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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 11, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help with 16" Tires

My new 68' Camaro has a nice set of Ralley looking chrome wheels on it in 16x7" and 16x8". I like the wheels and would like to keep them but am having a little trouble coming up with a nice set of tires for them. The tires on the car are Goodyear Eagle RS-A in 205/55/16 and 225/60/16. They are shot and need replacing and the front tire seems unecessarily small in diameter (24.9").

I would like to go wider front and rear and have come across two options so far:

Option 1: ContiProContact tires in 225/55/16 (25.7") front and 235/55/16 (26.2") rear. Alternate sizes would be 225/60/16 (26.6") and 235/60/16 (27.1")


Option 2: BFGoodrich G-Force Sport tires (modern tread design) in 225/55/ZR16 (25.7") and 255/50/ZR16 (26.0")

Option ???

I am leaning towards the G-Force Sport option because I would really like to get some wider tires on the back than 235 and the stiffer sidewall should make for better handling/feel. My concern is that the tires might look "funny" on Ralley type wheels on a 68' Camaro.

What do you guys think? Are there other options I am missing?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 11, 02:51 PM
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Re: Need Help with 16" Tires

I ran P245/45ZR16 on all 4 corners of mine with no issues. 16x8 with 4.5 backspace. I was completely stock, nothing relocated whatsoever.
I sold them last year in December after 12 years.

The rear of our cars are supposed to take a 275 on a 9.5" rim with 5.5" backspacing without any mods to the wheel well.

This may be of interest to you:
CarCraft article February, 2009
Pasted from linked article: 1967-1969 Camaros and Firebirds

15-inch: 15x8 with 4-1/2-inch backspacing front and rear. With some tires the rear shocks will have to be mounted inboard; if you do that, some combinations of 9-inch rear wheels will work with 5-1/2-inch backspacing.

16-inch: 16x8 with 4-1/2-inch backspacing front and rear. The rear shocks will have to be relocated inboard. Use tires with an aspect ratio of 50 or less with section widths of 245 to 255.

17-inch: 17x9 with 5-1/2-inch backspacing front and rear. There may be lower-control-arm contact with some steering gears. Use tires with an aspect ratio of 40 or less and section widths of 245 to 255.

18-inch: 18x9 with 5-1/2-inch backspacing front and rear. Use tires with an aspect ratio of 35 or less with section widths of 245 to 255 in front and 275 in the rear.


As for the Rally's lookin' funny... ...nuthin' funny 'bout them.
That's some serious musclecar heritage right there!

You should see the Wheel Vintique Rally's in 18" used on John Balow's (Muscle Car Restorations, Chippewa Falls WI) '69 Camaro in the April '11 CarCraft.

Same old '68 since 6/24/89
(Well, with a few changes along the way)

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 11, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Need Help with 16" Tires

You misunderstood me. I meant will a modern tread design look funny on the Rallys?

If not, it sounds like the G-Force Sports are a good way to go. 255 in the rear and 225 or maybe 235 in the front. My front wheels are spaced out to clear LS1 brakes so I'm not sure if that affects the decision on the front.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 11, 07:11 PM
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Re: Need Help with 16" Tires

I guess I did sort of misunderstand but really I was just making light of it. The G-force is a pretty modern looking design and has an aggressive appearance. I like it.

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