Originally posted by DjD:
Hi Matt - thanks for the complement on the stance. My car has hotchkis 2" drop springs up front and 1 1/2" drop leafs in the rear. Even though 69's have the square wheel well opening they have larger tubs behind the opening than 67 & 68's. I only have first hand experience with my '69.
Disk and drum hubs change things a bit so keep that in mind and I think Doug's got the right idea of making templets and measuring carefully. You can get tire dimensions from www.tirerack.com/tires/SearchTires.jsp
Just start from the hub surface (where the pad of the wheel makes contact) and go from there. Using John's 17x7 and my 17x8 as a comparison, At an inch wider only .25" goes inside and .75" goes toward the outside. John says his fronts rub on the outside - given that, my wheels would compound his problem even though the tires are the same size.
Absolutely! Dennis is right.
With the '67 '68 round wheels, you also need a fairly tall tire to fill the well (unless you really slam the car). The '69's squared off wells and almost every other cars dropped or squared wells will look better with a shorter tire than the '67 '68 will.
Be careful when measuring, with the larger wheels, they look best when the top of the well is a little above, at or just below the tire height.
The Blue Camaro above is a perfect example. It's a beautiful car, but it needs to sit down in front at least 2" (I'd guess more, but I also think those are probably brand new stock springs or even a heavier duty spring, a 2" lowering spring as the owner mentioned would probably do the trick). Still a very nice car that will only look better when dropped in front.
You're better of on a '67 '68 going with 7" and at least 4.5 " back space up front. I removed my bolts, trimmed back the well trim and the rubbing is now rare. I do have discs up front, which push out the wheels a bit. Other wise, you'll get major rubbing and have to mod the wheel well or change out the A arms to correct it.
On the rears, the 8" 4.75 bs works good. I do have minor rubbing (actually more like a polishing... the paint and tire are just slightly shiney, I'm sure this could be cured with a 1/8" spacer or washer. it's not really that serious, I'm just making the point that I doubt any more back space will work).
On a stock '67 '68 car, these are the largest you can go with out jacking up the car or doing mods, IMHO. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]