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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 04, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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I ordered ARE Hopsters from a local shop and got the best deal from any that I've seen on the web. I got 17x8 (4.75 bs, rear) for $195/wheel and 17x7 (4.0 bs, front) for $189/wheel which includes shipping and center caps! [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]


Now all I have to do is figure out the transmission gear and rear gear to determine the rear tire ratio.....which I have no idea of. I do know that it is a th350 and 10 bolt posi. Is there a way to tell other than tearing in?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 04, 01:19 AM
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Nice wheels. Jeff has them on his black RS.

You need to know the rear end ratio on your car (3.55, 3.73, etc) as well as how tall the tires are gonna be on the back. Once you have those, you can determine what driven gear you will need for your speedometer (there is a formula to determine it...it's listed in the NPD catalogs, but I'm sure you can find it in other places as well).

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 04, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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Does Jeff have a website? I'd like to see his car with those wheels...

The guy at the tire shop said I needed to know both the rear gear and transmission gear to determine the proper tire size. Is this true? I will be installing an Autometer electronic speedo that can be calibrated so I'm not concerned with that. I can probably find out what the rear gear is by looking at the paperwork or contacting the previous owner, but what about the tranny gear?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 04, 09:57 AM
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if you are getting an electric speedo, you don't need to know the gear ratio or tire diameter anything. i think you just set it between mile markers on the highway- push a button at the beginning of the mile, and push it again at the end. it calibrates itself. then, you can see what your RPM at 60 is, and use the tire diameter to figure out the gear ratio. or, i guess you could pop the cover on the rear axle and count the teeth and do some quick division and know the ratio. hell, the gear lube probably needs to be changed, anyways.

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I'm waiting for delivery of the same wheels. Good choice! If you search for Hopsters in the wheel and tire forum you will find the thread with the Hopsters on a very nice '67. Good luck!


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 04, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I found it. Looks sharp! I just hope these wheels don't become the next TT's, I'd like to look unique for a little while. Although, not too many muscle car owners in this area lower their suspension and install larger than 15 in. wheels! They all go for the skinny front/fatty back look...

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