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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 98, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Planning on buying 4 15x8 corvette rally's for my 68 Camaro. Will they fit or will modifacation of my wheel well be needed? They have 215/65/r15 tires on them. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 98, 01:32 PM
 
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I have used 15X8's on my 78 for a while, they fit fine. 215-65 15's is a pretty tall and skinny tire. I ran 245-60's in the front and 265's in the rear. I would think that 215's would look to thin on the 15X8's, hey, if they don't fit I'll trade ya for a set of 15X7's......
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 98, 01:54 PM
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LMAO!!! Good try there, bitchincamaro!!!
Doesn't everyone want a set of 15X8's???
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 98, 03:47 PM
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The wheel wells on the second generation body are alot bigger..I have a pair of 225-70R15's on 15x7's on the front of a '69 Z28, and they rub when turned sharp.I would think 215-65's would be ok, as the 8 inch rim would lower the overall height a bit.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 98, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well I got the 15X8 rally wheels and before I made the decision I put them on and cranked my wheel hard left and right. Front clearance to the sides were good (about 1"). So I Bought them, But driving home Id hit a bump and they would rub on the top of the wheel well both front and back. Looking at them they had both front and back atleast 3" to the top if not more. But I noticed when my friend got into the car it sunk down low. Im guessing this is my coils and Leaf Spring? Time to get new one from ages of use and sag. Any comments? Or should I put on different sized tires? Or maybe new shocks?

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 98, 04:38 PM
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New rear leafs will help considerably, especially if yours are 30 years old. I replaced mine when they were 25 years old and have pictures before and after and you can see the top of my tire in the after pic. The front used to ride higher than the rear. I put new shocks on before I did the springs and it didn't help ride height. By the way, I have stock wheels (14x7) and tires.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 98, 04:22 AM
 
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I would go to a new set of balonies. Try something shorter, 235-60, or in that range.

The xxx-60 or 50 has nothing to do with the width!!! The width is xxx in MM, and the 50 or 60 or 65 is the sidwall height, in % of width. So 235-60 would be both wider and shorter than 215-65. This will affect speedo readings. I looooove to leave my cars loooowwww, so I fit the tires to the lowest ride height I can....
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I would go to a new set of balonies. Try something shorter, 235-60, or in that range.

The xxx-60 or 50 has nothing to do with the width!!! The width is xxx in MM, and the 50 or 60 or 65 is the sidwall height, in % of width. So 235-60 would be both wider and shorter than 215-65. This will affect speedo readings. I looooove to leave my cars loooowwww, so I fit the tires to the lowest ride height I can....
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 05, 11:49 AM
 
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Wink Re: Rally Wheel 15X8

I used to do suspension and brake work for a living. I have a '69 Camaro, and I'm using a 15 x 7" rally wheel with 23560R15 tires, and it works fine (I do have new leaf/coil springs). The Corvette wheels have a different offset and will not work. Leaf springs is a pretty easy job, the hardest part is dealing with 30 years of rust. Coil springs can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing, be careful or pay to have it done. Those springs pack a serious punch.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 05, 05:00 PM
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Re: Rally Wheel 15X8

My 67 had 15 x 8 Vette Ralley's on all 4 corners with 235's when I bought it many moon's ago. I'll see if I can dig up an old photo and scan it in. They did not have any fit or rub problems.

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 05, 08:57 PM
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Re: Rally Wheel 15X8

If you're running original Kelsey Hayes Corvette Rallies (not repos) the offset won't work on a first gen, unless you run a pretty skinny tire, which defeats the purpose. The Corvette rallies have 4 inch offset. In an 8 inch wheel, a first gen needs 4.5 to 4.75 inch offset.

You can have the centers of the Vette rallies moved in or out to meet the need (moved out in the case). Stockton Wheel in CA will do it for about $75 a wheel...800-395-9433. I prefer this to repos. Though repos can be ordered with the correct offsets, they're not hub-centric and in my opinion, not as safe.

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