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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 04, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if any of you guys have 275/40-17 on the rear of your cars, and with what rims and backspacing? I have a '69 firebird (I know), and was thinking of getting 245/45-17s on 17x8 rims front and rear. I was also thinking of throwing 275/40-17 on 17x9.5 rims in the rear, but can only get 6.5 or 7" backspacing from american racing. Any opinions on what I should do for the rear? Thanks.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 04, 06:06 PM
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You need 4.75" to 5" b.s. on the fronts and 5.5" b.s. on the rears. American Racing offers the correct offsets in some of their wheels. Which ones were you looking at?

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 04, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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17x8 torque thrust IIs

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They make those in custom offsets, but they are much more expensive. I second Camcojb's offsets.

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 04, 08:14 PM
 
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The Vintage Wheel Works 17's are much stronger than the AME TT II's, and cost less as well.

But I will third the wheel dimentions at 17x8 w/4.75 front and the 17x9.5 w/5.5 rear.
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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 04, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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right on, thanks guys, just what I was looking for.

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post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 15th, 04, 05:22 PM
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17x9.5 TT II's with 5.5" backspace cost an extra $30 or so per wheel when I ordered. Give Robert a call at Value Tire Center - 800-974-8585.

He sells a bunch of wheels at swap meets/car shows and via phone. I haven't found anyone that can beat his pricing on ARE wheels.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 04, 06:48 AM
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Are the '67 Camaros narrower in the wheelwell than '69 ? I thought I had read that somewhere. If not the 275s would be sweet on our 67.
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 04, 05:35 PM
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ttt. Can anyone separate fact from fiction and let me know if this combo is possible on a 67 or if the wheelwells are narrower. Thanks.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 04, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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dunno...i heard the 67s are narrower, but mine's a firebird anyway....

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YES, the 67 is narrower than the 69.

A 245 on a 17x8 or 8.5 with 4.75 BS on the front.

A 275 on a 17x9.5 with 5.5 BS on the rear.
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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 04, 07:34 PM
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Thanks Chicane. Now I know for sure.
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post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 04, 11:30 AM
 
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Randy S Thanks for posting the number to value tires. I just ordered a set of ar hopsters 17x8 4.75bs all the way around. To my door they were only 676.00 no tax or shipping and they said they will be here monday or tuesday. Dealt with a guy named bullit, Robert was at a show. Now its time for tires!! Thanks again [img]graemlins/beers.gif[/img]
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post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 04, 02:21 PM
 
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Micky~ If you are gonna or if you want to split hairs and go for a custom offset (if available) check this thread out:

Fiske Profile 5's on a 68

We did a custom offset to keep the wheel package in as close as we could for maximum fender clearence and the slight track width changes that were related to the modifications we did to build this 68. Sometimes when you change brake components and go to aftermarket differential's, there can be some slight track width changes that can be delt with when ordering custom wheels. We could of used the 4.75 (F) and 5.5 (R), be we decided to compensate for the width change of the involved parts. If someone is gonna pop for wheels of this caliber and they can be ordered with a custom offset at no extra charge......I'm gonna take advantage of it, that's for sure.
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 04, 02:24 PM
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Excellent! glad it worked out for you. I like those Hopsters, but decided on the TT II's due to the WAF Robert makes some pretty strong deals on tires as well, but I'm not sure what brands he carries other than Goodyear and American.
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