Oct 18, 2011 update to the Lincoln Mark VII project car

Ugly Wheels for Our Ugly Racer

Our all-season Kumhos have served us well so far, but we're looking to make improvements.
Our postal scale measures these at roughly 20 pounds, meaning they're about as heavy as the smaller steelies they replace.
We performed a test fitment with another set of Mustang wheels to check for clearance. With low-profile summer tires, there's plenty of room in our wheel wells.

When paired with new summer-grade tires to replace our long-wearing all-seasons, these will help us run with the big dogs at our next race.

Though our racer came to us with some racy-looking Aero wheels, they’re a mere 15 inches in diameter. This puts us at a real disadvantage against similar cars on track; the front runners in Crown Vics and the like have 17-inch wheels with meaty tires, not measly two-oh-fives. Thus, we began searching for an upgrade.

Sure, we could’ve spent thousands on super-lightweight racing wheels: Crapcan races allow a pretty much unlimited budget on wheels and tires. But our own budget isn’t that big, and besides, high-dollar, high-visibility hardware only encourages the judges to slap down big penalties.

Thankfully, the craigslist mojo was strong with us recently. We found a set of split three-spoke Mustang GT wheels for a mere $70. These are wide enough to handle considerably wider tires—sizes that just aren’t available for 15-inch wheels. When paired with new summer-grade tires to replace our long-wearing all-seasons, these will help us run with the big dogs at our next race. They’ll also be the single biggest improvement to our mechanical grip and lap times.

There are a few added bonuses to these wheels. At roughly 20 pounds, they’re no heavier than the steel wheels they replace. Plus, their hot-in-the-mid-‘90s styling is downright hideous today, keeping us looking low-budget while still installing a serious upgrade.

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Timeormoney
Timeormoney Reader
10/19/11 6:53 p.m.

I love that you hate them so much you didn't even show a picture of them on the car. :)

Shaun
Shaun HalfDork
10/19/11 11:19 p.m.

More cowbell!!

PeterAK
PeterAK Dork
10/25/11 11:39 a.m.

Canoe!!!!

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