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wheel vs drop

I think this question got lost in the depths of my other thread so Ill post it here.. Im not sure if it goes under wheeels and tires or suspension though...

My 68 coupe is getting new rims and tires, 255/60/15 on the rear, 235/60/15 on the front on 15x7 rims with 5" back spacing. I may need a 1/4" spacer in the front but not positive yet. Its also getting new springs front and rear since I dont like the 4x4 look it has, its just way too high.

So my question is, do I need to go with the 2" or 3" drop front and rear? Obviously I dont want rubbing, but only want to do this once.
I didnt buy the tires yet but will this week, so I need to rethink my sizes I still can.

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Re: wheel vs drop

On my 69 I have 3 inch drop in the rear and I am running 18 inch rims. My tires tuck underneath all the way to the rim. Based on that and with your wheel and tire size I would say 2 inch is plenty.
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Re: wheel vs drop

Thanks Ty. What size tires and backspacing? Do you have a picture? It sounds like 2" is the way to go then..

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When you run 17" or bigger wheels you mount lower profile tires on them and there is a lot less tire flex in the sidewall when cornering. Typically it doesn't matter the wheel size, the overall height and width that can fit in a wheel well is the same and backspacing (offset) is the key which was addressed in your other thread.

Back to the sidewalls; 15" wheels have tall sidewalls and if you match someones 17" or 18" wheel/tire/suspension drop combo dimensions you run the risk of rubbing when cornering even though everything fits standing still.

Drop your car before buying wheels and tires, I ran 245/60/15 rear and 235/60/15 front on 15x7 4.25 bs with a 2" front, 1.5" rear Hotchkis drop with very little scrubbing (nothing that damaged the tires) before going to 17" wheels and tires.

After the drop, find a wheel and tire shop that will work with you to fit the biggest tires you can on your wheels. It might cost you for an extra mounting charge but you won't have to buy tires that don't fit and do this twice or more. You may have to look past your typical wheel works or discount tire and find a custom wheel shop to get this service but it's out there...

Check the sticky threads here in the wheel and tire section, the '69 combo thread has a lot of examples of wheel/tire/drop fit and pictures to go with. If you see something you like PM the person and as questions about tires rubbing and fitment...

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Re: wheel vs drop

Just remember that a 2 or 3" drop in the rear will not look the same on a 67/68 as it does on a 69. The square openings on a 69 will make the tires tuck under a lot more.


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Thanks Ty. What size tires and backspacing? Do you have a picture? It sounds like 2" is the way to go then..

FRONT: 18x8 4.5 b/s
BACK: 18X9.5 5.5 b/s

I will have to check on tire size for you.

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Re: wheel vs drop

I've got a 67 and looking for a wheel tire option that won't get any tire rub. I want 15x8 in the rear. But is it a 4.75 bolt pattern? And I hear that I want a 5.5 bs. I want 15x7s I the front but idk the bs to get. And tires I want BFG radial ta 255x70x15 or would a 255x60x15 be better?
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FRONT: 18x8 4.5 b/s
BACK: 18X9.5 5.5 b/s

I will have to check on tire size for you.

Here's my '67 with 2" Hotchkis springs in the front and 1.5" in the rear. Notice the difference in gap above the wheels vs a '69.

FRONT: 18x8 5.0"bs w/245/40/18 (4.75" bs would have been better)
REAR: 18x9 5.25"bs w/275/40/18



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Re: wheel vs drop

Great looking rides guys, thank you for the info. Brent im surprised that the rear is only 1.5" drop, mine seems way up in the air for some reason. I guess I can start with 1.5" and redrill the plates if I need to if I need to go lower. And according to the math I just did over the last half hour, I can go 235/50/15 up front with a 2" drop and 255/50/15 with a 1.5 or even 2" drop. I dont want the back to look like its sagging though, I like the stance of your car. My wheels all have 5" backspacing so I should be OK I think..

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