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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Near San Antonio, Texas
Re: Anyone have 16" rims/tires?
I have 16" wheels. Let me say first that my thoughts on this are based on my decision to go with this size and my car, not others. So don't take offense to this, but I regret going with 16" wheels and tires. Here's why:
- The selection of tires is very limited, even more limited than 15". The size ranges are also rather limited.
- The wheel (rim) selection is also very limited.
In general, it seems to me that most wheel and tire manufacturers are following what 'most' in the market want and that is the new big wheel/tire trend, so there are fewer and fewer customers who need a 15". The 16" seems to be caught in the middle.
I use a 215/55 on the front and a 295/50 on the back. Since I have a minitub, its nearly impossible to get a wide 16" tire. I found it wierd that there were manufacturers making wide 16 rims but nobody making a wide 16" tire. I only found Cooper Cobra makes a wide tire in 16".
- I also have a bad feeling that if I ever decide to go with a 15 or 17 inch size, that I will have a bit of a hard time selling my used 16" setup.
On the plus side, I do like the look, as I still can't get on board with the low profile look on my 68 with 17" wheels, but I wanted something bigger than a 15".
One final assumption and mistake that I made: I wanted a larger braking system, and I thought that a 16" would let me run larger rotors, etc. as some brake manufacturers listed 16" wheels on their larger brake packages. But in reality, it will rarely work out that way and you will wind up using 15" brake systems on 16 wheels unless you get lucky on the rim design and backspace. The brake manufactures will have templates that you can download and cut out on cardboard and run inside your rims to see if something fits. The problem is you need the wheel to test that out...
'68 RS Camaro, 454 SBC
'69 Camaro, body only