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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 02, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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what are the widest size wheels i can fit on my car? What would the offset have to be? Im set on weld rod lites....thanks
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 02, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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if possible...i would like to go with nitto 555r's...so would the back tires have to be wide considering how well these tires hook?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 02, 06:08 PM
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what size are yyou going for?????15's 16's etc? also is this for drag racing or street/strip?? do you want them inside the 1/4's, anyway in 15 inch you can fit a 275/60/15 on a 15x8 with 4.5 backspace, i have these on my 68 and have plenty of clearance in the wheel well, as for 17's with no mods to wheel well you can fit a 275/40/17 in side with 5.5 backspace, also wheel vintiques carries the camaro rally wheels in lots of sizes, summit carries them all, goodluck
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 02, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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i gotta 72 nova, which the tires go slightly up into the quarters, they are 15" rod lites for mostly street, occasional strip...so you say 8" wide? will it hook pretty well w/those nittos?
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hey, have not personally tried or talked with anyone about those nitto's but they have a wild look to them and what i have read sounds inpressive, i read an article on those, stock tires, and bfg drag radials all on same car same day and the nitto's ran the fastest e.t of the day, i am going to try them next year, but goodluck, the article was in febuary 2003 super chevy mag with a i think nova with a blown bigblock onthe cover, the car is red and you see very little of it, anyway those guys loved them, goodluck
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 02, 02:11 PM
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i just got a set of 15X7 wheels off a friend's 71 Z28, with Firehawk 255/60/15 on the rear, and they fit nice. had to roll the wheelwell just a tad, but if they had a bit more backspacing, that wouldn't have been necessary. sorry, i never measured the backspacing- i was too excited to get them on. with the IROC 16" wheels, i had smallish 225/60/16 on the rear, with only a bit of rubbing if the rear got kicked over at a severe angle- like a steep driveway or something. i know 245/50/16 will clear nice, as well, as i had that on a Nova i had back in 94 that had IROC's on it.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 02, 02:12 PM
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Iv'e tried everthing on my 71 Nova.I had 8" Welds with 4.5 backspacing with 255-60-15 tires,but they rubbed hard on the right side and a little on the left on bumps.I have settled on 15x7s with 4.5 backspacing with the same 255 tires.I believe you could get a 275-60 on it without rubbing,but that tire is a little big for a 7" rim.The 7" wheels and 255's fill in the fender nice.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 02, 01:00 AM
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Altdc, Take a look at my '72 Nova at the link below. I have 255/60R15's in the back and 235/60/R14's in the front. I can just get my fingers between the wheel well and the tire. I wanted to keep a stock look but go with a 15" wheel in the rear, could not find this style rally wheel in a 15" so I had Coker Tire custom build a 15x7 wheel with 4" back spacing. I think I paid about $80 per wheel (pretty pricy but I got the look I was shooting for). Hope this helps.

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