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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 01, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 1969 Camaro Convertible and want to put the AR TT 17" rims w/245 40 in front and 275 40 in the rear. I have read that I need a 5" back spacer for the rear and a 4 3/4" spacer for the front.

Will this push my tires outside of the wheel well? Does the use of spacers compromise the strength from the wheel to the axel?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 01, 06:58 AM
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What you're referring to is "Back Spacing" and it's the dimension from the inner wheel lip to the back of the mounting pad. Stock for a Chevy wheel is 4" of b.s. Those dimensions you listed will pull in the wheels more, so you can fit a bigger wheel/tire combo. I've heard that the max. b.s on a stock suspension is 5" any more you'll be rubbing on the shocks, etc. I would go 4 3/4 max. and you should be safe.
As for the wheel width on a '69 I would think about 8" is max. up front on a stock app. And unless you plan to do some wheel lip trimming out back, no more than a 8.5"
Some '69 owners can probably give you better info on widths.

JD

[This message has been edited by John Doyle (edited 02-21-2001).]
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