I need a fresh set of eyes on this issue. I have read many of the posts dealing with tire fit. Specifically, BFG Radial TA 275 60 r15 on a 68 camaro (multi leaf springs, no tubs) with American Racing Torque Thrust D. (following are Summit racing numbers ) part # are-1055861 8.5" rim width, 3.75" backspacing, 15" rim. I have these wheels and tires on the back of my car.
The posts I have seen do not indicate any rubbing problems with these wheels and tires. Is this with the 3.75" BS wheel? On my car the chrome trim was slicing into the outer tread whenever I pulled into my sloped driveway, or when I make a tight turn.
To compensate for this problem I installed a lift kit.This solved the problem but I don't like the look of the shackles and the tail end of the car sits up too high on top of the fact that weight transfer during launch at the drag strip has been affected.
I had thought this was the maximum BS available on this model wheel. On the American Racing website there is another size available. Model number 1056861. This wheel has an 8"rim 16" diameter and 4" BS.
So, this other rim is 1/2" narrower, 16" diameter vs 15" but with a bit more offset.
Now to the point. I am considering ordering the 16" rim and putting the 275 60 15s on them.. Does anyone think this would bring the tire deep enough into the wheel well so I can remove the lift kit and not have any rubbing issues? the 1/4" difference does not sound like a lot. Or am I just spinning my wheels?
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.