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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 12, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel fit

Will 17x9.5" wheels fit the back of a 69 with only a 5" offset. Also 17x8 on front with only 4,5" offset. Thinking 235/45-17 front and 255/45-17 rear
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 12, 02:50 PM
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Re: Wheel fit

have you searched?? https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=153274
I havent done it so I dont have a comment, hope this helps you

69 R/S Z/28 302 X33 D80 late 09C
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 12, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Wheel fit

yes but no one has the 4.5" front or 5" rear backspacing.
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I believe you are refering to back spacing as I have never seen "offset" represented in inches. A 9.5" wheel with a 5" bs on a '69 would have the fender lip cutting into the tire unless the back end was jacked up to clear the tire. A 9.5" wheel with a 5.5" bs might require trimming or rolling the fender lip depending on tire size and or if disc brakes are used.

The offset on a 9.5" wheel with 5" backspacing is negative 6mm and on with 5.5" bs it's positive 6mm. 1" = 25.4mm

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I know of a '69 coupe that runs Vintage Wheel Works V45s, fronts are 17x8 with 4.75" backspace and rears are 17x9.5 with 5.5" backspace. This is with stock wheelhouse dimensions (no fender rolling or mini-tubbing) and disc brakes all round, and from memory I think the ride height is lowered about 1" all round. Not sure on the tires he runs on those rims, but you would have to be real careful in section width and aspect ration to avoid rubbing the wheel opening lip.

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I know of a '69 coupe that runs Vintage Wheel Works V45s, fronts are 17x8 with 4.75" backspace and rears are 17x9.5 with 5.5" backspace. This is with stock wheelhouse dimensions (no fender rolling or mini-tubbing) and disc brakes all round, and from memory I think the ride height is lowered about 1" all round. Not sure on the tires he runs on those rims, but you would have to be real careful in section width and aspect ration to avoid rubbing the wheel opening lip.
Tim those are not the back spacings he asked about!

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If I go to the 4.75" backspace on the front and 5.5" on the rear, will the 235/45 & 255/45 work without rubbing? Stock ride height, for now
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If I go to the 4.75" backspace on the front and 5.5" on the rear, will the 235/45 & 255/45 work without rubbing? Stock ride height, for now
Exactly what I have on my '69 convertible Clint. It's lowered 2" front and 1.5" rear. I also have C5/C4 disc's front/rear. You are going to hear others profess they have absolutly no rubbing with the same tire sizes and even larger 275/40 and 245/45 tires. IMO a lot of cars get built and don't ever get 4 passengers and a full trunk! Some only get driven on and off the trailer and a lot don't get driven very hard.

My car is solid, sits even on all 4 corners, tires and wheels are centered properly and the rear is centered so I have the same clearence on both sides. (all things that can effect tires fit.) It also has good shocks, subframe connectors and a big sway bar, a Hotchkis x-brace and new body bushings. In the rear I get a slight scuffing on the inner fender turning into some driveways and had to trim the fender lip to the edge of the spot welds to be safe there. In the front I had to replace a couple fender bolts with button head bolts to keep the tires from rubbing the bolts and at lock to lock the tires scuff the subframe. Even with the slight inside scuffing I have not had any other problems with 4 adults in the car and the trunk loaded up.

My belief is the coupe has a roof that provides more regidity than a convertible so the rear wheel scuffing might be less than in my car allowing a larger tire. I can't imagine the front being any different from coupe to convertible. More negative camber would help a 245/45 fit but might cause a touch more rubbing on the subframe.

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Thanks Dennis that helps a lot. Now I just have to decide on which wheels.
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Tim those are not the back spacings he asked about!
I know; just trying to help by describing what I know works without rubbing - especially as he hasn't decided what wheels/tires to go with yet.

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