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i was ready to purchase my 17 inch rims today until the salesman asked me why not 18's. 18's fit larger brakes and fit wheel well nicer as well, 18 inch tires easier to find.
only thing is i had my 17" combo ready for my 67, not prepared for an 18" combo. He told me that i should buy

18 x 9 for rear with 5.0 backspacing
18 x 8 for front with 4.75 backspacing

255 40 18 rear tire
225 40 18 front tire

does this sound right?

I have on my car
3" lower spring in rear, 2 inch in front
i do have the chrome wheel well trim
quarter lips have not been rolled.
do not want rubbing, rather play it safe.
 

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That should fit well.
. - Rob
 

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Fronts look fine, I'd go with 18x9 w/5.25" bs on the rear if that's an option.

Your tire width is on the conservative side, so rubbing should not be an issue.
X2 on the 5.25" BS. Some may even say to run 5.5" and 1/4" spacer if needed.
 

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My opinion: Google both rim sizes on Camaros.

18"



17"



Obviously works better if you put in your car's color and rim style. In person I've found that 18" doesn't look right in the front. You might want to consider staggered sizes?
 
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For what it's worth I'm running Foose Legends and Nitto 555's
Front: 18x8 w/5" bs, 245/40/18
Rear: 18x9 w/5.25" bs, 275/40/18

The fronts need a little less backspacing, so I used a 1/4" spacer. The tire will scrub the subframe if I'm backing out of a driveway (full lock on a slight incline). The rears don't rub anywhere.

Here's a pic. 2" Hotchkis springs in front, 1.5" Hotchkis in rear with a 1" lowering block.
 

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X2 on the 5.25" BS. Some may even say to run 5.5" and 1/4" spacer if needed.
x3. 5.25" BS is likely going to work better than 5". But you really need to take measurements on your car as they are all a bit different. Wheels are too expensive to get wrong.
 

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For what it's worth I'm running Foose Legends and Nitto 555's
Front: 18x8 w/5" bs, 245/40/18
Rear: 18x9 w/5.25" bs, 275/40/18

The fronts need a little less backspacing, so I used a 1/4" spacer. The tire will scrub the subframe if I'm backing out of a driveway (full lock on a slight incline). The rears don't rub anywhere.

Here's a pic. 2" Hotchkis springs in front, 1.5" Hotchkis in rear with a 1" lowering block.
Brent do you have a few more pics to show the wheels/tires combo including straight from the back?
 

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Brent do you have a few more pics to show the wheels/tires combo including straight from the back?
Sure, here a few:

AutoX:


No, that's not my house in the background...


Rear shot:


From the rear looking forward:




From the front looking back:


 

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One thing to consider is that there is a much wider selection of tires available for 18" wheels than for 17". I'm running 18x10 275s front and 18x12 335s rear. Not everyone likes big wheels on classic Camaros and I was one of those. But I have grown to like the look.



 

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One thing to consider is that there is a much wider selection of tires available for 18" wheels than for 17". I'm running 18x10 275s front and 18x12 335s rear. Not everyone likes big wheels on classic Camaros and I was one of those. But I have grown to like the look.



Great looking ride Steve!:yes:
 

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One thing to consider is that there is a much wider selection of tires available for 18" wheels than for 17". I'm running 18x10 275s front and 18x12 335s rear. Not everyone likes big wheels on classic Camaros and I was one of those. But I have grown to like the look.
OK so what are the wheel specs, offsets. Narrowed rear?
 

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18 x 9 for rear with 5.0 backspacing
18 x 8 for front with 4.75 backspacing

255 40 18 rear tire
225 40 18 front tire

does this sound right?
Yes, those should fit well. Only if you tried to install a 275 tire on the rear would you need 5.25" backspace.

I do prefer the 17". I wouldn't let him talk you out of it.

17" will be around as long as we are alive :p

I have 17X8 on all 4 corners with 225/45/17 front and 255/45/17 rear
 

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Yes, those should fit well. Only if you tried to install a 275 tire on the rear would you need 5.25" backspace.

I do prefer the 17". I wouldn't let him talk you out of it.

17" will be around as long as we are alive :p

I have 17X8 on all 4 corners with 225/45/17 front and 255/45/17 rear
Anne, can you post a photo of this rear tire and wheel arrangement , 255x45x17?
Just curious on what type of clearances you have with the 5" bs. You have multi leafs? Modified rear end?

I am looking for a more dish effect or less off set on my wheels. I currently run 7 rim on 16" tires and 4.250 bs . I like the looks of Headshake's car , all tucked under but trying to determine what was done if any, to get that look unless the rear was modified. If I was to run change to 17's, I would go 8" rim and try to have a deep dish look but I am finding without axle mods you may be limited to maybe a 3" outer dish with 5" bs.
Thanks
 

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Steve...I really like the stance and tire width on your car. Can you be more specific though n the tire and wheel size. Backset, rim width, and tire size. Also, the rear tires look real wide for not having a mini tub or something. So was there any modifications to your car...Like axle narrowed, mini tubs, spring relocation?
 

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Anne, can you post a photo of this rear tire and wheel arrangement , 255x45x17?
Just curious on what type of clearances you have with the 5" bs. You have multi leafs? Modified rear end?
I have 17X8's with 4.5" backspace. My tire/wheels are identical to Gbauer's. He has posted pics of his several times.

Both of us have stock rear suspension.

I would stick with conservative tire sizes. There is no sense in spending large $$$ and ending up with a rubbing situation.

255 rear and 225 front max. These sizes should not rub.
 
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