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Picked up 2 wheels from US Mags to test out on the Cougar. 17x8 et 1.

Looks like it could be close in front. I bought the car basically as it sits and it has some type of disc brake conversion up font. Probably Granada.

Back should fit no problem though.

 

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What was the offset and backspace on the front ones?
 

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They were the same offset. 17x8 Et1. I just ordered 17x7 et0 for the front

So I will have 17x8 et1 in rear with 245/45/17 tires and 17x7 et0 with 205/50/17 in front.
 

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Should look really nice...... give us a side shot when you get 'em done.
 

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There is a 3" block in the rear. Cheapest way to find out how much drop I wanted so I can find replacement springs.
That is if you trust those springs to be of "stock" ride height, which to me they don't appear to be. If you take the blocks out, it will look like a 4x4...

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Yeah, if you work with a spring company they should be able to help you get the right height and road feel your looking for. Nice looking wheels on the color combo!
 

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Andrew, his rear tires will be around 25.7" diameter, using a tire calculator. This is smaller than the average rear tire combo on these cars by almost an inch. That means he'll need a half inch more drop to make them look like they fit right. I bet with a larger tire and no drop, his springs don't look so abnormal.
 

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Andrew, his rear tires will be around 25.7" diameter, using a tire calculator. This is smaller than the average rear tire combo on these cars by almost an inch. That means he'll need a half inch more drop to make them look like they fit right. I bet with a larger tire and no drop, his springs don't look so abnormal.

Think stock tires for 69/70 are right around 26" if I recall correctly. The springs look totally odd, which stands to reason if he had to go to a 3" lowering block to get what he has shown currently!
 

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So somewhere in its past someone installed lift springs on the back of my Cougar?

Does anyone have an off the shelf spring that will put me at the current ride height or slightly lower?

Would 245/50/17 be a better tire size?
 

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So somewhere in its past someone installed lift springs on the back of my Cougar?

Does anyone have an off the shelf spring that will put me at the current ride height or slightly lower?

Would 245/50/17 be a better tire size?
There is about .30" difference in radius between a 245/45 and 245/50 tire. If you are trying to go for a more hunkered down "pro-touring" look, then I would stick with the 245/45. Another option is a 255/45 which will add a bit of both width and height (26.1").

As far as the springs, I would say that a previous owner was sporting a "stink bug" stance. Just look at any 67 Cougar picture and you will note that the rear section of the leaf spring is barely visible.

Here is one that looks like yours and look at how high the car sits:



The arch of the spring is similar to yours and there must be 6 inches between the top of the wheel arch and the top of the tire.

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Still waiting on my 17x7 with 205/50/17 to come in. Charged the battery after sitting all summer and drove it around the block. Need to pull the passenger quarter lip just a little. Get slight run over bumps but not during cornering since the side load pushes the wheel in a little.

Looks like the axle is slightly off center to the passenger side by about 1/4".

13.25" from center of wheel to quarter lip in the rear.

 
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