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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 06, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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17x8 rear, how big tire can I go??

I have already bought my 17x7 and 17x8 tt2's for my 69 Camaro. I was planning on 235/45 on front and 255/45 on rear. From what I have read, this is a safe combo that is likely not to rub. Can I go any larger on the back with an 8" wheel and all stock rearend except for lowering 1"? I like the looks of a little meat on the back. Thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 06, 07:22 PM
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Re: 17x8 rear, how big tire can I go??

I have 275s on the back and 245s on the front
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Re: 17x8 rear, how big tire can I go??

Do you have any pictures? Are you running 7" on the front? Is your car lowered? I like the 17" look, but don't care for the rubberband tire look. My taste is the right amount of tire and sidewall bulge. Thanks
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 06, 11:15 AM
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Re: 17x8 rear, how big tire can I go??

don't have pictures handy, but my sidewalls are 40s on the front 35s on the back. The car is lowered 2" in the front, 1.5" in the rear I am running 17x8 in the front, 17x9.5 in the rear. BS is 5.5 in the rear 4.5 in the front, but I would go 4.75 in front if I had to do it over again.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 06, 01:40 PM
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Re: 17x8 rear, how big tire can I go??

My car is lowered about 1-2" and I'm running 235/40-17s on 17x8 (4.5" bs) in front and 265/40-17s on 17x8 (5" bs) in the rear. No rubbing but I'm planning to switch to 275/50-17s in the rear to pick up some additional height and help with traction. I prefer the look of some taller tires in the rear on a muscle car. The 265/40s were tight on the 8" rims but the 275/50 will work fine. Nitto, Falken and M&H make the 275/50-17s. The M&H is a drag radial and is probably the tire I'll use. I've heard of some folks running 285/40-17s on 17x9.5s on the rear with no rubbing but they had very stiff roadrace style suspensions.


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