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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 11, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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68 Coming Home needs new shoes!

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My project (basic 68 RS) is finally coming home after a year and a half. Her shoes are worn out and she needs some new ones so after reading here for the past year I though I had figured out what I wanted with regards to sizes.

I was going with Torq Thrust II's with Nitto 555's.

Front
17x7 4.25bs with a 235/45/17
Rear
17x8 4.75bs with a 255/45/17

So I went to the local wheel shop to order them yesterday. I was told that the front wheel (17x7) was only available in a 4.00 bs and would need to be special ordered taking 6-12 weeks. I was surprised because after reading through every tire/wheel thread I could find that seemed like a pretty standard size.

Anyhow, my question is this. What wheels, and BS, should I run? Currently it is factory rear drum, disc conversion in the front, and stock other than that.

My future plans are to put the standard Hotchkis lowering kit and to swap out the rear end with a 73 nova 8.5 10bolt that is a direct bolt in and convert the rear to disc as well so I want to make sure whatever i get will fit now and in the future.

That is my long winded post. Should I stick with the sizes I mentioned above so that I can accomplish my goals or will other back spacing work?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 11, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 Coming Home needs new shoes!

Since I didn't receive any replies I thought I would post what I ordered.

Went with the 17x7 4.0 bs with a 235/45 for the fronts

Went with the 17x8 4.8 bs with a 255/45 for the rears.

I really wanted 17x8 and 17x9.5 with more meat on the ground in the rear but was scared that the 275's and 9.5's would rub. I felt pretty comfortable with the combo I chose fitting without rubbing.

It's not going to hook up unless I put slicks on it anyway so what the heck.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 11, 10:12 AM
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Re: 68 Coming Home needs new shoes!

Things get a little slow in Tires and Wheels because the wheels and sizes that fit the 1st gen Camaro are covered well as you noticed. The thing is those sizes are not necessarly common to all the other cars these wheels could be installed on. Tire manufactures and tire shops won't make and won't stock something for a specific make and model. It would take up too much room to store hundreds of wheels and it would mean building wheels that might never sell. What they do mass produce is a size that will fit most every '50s - '80s GM vehicle with the same lug pattern even thought the wheel may not take advantage of the room available on a given year and model. Most wheel manufactures websites cover this but often the tire and wheel shop guy won't because he wants to move inventory.

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