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Ok, I was trying to buy new tires and it seems there just are not many options in 14 inch wheels, so I found some mustang wheels I thought would fit but they don’t. They are 16 inch and 5x4.5 but the center hole is too small. I want to buy a hub centric adapter but I don’t know what to buy. My truck is a white 95 2wd. I’m attaching pics of the wheels and markings from the inside and one of my old wheel. If someone can link me to amazon that would be awesome.
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1) How small is "too small"?

2) Why does the color of the truck matter?
 

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They slide on to within about 1/2 inch of seating properly. I was thinking adaptors were the way to go. Would something like this work? (2) 25mm (1") 5x4.5 to 5x4.5 Wheel Spacers fits Ford Mustang Edge Ranger Explorer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C996B8O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_28h1DbM841YQV
Wheel spacers are never a good option for anything. Those ones are HUGE, big enough that they may cause tire rub when turning, and a lot of places don't allow that much spacing.

I was looking for info on how much bigger the center hole needs to get. If it is only a few millimeters then a brake hone will make quick work of it. If it is more than that I'd start looking for a machine shop that will open them up a hair.
 

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I ended up dropping them off for machine work this weekend.
 

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Show us the results and details of what needed to he done. Might help someone doing this swap in the future.
 

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Sounds good. It’s pretty simple. The newer mustang had a smaller hole to hub center. They are upending it up to match the truck then they will bolt right on.
 

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I'm thinking there is at least an inch difference in back spacing. Hopefully you won't have clearance issues...
 

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so many of these newer vehicles use positive offset wheels, its like the axles are too wide for the vehicle. You have to have a older vehicle anymore to be able to run 8” rims with decent dish.
 

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bmtrnavsky:

The '39' on the wheel indicated the offset (more/less 1.5"). If you don't run spacers, the track will be decreased by that much (Stock Ranger wheels are either 0 or 6mm (1/4"). Which causes issues with wheels contacting body parts...
You may also find the center cap rides again the front spindle cover.

IMNSHO: Spacers either need to be very thin (6mm or less), so there are still enough threads left on original studs. Or >1", so they are thick enough that the wheel doesn't sit on the original studs/you don't have to cut the original studs/there is enough material in the spacer to support the studs. 2nd, install the studs by hand, ensuring they seat firm against axle hub; locktite the nuts to original studs, and torque to spec.

I would have went with:
https://www.amazon.com/TUPARTS-5x4-5-Hubcentric-5x114-3mm-Compatible/dp/B07VDHJ73K/ref=au_as_r?_encoding=UTF8&Make=Ford|54&Model=Ranger|696&Year=1998|1998&ie=UTF8&n=15684181&newVehicle=1&s=automotive&vehicleId=1&vehicleType=automotive

Aside: Everything I find for Mustang rims says they should have the same 70.5mm center bore as my Ranger (My kids are forever 'borrrowing' my wheels went their rims need new rubber; but what are Dad's for...)

While I would prefer not to run spacers, 99% of the issues I have seen with them have been result of incorrect installation - too many shops rattle wheels on with impact with no regard for proper torque. If the studs are failed before the truck is lowered off the hoist, it isn't the spacer's fault if it fails. (My soapbox).

racsan:

The "trend" was started with front wheel drive cars - in order to minimize torque steer, you need to get the steering joint as close to the tire centerline as possible - the more positive offset on the wheel the easier it is. Then guys in the wind tunnel realized that flush wheel, "Moonies" on streamlines being the extreme, improve mileage by a point or 2, so it was applied universally.

Don't like them on my new F-150. Too many rocks wanting to give my wheels curb rash when I off road...
 


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