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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 06, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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295 tires

i saw a '68 camaro tonight with 295/50/15 tires on 15x8 rims. the tires didnt go out past the wheel well at all. everyone here keeps saying these size tires wont fit without minitubs. this car had a good 3" of space between the tire and the frame rails and the guy said he gets no rubbing. is it ok to put 195 tires on an 8" wide rim or is this guy going to lose the bead on one of his tires in a hard turn? i forgot what he called the offset. he didnt give a #, but called it normal offset or something. im guessing he went with the factory offset?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 06, 09:29 PM
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Re: 295 tires

To address the 295/"50" -15 yes you can put that size tire with that aspect ratio on an 8' wheel. You can't put a "40" series tire in 275mm on an 8" wheel a 9" wheel is the smallest reccomended width wheel. See where this is going - not comparing apples to apples. I still find it hard to believe there was 3" of clearence. What was the ride height? A '69 only has about 11.5" to work within the rear wheel house and most people feel there is more room in there than on a 67 or 68 but the wheel opening on them is round and if the car is high the tire can stick out. You did say that it didn't stick out. I just don't see how that car has all that room if everything is stock. Do a search and you'll see what I'm talking about. People here have gotten 295/45-18s on 10s in the rear of 69s but not without rolling/cutting lips and pounding in inner wheel wells.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 06, 10:58 PM
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Re: 295 tires

this is a photo of a car i brought from utah it had 295/50/15 and they stuck out past the guards quite a bit, it had been mini tubbed but the tyres missed the tubs by good 3 inches , only 1 inch away from leaf springs though so the springs would have to be moved and the diff narrowed to get them to fit or get different offset rims
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 06, 06:17 AM
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I also find 3" of inside clearance and a 295 that doesn't stick out past the fender lip impossible to buy on a 68. Mine, with 255's, has an inch of inside clearance on 1 side and only 1/2" on the other. The outside edge of the tire is right under the lip, and would hit if the car was low enough.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 06, 08:20 AM
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I've posted this many times..

My old L-60/14's on 14" x 9" w/ 3.5" b/s Fenton Slotted mag's measure a modern 298-53/14!

And my rear fender lips chrome always rubbed/cut the tire sidewall right past the roll/corner and that is why I had to run coil-overs which I did for years!

NOT the tread like I can see the red car in the pic doing at full droop!!

My coil-overs are on my worKbench and my old L-60's are on my top shelf in my garage out of the way.

I figure that if I would have relocated the lower shock mount, I could have gotten them completely under my car b/c I had about 1.5" before I rubbed the inner wheel well wall. The lower shock mount was VERY close to my sidewalls tho, so I COULDN'T go in deeper!!!


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