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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 03, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everybody.

I am about to replace the 36 year old front springs. I have already upgraded to a 5 leaf in the rear. What I need to know is what would be the best wheels for my car, preferably in a 16" rim? I know that there is tons of info on this subject, so I have literally spent hours looking over all the posts; truthfully I think I am more confused than when I started. So I am asking for some opinionated (I mean that in a good way) and experienced people to just tell me what works. I sure as heck won't argue. My criteria are:

67 Camaro. Stock height 5 leafs, 1" drop on the front springs, drum brakes all around, traction bars. Stock everything else (fenders aren't rolled, shocks are in stock location, etc.). I don't care if the rims are moderately different from front to back, within reason. I don't want to rub, so I don't need to push every tolerance. I am just looking for a decently wide, time-tested combo that I can safely purchase and not look back.

I have no experience with custom wheels, and need to lean on you guys for this one. I would really appreciate the help, as always.

Mike

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 03, 11:46 AM
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How about a pic of the car? That might help....
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 03, 11:48 AM
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By the way, IMHO, Rallys are the way to go.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 03, 11:55 AM
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I'd suggest 16x8's with 4.5 backspace.Its a proven combo that works well.
Tires,245/50/16 front.....255/50/16 rear.

To see that combo look at Carl Casanova's "rig"
http://www.geocities.com/casanoc/

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 03, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses, guys. I am not sure how to post a pic, but there is one picture of it on

http://www.ncdoula.com/chevelleweb/Gideon.htm\

Notice the 68 grill...I just like the 68 grill. The car's a mutt anyway.

I think I will take your advice Tom, and go with the combo you recommended.

By the way, Carl-wherever you are. Your Camaro is awesome. I have that Super Chevy. Awesome. I hope you don't mind if I unabashedly copy your wheel and tire combo; imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all.

[ 11-11-2003, 10:49 AM: Message edited by: Gideon ]

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 03, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for the compliments Mike!

If you decide to buy the rims from Vintage Wheel
Works ask Rusty if he still offers the $100 finders fee for new customers. They were offering $100 to current VWW owners who reffered new customers. If you know someone who has a set of their rims, and work out a deal, you might save yourself a few bucks.


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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 03, 03:16 PM
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Hey Carl , wonder if you have advise for my problem? I have 14x7 ralleys all the way around on my 68.I have hotchkis 2" drop springs on the front and 1.5" drop in the rear. The tires are 235/60/14. The problem is that the outer tie rod rubs the inside of the tire.IS there anyway to fix this problem without changing tire size?I plan on changing rims one day but for now its not in the budget.Advise anybody? [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 03, 05:21 AM
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How about using a wheel spacer to bring the wheel away from the tie rod? They are available in various thicknesses from Pep Boys, Summit, etc.

Try putting some washers between the wheel and the drum/rotor until you get the spacing you wish. Measure the thickness of the washer stack and order the correct spacer. Be sure not to drive the car with only the washers. Also confirm that you will have enough wheel stud thread length to accomidate the spacer.


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Thanks Carl i'll give it a shot and i'll post back later to let you know how it worked.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 03, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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CarlC,

I looked over the article featuring your car in Super Chevy, and read that it has relocated upper A-arms. I was wondering if the fact that I have my front suspension stock would affect the use of the same wheel/tire combo as yours. Any thoughts?

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 03, 08:19 AM
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If the ride height is like mine (9 1/4" from the ground to the center of the front lower A-arm bolt) then something around -1* camber or a bit more may be required. Running -1* on the street is no problem since there is not enough camber gain using the stock geometry. If you align the car to the stock specs it will badly wear the outside of the tire every time. You can start at -1* camber, as much caster as it will take, and between 0" - 1/16" toe out.

I run -1.5*, 3.5*, and 1/16" out with the mod on the street. On the track it's not enough, it needs closer to -2 and 1/8" out.

You will likely need to run buttonhead screws along the perimeter of the wheelhouse. It's a tight fit.


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