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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 09, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Problems with 17in wheels

I was talking the other day to several people at a car show and they told me that guys are having problems with 17in rims on the camaro's. can anyone verify this.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 09, 12:06 PM
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Re: Problems with 17in wheels

I have not heard that. They need to be more specific to what the problems are.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 09, 12:07 PM
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Re: Problems with 17in wheels

Makes absolutely no sense...what 17's are we talking about?Backspace clearance issues?
More info needed,17's are a proven fitment on all Camaro's...

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I've run 17" wheels for years and thousands of miles, no problems...

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Yes, they're wishing they got 18's instead. Sorry couldn't resist.

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Re: Problems with 17in wheels

Everyone will have a Camaro that something fits a little different on so if a person is using someone elses specs to fit them and they were on the edge I could see a person having problems. Not all Camaros are created equal but there are some proven combination that fit and work very well. be prepared to spend some time getting you ride hight correct as all Camaros are not created equal here also. I see some that look perfect, others look like they just drove in the from the low rider show and others look like they could have 4x4 running gear under them and then there are others with 22's i won't go there.
You need to first decide on a wheel and then see if back spaces are available for you fitment and then check tire sizes.

It's funny but I was going 17 inch when I finally decided to go with Vintage wheel works 40's or 45's in 15x7 and 15x8 with raised white letters. That older classic look has proven hard for me to give up. If you looking for a great fit and like the TT "D" look check out Vintage Wheel Works, there is a guy on TC that owns a tire/wheel shop Called Drivers Inc. He is very helpful about what works and what will not and has some good prices also. I think he sells on E-bay a set of 17 inch front and rear with Nitto tires Vintage Wheel Works 45's for $1700 or so. A pretty good price!!

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Re: Problems with 17in wheels

Haven't had much problems with the 17s at all. With the VWW wheels, the accepted front backspace is a 4.75", and the best tire size is a 235/45/17. Some guys prefer to run the 245 up front, but I prefer to tuck them in to a 4.875" if you are going to do that.
The rears have always been a slam dunk with a 5.5" backspace on a 9.5" wheel, or the guys that like to see more tire bulge, a 9" is also an option. I have only had one guy say this did not work on his car in the past 3 years, and he's uncertain if his rear end truly is 'stock'. I told him it can't be because his wheels stick out by an extra 1".

If your car is stock track width, this set up should work.

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Re: Problems with 17in wheels

Sounds like a second gen rearend in a first gen...

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..... I have only had one guy say this did not work on his car in the past 3 years, and he's uncertain if his rear end truly is 'stock'. I told him it can't be because his wheels stick out by an extra 1".

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