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Have been wracking my brain for awhile now trying to figure out the best size when special ordering wheels and I need some help.

Using the stock suspension set up, I'd like a wheel and tire combination that gets me good performance, either on par with the stock wheels or a little better. I'd like them to be flush with the outside of the car (I'm not looking for "hellaflush" or "poke", just compensating for the factory depth). I'm not opposed to sizing down an inch of that means better performance.

That being said, what size and offset are good? What tire size would be best to pair with that wheel size? Any help you guys can provide would be helpful!
 

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I too would like to know. The only reason I'd want to go after market is for the width. Not 7.5" but 8". Apparently there isn't much room for play on the front. 18mm from the strut? So I'm thinking 17x8 +35 with -2 camber as it will poke a bit. Camber will help immensely through cornering too. But waiting for someone else to be the guinea pig :p
 

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A number of years ago Grassroots motorsports did an article about tire size. They set up the same car with a number of different tire/wheel options (I think it was a Miata). The car was timed through an autoX course and results were compared. Bigger was not better/or faster. The results were interesting.
 

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i'm new to fords, but mind telling me what companies actually make wheels for our cars?
Just look around for anything with a 4x108 bolt pattern. They're less common, but there are plenty of companies that make them. Most major manufacturers have wheels in sizes that will fit. www.tirerack.com is one place but it definitely is not the end of the list. If you find a set you like check how it will fit at Online Wheel and Tyre Fitment Calculator. Offset, Tyre Stretch and Speedo Error | Will They Fit
 
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