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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 01, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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I know ya'll are sick of this question but please help. I would like to use 17"x8" up front and 17"x9" or 9.5" in the back if possible without modifing. I will be using hotchkis springs 2" lower front and 1.5" lower rear. Will this work? What backspacing and what size tires can I use? Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 01, 03:33 PM
 
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My brother in law had 17" Centerline Sabers on his 69. I think he had 8" up front with 245/45's and 9.5's on the rear with 245/45's. The backspacing is 5.5 on the rear don't know about the front. His car was lowered about the same amount. A set of 17"s will sure make it look good. As for me, I can't even begin to tell you how glad I will be when my 67 is ready for rims and tires.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 01, 03:35 PM
 
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275/40's on rear. Sorry.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 01, 04:59 PM
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first of all let me say that i now have the same suspension components you are using( hotchkis front and rear). i have done a lot of research and a 245/40-17 on a 17x8" in front with 4.5" of backspacing will fit! they are now on my car!

i havent done the rear yet but i am sure that 275/40-17 on a 9.5" rim will fit, only if you move the rear shocks completely inside of the springs and do some body work to the fender well inside and out. a 5" to 5.5" backspacing will be needed to clear everything. i am going to go with the 5.5" of backspacing and then use a 1/4 " spacer on the hub to make it all work. i think i may even be able to squeeze a 285/40-17 in there.

my project funds are gone for now but in the future i will let everyone know what exactly fit. good luck!

sorry you will have to do a little modifying to get this killer look!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 01, 02:46 AM
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Do a search, you'll find alot of information on the subject. Moving the spring inboard will not provide any additional clearance when using 17" wheels, the limiting factor is the inner fender.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 01, 04:07 AM
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Mark is right. Also, the inner wheelwell dimension on a '69 is 11-3/4". The section width of a 275/45/17 is 11". That leaves a mere 3/8" per side assuming the tire is perfectly centered. If the 285 is any wider - and of course it is - you may be able to wedge it in but it will absolutely rub.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 01, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the help. Scott is the 11-3/4" wheelwell the same on convertibles? If I went 17x7 and 17x8 what is the biggest tires I could use with no modifications? Thanks.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 01, 04:17 AM
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I don't know why convertibles would be different - however, every car can be different so I'd measure yours first.

I'm running 245/45/17's on 17x7 wheels with a 4" BS on the front of my car and they fit fine. I don't think you can go bigger without rubbing.

In the rear, the consensus here seems to be that 275/45/17's will fit if they're centered. Some guys report a little rub going into a driveway or something similar that twists the car but they seem to fit if they're centered and the lip is trimmed and flattened. IMO, a 265/45/17 would be a great fit but I haven't found one yet!

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 01, 08:43 PM
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I have been through this before on my wifes car. The 17/8 with a 4 1/2 backspacing will fit the front. The rear is best with a 5" backspacing. Any more and you will rub on the inside when turning into a driveway or any twisting of the rear. The 275/40 is the widest tire you can fit without tearing your car up. The tire size on the front is 235/45. I put 17/7 on the front of my car with a 4 1/2 backspacing and 17/8s on the rear with 4 5/8 backspacing. In my oppinion they look meaner than the larger ones. And you have more tire choices. One thing people forget when they get the huge wheels is you are limited to a short profile tire because of sidewall clearances. In my oppinion the 275/40 is too short and does not fill the wheel well at all. But thats just my oppinion.
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Jeremiah thanks fo the response. What year is your wife's car and what size tires are you using? Thanks again for the help.
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