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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 06, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

I am torn with what size rims I want to go with...I need at least 15" rims but have been told by my son to go with 17" rims...I have thought about 16" rims but 16 to 17 isnt that much more...I am looking at torque thrust II rims.

This is what I am looking at I think and just wanted some opinions...

It is going on a 68, and since my front end is dropped 2" I was thinking...

17 x 7 with 4" backspacing and a 225/45 front
17 x 8 with 4-3/4" backspacing and a 255/45 rear

Is anyone running this and does anyone have any pics they can post with a dropped front end?

Will this combo work? I like the wheel wells to be full and no rubbing issues. I also have drums in the back and was thinking that a 17" rim will look out of place with the drums. The front are disc.

Thanks for any feedback. It is a tough decision...
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 06, 07:05 PM
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

Pretty close to my combo, should work fine. I have shorty's (16's) in front, and you're specing thsat extra 1/2" of bs in back that I wish I had. Tire sizes are same, I have no issues with mine.

As long as there's enough sidewall left to avoid the "rubber band" look, modern low profile rubber makes a world of difference in handling and general "driving feel" as well.





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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 06, 11:20 PM
 
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

go at least 17 inches, the car will definitley look better i'll sacrifice a tiny bit of speed for some really nice looking rims..
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 06, 12:21 AM
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i would not recomend 16" rims the sizes are more limited than 17", and you cannot get 275 if you ever decide you want wider tires

here is carlc's web site, that top pic is of his car with 17" rims, i think it looks good
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I have 18x8 with 225/40/18 and 5 inch back spacing in the front and 18x8 with 245/40/18 with 4.5 inch back spacing in the rear. Should have run the 5 inch back spaced wheels all the way around and could have put a 275/40/18 on the back then.
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I have almost the same sizes, but my fronts have a 4.5 bs. I struggled with the same issue. Car shows and my gut helped me with the rest. Came to the conclusion that the 16's were still to close to a 15. So it really came down to choosing between 15's and 17's. Also chose 17's because vehicle has many aftermarket updates, e.g. headers, intake, and other bolt-ons. Hope this helps.
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 5th, 06, 10:42 PM
 
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I think it all depends on what your plans are with the car. If it is just a cruiser/ show car then I say the bigger the better. if you plan to race it I say stick with the 15's. and if you are doing a little bit of both go with the 18's or 17's or even both. again if you want a "old school" look=15's. "pro-touring"=17" or 18". "street machine"18's and up. My personal choice is go big. it is one hell of a choice picking out the right wheels. but it's cheaper to fix than a paint color. good luck. Oh ya. I would stay away from 16's just because there is little choices concerning tires.
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

I've have 17s and if I were to do it agian I'd buy 18s.

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 06, 03:16 PM
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I've have 17s and if I were to do it agian I'd buy 18s.
I agree, you will regret it. Remember, 17's nowadays are like 14" 10yrs ago.
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 06, 07:36 PM
 
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I did 17's on my 67. It's taken awhile to get used to, being more old school, but I'm starting to like it. Definite improvement in handling. I think you are going to have probs with rubbing with that backspacing. I would go with 5" backspacing on the front and 5 1/2" on the rear. I did 4 3/4 on the front with a 235's and it ended up real close to the fender lip. I did 5 1/2 with 255's on the back and it's perfect. I think 275's would rub on mine. BTW, I did the Global West 1 1/2 drop front and back. Sorry, no picts yet.
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

If going 17" - 17x8 w/4.75 front and the 17x9.5 w/5.5 rear
Tires 235/45 up front and 255/45 in rear

If you consider 18"
Rear 18x9.5 (BS 5.5) with 275/40-18
Front 18x8 (BS 5) with 235/40-18

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i`m running 235/45/17 with 2 in drop and 255/50/17 on the rear on 17x8 on torque thrust II ill post pics of them tomorrow they look awesome and dont rub at all
17 x 7 with 4" backspacing and a 235/45 front
17 x 8 with 4-3/4" backspacing and a 255/50 rear
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 11th, 06, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

GREAT...I would love to see the pics!

I am also now looking now at 17x7 and 17x8 Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dog rims or the Boyd Coddington Smoothie rims...
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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 06, 07:52 AM
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Re: What are your thoughts on 17" rims?

If you like them check out Coy's Wheels. Can be found on ebay or www.coyswheel.com. They are sharpe and I like the 18's on the rear and 17 on the front.
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I agree with redvetteharley: 17" front, 18" rear. I put Smoothie II's, 17x8's front (245/45/17), and 17x10's rear (275/40/17) and wished I'd have gotten the 18's in the rear. I have two inch lowering springs on the front. The size I have do rub a little (not bad, though). I will probably go down a size when it's time to replace tires in a few years. They look real big at first, but seem to get smaller the longer you have them (like getting a bigscreen tv that looks huge at first). There are a ton of tires to pick from like has been mentioned. Plus you have a lot more choice in going with bigger brakes if you decide to later on.


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