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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Near San Antonio, Texas
Re: What size ?
I have 16" wheels, with 235/55 on the front on 7 inch rims, and 295/50 on the back on 9.5 inch rims. Some things to also know:
On the front I have the DSE coilover system using their control arms. On the back, I have DSE minitubs and their Quadralink 4-link setup.
If I had to do it over again, I don't know if I would use 16" as my wheel size, because the tire choices are very VERY limited. I made this choice because I thought that I could fit a larger disk brake system on 16 rims when in fact you will almost always have to use a disk brake system for 15-inch wheels. The only way to get any larger disks is to go to 17 inch, which also gives you almost unlimited choices in tires. But for me, I just don't (personally) like the look of 17 inches on my '68, but I like them on '69s.
I also find wide tires for 15 inch rims a bit hard to find too. Except for M/T, I can't think who else makes a wide tire for 15" wheels. Another mistake I made was ASSuming that a tire size from BFG was available based on BFG's web site and chart. I ordered my wheels and when I went to order the tires for the rear, I found that they had not been made for some time and there was a 'waiting list' to get them and they had no idea if they were going to make them anymore (the 295 series). After doing a nationwide search, I got lucky and found only one company, Cooper, that makes a wide 16 inch tire.
So, the lesson is if you have an odd wheel size, don't order the rims until you know 100% for sure that the tire size that you want is available. Don't trust the dealers or manufacturer's web sites.
Hope this helps.
'68 RS Camaro, 454 SBC
'69 Camaro, body only