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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! :p 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.:lol2:
 

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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.:lol2:


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.

Factory Mercury Sable Wheel Center Hub Cap 3F43 1A096 Ba Silver 6 1 8" | eBay
 

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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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Just curious, did you go with one of the center hub caps and if so, did it work (or were you able to modify to get it to work)? If so would love to see photos of the new wheels if you have them.
 

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Just curious, did you go with one of the center hub caps and if so, did it work (or were you able to modify to get it to work)? If so would love to see photos of the new wheels if you have them.
Well, it did sort of fit, but it wouldn't seat all the way where it should, it just protruded. Which didn't look horrible, because it was even, and wasn't going to fall out, but it certainly isn't great and isn't the "normal look." I could probably modify it in some way but never got around to trying. For the last many months I've been driving around with three of the aftermarket caps and the one Mercury one I ordered lol. Finally put back the fourth aftermarket one on the car, but maybe in the future I'll tinker with it.
 

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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)
The first rim looks a lot like the OEM alloy rims that came with Taurus and Sable during these years, fairly conservative but look nice on the cars. The second looks more like the alloy rims that come with newer Tauruses. Personally, I like the 2nd but in the end, either one will look good, pick the one that you like best as you'll be the one driving the vehicle! On another note, 60K miles? Original miles? If so, sounds like you got a great deal there. If it's running well, mainly keep up with oil and transmission fluid maintenance and other regular scheduled maintenance items which will do a lot to keep your car in good health into the future. On my 05 Taurus SE, I recently changed out the tires that were on the car when I bought it a few months back, replacing with Discount Tire's 'Yokohama YK740GTX P215/60 R16 95V tires'. Big improvement in ride but looked so much better on the car as their stance makes the tires look larger than the ones they replaced. Anyway, good look and either way you'll have a sharp looking ride!
 
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