1993 Gen 2 SW, my present 1994 Gen 2 SW, and my "NEW" 1993 Gen 2 SW.

    And besides, somebody mentioned that the 14 inch wheels might raise the car one inch? well, in THEORY, it would only raise it ONE HALF inch, as the "axle" is at the middle of the wheel, ha, so both halves of the radius do not raise the car; only ONE half of it does. And Denisond3 addressed that issue as well.

    Yes, I know, smaller brakes on 13 inch wheel equipped cars, but I'm an old man; prob the oldest on here, and I DO drive carefully within the speedlimit, and so don't have to be concerned about "performance" braking.

    Good luck,

    LarryR
  7. Not THAT kind of 'escort'

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    that sucks, means a lot more wheel changing for me, as well as extra $40 just to get 14" on all four, plus tires.

    but thx for the info, I guess.
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    LariRudi FEOA Donator

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    I think you mis-understood, or I MIS-UNDERSTOOD.... I thought that you wanted to put 14 inch wheels on a car that was manufactured WITH 13 INCH wheels????? That is possible and EASY; no problem; as I said above, I've done it on three different cars; my first 1993 LX SW, my 1994 LX SW, and now my "new" 1993 LX SW.....

    The IMPOSSIBLE one is trying to put 13 inch wheels onto a car that was manufactured with 14 inch wheels......

    Please clarify; I re-read your original post...... thought that I DID understand????

    LarryR
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    I was commenting on twisted95's post, when I mentioned that the 13" wheels wouldn't fit on a later car. Sorry for the confusion. The wheels and tires off of your '95 will go right on your '92 with no problem, and should only change the height of the car by less than 1/4", depending on your tire sizes.
    I have 14" tires on the front of my '91, right now, and 13s on the back, until I get the alignment done and get new tires.
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    What did you decide? Short version of all above is that you CAN put your 14 inch Escort wheels onto your Escort that came with the 13 inch wheels. And what did you mean about having to spend "an extra $40"?

    Again, I've put 14 inch wheels onto TWO of my 1993's that came with 13 inch wheels.

    Good luck, and let us know.

    thx,

    LarryR

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