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BigBlockFoxBird
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From: Topeka, KS. U.S.A.
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 08-01-2005 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BigBlockFoxBird        Reply w/Quote
Hello, new to this forum but I went out and was trying to find forums that discuss the maximum tire size that one could use on a 1988 turbo coupe thunderbird.

Here's what I am planning on doing:

1. Rolling the fender lip
2. Knocking in the inner fender as much as possible
3. Cutting where I can to maximize space and still maintain structural rigidity

Now, I have heard something about 'flipping' shocks or something like that. I don't know what they are talking about but I have read it on most Mustang forums and I was just assuming that it could be applied to the 1988 Thunderbird suspension as well. I will be getting the car (to replace the '84 I currently have) in a couple of weeks and would like to get a head start on ordering the tire/wheel combo.

The infomation I would like is... max rim width, tire size, and of course backspacing as I don't trust most of the local shops to know jack squat about drag racing tire sizes and backspacing.

The rearend I will be using is the stock 8.8 with the factory disk brake assembly.

Thank you in advance for your time and knowledge.

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Building my first car from ground up.

trashline
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From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 08-02-2005 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
are you looking for slicks? or street tires? ive got 245 50 r16s on my car which are alot wider then the stock tire size. this si with the snowflake rim as well. take a look here for slick sizes. www.turbotbird.com

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88 thunderbird TC 2.3L
66 mustang 200ci 3 speed
68 Fairlane 289 w/ auto
79 f150 300 3 onda tree

BigBlockFoxBird
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From: Topeka, KS. U.S.A.
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 08-02-2005 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BigBlockFoxBird        Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the link to the site. I will do more reading when I get the chance later this evening. However; in response to your tire size, being a 245, I am thinking that I'm going to have to go with a slick capable of wrinkling the sidewalls, as the desktop dyno has allready put us over 700 to the rear wheels. So, we've decided on a 15 inch rim with that having the most options for a D.O.T. approved tire so far.

But, I still would like any and every personal knowledge of the subject so keep it comin'!

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