Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
November 1, 2002

You wouldn't be reading this magazine if you didn't care about tricking out your Mustang. Whether you're searching for horsepower bolt-ons, suspension gear, or appearance mods, we try to deliver a little bit of everything. In fact, there's one modification you can make that will dramatically affect your car's performance, handling, and looks in one easy step-a larger set of wheels fitted with performance tires. Let's face it, if you could make only one modification to your car, a sweet set of wheels would have to be in the running.

Of course, the trick is picking just the right set of wheels and tires to improve the look of your dope ride without adding hassles such as rubbing tires or improper offsets. Many people snoop around other people's Mustangs to see what works and just follow that lead. As such, there are multitudes of late-model Mustangs fitted with Cobra and Cobra R-style wheels. We know they fit 'cause they were factory, and we know they look good 'cause we've seen fleets of Mustangs wearing them.

There's certainly nothing wrong with rolling with the in-crowd at a big party, but for some of us, personalizing a vehicle has to go a bit farther than the norm. Being different usually means taking the path less traveled, and it's usually less traveled because it's a bit bumpy (believe me, I know). In today's world there's usually a Web site that can help you be different the easy way. When it comes to choosing wheels and tires, a popular choice is The Tire Rack site. Fortunately for us, The Tire Rack has taken an interest in the Mustang market, and they asked us to give their system a try.

You might be thinking you'd never buy anything online, but believe us when we say it's much easier to buy your wheels and tires via a mail-order or online vendor than it is to head to your local general-purpose tire store where they don't know the ins and outs of your Mustang. In particular, The Tire Rack's Web site offers an easy way to try out different wheels on your vehicle to see how they'll look. This feature, combined with an abundance of customer feedback on tires, made choosing a set for our '98 Cobra a breeze.

Check out the photos to see how we ordered our blingin' wheels and installed them right off the delivery truck.

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