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Carl: I have a line on a brand new set of Vintage wheel works 16 /8 Wheels.
They are the V45 and they pretty rare up here in Canada. They are still in the box and come complete. I see on the Web site you have a pic of your car. I have the identical car and was wondering what tire size would fit with no rubs and little change in the Speedo? I have the 6308 front coils. I currently have 235/60/15s on Rallyes, and I get a slight rub on the passenger side when turning tightly.
I saw you had 245 front and 255/ 50 rears on the post your wheels thread.
How did they fit over all. I know you recommend the 17s but this guy only has the 16/8 left.
Any help would be appreciated. I am heading out about 4 pm today to pick the wheels up.
 

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I guess Carl is busy. Maybe some of you others could chime in. I have a 68 Camaro that I put a set of disc brakes on the front. I purchased a set of 16/8 4.5 backspace v45s by Vingtage wheel works. I am looking to get a set of tires that will fit and not cause too many headaches. What are you guys running on yours. Any help is appreciated.
 

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is your car lowered?
I have 16s all the way around, the sizes you can get are kinda limited, you are not going to find a 275 that will fit

I have 225/50R16 in the front and 255/50R16 in the rear with no rubbing (hotchkis lowered all around)
but I cant remember what the backspacing is on either front or rear
all I know is that letting the tire shop decide the backspacing was a bad idea
 

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I run near the same sizes as 400bird. my 16x7 front wheels are 4" BS. Your 16x8, 4 1/2" bs wheels will put the rubber in about the same place as mine.

A 225 is safe for you. Anything bigger will run the risk of hitting the outside edge of the fender.

To run wider, as Carl does, you need more backspace to pul the whole thing in out of the fender lip, and then deal with the interference problems on the inside edge of the tire. Carl did that with non-stock a-arms and limiting the steering travel to keep the tire off the frame.
 

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Thanks Guys: My car is stock all the way. I have 5 leaf rear and 6308 front coils. I also have after market disc brakes. The brakes are by the Right Stuff, and are not oversized discs or calipers. I was thinking of 225/ 50 or 55s on the front and 245/50 or 255/50s on the rear. The tires I have now are 26.1 in height, and I was looking to keep that stance. The 225/55 are 25.7, and the 225/50s are only 25. If I can get away with those sizes without rubs I will be happy.
I don't know where the 275s came from I knew I wasn't looking for anything that big.
How does the Hotchkiss lowering affect the choices of wheels and tires?
 

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the 275s came from me having 16 inch rims, wanting wide tires, and no one makes them, sorry but I assumed you wanted wider tires when going to larger rims

lowering mostly comes in to play in how close you need to get your backspacing, because from what everyone else has stated they can run about the same width tires whether lowered or stock
if you have a stock height car you can have the backspacing a little off and probably be ok
but when you lower it the fender and quarter are much closer to the tire and the backspacing needs to be dead on
 

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I run the Vintage Wheel Works 16 x 8's with 4.5" backspacing as well with the hotchkis drop kit front and back. I run 245/50"s up front and 255/50 in the back and I have no clearnace or rubbing issues what so ever. I actually got alot of complimnets at Goodguys this past weekend with them.

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I'm a fan of the V45's...I have heard that tire selection is limited in the 16" size...food for thought.
 

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I am finding out that tire size is a problem, but the deal was so good and they are so hard to find up here in Canada. I would have to ship them in from the US and pay duties, taxes and shipping. I would have taken 17s if they were available. The person was going out of business and was selling everything off.
400bird: Thanks for the explanation. I will be looking at the 225,245,and 255 50s. Now I need some tire recommendations. We can get just about any tire up here.
 

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I was away for a couple of days. Thanks for the recommendation. I was thinking of the BFGs. I really don't do a lot of driving in this car in any other conditions than bright sun. So a tire like that would be ideal. Especialy the cost!
 

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The top picture on my website is the 245/255-50-16 x 4.5" bs.

For me I had to use buttonhead screws along the perimeter of the wheelwell. It did slightly rub on the aft subframe but was no big deal.

I did have to slightly roll the rear fenderlips but the quarter panels are repro and may have a wider lip than stock.

There should be more info in the archives.
 

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Carl: Thanks for the heads up. I was worried that I would have a problem with the 50s series tires. If I went with a 225/ 50 on the front and a 245 rear I would have any issues? I would like to just bolt on the wheels and not have to make any changes.
Brian
 
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