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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 25th, 10, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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1979 wheels and offset

The wheels on my recently purchased 79 camaro are 15 X 8 inch corvette Rallys. The front tires are 215/70/15. When going over a dip they rub the upper inner fender near the edge of the outer fender. When turned to the extreme left or right, they are nearly rubbing the inner fender again. The rear tires are 255/70 and they rub also near the outer edge of the inner fender. I assume I can just go with a narrower tire on the rear and be ok.

I need to know if I can put a different size tire on these rims and not rub or if it is the corvette offset on the wheels causing the problem. If I can keep the current rims, I would like to as I am not wanting to fork out $600+ for new rims and tires.

Also, can anyone help me as to what the offset needs to be if I do have to order a smaller rim for the car? I have been told that S 10 rims fit the car but I can't find the special lug nuts to mount the center caps so I am looking for other alternatives.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 10, 09:26 PM
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Re: 1979 wheels and offset

Mokey,

to the best of my recollection when I worked in the tire & auto service industry during most of the 1990's -- the 1979 Camaro's, particularly the Z28's had P225/70R15 tires all the way around with 15x7's all the way around.

You should be able to run a P235/60R15 up front and a P255/60/R15 or even a P255/70R15 on the rear of the car. With the P255/70/R15 your speedometer will be off.

Personally I don't like the first gen or Corvette Rally's on any second gen. I love the 1970 - 1979 Z28 wheels on 2nd gens and the 1980 & 1981 Z28 wheels look good as well. And yes I know the Z28 was not produced for 1975 & 1976 model years.

I think these wheels would look great on your 1979. And you can find 'em pretty cheap on craigs list in a few different colors. They are 15x7.





If memory serves me correctly it was 15x7, 5x4.75 bolt pattern with 4.25" backspace.

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