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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 19, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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1968 SS Tire Size and Brand for 17 inch

I've got the 17" AR torq thrust with very old Sumitomo tires (MY 2009) and need to change all 4.



My fronts: 235/45/17
My Rears: 275/40/17
Tires: Sumitomo



However, I would like to go wider on the rears.



1)What's the best size to go a little wider (photo might help) - or maybe stick with 275s

2)What are good tire brands to go for?



PS: I don't know the backspacing of my AR wheels. Car came with the wheels, back when i purchased them.

AR specs: https://www.americanracing.com/produ...k-machined-lip



Thank you very much.







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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 19, 02:58 AM
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Re: 1968 SS Tire Size & Brand for 17"

what ever size you choose, I would suggest Cooper tires. that is what I use on all my vehicles.
the mileage is equal to the one set of Michelin I had
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I've got the 17" AR torq thrust with very old Sumitomo tires (MY 2009) and need to change all 4.



My front size are alright 235/45/17



However, I would like to go wider on the rears.



1)What's the best size to go a little wider (photo might help)

2)What are good tire brands to go for?



PS: I don't know the backspacing of my AR wheels.



Thank you very much.
You don't say what size your rear tires are so kinda hard to help you pick wider tires. Not knowing your wheel backspacing doesn't help either.

That said, 1st gens with no tubs in the rear and stock inner fenders up front and basically stock style suspensions can accommodate up to a 245 width up front and a 275 width in the rear. With the correct backspacing you should be able to run a 245/45 r17 in front and a 275/40 r17 in back.

Tire brands are real subjective and some what regional, I've been real happy with Nitto 555's and BFG G Force tires.

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You don't say what size your rear tires are so kinda hard to help you pick wider tires. Not knowing your wheel backspacing doesn't help either.

That said, 1st gens with no tubs in the rear and stock inner fenders up front and basically stock style suspensions can accommodate up to a 245 width up front and a 275 width in the rear. With the correct backspacing you should be able to run a 245/45 r17 in front and a 275/40 r17 in back.

Tire brands are real subjective and some what regional, I've been real happy with Nitto 555's and BFG G Force tires.
Ah my apologies, missed putting my rears. They are 275/40/17.

The backspacing, i'm not sure, because back when I purchased the car it already had the wheels on. Is there anyway I can find out my wheel spec?

Here's the wheel spec from AR: https://www.americanracing.com/produ...k-machined-lip


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Ah my apologies, missed putting my rears. They are 275/40/17.

The backspacing, i'm not sure, because back when I purchased the car it already had the wheels on. Is there anyway I can find out my wheel spec?

Here's the wheel spec from AR: https://www.americanracing.com/produ...k-machined-lip
So with 275/40's you are at max width without either a mini-tub or a wheel adapter to decrease your backspacing and make the tires stick out beyond the fender lip.

Looking at what is offered you most likely have a 17x8 w/4.5" bs

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I prefer BFG.
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So with 275/40's you are at max width without either a mini-tub or a wheel adapter to decrease your backspacing and make the tires stick out beyond the fender lip.

Looking at what is offered you most likely have a 17x8 w/4.5" bs
Ah i see, yeah i think ill stick to my current sizes then. Just gona be looking for good tires with those sizes.


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Ah i see, yeah i think ill stick to my current sizes then. Just gona be looking for good tires with those sizes.
Definitely look at the Nitto 555 or 555G2 (second generation) I have been completely satisfied with the 555's on my '69.
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I try to buy USA company products so the profit stays here not to some other country. There are great tires from the USA that goes on and American car!! Just and old guy talkin. . . . .
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I try to buy USA company products so the profit stays here not to some other country. There are great tires from the USA that goes on and American car!! Just and old guy talkin. . . . .
The guy is in Saudi Arabia...

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I try to buy USA company products so the profit stays here not to some other country. There are great tires from the USA that goes on and American car!! Just and old guy talkin. . . . .


I get what you mean, for me honestly, any product going on my car needs to be reliable & good quality, regardless where its made from.




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The guy is in Saudi Arabia...


Yup, moved back here with the car. I had in in boston for 2 years, then a year in New York City before shipping it back.

I actually bought the car from Lond Island


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