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I lowered my 65 coupe with the "shelby" treatment A arm relocation and 620 drop springs up front and 5 1/2 leaf mideye leafs and 2 inch lowering blocks in the rear. The car has a great equal stance now and very little suspension travel d/t heavy duty componenets. Please respond if you have done similar and let me know what wheel and tire combo's to consider. I have not purchased them yet. Thanks!
 

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I am interested in similar answers....and not to steal the post from the original intent ... but to maybe spark some more conversation.

I am looking at running 17X8 up front and 17X9.5" in the rear with A 235/40Zr17 and 255/40ZR17 tires ( I think they are the ones).

I am at the point of also considering dropping the front 1" and running the mid eye springs as well, or if I need to as to reliable run the wheel/tire combo go with the stock ride height springs.
 

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The problem with the 16 inch wheels that arises is in the front. Some users have reported that the wheel contacts the top of the ball joint others have not.

Ussually the shelby mod is just enough to drop the ball joint under the lip and help prevent this interfrance, but it is still an iffy fit. I have never heard of this problem for those that run a full neg wedge kit since that set up drops tha A arm 1 3/4 or so inches.

On my 65 I run 620 1 inch drop springs in the front with shelby mod and 235 45 17 on 17x8 rims with 4.75 back spacing. I also have front disc brakes. I have no fender rubbing problems.

In the rear I have 5 leaf mid eyes also with disc brakes. I run 255 40 17 on a 17x8 rim with the same BS and rolled my rear fenders flat, this fixed a rubbing problem.

This is one of the most popular questions asked in this forum and if you use the search feature, set it display answers from the last 6 months or so, you will get about 1000 post with various combonations and their results to rear through.

You can also do a search for Jay's 'Tire and Wheel chart' which lists out all the popular combonations that fit on a stock mustang with no modifications needed.
 

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Does anyoen have any pics of their cars with the drops? I am interested int he same and would like to see how it looks.
 

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Pictures....you want pictures...here is a 65 with 1.5 inch lowered stance.

http://www.dodgestang.com/images/65MUS152.jpg
http://www.dodgestang.com/images/newtires8.jpg
http://www.dodgestang.com/images/newtires3.jpg
http://www.dodgestang.com/images/65MUS153.jpg
http://www.dodgestang.com/images/exhaust8.jpg

I have long tubes too, they haven't given me any trouble.
 

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Pictures, I LIKE pictures!!!

Not sure what the total drop on mine is. With the present wheel/tire combo, I'm right at 24" ground-to-wheel lip in front, and 25" in the rear. I run Tri-Y headers, X-pipe, and side-exits with NO clearance issues.

Wheels are 17x8 at all 4 corners, with 225/45-17 front, and 235/45-17 rear. You'll want 4.75" backspace with stock-type braking and rearend widths.

http://a1.cpimg.com/image/23/43/21968931-fc75-0200014F-.jpg
http://a3.cpimg.com/image/C1/1F/20055233-699e-02000180-.jpg
http://a5.cpimg.com/image/29/5C/21969705-af97-0200014F-.jpg
http://a2.cpimg.com/image/3C/4C/21969212-5b8f-0200014F-.jpg

I previously ran 16x8's all around. 17's are DEFINITELY an easier fit - you can run an extra 1/4 of backspacing (compared to 16's). That 1/4" makes a bunch of difference. I don't think there's any way you can get a 235 tire on the front with a 16" rim.... No problem with a 17.
 

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While they weren't 16" rims, you could take the tire data and contrast it to see if you can get there; I think it's not a problem. I ran 245-50-14 BFGs on 14x7 Magnums, 0 offset with out problems until one day I was backing out off a parking space with the wheel 2/3rds to lock and hit a bad bump. the tire just caught a front fender lip. The floor pans (convertible, their lower than coupes) of the car where 4" off the ground; similar drop to what you're talking of.
 
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