Any chance of clearing a 275/40/17 on a 17x8'' with 4.5'' bs?
I have the wheels I wanted, and thought I had the tires picked out as well. I seen plenty of 275's on 1st gens, and thought "no problem!". Not until later, did I realize, they were all on 5.5'' bs with a 9''+ rim.
My rearend is right around 1/4'' shorter than stock, overall length with discs. 1/8'' in towards center, both sides. I have plenty of work ahead on the 1/4's and rolling and trimming the lips, is not a problem. My father is an experienced bodyman, and mentioned changing the shape of the 1/4's at the wheel opening, slightly, if need be would not be a problem. Along the lines of fender flares, but with the actual sheetmetal, and hopefully, not noticeable. I've seen two first gens with gawdy fender flares, and will not alter my 1/4's like that!
Anybody tell me if they've seen it, what needs to be done? Tried it, and ran into clearance issues? Where? The wheels will be tucked in a smidgen more than stock, and the outer lip can be manipulated to fit. However, if it's going to place the tire 3'' outside the fender lip, obviously, that isn't acceptable.
Will any 275/xx/17 tire get me in the ball park, or will section widths vary so much between brands? I'm thinking this is probably a tire I can find on a newer SUV in a junkyard.
I really can't afford to pay shipping multiple times, if I can even return and exchange un-used (but mounted) tires.
Let's hear it