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Old 12-24-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Carl
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When it rains it drips..

I've actually got two questions

#1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a little
where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me right
in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on the
freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
coming from.

Suggestions?

Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock. The
tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd like
to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing Torque
Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width wheel,
what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I would
describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably won't
ever see the track.

Thanks,

Carl




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Old 12-24-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: When it rains it drips..

Carl wrote:
> I've actually got two questions
>
> #1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a little
> where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me right
> in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
> heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on the
> freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
> coming from.
>
> Suggestions?



Sorry I don't have any suggestions, but if you're going to have a
drip, trust me it could be worse, just ask Dwight...


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Old 12-24-2005, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: When it rains it drips..

They all leak there after awhile, my '97 cobra convert did it I stuck
napkins up there on rainy days. My '98 cobra convert with 8K miles on it now
doesn't, yet. lol
As far as the wheels go if they looked good on a aspen they have to look
good on a stang.
Cobraboy '98 convert
"Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
> I've actually got two questions
>
> #1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a

little
> where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me

right
> in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
> heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on

the
> freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
> coming from.
>
> Suggestions?
>
> Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.

The
> tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd

like
> to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing

Torque
> Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
> 16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
> besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width

wheel,
> what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I

would
> describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably

won't
> ever see the track.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Carl
>
>
>
>



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Old 12-25-2005, 00:01   #4 (permalink)
Carl
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Re: When it rains it drips..

Thanks, CB. Any reason to choose 16" or 17"?

Carl

"Cobra Boy" <cobraboy@nowhere.net> wrote in message
news:r_prf.720$yx.487@trndny01...
> They all leak there after awhile, my '97 cobra convert did it I stuck
> napkins up there on rainy days. My '98 cobra convert with 8K miles on it
> now
> doesn't, yet. lol
> As far as the wheels go if they looked good on a aspen they have to look
> good on a stang.
> Cobraboy '98 convert
> "Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
>> I've actually got two questions
>>
>> #1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a

> little
>> where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me

> right
>> in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
>> heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on

> the
>> freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
>> coming from.
>>
>> Suggestions?
>>
>> Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.

> The
>> tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd

> like
>> to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing

> Torque
>> Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
>> 16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
>> besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width

> wheel,
>> what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I

> would
>> describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably

> won't
>> ever see the track.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Carl
>>
>>
>>
>>

>
>



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Old 12-25-2005, 08:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: When it rains it drips..

Carl wrote:
> Thanks, CB. Any reason to choose 16" or 17"?
>
> Carl
>
> "Cobra Boy" <cobraboy@nowhere.net> wrote in message
> news:r_prf.720$yx.487@trndny01...
>
>>They all leak there after awhile, my '97 cobra convert did it I stuck
>>napkins up there on rainy days. My '98 cobra convert with 8K miles on it
>>now
>>doesn't, yet. lol
>>As far as the wheels go if they looked good on a aspen they have to look
>>good on a stang.
>>Cobraboy '98 convert
>>"Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
>>
>>>I've actually got two questions
>>>
>>>#1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a

>>
>>little
>>
>>>where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me

>>
>>right
>>
>>>in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
>>>heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on

>>
>>the
>>
>>>freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
>>>coming from.
>>>
>>>Suggestions?
>>>
>>>Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.

>>
>>The
>>
>>>tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd

>>
>>like
>>
>>>to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing

>>
>>Torque
>>
>>>Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
>>>16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
>>>besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width

>>
>>wheel,
>>
>>>what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I

>>
>>would
>>
>>>describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably

>>
>>won't
>>
>>>ever see the track.
>>>
>>>Thanks,
>>>
>>>Carl
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>>

>
>

Go with a 17"
Stock width is 225 so look at stock Mustangs, see if it looks good to you.
As you get out to 275 width, they start to "follow" any grooves in the road.
I recommend the BFG G-Force KDWS tires for wet or dry roads.

--
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With Bits and Pieces
http://tinyurl.com/3w3sv
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: When it rains it drips..

I think the reccomendation I got from Tirerack was 245/45R17. How much ride
quality will I loose at 245/45/17 vs my 205/60/15? Also, I don't understand
how 275's would "follow" the road? I had 33x12.5's on my Jeep and never had
a problem.

Carl


"Gill" <gills@comcast.nospam.net> wrote in message
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> Carl wrote:
>> Thanks, CB. Any reason to choose 16" or 17"?
>>
>> Carl
>>
>> "Cobra Boy" <cobraboy@nowhere.net> wrote in message
>> news:r_prf.720$yx.487@trndny01...
>>
>>>They all leak there after awhile, my '97 cobra convert did it I stuck
>>>napkins up there on rainy days. My '98 cobra convert with 8K miles on it
>>>now
>>>doesn't, yet. lol
>>>As far as the wheels go if they looked good on a aspen they have to look
>>>good on a stang.
>>>Cobraboy '98 convert
>>>"Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
>>>
>>>>I've actually got two questions
>>>>
>>>>#1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a
>>>
>>>little
>>>
>>>>where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me
>>>
>>>right
>>>
>>>>in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
>>>>heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on
>>>
>>>the
>>>
>>>>freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
>>>>coming from.
>>>>
>>>>Suggestions?
>>>>
>>>>Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.
>>>
>>>The
>>>
>>>>tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd
>>>
>>>like
>>>
>>>>to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing
>>>
>>>Torque
>>>
>>>>Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
>>>>16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
>>>>besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width
>>>
>>>wheel,
>>>
>>>>what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I
>>>
>>>would
>>>
>>>>describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably
>>>
>>>won't
>>>
>>>>ever see the track.
>>>>
>>>>Thanks,
>>>>
>>>>Carl
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>>

> Go with a 17"
> Stock width is 225 so look at stock Mustangs, see if it looks good to you.
> As you get out to 275 width, they start to "follow" any grooves in the
> road.
> I recommend the BFG G-Force KDWS tires for wet or dry roads.
>
> --
> Tropic Green Y2K 5 Speed Mustang GT
> With Bits and Pieces
> http://tinyurl.com/3w3sv



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Old 12-25-2005, 13:01   #7 (permalink)
351CJ
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Re: When it rains it drips..


"Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
> I've actually got two questions
>
> #1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a
> little where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets
> me right in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems
> to be heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really
> present on the freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where
> the leak is coming from.
>
> Suggestions?


Don't drive you convertible in the rain?

>
> Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.
> The tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd
> like to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing
> Torque Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something
> in the 16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any
> reason besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what
> width wheel, what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need
> all-seasons. I would describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and
> this car probably won't ever see the track.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Carl
>
>


Ask your local tire shop for some prices, I think you will fine the 17
inchers offer fewer choices at a higher price...


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Old 12-25-2005, 15:01   #8 (permalink)
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Carl wrote:
> I think the reccomendation I got from Tirerack was 245/45R17. How much ride
> quality will I loose at 245/45/17 vs my 205/60/15? Also, I don't understand
> how 275's would "follow" the road? I had 33x12.5's on my Jeep and never had
> a problem.
>
> Carl
>
>
> "Gill" <gills@comcast.nospam.net> wrote in message
> news:9OWdneSqKYHHJTPeRVn-ig@comcast.com...
>
>>Carl wrote:
>>
>>>Thanks, CB. Any reason to choose 16" or 17"?
>>>
>>>Carl
>>>
>>>"Cobra Boy" <cobraboy@nowhere.net> wrote in message
>>>news:r_prf.720$yx.487@trndny01...
>>>
>>>
>>>>They all leak there after awhile, my '97 cobra convert did it I stuck
>>>>napkins up there on rainy days. My '98 cobra convert with 8K miles on it
>>>>now
>>>>doesn't, yet. lol
>>>>As far as the wheels go if they looked good on a aspen they have to look
>>>>good on a stang.
>>>>Cobraboy '98 convert
>>>>"Carl" <carlsaiyed@REMOVE.hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>>news:7c6dnbmWKtdeeDDenZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@comcast.com...
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>I've actually got two questions
>>>>>
>>>>>#1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a
>>>>
>>>>little
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets me
>>>>
>>>>right
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems to be
>>>>>heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really present on
>>>>
>>>>the
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is where the leak is
>>>>>coming from.
>>>>>
>>>>>Suggestions?
>>>>>
>>>>>Also, the tires I've got now are 205/60/R15's and the wheels are stock.
>>>>
>>>>The
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>tires are getting worn and will need replacement mid to early '06. I'd
>>>>
>>>>like
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>to upgrade the wheels at that time. I really like the American Racing
>>>>
>>>>Torque
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Thrust II's. I had them on my '76 Aspen. I was thinking something in the
>>>>>16-17" range? 15" is too small, and 18" is too big. Is there any reason
>>>>>besides cost to go one way or another (16" vs 17"). Also, what width
>>>>
>>>>wheel,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>what backspacing, and what size tires to run? I'll need all-seasons. I
>>>>
>>>>would
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>describe my driving style as "mild to spirited", and this car probably
>>>>
>>>>won't
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>ever see the track.
>>>>>
>>>>>Thanks,
>>>>>
>>>>>Carl
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>

>>Go with a 17"
>>Stock width is 225 so look at stock Mustangs, see if it looks good to you.
>>As you get out to 275 width, they start to "follow" any grooves in the
>>road.
>>I recommend the BFG G-Force KDWS tires for wet or dry roads.
>>
>>--
>>Tropic Green Y2K 5 Speed Mustang GT
>> With Bits and Pieces
>>http://tinyurl.com/3w3sv

>
>
>

Sorry, I was thinking about my old 86 and the stock 225's
Your right, the stock size IS 245.
The 275's should be mounted on a 9" wide rim and the tread print is
about an inch or so wider than the 245's
It doesn't seem like a big difference, but I can feel it pulling left
and right on rutted roads.

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Old 12-26-2005, 07:01   #9 (permalink)
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"WindsorFox" <windsorfox@NOSPAM.cox.net> wrote in message
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> Carl wrote:
>> I've actually got two questions
>>
>> #1: On my 99 'vert, the driver's and passenger's side windows leak a
>> little where the upper gasket pieces meet on the convertable top. It gets
>> me right in the arm when driving and can be a little irritating. It seems
>> to be heavier when I'm going slow or stopped in traffic. Not really
>> present on the freeway. I can see where the gasket meets and that is
>> where the leak is coming from.
>>
>> Suggestions?

>
>
> Sorry I don't have any suggestions, but if you're going to have a
> drip, trust me it could be worse, just ask Dwight...


A reference to the Princessmobile?

That little '88 LX put me in an embarrassing situation. At highway speeds,
the rain would get in under the roof, travel across the top of the
windshield, and drip directly into my crotch. That's yet ANOTHER reason that
I always carry a few Bounty paper towels with me everywhere I go
("Hitchhiker's Guide", and all that, but a habit I picked up when my kids
were very young.)

My current '93 GT convertible hasn't dripped once, but I admit that I don't
drive it in the rain all that much. In fact, it's resting in the garage
right now, waiting for a nice sunny day with no snow melt.

Now, TFrog ('93 LX hatch) has some rotten weatherstripping, for sure. If I
take it through a car wash, when we get to the machines that spray the sides
of the car, I always get a mini-shower through the top of the driver's
window.

But that's my fault. One day, I'll actually get around to having the
weatherstripping replaced on both doors and the hatch. It is, after all, 12
years old...

:()


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Old 12-26-2005, 13:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: When it rains it drips..

On Sun, 25 Dec 2005 07:18:51 -0800, Gill <gills@comcast.nospam.net>
wrote:

>Go with a 17"
>Stock width is 225 so look at stock Mustangs, see if it looks good to you.
>As you get out to 275 width, they start to "follow" any grooves in the road.
>I recommend the BFG G-Force KDWS tires for wet or dry roads.


I have 275's on my Cobra and I don't think it's bad at all. Then
again, the roads are pretty good here but still...

I'd go with 17". looks better to me. I'd go 18" even if clearance
wasn't an issue.
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