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Post by deathbypsi » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:51 am

Lookin for some advise from people running the 16" SVT Contour rims. I am geting a set of 5 dirt cheap and want to know what tire combos worked in the real world and what spacers were needed if any. I searched but all I read was a lot of "should work" "try these" answers.

Please post any pix of these on XR's if you have em!!
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:53 am

I've seen them fit without spacers and 205/50's (I believe), but they're really tucked inboard too much. Best bet is probably to do them with a 13mm hub-centric spacer, which is about as thin as you can go with a hub-centric spacer.
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Post by John Brennan » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:46 am

Point being that you need to achieve somewhere between 32 and 38mm of offset (with a 7" rim-- not sure if that's the width on yours). Then you can run 205/50, 205/45, 215/40, 215/45, and maybe even 225/45 tires. Remember-- just like blue jeans, tires vary in size even if they say they are the same.
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Post by JimG » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:44 am

I have the 99 SVT Contour Wheels on my '86 XR4TI with 205/45-16 Kumhos, Wheels look great but do need spacers as wheels set in too far - wheel offset is 49mm. But wheels only rub during tight parking situations.

I plan to get 15mm spacers for a Contour /SVT/Escort/ZX2/Focus.

Can send you a pic if you would like.

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Post by deathbypsi » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:11 pm

Yeah please post up any pix you can!
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Post by cmouta » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:58 pm

I have the earlier style "E0" SVT Contour rims on my merkur. They do sit a little inward but I think they look very euro on it. I'd also like to see pics of the "E1" cobra style SVT wheels on a merkur!

Not sure what size tires are on there either:

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Post by jkxr4ti » Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:04 pm

I have the E1 Contour rims on mine. I do run spacers and longer studs. Tires are Dunlop Direzza 215/50/16's but I did have a set of BFG's same size on the rims when I got them and they fit fine too. A 215 is about the max for the SVT contour rim at 6.5" width. I switched to SVT front disks all around(Dave Godfrey's kit). This made my rear spacers a little odd. Here are a few pictures of the rear spacers and the car with the rims and spacers installed. The rear disks and spacers set the wheel outboard about 3/4" and the front spacers and SVT disks end up shifting the fronts out just shy of 1/2". The SVT rotors alone will move the wheel out about 0.1" as it is thicker than the XR ones. I added material to the front hubs in order to use less than a 1/2" wheel spacer and still maitain hub-centricity.

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Post by deathbypsi » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:00 am

Thanx! Great info guys.

Where did you get thos spacers? I will have the same front brakes as you but my rear will be the TC setup.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:20 am

Looks like Winter up there already Jeremy (not that I'm surprised). Or are those pics from earlier in the year?
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Post by 01g_wrx_02 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:33 am

cmouta wrote:I have the earlier style "E0" SVT Contour rims on my merkur. They do sit a little inward but I think they look very euro on it. I'd also like to see pics of the "E1" cobra style SVT wheels on a merkur!

Not sure what size tires are on there either:
Do you want to sell your wheels plus a set of stock wheels??

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Post by deathbypsi » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:06 am

My buddy photshopped your wheels on my car....I like em!!
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Post by Ray » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:21 am

DPDISXR4Ti wrote:Looks like Winter up there already Jeremy (not that I'm surprised). Or are those pics from earlier in the year?

gotta be earlier... no one is that quick in raking. even his neighbors have no leaves on the lawn!
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:01 am

demonfire wrote:
DPDISXR4Ti wrote:Looks like Winter up there already Jeremy (not that I'm surprised). Or are those pics from earlier in the year?
gotta be earlier... no one is that quick in raking. even his neighbors have no leaves on the lawn!
Yea, but in Rochester the leaves start falling in July! :haha
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Post by barrylee66 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:14 pm

I have focus svt rims on mine 205/45/17 in front and 215/45/17 on rear. had to use 2 I think 1/4 in spacers on front long studs and 1 spacer on rear. also had to cut front strut to clear tire
yea its an escort wanna run

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Post by jkxr4ti » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:30 pm

Yes guys those were from last winter, no snow there yet. But i'm south for work for a bit, maybe when i get home there will be some white stuff on the ground.

As for the spacers, I had them made to my specs. With the turbocoupe rotors you will have the benefit of having more of the hub protruding through the rotor hat as those are about as thin as the XR drums in that area as opposed to the contour front rotors.
Turbocoupe rear rotor approx .120 thick, Contour svt front rotor approx .330 thick in the hat/hub area
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