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Old 08-10-2010, 04:33 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I have a 2002 F150 XL as most of you know by now and I had put the SVT Lightning wheels with BFG Long Trail 265/65s on the truck. Well I knew it had been scrubbing a little at full lock so had been careful. Today I took it to the tire shop to have a new tire put on the drivers front, got a call saying there was major damage to the rim on the inside. Apparently the offset is just right towhere it rubs against a bracket for something in the brake system.. One of my SVT wheels is no longer usable now, and I have no other rims :\. Just figured I would warn you guys because I just learned the hard and sad way.
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are they the 18s? that really sucks man. what yr svt wheels do you have there was a couple different ones...
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They are the 18s, and it would appear they are from a '99. Last night I could only get it to rub turning hard left to full lock, if I turn RIGHT it won't rub. Must be an alignment and ball joint issue

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i see. personally i dont like those wheels. gonna try and fix it or anything? and are they powder coated? heres the ones i will want to powder coat black:
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ryanroma where did you the the head lights and lenses?
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How major? Won't hold air? If it's just grooved it won't hurt anything. Get on eBay and buy some $20 1/4 spacers and forget about it.
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It's grooved pretty deep and the tire guy said he wouldn't mount a new tire on it because of the risk of the bead of the rim popping off and damaging his machine. I'll see if I can crawl under the truck today and snap some pics of it.
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i see. personally i dont like those wheels. gonna try and fix it or anything? and are they powder coated? heres the ones i will want to powder coat black:
I can't really add aluminum to the bead, don't see how I'd fix it. They weren't my favorite Lightning wheel but when you get a chance to get all 4 with center caps and they're genuine Ford parts for $100 you'd tend to jump at it even if they require repairs like I had to do to make them look good again. I painted them myself.
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Yes I need to see pics....some tire shop are full of BS. I know several people who ran those wheels on stock non lighting truck. Need a pic of what's rubbing it to.
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You know.. Thank you westtn. I thought about that after you said all of it. Then I went and looked at the rear rims.. Unless I have some kind of Quadra-Steer limited edition F150 and the rear rims have been rubbing too, the one rim rubbing isn't that bad. Yes it is damaged but not as bad as they made it sound. I was so frustrated I just believed it and found a new set of rims and tires. Take a look..











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