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daseler
02-10-2007, 09:48 AM
I was wondering what everyone's opinion was on aftermarket FR500 style rims versus ford racing FR500s ? I did notice the obvious size availibility differences but what about quality and any other issues? This will be my first purchase for my newly acquired 03 cobra.

gx00850
02-10-2007, 10:22 PM
Go with the aftermarket. I bought the Ford Racing FR500's because I thought the quality would be better than aftermarket. When I got them in two of the wheels were defective. They were cosmetic, but nevertheless the defects were obvious. Ford refused to take them back and told me unless the defects were visible at 40 MPH then they would not take them back.


So save the cash, get the 18x10 rears and go aftermarkets.

Cobra4me
02-10-2007, 10:26 PM
No experience with the real fr500's but I do own some replicas that I have had on my car for a year with no problems at all. Why pay at least two times as much for basically the same wheel?

ausie
02-11-2007, 03:17 PM
The Factory offered wheels only come in one size and are designed to fit all 4 corners. Nothing wrong with that, but if appearance is your goal nothing will look better than a staggard fitment on a Cobra. I have seen the aftermarket wheels in painted form and in chrome and they look like good quality parts. I had bought 10th anniv. wheels last year just so I could have somthing close to factory originals and did not care much for the 5 spoke anyway. I am still waitng for aftermarket to offer the 10th anniv. wheel with a 10 inch deep dish for the rear fitment but that probably will never happen. After seeing the aftermarket FR500 wheel at some of the car shows last year I sort of wish I went that route instead but I already had 18x10R, 18x8.5F BBS RK plasma's which at the time (in spring of 2002) was a deep dish alternative than waiting for the FR500 aftermarket to catch up.

The defect clause at 40mph is a joke as well as an insult. If Ford continues that practice they should also expect a decline in return customers.

daseler
02-14-2007, 09:56 PM
Cobra4me-

I like those fr500s you got on your orange cobra. My cobra is black, do you guys think the black rims or the anthracite rims would look better? I have black tinted windows and am worried there would be no contrast on my car at all if I went with the black rims. Although they look great all on their own

ausie
02-15-2007, 06:18 AM
Black wheels on a black car looks mean.... I have seen the Fr500 wheels in silver (not chrome) on a black GT for the NE SCMC mustang meet in North NJ last year. That was really nice. The wheels have a machined aluminum surface on the lip so it will add a bit of contrast if you opt for the black. I think that the anthracite color would look good too but that is just my opinion. Black on black is basic bad to the bone. :cool: American muscle has pictures of customer's rides, there is one 03SVT with the black FR500 wheels.

http://www.americanmuscle.com/03-svt-cobra.html

Cobra4me
02-15-2007, 06:23 PM
Cobra4me-

I like those fr500s you got on your orange cobra. My cobra is black, do you guys think the black rims or the anthracite rims would look better? I have black tinted windows and am worried there would be no contrast on my car at all if I went with the black rims. Although they look great all on their ownI cant recall seeing anthracite on a black car. The black wheels do look mean. If I had a black cobra I would get either silver or chrome fr500 JMHO

Sonicbluesvt
02-21-2007, 08:03 PM
I love my replicas. They came from a company called wheelreplicas I think it was.

03whitecobra
02-26-2007, 12:47 PM
If I can jump in, Cobra4me what color are your FR500 rims? Can't tell for sure.

BULLITT
03-02-2007, 10:41 AM
A friend of mine put a set on his 06 Gt and loves them.
Tony

Sonic03inSC
03-06-2007, 05:34 PM
I like mine they are anthracite.
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h72/maxxreebo1/IMG_4196.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h72/maxxreebo1/IMG_4473.jpg
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h72/maxxreebo1/IMG_4480.jpg

Cobra4me
03-07-2007, 06:41 PM
If I can jump in, Cobra4me what color are your FR500 rims? Can't tell for sure.anthracite

2veloce
03-29-2007, 09:21 PM
I had the FR500 wheels and I think the aftermarket quality is much better than the original.

scorpio
03-29-2007, 10:06 PM
i have the anthracite 18/9 and 18/10 aftermarket fr5oo's and love them. u might look at the hypercoat fr500's if your car is black. they are black crome.remember , u cant run the 17/10.5 without grinding the irs bolt or changing it , if u still have the irs.

TheSandman
03-30-2007, 10:14 AM
Just ordered 2 18x10 rear-2 18x9 silver for my '07 Shelby GT500. Love the way they look on the '03/'04 Cobras!

ausie
03-31-2007, 09:03 AM
Just ordered 2 18x10 rear-2 18x9 silver for my '07 Shelby GT500. Love the way they look on the '03/'04 Cobras!
I have yet to see the 05+ body style with the FR500 wheels, let alone an 07 Shelby with anything than the stock wheel. Please take pictures of your GT500 with the FR500 mounted. That would look cool for sure.

mrpork
09-14-2007, 10:07 PM
time to bring it back out for discussion. what color fr500 rim would look good on a red 04 vert

scorpio
09-15-2007, 12:28 AM
anthracite or black. see sig. laser red metallic.

red04svtcobra
09-15-2007, 08:57 PM
time to bring it back out for discussion. what color fr500 rim would look good on a red 04 vertI like the black/chrome or hypercoated. Heres one of each on red.
Hypercoated here:
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l65/lightning_015/fr500hypercoated.jpg
Black/chrome here:
http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l65/lightning_015/DSC03407.jpg
Whatever you do wait til I get mine first!! J/K LOL:thumbsup: