Where did you get your new take-offs? Something I had considered when shopping for tires. I have to keep the original tires since the have the factory green dot.
It's a fine line trying to preserve a car and still enjoy it. Just a thought, maybe you can enjoy your original seats and pick up a set of OEM seatcovers to have if ever needed. Who knows, maybe by the time the seatcovers need replaced there will be nice aftermarket options available. Then again maybe you'll want it to be more of a 'survivor'.
Yep, it's a fine line.
For my 2008 GT daily driver, I've used http://www.newtakeoff.com/. Roush and other companies that modify cars also sell take offs on their web site. But as you would imagine, the 2005-2009 cars are not that "new" anymore
I've procured and installed brake rotors, calipers. I have ready to go if needed shocks, air filter, and serpentine belt.
Bought the same Pirellis at about 55K miles, and will need another set next year. Those were bought at a tire store. I don't think I want 5-10 year old tires since I drive it.
For the battery I just bought a Motorcraft, which is relatively close to original. The original was drained, rinsed, dried, and is in storage.
Similarly, I bought the Take-Off Pirellis locally here about 5 years ago, and have had them sitting/waiting, no signs they were actually ever installed onto a rim and no stickers either. Bought from another wholesaler of New Take-Off parts in the greater Cleveland area. I paid only $275 for the 4 tires!Picked them up for FREE on the shipping costs.
The Rims, I just bought in an eBay listing a few weeks ago from www.newtakeoff.com
Same BULLIT Style, but in CHROME instead of Dark Argent so the new Pirellis went onto the stock style chrome "optional" wheel, that style didn't come on my '05. The (replacement) new Pirellis are date coded 2007. The originals are coded 2005 and I figure having the stock wheel weights still in original place is a good thing too.
On the seats, I'd buy another set of new skins for my seats but since now the cars are 10 years old, I might find a whole set of seats, nice enough for a "Driver" with seat covers or something...
If you have new take-off wheels/tires, it would make better sense to save those and get new tires put on your original wheels. Considering the wheels are the same for both sets.
If you saw how nice my original tires & wheels are, and given my previous comment, Charles, you would save the originals asside too, I think