S550 Mustang Wheel & Tire Buying Guide

S550 Mustang Wheel & Tire Buying Guide

Last Updated May 14, 2021 | Alison Smith

There are so many wheel and tire options for Mustangs that it can be hard to find the right set. This guide will help you find wheels and tires that'll fit your S550 Mustang and your style. Read on to learn more about stock wheel and tire sizes, and to find the perfect set for your ride.

S550 Mustang Wheel Fitment

The first step in picking out a set of wheels is knowing which size will fit. Along with style and ride height, backspacing and offset are important to consider if you have, or plan to have, larger brakes.

Check out this video to learn more about S550 wheel fitment and see some options for your Mustang.

S550 Mustang Stock Wheel & Tire Sizes

A variety of wheels and tires have been offered throughout the S550 generation. The stock sizes range from 17” to 20”, depending on the model. Many S550 owners upsize to 20” wheels or go for a staggered look with larger tires in the rear and smaller tires in the front.

2015-2020 Ford Mustang Factory Wheel & Tire Sizes
Model Year and Trim Standard Wheel Sizes (Inches) Standard Tire Sizes Optional Wheel Sizes (Inches) Optional Tire Sizes
2015-2017 V6 17x7.5 235/55R17 18x8 235/50R18
2015-2017 EcoBoost 17x7.5 235/55R17 18x8
19x8.5
19x9
20x9
235/50R18
255/40R19
255/40R19
265/35R20
2015-2017 GT 18x8 235/50R18 19x8.5
19x9
19x9.5
20x9
255/40R19
255/40R19
275/40R19
265/35R20
2018-2019 EcoBoost 17x7.5 235/55R17 18x8
19x8.5
19x9
20x9
235/50R18
255/40R19
255/40R19
265/35R20
2018-2020 GT 18x8 235/50R18 19x8.5
19x9
19x9.5
19x10.5
19x11
20x9
255/40R19
255/40R19
275/40R19
305/30R19
305/30R19
265/35R20
2020 EcBoost 17x7.5 235/55R17 18x8
19x8.5
19x9
19x9.5
20x9
235/50R18
255/40R19
255/40R19
265/40R19
265/35R20

HRE FF04 Wheels on a yellow S550 Mustang GT

7-Spoke & 10-Spoke S550 Wheels

Where five-spoke wheels have a more traditional style, you might want something more modern for your late model Mustang. Seven-spoke and 10-spoke designs are hot picks for S550 owners. Many of these are concave wheels, which means the spokes are centered inward.

RTX Apache wheels have a seven-spoke design modeled after the wheels on the 2015-2020 GT350R. There are also seven-spoke styles inspired by the wheels on the 2020 GT500.

If you like the look of the wheels on the Performance Package GT Mustang, you’ve got a few options. Voxx offers more affordable replicas that mimic the split 10-spoke design, or you can pick up an official set from Ford Performance.

Black S550 Wheels

It goes without saying that black wheels are some of the all-time favorites for many Mustang generations. But they look especially good on the modern body style of the S550. They go great with any paint color, and they’re the perfect addition if you’re looking to blackout your Mustang.

There are lots of options when it comes to black Mustang wheels. Stick to matte for a more stealthy look or add shine with a gloss finish. Satin is a good middle-of-the road option if you’re looking for something not quite matte but not super shiny either. Some wheels have a combination of gloss and matte finishes for some extra dimension.

Chrome/Silver S550 Wheels

Chrome or silver wheels can give your S550 a sleeker appearance. Some chrome rims pay homage to the classic Mustang style, but there are modern designs available as well. Whereas black wheels contribute to a stealthier look, chrome can add a touch of luxury and class.

Close up of Velgen Classis5 silver wheels on a white S550 Mustang GT

Gunmetal S550 Wheels

If black is a bit too harsh for your tastes, a great happy-medium is gunmetal. Gunmetal wheels are a dark gray and come in either matte or gloss finishes. The Velgen Classic5 wheels have a bold five-spoke design that allows room for large brake kits. TSW’s rotary forged wheels are ultra-lightweight for better stopping power and acceleration.

Bronze S550 Wheels

Bronze Mustang wheels can add a hint of color to your S550. They don’t just look good on white or black Mustangs, either. You can pair bronze wheels with blue, red, or other paint shades for a contrasting and unique look. Some bronze wheels are brighter with gold tinges, while others have a darker more authentic bronze tone.

TSW Nurburgring wheels on a blue S550 Mustang GT in front of a loading dock

Velgen VF5 S550 Wheels

Velgen wheels come in a variety of styles to perfectly accent the curves of your S550. One of the hottest styles for the S550 in particular is the VF5. Constructed from flow-formed aluminum, they’re strong yet lightweight at 24 pounds. The split five-spoke design can complement any S550 build.

Velgen VF5 wheels for the S550 come in a diverse set of finishes including matte silver, matte gunmetal, satin black, and even gloss bronze. They’re also powder coated for added durability and a unique look.

Ford Performance S550 Wheels

As always, you have your aftermarket wheel options from Ford Performance. The styles are the same as what’s offered from the factory, but in different colors and finishes to set your car apart. Ford Performance’s Boss 302-style wheel can give your S550 a more classic muscle car look. You can also pick up the wheels that were included in the GT or EcoBoost Performance Packages.

Shelby S550 Wheels

Without a doubt, some of the most attractive wheels you'll find for your S550 come from Carroll Shelby Wheel Company. They come in many designs, from split five-spoke rims to drift-style wheels.

Perhaps the best part about Shelby Wheels is their flow-formed construction. This type of construction allows the wheels to be just as strong, or stronger, than OEM while cutting weight. Some of the higher-end wheel options, like the CS21, are offered in forged construction as well.

Carroll Shelby wheels on an S550 Mustang

S550 Mustang Tires

Although the wheels have the biggest visual impact, the tires are just as important. There are a few different types of S550 tires, each suited to certain driving conditions.

Summer Tires

Summer tires are a great choice for those who daily drive their Mustang during the warmer months. They provide great traction on both hot pavement and in the rain. There is a downside, though. Because of the tread compound, they don’t perform well in colder temperatures. Once it drops below freezing, summer tires won’t be able to hold their grip as well.

All-Season Tires

Although summer tires provide better wet and dry traction during the warmer months, all-season tires are built to withstand cooler temperatures. They may not have as much traction, but they can be a good year-round tire for many. Some people use summer tires during the warm months and then switch to all-season or winter tires as the seasons change.

Drag Radials

If you’re planning to build a Mustang drag car, then drag radials may be a good option for you. Certain drag radials are for track-use only, as they won’t do much on the street or in wet conditions.

However, some drag radials are DOT compliant, meaning you can use them on the main road as well. They’re mainly for use on dry pavement as they will also lose grip when wet.

If you plan on adding a supercharger and are looking for great traction to combat wheel spin, then a set of sticky drag radials on the rear may be a good idea.

S550 Wheel & Tire Accessories

Even though picking out wheels and tires is the most exciting part about upgrading, you may still need a few accessories. With any new wheels, you’ll likely have to pick up a set of lug nuts since the OEM style may not fit. New tires will require TPMS sensors as well.

Ford has a tire pressure monitoring tool that can reprogram the sensors for an accurate reading. It can also get rid of the TPMS light due to a faulty sensor. So if you’re investing in an S550 wheel and tire package, don’t forget to pick up any hardware needed for installation.

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S550 Mustang Wheel & Tire Buying Guide

When it comes to upgrading your 2015-2020 Mustang’s wheels and tires, there are so many options that it can be overwhelming. Black and bronze wheels are a few of the hottest color choices. Popular brands include Velgen, Carroll Shelby Wheel Company, and Ford Performance.