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Rory McNeil
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posted 10-31-2002 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know most FOX Mustang racers are using 15x8" Welds on the rear, but has anybody used Centerline Auto/Drags? For my 85 Mustang I already have a pair of polished 15x3 1/2" Auto/Drags, & would like matching rears, in 15x8 1/2", but I`m unsure about how Centerlines 4 7/8" backspacing will fit. My buddy runs M/T slicks, 10x26" on 15x8" Welds with 5 1/2" backspace, they fit quite nicely, I have also heard that Weld makes 15x9" with 5 1/2" BS, along with a 15x10" with 6 1/2" BS, that will fit with a bit of hammer work in the inner wheelwell. I have Hoosier 9x28" slicks, & I`m curious if they will fit with the Centerlines. Does anyone know if Centerline makes a 15x8 1/2" rim with more that 4 7/8`s" backspacing?

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80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA Stocker under construction, 302 5 speed
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capri man
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posted 10-31-2002 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i run 15x10 welds with 5 1/2 in backspacing. 26x10 slicks. they dont scrub but are pretty close and i have used a bfh on the inner fenderwells!! a 28x10 slick will scrub a little. i ran them once with a 1/4 in spacer but i really dont like to run a spacer. good luck

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TurboGT
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posted 10-31-2002 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TurboGT   Click Here to Email TurboGT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rory,

Do you use the c-clip eliminators? I'm going from (distant) memory here, but I believe that without them, the Centerline 4 7/8" B.S. 8 1/2" should fit fine with a 28x9. Centerline also makes a 7 1/4" B.S. in both 9" and 10 1/2" widths of Autodrag.
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Mark Walton
'83 Mustang NHRA Stocker(under construction)
'69 "off brand" NHRA SS/EA

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Rory McNeil
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posted 11-01-2002 03:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark, yes, I have Moser C clip eliminators, but I don`t see how they should affect wheel fitment, I mean the track width shouldn`t change, right? As for the 7 1/4" BS, I doubt that THOSE would fit! inside the stock wheelwells. I may need to go with the 5.5" BS Welds, but I`d kinda like the wheels to match, & 4 new wheels isn`t really in the budget at this time. Thanks

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80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA Stocker under construction, 302 5 speed
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
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TurboGT
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posted 11-01-2002 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TurboGT   Click Here to Email TurboGT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never actually closely examined or used c-clip eliminators. A buddy of mine has them, and told me that they did change his track width, so that's the only reference I have. He has an '83 carbed Mustang stocker, 8.8, 15x10 warriors w/ 6 1/2" B.S., and a 28x9 tire. They fit perfectly.

If they don't change the track width, then you should be okay with the 4 7/8" B.S. 8 1/2" wheel, although the tire will be positioned more toward the lip than the inner, in other words, not exactly centered in the wheelwell.

I know a guy that sells Bogarts, and would be happy to fix you up with the proper backspace, and style for your car. How'd I do, Alex?

You'd only need a 2" wheel spacer to get the 9" wheels to fit! Actually, I was just throwing that out as an FYI, since many people don't know that the 7 1/4" B.S. Centerline wheels exist.
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Mark Walton
'83 Mustang NHRA Stocker(under construction)
'69 "off brand" NHRA SS/EA

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TurboGT
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posted 11-04-2002 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TurboGT   Click Here to Email TurboGT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rory,

Over the weekend, I got to see a Mustang that's running the Centerline wheel combination that you're considering. This guy has 26x8.5 MT slicks, and they were pretty close to the fender lip. He had them rolled tightly, and my guess is that the extra section width of your 28x9 may contact the area of the wheel housing directly above the lip, unless your car has a pretty tall ride height. After seeing this, I'd say you probably wouldn't want to use the Centerline.

Sorry, no pics to share. If I'd have realized I was going to see it, I would have taken my camera along.

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Mark Walton
'83 Mustang NHRA Stocker (under construction - track debut 2003)
'69 "off brand" NHRA SS/EA

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Rory McNeil
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posted 11-04-2002 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Mark, that`s what I was afraid of. Alex, what width & backspacing do you have on Tony`s Capri & the P/SA convert.? Are you using the 9x30`s on both cars, if so, was much surgery required to install them?

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78 Fairmont 428 4 speed [email protected]
80 Fairmont 302 5 speed [email protected]
85 Mustang NHRA Stocker under construction, 302 5 speed
59 Meteor (Canadian Ford) 2 dr sedan 332, auto
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Capri
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posted 11-06-2002 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Capri   Click Here to Email Capri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
15x8 1/2 5.5 BS to run the 9x30 tire you need to do some wheel lip surgery and stretch the quater a tad. If you run the 28.5x9 phoenix, like I do in bracket mode, you shouldnt have to do as much surgery.

Tony

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