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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old May 19th, 09, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Opinions on 17" vs 18"

I will finally start the 69 after 9 long years...long story...I told my buds that I will have a bottle of champagne on one end of my workbench and a bottle of Jack on the other. I need to pick out rims and tires and get them ordered soon and need ideas on wheel size. Any ideas will be welcomed.Thanks....
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These are 18's Billet Ralleys from www.wheelvintiques.com

Fronts are 18x7 with 4" back space on stock disk brakes. Front tires are 245/40/18 and 2" drop spring from Hotchkis.

Rears are 18x9.5 with 5.5 back space on stock 12-bolt with drum brakes. Rear tires are 285/40/18 and 1.5 lowering leaf from Hotchkis.


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I need to pick out rims and tires and get them ordered soon and need ideas on wheel size. Any ideas will be welcomed.Thanks....
For whatever it's worth, although I have a 67 my friend has a 69 like yours. He put 18's on his and wishes he had put 17's. I consider his opinion very valuable on this topic because he's owned a major tire store for several years.

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Re: Opinions on 17" vs 18"

Here's a different style. 18's on the front & 20's on the back.






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Re: Opinions on 17" vs 18"

17's for performance, 18's for good performance and looks(plenty of racing tires avail) 18/19 for the best looks but more rotating mass and less race tire available. 18/20 to much stagger for my taste.

I would also factor in your goals and suspension. What are you going to do with the car?
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I just ordered mine after weeks of research, reading, cutting out pictures and building a colage for comparisons and just plain thinking about it. I went with 18's.

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I think it must be an "age" thing. I personally like the look of the late 60's and 70's. You need to see some tire sidewall ! A size that is rare and looks great, IMHO is 16" on the back and 15" on the front. The 17" and bigger wheels look like they should be on a stage coach in the 1880's.

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There are pro's and con's to each.

More side wall = more flex and a smoother ride.

Less side wall = Less flex and a rougher ride with better handling. There is a point where rim size/tire size will balance out and handling will not improve any more.

Kind of a bias ply tire vs. radial tire type thing.

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I have 17's on mine 9.5 rear 8 on front & I love them.


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Since you're asking for opinions, mine is that 17's look better than 18's....not that any first gen looks bad with either. To me though, a first gen does not look right once the sidewall to rim ratio gets too low which for me seems to happen when going over 17".

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I've always been a believer in 17's based on performance,looks and tire availability but I took Jon Henson & Jason Rushforth's advice on stepping up to 18's and I'm glad I listened.
Get yourself hooked up with some nice meaty-sidewall 40-series tires and you'll have the best of both worlds:






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I've always been a believer in 17's based on performance,looks and tire availability but I took Jon Henson & Jason Rushforth's advice on stepping up to 18's and I'm glad I listened.
Get yourself hooked up with some nice meaty-sidewall 40-series tires and you'll have the best of both worlds:

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I am glad to hear that as I went with 18's as well via Jon Henson.

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I am glad to hear that as I went with 18's as well via Jon Henson.
Good deal,Jon's the best,isn't he?
What wheel design did you choose..?

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Good deal,Jon's the best,isn't he?
What wheel design did you choose..?
Yes, Jon seems like a very nice guy and more importantly very knowlageble. I went with Foose Legends.

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