Help with 16" wheel purchase
From reading MANY threads on wheel and tire sizes it seems that the most common wheel/tire sizes are:
Front 15 = 15x7, 4.25 bs, 235-60-15
Rear 15 = 15x8, 4.5 bs, 255-60-15
Front 17 = 17x7, 4.5 bs, 235-45-17
Rear 17 = 17x8, 4.5 bs, 255-45-17
I was having a real hard time deciding between 15 and 17 wheels since I like them both. Then I saw a car that had 16 wheels and that hit my sweet spot. A happy compromise and it looked great to me.
However, that is now presenting its own issues in the very limited choices in wheels and tires. I want an all chrome wheel and was leaning towards the Summit Legend 5s. But those arent offered in 16. Cragers are not offered in 16. The TT2s are available in 16", but only in polished or a combination chrome/polish. I cannot find a 16 all chrome wheel in the size/bs that it appears that I need.
I did find the TTD wheels in all chrome in a 16, but they only have an 8 wheel with a 4 backspace. So, my question
.If I go with a narrower tire than the recommended sizes above, will that offset the smaller backspacing and help prevent rubbing? Will the smaller backspace make the tires stick out too far from the fender?
For instance, since the front backspacing is off by .25 inches could I go with a 215 tire (8.46) instead of a 235 tire (9.25)? Since the tire is about .75 inches narrower, would that help prevent any rubbing? Would a 215 tire work on a 8" wheel? On the back the backspacing is off by .5 inch. Could I go with a 235 tire (9.25) instead of the 255 tire (10.04)? The rear is a bigger question since in theory I would need a tire that is a full inch narrower to make up for the .5 difference in backspacing.
After my long winded question, bottom line is
..will this wheel/tire combination fit with no rubbing and will it look decent?
Front - 16x8, 4.0 backspace, 215/55-16
Rear - 16x8, 4.0 backspace, 235/55-16
Ideally I would like to go one size wider on the tires if possible, but then I may have to drop down to a 50 ratio on the rear due to limited tire availability.
I have a black 68 and am running a stock suspension, but my subframe is from a 69. It has a big block in it, but not sure if the 69 subframe has the BB springs or not. I currently have a 235/60-14 front tire and get some rubbing on big bumps. Not sure on bs of the existing wheel. Rears I have 295/50-15 with air shocks. Im ditching the air shocks and that is what started this whole mess.
I may want to lower it depending on the stance after the new wheels and tires go on.
Sorry for so many questions, but I am really struggling with this.