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Old 03-14-2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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I was running turbines with 225_60_15's and I a found a cheap deal on 4 Pony's with 245_50_16's. Should I be worried about any rubbing in the front? Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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What year is your car? If it is pre-91 then they might rub a little in the front during tight turns.

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Old 03-14-2006, 05:15 PM   #3
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Well I see some people run them and dont have a problem, hopefully I won't either. It's an '89, shorter fenders might be the problem. I am over in Endwell. I am surprised with all those stangs I don't see them representing at the Home Deopot (now Barnes & Nobles) ralley every Sat night.
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:00 PM   #4
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I,m runnin 225-50-16 Potenzas on Ponys on my '89. I wanted to go with 245s, but as you probably know, the front fender well is not as wide as the '91 wells that the 16" wheels go with. MY car isn't lowered, and the springs haven't sagged as of yet. There would've been issues at the upper front of the wells on hard turns at speed. I'm sure there are '89s that might not have problems in this area, as not all are sprung the same, or set the same over the wheels, but I like fast corners, and it was gonna be a problem for me with 245s.
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That seems to be the case where it is a car by car basis.
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Is that where that is now? Barnes and Nobles on the Vestal Parkway? I usually only make it to the Home Depot one a few times a year. Last year I took my black '92 GT.
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I put pony wheels on my `89 before the suspension was redone. There was a little clearance concern before the suspension upgrade, but it seems like there's plenty of room after.

The suspension was replaced with stock struts & shocks and it brought the car up a little. It had sagged over the years and the original shocks and struts just didn't hold the body up high enough.

I have 225-55-ZR-16 Fusion (Bridgestone) directional all season tires mounted on the pony wheels.

If your car is sitting at the correct factory height, you shouldn't have to worry about rubbing except (as Greg said) on a tight turn.


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Old 03-15-2006, 04:02 PM   #8
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"Tight turn"!

In a parking lot situation, almost every turn the LX makes is tight.

It could be similar to leading a school bus around.
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Old 03-15-2006, 04:16 PM   #9
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I have 245-45-16's on a lowered 84 with no problems. car sees both street use and auto-x. Same wheels and tires were on my 79 also no problems. Generally, without special backspaced wheels, a section width of 255cm and a dia of 25.5 to 26" is the max tire size. For the 79-93's
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Chris it is amazing, isn't it! These are such small cars, and yet, they steer like an aircraft carrier!
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"Tight turn"!

In a parking lot situation, almost every turn the LX makes is tight.

It could be similar to leading a school bus around.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:59 PM   #11
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If a person could figure out a way to retro-fit it, they could go with fork truck steering/suspension and have "zero-radius" capabilities! Just food for thought!
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