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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 14, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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What size tires can I get away with?

I'm restoring my 68 Convertible and I have some 15X8 Corvette rally wheels that I want to use. What size tires can I use that will not rub?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 14, 06:27 AM
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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

I've had 275/60 BFG radial T/As on a 15x8 wheel with 4.5 bs on my 67. It was stock ride height and did not rub. They definitely filled the fender wells though. If you dont want the height of the 275 go with a 255/60. About the same width of a 275 but an inch or so shorter.

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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

What backspacing are the 15x8's? Are they real GM or reproduction wheels? Reproductions are available in 4"-6" backspacing. Are you wanting to put the same size tires front and rear?

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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

Sorry but the height is determined by the 60 series the width is you 275. I went through this on my 68. I'm running 17's in front and 18's at the rear. My 68 had 14" with F70x14s from factory.
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Sorry but the height is determined by the 60 series the width is you 275. I went through this on my 68. I'm running 17's in front and 18's at the rear. My 68 had 14" with F70x14s from factory.
That's not entirely accurate. The 60 determines the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the width of the tire. The sidewall is going to be 60% of the tire width.

So a 275/60 tire will be taller than a 255/60.


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That's not entirely accurate. The 60 determines the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the width of the tire. The sidewall is going to be 60% of the tire width.

So a 275/60 tire will be taller than a 255/60.
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That's not entirely accurate. The 60 determines the height of the sidewall as a percentage of the width of the tire. The sidewall is going to be 60% of the tire width.

So a 275/60 tire will be taller than a 255/60.
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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

They are GM wheels, not repros. Not sure of the bs. I will have to measure. I was hoping to use same tires all around unless that will look bad.
Anyone have any photos of this?

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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

The 15x8 up front would be the most critical, you would want 4.75" backspacing to center the tread in the space you have. I know one of the more popular same size all around is a 235/60 15 on 15x7 w/4.25" bs. If you have 4.75" bs on your 8" wheels it would be a good choice. since you have a '68 you might get away with a bit less back spacing but the tire might protrude out beyond the fender lip a bit depending on size chosen.

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Thanks Dennis!

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The 15x8 up front would be the most critical, you would want 4.75" backspacing to center the tread in the space you have.
Just a comment. On my drum brake equipped 67 the distance from the drum brake mounting surface to the tie rod is 4.8"
I guess a disc brake car will have approx 5.3" clearance.
In my case 235/45-17 on 17x8 rims with 4.5" BS will clear the tie rod with 5/16"

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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

every one may have a different experience but this is mine. Factory Rallys have 4" back spacing. I have 15x8 Corvette Rallys on my 67. 21560r/15 bfg on the front. they do rub when you go through or over a bump. I put some Koni's and Hotchkis springs on and they seldom rub. But the 215's will look silly on the back. I have 255/60's on the back. trimed about 1/8" of the wheel well and they fit pretty good.
Phase two: i am putting disc brakes on the front which set the wheels out another 7/16" or so which is now too far for factory rally's. I ordered 5" backspacing 8" wide rallys by Wheel Vintiques from Jegs for $82.00 each free shipping. So far they clear the a-arm and tie rod. Ordering 2 more for the back. Lots of clearance and it looks good. Summit has them for $78.00. For the price you can't clean up and paint old ones.
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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

225 x 60 front. 245 x 60 rear. Spacer between fender and inner fender, bb springs on a ac SB 69 vert. No rubbing.
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Re: What size tires can I get away with?

Brent MHO I was misinformed regarding the sidewall issue. That certainly does make more sense. Thanx
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every one may have a different experience but this is mine. Factory Rallys have 4" back spacing. I have 15x8 Corvette Rallys on my 67. 21560r/15 bfg on the front. they do rub when you go through or over a bump. I put some Koni's and Hotchkis springs on and they seldom rub. But the 215's will look silly on the back. I have 255/60's on the back. trimed about 1/8" of the wheel well and they fit pretty good.
Phase two: i am putting disc brakes on the front which set the wheels out another 7/16" or so which is now too far for factory rally's. I ordered 5" backspacing 8" wide rallys by Wheel Vintiques from Jegs for $82.00 each free shipping. So far they clear the a-arm and tie rod. Ordering 2 more for the back. Lots of clearance and it looks good. Summit has them for $78.00. For the price you can't clean up and paint old ones.
I looked on Jegg's page for the wheels you mentioned but I do not see them.. Are they GM type rally wheels?

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