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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 06, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cool I know its been beat to death!!!

However I have done searches until my head spins, I have a 68 Camaro wtih SpeedTech uca and 2" Hotchkiss springs, Baer 13" Track up front. And 1.5" dearched springs in back with Baer Sport 12" Rotors. I am wanting 17" rims.

Front- 245/45/17 with 5bs 17x8 rim
Rear- 275/40/17 with 5.5bs 17x9.5 rim

Does anyone have this setup or can you tell me if it will work. Please help before I go CRAZY!!!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 06, 12:33 AM
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

I've got pretty much the same setup as far as the tire sizes go, except 17x10's in the back if I remember correctly. In the back I can see it barely rubbing the inner fender well (I've never heard or felt it, it's just shiny, and that's with a thin wheel spacer). On the front when my tires were brand new, lock it lock it would hit the lower rear fender bolt (just barely). Now after some wear, it doesn't hit (that I've noticed anyway).

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 06, 05:09 AM
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

That's max sizes that really fit. Keep in mind that all tires are not created equal. There are SLIGHT differences from brand to brand. That and the fact that these cars are 35+ years old and there are differences in room from side to side acounts for some minor rubbing. Some people can't stand any rubbing and drop down to 235/45s and 255/45s and some cars don't rub at all. Now that I totally confused you the point is every car is a little different and many tires are slightly different so results may vary. Bottom line is what you picked at your ride height SHOULD work.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 06, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

Thanks for your responses. This is the hardest decision for me so far, I thought the paint color was hard. It is just a huge investment and the rims have to be custom made so their won't be any returning them. As far as tires I was going to go with Nitto 555.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 06, 09:23 AM
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

I have pretty much the same setup except with 6"bs in the back because I was deathly afraid of the rear tires sticking out beyond the wheel well. I have about 1/2" clearance to the rear inner wells. After a track day, I realized I was rubbing the inner sidewall of the right tire. I'm looking to add a 5/16" spacer and longer wheel studs before I go back.

Bottom line, If I had to do it over again, I would go with the exact setup you are considering to get the rear wheels out another 1/2".

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 06, 11:04 AM
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

Mines a 67, but essentially the same...but I have the DSE coilovers and upper/lower control arms, disks all around. I'm running VWW V45's with Nitto 555 rubber.
Fronts no problem.
Rear, I orded 5.75 offset...it rubs inner wheel well sometimes when turning onto an incline...like a driveway or parking lot. I'm gonna try a 1/8 in spacer to see if that fixes it.
5.5 should be ok, but instead of the inner wheel well, you may rub the outer fender. This will simply mean that you need to roll the fenders from 10 oclock to 2 oclock...just be careful with your new paint.
Like stated before, every car is different. Since you've invested so much money in the paint...and now the wheels, you might consider getting one of those tools to measure offset or mocking something up. I saw car at a show this summer with a guy who had 5.5 in spacing and his tires were all cut up from rubbing the fender. He said he knew he needed to roll the fender, but was worried about his paint...he should be worried about the blow out he's going to have.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 06, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Re: I know its been beat to death!!!

Your right I would be more worried about a blowout!!! I really do not have a problem with rolling the fenders. I am going to have to take the car back to my paint guy when I get it all together anyway for final touch up. Scott your car looks good. I can't wait to get back on the road again. So it looks like these are the numbers I am going with. I will be nervous the whole time, but I won't be happy going smaller then finding out I could have gone with what I wanted. I will post some pics when I get them. Thanks for your help guys at least I will have some sort of peace with this.
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