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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:11 am

well finally ordered me some wheels last night,The front 15x7 wheels have a 4" backspace which is a 0mm offset.The rear 15x8 wheels also have a 4" backspace which is a -12mm offset. im wanting a good bit of meat to fill the wells but not so much that it makes the car look like its on big balloons lol, here is a pic of some 15s with the look im after i just dont know the size of them, I have a tire size in mind but just wanted more opinions as this is my first time. thanks.

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Post by 77mali on Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:52 pm

That's a great stance, looks pretty stock & the tire/rim combo looks great. I'm also looking for some insight & considering something like this (w/o the slicks & with a bit less height) but have no idea how to fill those wells up as much as in the pic. I guess I'll ask the question too & hopefully someone can come close w/ an answer. Hope you don't mind sharing your question, LOL.

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Post by driveit on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:01 pm

In the same boat with both of you and looking for similar info.

I was looking at Old School 17’s, but may be leaning toward 18’s after seeing another with those on it.
Wheels by MB Wheels “Old School”: $149.00each

Diameter: 18.0”
Width: 9.0”
Bolt Pattern: 5-114.3mm
Offset: 35

For the tires I found Riken Tires at just over a hundred bucks and have a nice agressive look.
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Tire Size: 275/35ZR18 95W BSW

Treadwear: 300 out of 400 with 400 being the best rating.
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Speed rating: Z The rating of Z = 149 mph and over.
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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:49 pm

nah i dont mind, just looking for ppl thats done this before so i only buy one set of tires lol.
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:21 pm

Something in the 255& up 60 15 is what I would guess those are on my 77 Monte Carlo I had 255 75 15's (if my memory is correct) and look ok but they where on ralley wheels and to narrow needed min of 8's and 60's

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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:46 pm

so far im thinking 275 60 for the rear, id love to find out the front tire size on that pic i posted.
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:07 pm

I'd guess 225-235 kinda tall

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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:20 pm

the 225 70, is 27.4 tall and the 275 60, is 28.0 tall.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:01 pm

a 235-70-15 is the same height as a 275-60-15.

i think a 225-70 would look nice.

i personally dont like 7" on the front. but on my caprice i have 1968 corvette 15x7s (235-70),they have an outward offset that looks good with a 15x8s (275-60) on the rear. not sure what the offset is tho.




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Post by ant7377 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:12 pm

I think that blue Chevelle has a 225 70 in the front and a 275 60 in the back . THe front kinda looks like when I had em on my 77. I run a 255 60 in front and 275 60 in the rear on 8 inch rallys. What is the stock 8 inch rally off set? Is it 4 inches? Im thinking about these wheels for it now.
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Post by pila on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:24 pm

My '74 Malibu has 255/60/15 on the rear, on stock rally wheels. I was using smaller tires a few years ago, and sometimes they would light up too easy, and the local cops were giving me the eye. I have 225/60/15 on the front.
My spare is the same as the rear tires, figuring one of those would wear out sooner than the front.

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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:41 pm

thanks for the feedback guys,and ant7377 those wheels look perty good.
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Post by WyldeBill66 on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:27 pm

The fronts on my 75 are too small. 205/65-15. The backs I love. 295/60-15
They fit perfectly just inside the wheel wells with about a fingers breadth clearance. I will probably go a little taller next time I get new tires and bend the inner lip in a little for more clearance.

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Post by 77mali on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:42 pm

I'm not a big fan of 2 sizes for front & back....what if you get a flat on the one that's not the same as the spare? LOL
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Post by 73ssbb on Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:44 pm

lol then it will look very odd till you get it fixed
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Post by 73ssbb on Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:46 am

for the fronts im starting to think about 215-70 15
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Post by Pontichev327 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:16 am

That is the FACTORY size on the Grand Am. Personally I think that's way too skinny. 215/70-15 Michelin whitewall. I have 275/60-15 Radial T/A's all the way around on the Laguna and have never had a fitment problem.[url=][/url]
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Post by Pontichev327 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:05 am

I will say this for the Michelin 215/70-15's though, they are THE smoothest riding tires you will EVER have on a car!...Like a cloud, baby!
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Post by 73ssbb on Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:19 am

thanks for all the feedback guys, after taking it all in and reading myself till blue in the face, im down to 2 tires lol, im gona run 235 60 or 215 70 in the front, im leaning toward the 235. thanks again.
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Post by Limey SE on Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:45 am

I think you would like the 225 or 235 better I am gonna go with the 225 myself the 235 is a tall drink of water
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Post by 73ssbb on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:03 pm

the 235 60 is 26.1 tall. the 215 70 is 26.8 tall. and the 225 70 is 27.4 tall. the reason i was leaning toward the others is im wanting the rake look with out lowering the car, but not so much of a rake that i look like a full dragster lol.
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Post by pila on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:39 pm

Being that my El Camino project is gonna be a daily year-around driver, I'm likely going to go with 225/70X15s. Wide tires don't work very good in snow.....
I'll just have to take it easy on the rear tires, and not get foolish & tear them up too quick....

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Post by 73ssbb on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:54 pm

lol i hear ya, this is my weekend car, and no snow here in alabama but every few years or so and its only like an inch lol.
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Post by ant7377 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:19 pm

Paul,I have a 225 70 in my trunk for a spare its about the right height so it won hurt the posi carrier or make it interfere if its a front. Works good. If I go on a roadtrip i take a small floor jack ,Im not using the bumper jack,that thing could kill you.
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Post by 77mali on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:34 pm

ant7377 wrote:Paul,I have a 225 70 in my trunk for a spare its about the right height so it won hurt the posi carrier or make it interfere if its a front. Works good. If I go on a roadtrip i take a small floor jack ,Im not using the bumper jack,that thing could kill you.

Thanks Anthony- I'll check it out. Mine are just the reg old 15" BFG's.

The bumper jacks are a joke- I remember trying to change a tire on an incline when I had my Cutlass way back when. No
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