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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 11, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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15x7 or 15x8?

I have a 67 Camaro convertible and am now wanting to put on a set of Cragar SS 5 spoke wheels but would like some advice.

First question would be....Chrome or Aluminum? Which has a better/brighter shine? Next question...15x7 or 15x8? I know that the 15x8 will stick out 1" wider but does that really make a difference?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 11, 08:25 PM
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Re: 15x7 or 15x8?

Which shines more depends on how much effort you put into polishing them. I have 15x8s with L60s the tire lines up exactly with the outer most edge of the wheel well. A more important concern is paint chipping on rear quarters from gravel being thrown up.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 11, 07:26 AM
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Re: 15x7 or 15x8?

15x8's with proper backspace will fit. The chrome vs. aluminum is purely your choice. Many 1st gens ran with chrome Crager S/S' back in the day so it has that period correct look as does nearly any 5 spoke wheel. See my link below for photos. I run 15x7 with 225/60 up front and 245/60 in back.

Aluminum can be polished to a nearly mirror like finish and using good polish and a power ball or similar tool makes the effort a heck of a lot less. I polish just the lips on my TT-D's and it takes 5-10 minutes per wheel. When I polish the big Alcoa's on the motor coach it takes ~20 minutes per wheel. By hand it would easily take 3-4x longer.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 11, 05:56 PM
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Re: 15x7 or 15x8?

Where in OK are you located?

I just bought new Cragars (chrome) for my 69. I have 15 x 7 for front and 15 x 8 (4.75 BS) for rear. I might be able to squeeze 275/60/15 in rear but plan to go with 255/60/15 to be conservative.

Only thing holding me back is I can't decide on tires! LOL

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