Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
March 05, 2014
Amazing wheels, awesome look
Best purchase I have made for my 2005 GT by a long shot. I bought the 18x9 inch rims for three reasons 1, I drive this car a lot and I wanted to be able to rotate the tires. 2nd reason is tire price when it comes time to replace them. third reason is I was worried about rubbing with my lowered suspension.
the 18 inch rims and tires fill the wheel wells great, and the charcoal finish looks amazing against my gray car. The finish looks good and very tough, but Id still be careful with the lug wrench and curbs... the 18x9s dont rub anywhere on the car, and can still turn full lock, even lowered on K-springs.
As always American muscle had fast shipping, the rims arrived without a single flaw in the finish, they packed them with cardboard protecting both sides. of the rims. they arrived within 24 hrs of being shipped.
I strongly suggest buying the lug-nuts when you buy these wheels, its always good to have new lugs, but I dont think the factory ones will fit in the more narrow holes. the ones on my 2005 which had the premium rims looked too big, but I cannot speak for other years/wheel style. Also the lug wrench tool made the install easy.
Id also use the factory lug wrench to remove the OE lug nuts, the 13/16 socket with the new wrench doesn't seem to fit the factory lugs right, but the 3/4 socket fit like a glove on the new acorn nuts. if you are nervous about the finish, some tape on the socket will help protect the finish.
the Falken Tires have a nice looking tread pattern, however I dont suggest driving them in cold weather, I had lots of wheel spin at least until the tires got somewhat close to temp. 20 degrees and performance tires dont agree it seems. so I cannot attest for the grip.
overall, I highly recommend these rims, they totally changed the look of my car. everyone I know have told me that the car looks amazing.
Would buy again!