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How To - Convert To Fox-body Five-Lug Wheels
Expand your wheel choices without breaking the bank using Latemodel Restoration Supply’s all inclusive kit
Ask any vintage Mustang owner who has an inline six between their front fenders how aggravating it is to find any aftermarket wheel that fits their ride. Yes, there are a few, but not nearly the expansive selection as those endowed with five studs per axle.
Thankfully, due to Ford's typical parts sharing of the 1980s and newer models, it's quite easy to find the hardware to convert a Fox-body Mustang to five-lugs and open the door to hundreds of wheel choices. The one problem, though, is the age of these parts and finding hardware in a salvage yard that isn't beyond its service limits or damaged from an accident. Thankfully, the aftermarket has researched this swap and we can now order a complete low-buck conversion kit utilizing all new parts and including everything right down to the friction modifier for the differential, all under one part number.
Of course, once you go five-lug, you need five-lug wheels. We like our Foxes with solid performing updates that address all of the Fox Mustang weaknesses without going to one extreme or another--ostensibly we're talking about a powerful street car with great handling and braking along with some ergonomic and comfort upgrades. No drag cars or trailered track rats here, just a clean daily or weekend driver. That's where the folks at Latemodel Restoration Supply come in. LRS has been dealing in Fox upgrades and restoration parts before the Fox really took off as the hobby's next project car, and they've been at the forefront of new products, reproductions of obsolete items, and more. LRS offers a five-lug conversion kit and has even packaged it with a couple of popular wheel and tire packages. We chose the five-lug conversion kit with LRS's anthracite 10th anniversary Cobra-look wheel (part number WTK-1007AAAK). While we were tearing into the brake system, we opted to give this Fox a mild brake upgrade as well with new performance pads and shoes, braided brake hoses, and stainless caliper guide sleeves. Check out the photos and see how we transformed this '88 GT convertible from stocker to rocker!