Re: Help! Need Wheels 'n Tires quick!
Ugh, David's photo of the 2" drop sure puts it where it is. That's horrible.
He talks about wide rims... I'm looking to use 7" rims all the way around. I would like the back spacing to be the same for all so that I can rotate and swap out wheels without trouble. I expect I won't ever use rubber any wider than 235mm (9.25") on any of the 4 corners.
There is probably no way of knowing what proper backspacing for 17's would be, because I have the drop spindles and the global west arms. I was hoping to get some leeway on clearence, since I'm not getting too greedy in the wheel or tire width area.
I know that a lot of guys sacrifice turning radius for tire size, but I like being able to turn to lock and dive into or out of a parking lot without bumping or rubbing.
So pretty much the only way to know fit for sure is to try 'em out and stick your head in there? Bother. I don't want to yank my local tire store around (schwabs). On the same token, I'm not paying an extra 600 clams for what I could get on the net way cheaper.
What do you think is the safest point for 235's on 17x7 rims? 4.5" of backspacing?
DjD: Heh, yeah, I've lived in Seattle and up near Bellingham --that whole area including I-5 and I-90 are great. If it's on the West side of the rockies (ie no snow) or state of federal funded road, then it's fine. Now inside the city of Spokane -these roads are bad. They say that Spokane is the lilac city, but I swear our city symbol is the pothole.