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So, will 93 Thunderbird SC rims fit on my 96 taurus GL? - found a website that says the SC rims are 16"x7" 4.25 or 4 1/4 bolt patern, 5 lug with a (I believe) 44mm offset.

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Most likely since I've seen a '99 with 17X7" SVT Thunderbird wheels.
 

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They fit a gen II so that means they'd fit a gen III no problem. I have them on my '95 SE, with Yokahama Avid 225/55/16's



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Thanks for all the replies, guys.

By the way, sweet Taurus 95SE. I like the rims


See if I cant save the money to put em on my gen III.

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Ok, so I forgot a few things in the last post...95SE, have you noticed any handling differences over stock--I would imagine those yoko tires are nice
, and do you think the taurus center caps would fit in the SC rims instead of the thunderbird ones?

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You stole my tires!
Now I must steal your rims!!!


muwhahahahahahahahaha!





Wow....boredum sucks. And Dont worry, If I was gonna steal rims...it would be those 7 spoke )I think) Chromes on the new thunderbird at the ford dealer down the road....(I'd make the f'ers fit)
 

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Yes, it definitly handles better. The 225/55 tires fit perfect and are almost identical overall to the stock wheel/tire height. BEfore these tires I had 225/60's and they fit fine, but looked a little too big for the car.

I also tried fitting another set of SC wheels on with 245/50's and they fit on the front, but would rub on the rear ever so slightly.

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Also, regular Taurus centercaps won't fit, they are too big. However, I believe SHO centercaps might fit, they appear to be smaller.

I plan to have the bird filled in when I re-finish the wheels down the road, and have a custom graphic put in on the centercap.

If you are looking for a set of these style wheels make sure you get a left pair and a right pair, because they are directional wheels, unlike the early SC wheels..
 

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Cool. Thats good to know about the directional wheels-I'll make sure I get a left pair and right pair. I wouldn't want them going in opposite directions on the same side of the car. Hmmm. I'll have to think about the thunderbird emblems on the center caps--filling them in sounds like a good idea to me--Also, It'll be cool to see your custom graphic when you do em Jeramie.

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They certainly look like the cobra rims, but I also found this...SVT Silver Thunderbird/Cougar Rims, so I guess either its a mis-label, or they are actually SVT Thunderbird Rims. Also, I think I read on some post that the bolt pattern is different for Mustangs.--so thats too bad--some of those nice GT rims would look sweet on our bulls
 

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Here's a pic of the 1995 Cobra R model Chrome 17x9" wheel on my taurus. This particular set is a replica made for the Thunderbird/cougar, and a wheel this wide WILL fit the taurus if you roll the fenders slightly. Seen here with 255/45/17's.

These wheels were originally for my '92 Thunderbird SC, I just wanted to see if they'd fit the Taurus.

Go to www.wheelsmarket.com and check out all the replica wheels they have, anything listed for a thunderbird bolt pattern will fit the taurus.

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Originally posted by Grnmonkey3@Apr 8 2004, 10:35 AM
Also, I think I read on some post that the bolt pattern is different for Mustangs.--so thats too bad--some of those nice GT rims would look sweet on our bulls
5 lug Ford wheel bolt patterns:

Mustang/Escape/Mark VII/early 80's Continental (RWD)/Crown Vic/Explorer/Sport Trac/Aviator = 5x4.5" bolt pattern.

Taurus/Sable/Continental (FWD)/Mark VIII/89-97 T-Bird & Cougar/Windstar/New T-bird/Lincoln LS = 5x4.25 (5x108mm)

F150/Bronco = 5x5.5" through 1996
1997 and Later F150/Expedition/Navigator 5x135mm
 

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FRPP (Ford racing Performance Parts) sells 17x7 wheels with 5.57 backspacing, which equals 39.9mm offset. MSRP is $195.00. Someone probably sells then cheaper.

MY BAD: These are the Cobra R look-a-like wheels for the "Thunderbird/Cougar" but the offset is correct for the Taurus.
 

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Thats cool. (previous post was posted at same time as TJM73's last post, and didnt make sense any more)
 

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Originally posted by Grnmonkey3@Apr 8 2004, 10:35 AM
They certainly look like the cobra rims, but I also found this...SVT Silver Thunderbird/Cougar Rims, so I guess either its a mis-label, or they are actually SVT Thunderbird Rims. Also, I think I read on some post that the bolt pattern is different for Mustangs.--so thats too bad--some of those nice GT rims would look sweet on our bulls
Well there's definately a typo in the year Thunderbird/Cougar those wheels are supposed to be for.
 
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