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I installed a set of Hotchkis rear leaf springs last year and ended up getting 16x8 rims and running a 255/50/16 tire. Well i never really liked the setup and running a 4:10 gear i really need taller tires. So today i installed a set of Weld Draglites with 15x8 and 4.5"backspacing and 275/60/15 tires. they do fit right now with nor ubbing but I didn't drive it. I have about an 1"of clearance on the inside wheel well and about 1.5" inches from the outside of tire to the wheel well molding. i can just put my hand all the way around in there. It looks badass but I am not sure if I need more room or not. Nobody will ever ride in the back of the car and I haven't driven it yet.

Questions: What is an acceptable amount of clearance all the way around a rear tire on a 68 camaro, especially the outside lip?

I want the low look like a lot of tubbed cars do but I don't want to cut the car up.

Thanks, Erik
 

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I would say you are maxed out. Dont get it to close to the outter edge or it will cut the tire up. Its tuff to tuck that size tire under there without mini-tubs and moving the springs in. Just dont cut that lip off!! I have a 1/2" from my sidewall of tire to the inside edge of wheelwell trim and a 1/4" from the leafspring. Using a 275/60-15 on a 15x8 with 4-5/8 Back space. Tire is tucked under about 1". My inner wheelhouses were moved in 2" and my 9" is 2" shorter than a stock 10 or 12 bolt. I was able to move my tire in about 1-1/2". Back side of tire is 1/4" from the leafspring. I could go further but would need to notch the frame and move the rear part of the spings over.
 
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