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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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What do you guys think of these rims upgrade? And tires...

Hi everyone,

So it turns out that I need to replace my tires on my 99, and I have thought for a long time that maybe when I next replace tires I would upgrade from the 15'' wheels to the 16'' wheels. This way I can do the 11.6 brakes upgrade, and I'm also thinking of getting 225/55-16 tires which are supposed to be a pretty good handling upgrade over Gen 4 stock (and gen 3 obviously).

So I have a few questions for y'all:

First, I will have to buy new wheels for this upgrade. I don't live anywhere near a junkyard, and plus what are the odds that stock wheels would be in good condition. I'm looking at these rims pictured below from Discount Auto, along with new Michelin Premier tires.

So I want to know what people think of these rims. I have never considered aftermarket wheels before, but I guess for this upgrade it just makes sense. They are the right specs for our cars, but 7 inches instead of 6 inches which would be better for the wider tires anyway. How do you think these rims would look on my 99 silver Sable wagon? I can't picture it, but I picked them because they have thicker spokes and a little more traditional which I prefer. And what about quality of manufacturing and reliability as opposed to OEM? I have zero experience with aftermarket wheels.

I'm also still waiting to be fully convinced that the upgrade is worth it. If I stick with my stock size I can probably get tires for around $450, and these bigger tires plus wheels will be around $900 (after rebate) so it's double the price. I know the wider tires are supposed to be better handling, but couldn't I technically get wider tires in my stock 15''? (although then I couldnt do the brake upgrasde). It's a lot of money to put into an older car, although it only has 60k miles, a brand new front and rear end and lots of other new parts and I'm hoping to keep it for years.

Sorry for the long runon discussion, but just to boil it down, please share your opinions about the new wheels looks and quality, as well as whether you think the upgrade is worth it?

Thanks!!!!


Link to rims: 4 New 16x7 40 Offset 5x108 MB Wheels 14 Machined Wheels Rims 75913 | eBay

Link to tires: 4 New 225 55 16 Michelin Premier A s 55R R16 Tires 29513 | eBay
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Nobody? Come on guys I need some help here...anyone have any thoughts about how those rims would look, and quality as opposed to OEM? And about the tire size upgrade? I'm about to spend almost a thousand bucks I need some help here....please!!
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Update: Leaning towards these wheels now: (They actually happen to look a little bit similar to the classic OEM 15 inchers that are currently on my 99 and its the design I liked the most, I think)
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I like the first one the best myself.

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Thanks, finally a reply from someone! Any thoughts on upgrading tire sizes? Worth the extra bucks? It's not extra cash that I have lying around (at all) but it's like a one time investment (hopefully) and I don't drive a lot of miles so the tires could last years.
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Of the 2 definitely the first. As looks on a Gen 3 go nothing beats SHO chromies, SHO slicers and gas burners are a distant second and third. Even though the gas burners were probably more common they did not hold up anywhere near as well, although that may have something to do with the cars they were on. By and large SHO's are generally owned by people that take better care of their cars than folks that are driving grocery getters
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Ok thanks for the opinions guys. I'm still preferring the second one, but seems like others kind of prefer the first one. Food for thought.
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I think I'd save my money. Over a grand for new wheels and tires is a lot of money. And basically you get done and you've put fancy wheels on a 17 or 18 year old 4 door sedan. We love our Taurus's, but sports cars they ain't. OTOH, if you put your cash into a set of standard sized Falkens (@ Discount Tire) you can buy three sets for the price of your upgrade.

Both those wheel sets look good, I think I like the first set better, tho. Easier to clean.
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I think I'd save my money. Over a grand for new wheels and tires is a lot of money. And basically you get done fwand you've put fancy wheels on a 17 or 18 year old 4 door sedan. We love our Taurus's, but sports cars they ain't. OTOH, if you put your cash into a set of standard sized Falkens (@ Discount Tire) you can buy three sets for the price of your upgrade.

Both those wheel sets look good, I think I like the first set better, tho. Easier to clean.


In reality, I agree with you...but ultimately I decided to do it anyway.... I really like this car, and want to hopefully drive it for many years. It only has 60k miles and I mostly drive locally, and it has literally almost a completely brand new front end and rear end, so in theory could hopefully last a long time. I would probably have gotten Michelins anyway, so the new rims (and tire size upgrade) probably added around $400. (I paid $900 total after the Michelin rebate) Which is definitely a lot of money, but I also get the upgraded handling of the wider tire, and can do the 11.6 brakes. It was a tough call, but I don't dream of a Corvette or a Mustang; I'm happy with my Sable so I guess it's all good.

I ended up going with the second wheel choice. I'm just ornery I guess. But it's pretty cool actually because it seems that with some slight modification, these center caps from an 03-05 Sable would fit in place of those center caps, which would be pretty cool because it would make it look OEM.

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Personally I like these (2nd photo) and would definitely consider them on my car. (After I posted this originally I saw you post that you'd chosen these wheels). I agree, it's a big decision whether or not to spend the money for new wheels on a car this age (mine's a 2005 Bull) but with the low mileage on yours and "loving care" it could last for many, many more miles. The main thing is that YOU enjoy them and the look they add to the car!

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