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Summary:

These tires / rims have really added a pile of work to the Cobra.   I ended up modifying the frame to give me the clearance I needed for problem free movement, the axles had to be shortened... the brakes had to be offset and then the all the aluminum had to made to accommodate the changes - carpet is next.   Since I have "gone-all-the-way" for everything else, I decided to remove the rims and paint them to help create the Cobra effect.   I just could not leave them in the typical "aluminum" color from Team III.   So... I decided to shoot the centers in gloss black, leave the outer rims chrome and shoot the spinners in magnesium.   They really look awesome! 

[Product Image]Complete:   The spinner in place to give you an idea of the look.  Click for a before picture.

[Product Image]Team III Rims:   I went with Team III including their lug nut covers and spinners. (Notice the  thread on the spinners) 

[Product Image]Process:    You have to be really careful while making these covers fit.  First Step:  Center punch holes and then run a pilot drill through.  

[Product Image]Test Fit:    Again.. take your time ... make a few necessary adjustments and then open up holes to allow screws to pass through without binding.    Most holes are within a "red hair" of the edge (busting through the casting).   

[Product Image]Letter Cleaning:    For whatever reason the letters on my tires went "brown".  All the usual tricks failed except ... paint thinner and/or acetone.   Either brought the white back in seconds.   Hopefully it will stay. 

Putting a heater in a garage and a "cat/dog door" was probably a mistake in hindsight.  One of the stray cats... we call him "spare cat" pissed all over my tires/rims ... I swear every time he came during the last few winters.    Funny he's not hanging around any more... wonder where he went?  

[Product Image]Size:    Overall these are not only an expensive set of rims but quite a bit of rubber. 

 

 

Front:  Team III: 6 spoke - 5lug - 15"x7" with 4.5" backspace.  Rubber is Goodyear 15"x7" 225 60-15

Rear:  Team III: 6 spoke - 5lug - 15"x10" with 6 3/8"  backspace. Rubber is Goodyear 15"x10" 295 50-15

The Goodyear 295's put the most rubber on the road (for 295's) and are as wide as most 315"s.   Unfortunately the manufacturers don't make great rubber for 15" rims.      

   

 

Tips: 

1) Painting:  Pay me now or pay me later.    You can take your time and mask things well before paint... clean accordingly and end up with a great job ... or as some unfortunately do  - rush and end up taking twice as long.   It took me an honest 8 hours to do these rims - no short cuts... and I was on edge every second of the 8 hours...knowing that one slip and everyone would see my mistake.       

 
I can be reached directly at the Legacy Garage at:  klegacy@comcast.net (SR71 on FFCobra.com)
Last modified: Sept 1, 2009