Rather, the choice is based more or less on style and adaptability. The Mustangs of today come with a 5-lug wheel pattern direct from Dearborn, Michigan. Subsequently, the aftermarket wheel companies have followed suit and switched their focus from 4-lug to 5-lug designs. Thus, the majority of bling-bling, flashy wheels are now 5 lug, and the only way to get them on a Fox is, of course, to convert the Fox to 5 lug so that the new wheels can be accommodated. Luckily, converting to 5-lug really isn’t all that hard, especially with aftermarket offerings that include all the parts necessary in one kit. If you were paying attention, you would recall that 2 reasons were mentioned for the 5-lug push – style and adaptability. Before continuing on in detail about the conversion process, let us address the second reason, adaptability.
What is meant, precisely, by the term "adaptability?" Well, let us begin by saying wheel manufacturers aren’t the only ones to have moved on. It is well known that the Fox Body braking system leaves a lot to be desired. Furthermore, it may or may not be well known that upgrading the brakes, in 4-lug form, is very limited. There is the piece de resistance; “upgrading the brakes, in 4-lug form, is very limited.” Certain manufacturers offer big brake kits for Fox Mustangs. However, with the 4-lug setup, they will not fit due to clearance issues with 4 lug wheels. Thereby, if you wish for a big brake kit, you must convert to a 5 lug pattern first, such that you can get wheels with the appropriate spacing to fit the larger braking components. All of this to say, the term ‘adaptability’ simply means you have more room to grow, more options to choose from in terms of brake upgrades with a 5 lug wheel setup. Right, with that explained, let’s move on to the conversion process.