2005-2014 Mustang Wheel Buying GuideLast Updated August 4, 2019
There’s no question that finding the right set of Mustang wheels & tires for your S197 can be a daunting task. With so many different sizes, styles, offsets and finishes, finding a good starting place can be difficult to someone who may be relatively new to the world of Mustang wheels. With that said, this 2005-2014 Mustang Wheel & Tire Buying Guide is a perfect way to kick off your search for the perfect set of shoes for your pony car!
A couple things to keep in mind when choosing a set of wheels for your S197 Mustang would be a combination of backspacing and offset along with barrel clearance if you have upgraded brakes such as the four-piston Brembo Brakes found on the 2007-2012 GT500 and 2011-2014 GT with Brembo/Track Package or six-piston Brembo Brakes found on the 2013-2014 GT500s. If you have larger upgraded brakes such as Wilwood or Baer brakes, most brake manufacturers can provide you with a clearance diagram for reference.
Here at CJ’s, we offer a variety of different wheel offerings for both 2005-2010 and 2011-2014 Mustangs. Being the same body style, S197, the wheel fitment is actually identical. Offering wheel options from reputable and well-known brands such as Velgen, Niche, TSW and more, you can rest assured that quality is the utmost priority when it comes to your 2005-2014 Mustang wheels.
Overtaking the late model Mustang market by storm is Velgen Wheels. Featuring a deep concave profile, these wheels offer an aggressive negative offset in the rear which gives the wheel a concave look that screams aggressive.
These wheels are offered in a staggered setup, 9” wide in the front and 10.5” wide in the rear. Coming in either 19” or 20” sizes, you’ll really be able to maximize the curvature of the body lines on your S197 with a set of Velgen wheels. On top of that, the aggressive negative offset in the rear is complimented by a smaller negative offset in the front for proper brake clearance for just about any brake kit you throw at it.
Offering a wide selection of finishes for your new set of wheels, Velgen price, fitment and quality is bar-none in comparison to some of the other brands out there. You surely won’t be disappointed!
Being a popular lightweight, race-inspired wheel, the Nurburgring, among other styles, are popular offerings from TSW for the 2005-2014 Mustang. TSW Wheels has one of the widest variety of styles when it comes to wheels for your Mustang. For those who like the five-spoke, deep concave look, then the Sochi is for you. But if you’re more of a deep-dish mesh-style kind of person, then the Monaco or Jarez would be the choices for you.
Regardless of which TSW style you choose for your S197 Mustang, you can rest assured that quality is one of the highest concerns at TSW. Having started in the racing industry, there’s no doubt that long-term durability, through the use of a rotary forging process, is #1 when it comes to engineering a great wheel for your pony car.
Here at CJ’s, we carry an assortment of offerings when it comes to Niche Road Wheels fitting your 2005-2014 Mustang. From the Misano to Targa and Essen to Vicenza and many more, there is no doubt that you’ll be able to find a wheel choice that fits your style and overall build path for your S197 Mustang.
Offered in a variety of finishes such as Matte Black With Tinted Face Accents, Silver With Machined Face, Matte Black and more, Niche Wheels will not only give your car the perfect style of your choice, but also compliment the color scheme as well. We can’t tell you how many times we may see the perfect style wheel on a Mustang but the finish just isn’t the right color. That won’t be the case with a set of Niche wheels from CJ’s!
Another popular offering for the 2005+ Mustang are the 685 District wheels from KMC. In the ever popular five-spoke formation, the 685 District wheel is bound to turn some heads when paired with the already impressive body lines of the S197 Mustang.
The 685 District wheel from KMC offers the deep concave look that all late model Mustang owners are after. This is achieved by a deep negative offset in the rear which places the hub much further in from the outside rim of the wheel. This offers a head-turning appeal, especially when viewed from a three-quarter angle!
If you're looking for that deep-concave profile without sacrificing in quality and your wallet, then be sure to check out the KMC 685 District wheels for your 2005-2014 Mustang build!
If aftermarket wheels aren’t cutting it for you, be sure to check out some of the options that are offered on vehicles right off the showroom floor! Ford, Ford Performance and Roush all have aftermarket offerings to upgrade your current wheels with the head-turning looks of the latest Shelby or Roush Stage 3!
The best part about wheels that were featured on your Ford from the factory is that you know they will stand up to the test of time. There's definitely some truth to the term OEM-quality -- especially when it's coming right from the manufacturer of the Mustang!
With a factory fitment right from the manufacturer, you know that fit and finish will be nothing less than OEM quality. So, be sure to check out some of these offerings today!
Other Wheel Choices
If none of these jump out at you when looking for the perfect wheel for your Mustang, then don’t fret! There are plenty of other wheel choices when it comes to your S197! With other reputable brands such as American Racing, Classic Design Concepts, Race Star Industries, FOOSE and more, you truly will not have a problem finding the perfect wheel for your Mustang.
The factory wheels that Ford provides on the 2005-2014 Mustangs are no doubt some stylish shoes for your ride. However, sometimes it just isn’t enough. Here at CJ’s we have a wide offering of aftermarket wheels and tires for your S197 Mustang ranging in a variety of styles, finishes and sizes, offered in a convenient wheel & tire package shipped to your door!
It can be frustrating when you’re getting on the gas, practicing your launches and have trouble hitting the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts in your MT-82 equipped Mustang. Adding a Barton Short Throw Shifter and Blowfish Bracket will help alleviate any notchiness or uncertainty in your shifts and get you down the quarter quicker than ever. So, be sure to check out the selection of transmission parts available for your Mustang at CJPonyParts.com!
Regardless of what style, finish and size wheel you’re looking for, CJ Pony Parts has the selection you need to outfit your S550 with the rims and tires that will set your car apart from the rest! Be sure to give us a call or order online and don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We are always happy to help!
Understanding the concept of wheel offset and backspacing can be confusing for someone who may be just starting to look for an aftermarket set of wheels and tires. Each Mustang generation has a particular set of offset and backspacing numbers that work best with the fitment around that car’s suspension wheel-well.