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New to this awesome forum! I did a search for this topic and got back too much conflicting info. So I'm kind of confused. Straight out, what is the max width 15" rallys that will fit on a 69 camaro with no rubbing at all? Assuming the suspension is in good condition. With what back spacing and tire sizes? Does a lowered car need different backspacing or smaller tires to achieve a no rub too?

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Hi Kelvin,

Welcome to the forum! I was able to get 15x8 (4 in BS) with 235/60 on the front and 15x10 (5 in BS) with 275/60 on the rear with no modifications.
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Hi Kelvin,

Welcome to the forum! I was able to get 15x8 (4 in BS) with 235/60 on the front and 15x10 (5 in BS) with 275/60 on the rear with no modifications.
How?!!!!! You must have air shocks or a fairly high sitting rear end. We BARELY got 15X8" with 5" b.s. and 275/60 DR's on the rear of a friends 69.

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Anybody got pics of rally set ups?
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oops..on 69 Camaros... [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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Jody, I do not have air shocks or any other 'system' to raise the rear of the car any higher than what I think is stock. I will mention, however, that I believe, (not 100% sure) that the rear leaf springs may have been arched higher than stock. I say that because the spring packs were on the car when I bought it and they do not look original. So, with that said, I am not aware of any modifications that have been made and ride height appears stock. If I can find some measurements of stock ride height, I will compare to mine and post a reply. Also, I'll try to get some pictures posted that show the rear suspension.
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The reason I say that is on my buddies car with stock rear springs the 275/60-15's fit up inside the fenderwell. He actually had to trim the inner fenderwell slightly so it wouldn't cut the tire and that was with an 8" wheel with the same b.s. as you have. If the wheels were 2" wider the tire sidewall would never have cleared on his car. So either yours is higher than stock (if his was stock height) or his was lower than stock (spring sag), but it didn't seem low.

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15x7 front,and 15x8 rear seems to fit most '69
cars without major problems,

on my 1967 when i was using stock 15x8 rallye wheels,{aprox 4 inch back space}
when i had the worn out monoleafs,if i ran 245/60/r15 tires the outer wheel well lip hit the outer edge of the tires,every time i hit a bad bump.
when i installed the 3 leaf hotchkis,it was better,but still rubbed on occasion.
I bought some wheel vintiques {from summit;they have them,but,not in all the catalogs,ASK!}with 5 inch back space,and they centered the wheel almost perfect,with the stock rear end.
I installed a 9 inch,and glad i kept the stock 15x8's,LOL,i had to reinstall them,as my ford 9 inch rear is a lil narrower!{And a Lot heavier,than the 10 bolt,that was in the car}

If there is someone near you with a set of rims/tires that you can try,thats the easiest way to find out what fits Your car,as there are minor
differences between our cars.
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 03, 04:05 PM
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hope this helps....i've run 15x8 rallys w/4.5" bs w/235-60's front and back on my '69 with no problems and no hammering. (wheels ordered from summit)
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Just sold off my 15x10 rallys with 275x50's that were much to wide for my looks but never rubbed either, I have new Eaton 5 leafs in so the rear end is up a little higher than normal, waiting for it to settle down a little.

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15x8 with 4.5" backspace is what you need. Camaros never used a 15x8 and a 15x8 from the Corvette has a 4" backspace, which will rub and wont look right. Aftermarket places like NPD sell a custom 4.5" backspace wheel specifically for the 67-69 Camaro. This is what i have on back. I have 15x7 up front:





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Nice ride! Thanks all for the info. I guess a 15 x 8 will fit with 4.5 and 5" BS. Is there any advantage to either BS? 4.5 versus 5"?

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The 4.5" b.s. would be fine with a standard sized tire like a 235/60-15 or similar. If you're trying to fit a large tire like a 275/60 in there I'd opt for the 5" b.s.

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i am not sure about 5" BS. I think if you go really wide tire, you may need it. I have 245's on back, 235 up front. I mismatched, but the overall height is about the same. I figure with the number of miles i put on my car a year, i will be replacing the tires before i rotate them! [img]smile.gif[/img]

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So are you saying , I can't go wrong with 5" backspacing? I could always run a smaller tire than a 275-60-15 on the 5" BS right? Or with a tire smaller than 275 would it look "funny"?
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