First time buying new wheels....................

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I was a tough decision deciding on wheels, love the Forgestar's, I could swing fully forged but couldn't justify it, so I went Apex flow flormed SM10's 19x9 in Anthracite. Wheels are beautiful, weighing in at approximately 23.3 lbs, using a bathroom scale, extra material on the lip, unpainted lug nut holes, knurling to help with tire slippage, I beam spokes and via and jwl certified. Can't wait to get them mounted on my black 14 GT. Going with Nitto nt555 g2's still haven't decided on width, either 265 or 275. I was so pumped to get home from work and see two huge boxes at the side door. They even threw in a free Apex t shirt because I waited 3 months for these. God bless us all. One last thing, they were packaged very well, thick boxes inside the shipping boxes, two wheels in each box, plastic guards on the front and back of each wheel and fitted light light cloth for even more protection.
 

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Not sure how much my factory Gtcs wheels weighBut I’m confident they weigh a heck of a lot more than 23.5 pounds
 

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According to Nitto the optimal tire width for a 9" wide wheel is 255, so I feel safe using a 265. I haven't spoken to anyone that has said a 265 is to wide for a 9" wide wheel. A 275 width seems to be a 50/50 response, what's your opinion? Surely Nitto is staying within guidelines, they're undoubtedly legally bound to do so. Joe Dirt at the local tire shop said I can go 285 no problem, my gut says different.
 

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Finally got them mounted, Goodyear wouldn't do it, Firestone did. They look great, sidewalls nice n square they look completely normal on these wheels. Guess Goodyear was concerned with damaging the wheels, Firestone crushed it, one little nick in the barrel, nothing on the outside at all. 135 and change to get them mounted and balanced. Now it's get em on the car.
 

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Glad they got mounted with nothing but a tiny nick on the barrel. They look really great, and will only look even better mounted on your '14 GT. I'm sure you'll post at least one photo after they're mounted.
 

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Yes I went 265 but I now have another issue, the left rear tire sticks out ever so slightly more than the right side. I removed all the factory push locks at the studs so it's not that. Guess I have a uncentered differential, or a wheel with an improper offset, or the body is tweaked. I'm going to bring it to a alignment shop and see what they think. Appreciate any input.
Scott
 

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Yes I went 265 but I now have another issue, the left rear tire sticks out ever so slightly more than the right side. I removed all the factory push locks at the studs so it's not that. Guess I have a uncentered differential, or a wheel with an improper offset, or the body is tweaked. I'm going to bring it to a alignment shop and see what they think. Appreciate any input.
Scott

If it’s like every other generation of mustang it’s normal
 

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If it’s like every other generation of mustang it’s normal
It bugs me out though, guess I didn't really notice it with the factory 245's and now more noticeable with a wider tire. Torqued all the lug nuts to 100 ft.lbs, believe the manual called for 105 but I'll double check before hitting the road. The tpms sensors required nothing, no warning light on the dash without using the learn device.
 

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Yes it was lowered when I purchased it, came with the Ford Performance non adjustable handling pack. 100 ft. lbs. is the recommended torque spec. for the 14 GT.
 
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Watched a vid of guy adjusting the pan hard bar to correct a off center diff situation pretty much the same issue I'm experiencing. Pretty confident I could do it myself.
 

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Was gonna say I’d always seen a panhard being about the only way to really center it
Loosened the jam nuts, turned the center section clockwise till it was centered using my eyes and the mudflaps, then tightened the jam nuts. Used a 3 ton floor jack under the diff and jack stands but didn't set the diff on the stands, in place for safety. Everything seems good, took it out for a test drive, I think I'm good to go.
 

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Looks great. I think that's about all the tire you could fit on those 9" wheels. Good choice.

Do you have a before pic with the old wheels?
 

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