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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 10, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question DSE Minitubs and 335 tire question

Hey guys,

I just brought home a truck load of parts including floors, trunk pan, quarters, DSE tubs, etc. I got the tubs so that I could fit the 335 size tires -- LOVE that big tire look .

Here's my question. I have a stock 12 bolt that I am going to narrow or I may even replace it with a narrowed Ford, gag, cough, unit. What I don't know is what size (from wheel to wheel) to go with. I don't want to narrow it too much and have the tires in too far and I don't want to end up with the tires still sticking out. What spacing, or width have you guys used and what backspacing did you use on the new wheels?

Also, I'm not sure if 17" or 18" or larger rims would be better. I don't want to get much bigger than 18" because I don't want a really thin sidewall section on the tire. Low profile is nice within reason. I also don't want to pick a tire size that is difficult to find in case I need a replacement on a road trip in the future.

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Re: DSE Minitubs and 335 tire question

56 inches axle flange to axle flange, 5 1/2 inch backspace. You have to use the offset shackles and a narrowed tank.
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Re: DSE Minitubs and 335 tire question

Yeah, I am aware of the shackles and narrowed tank (my 34 year old tank probably needs repacing by now anyway), as well as the rest of the stuff DSE sells in the kit but thanks for the reminder.

I haven't decided if I'm going to use the leaf spring set up or go to a 4 link and coils. I want it to handle really good but I'll never take it to the track so I'm not sure if the extra expense of the 4 link (and extra time to install) will be worth it. However, that is the setup I would use in my "dream car" and this is my "dream car" so if budget allows then that's the way I'll go.

For street use I think you can get pretty good results with leaf springs anyway so that may be what I'll use and spend my savings on better front end stuff. I may be wrong but I think the biggest improvements will come with upgrades in the front suspension and steering.

Sooo many decisions!

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Re: DSE Minitubs and 335 tire question

I had the car I builkt on a rotessiere. I put the tires in the wheel well, then measured from rim to rim and had my rearend built. No guessing about it. Also allow for your brake system/ rotors/ drums whichever you use.

Also mount your leaf springs and offset shackles to get the right tire clearance.

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I bought a narrowed Moser 12 bolt ( argh on the 9 inch FORD) and frank had it narrowed 2 1/2 " per side I think. After you mount it then worry about exact back spacing by measuring. 335 have about 3/4 inch inside and out on mine. I rolled my fender lips since was in the torn down stage anyway and didn't want to mess with that after paint if became an issue

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Re: DSE Minitubs and 335 tire question

Seems to me that's one of the advantages of tubbing and narrowing - you get to pick the wheel you want with the look you want. Some people like a lot of offset in the wheel and others prefer the look of the newer Corvettes . It it were me, I'd pick my wheels and backspace first then have the rear built to fit them.

My druthers are that I'm not crazy about the look of 18" wheels on a first gen Camaro. 17" looks OK, and seems to have plenty of tires available. Not to offend any one - it's a matter of opinion - but 18's are getting into wagon wheel territory on these cars.


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I had the car I builkt on a rotessiere. I put the tires in the wheel well, then measured from rim to rim and had my rearend built. No guessing about it. Also allow for your brake system/ rotors/ drums whichever you use.

Also mount your leaf springs and offset shackles to get the right tire clearance.
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