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265 /70 15's on 15x8's?

Post by Ramfett on Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:44 pm

Fitment question: Could I fit a set of 265/70r15's on 15x8 wheels with 4" backspacing on a 1975 Monte Carlo with stock suspension? I'd be doing the same size on all 4 corners.

Any clearance issues, particularly on the front?

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Post by ant7377 on Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:56 am

Are those regular passenger car tires? Or some sort of suv tire? I think they would be pretty tall.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:45 am

That is definitely a strange size, I think you are right ant about being some kind of truck tire.   They will probably not clear at stock height, especially if the springs have sagged.  The 15/8 wheels will be fine, but I'm not sure that "tall" of a tire will clear the body when turning.
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Post by 1973montec on Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:05 am

a 275-60 will fit

BUT a 265-70 is to tall
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Post by dynchel on Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:09 am

At one point I had bfg 285/70/15's on the back of my Chevy, it had olds '98 springs to raise it enough to clear.  Why do you want to run such a tall tire?
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Post by alowerlevel on Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:22 pm

1973montec wrote:a 275-60 will fit

BUT a 265-70 is to tall

X2, I test fit 275/60s on the front of my 73 and they fit fine, but I cant see any way a 265/70 will fit in there and not rub.  The 265s are about the same width as the 275s, but 1.5" taller (28" vs 29.5") they should be fine on the rear, though youll probably need more than 4" of backspacing on the wheels to keep them from rubbing the fender lips.
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Post by Ramfett on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:22 pm

Hi, guys and thanks for your answers!

I'm looking at sizes for a second set of off road wheels and tires. This would be for sort of a Mad Max rat rod look, which fits my car's style. However, there seem to be limited sizes with aggressive tread for 15" wheels, and they're all a 70+ profile. I currently have 255/60 15's on 8" wide wheels for everyday use.

If i'm able to fit the 265's out back, I may try to fit a different size on the front. Can a 14" rim accomodate the stock brakes?
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Post by dynchel on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:28 pm

Yes, my '74 was originally fitted with 14/6" wheels.
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Post by alowerlevel on Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:34 pm

Im not sure how aggressive a tread pattern your looking for, but http://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-8-104-marauder-ma-s1 they have those in a few different sizes that will fit our cars
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:41 pm

Ramfett wrote:Hi, guys and thanks for your answers!

I'm looking at sizes for a second set of off road wheels and tires. This would be for sort of a Mad Max rat rod look, which fits my car's style. However, there seem to be limited sizes with aggressive tread for 15" wheels, and they're all a 70+ profile. I currently have 255/60 15's on 8" wide wheels for everyday use.

If i'm able to fit the 265's out back, I may try to fit a different size on the front. Can a 14" rim accomodate the stock brakes?

These are 7" wide and 75 bucks drive down and grab them LOL

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Post by Ramfett on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:10 am

Thanks for everybody's replies. I've done some more research and figured out I can make these fit with no problems. 265/70's (pictured) on the back, 225/70's on the front. Same 15x8's I asked about.

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Post by 1973montec on Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:49 pm

wow that's a big tire
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Post by Limey SE on Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:52 am

unless your car is on a truck frame why would you put a truck tire esp that big of tread ? I mean its your car but just wondering.
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Post by Limey SE on Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:31 pm

oh Now I see it, you wanted a Mad Max theme, Also on a side note how do you like them Mickey Thompson tires ??
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Post by chevellelaguna on Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:38 pm

I've had a 33x12.5 mud all terrain tires on the back, they fit without any issues, and have run as tall as a 75 series tire on the front without rubbing. Those are definitely going to give you a Mad Max look!
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Post by Ramfett on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:02 pm

chevellelaguna wrote:I've had a 33x12.5 mud all terrain tires on the back, they fit without any issues, and have run as tall as a 75 series tire on the front without rubbing. Those are definitely going to give you a Mad Max look!

Nice! What size wheel were you able to run the 33x12.5 on?
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Post by chevellelaguna on Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:43 pm

They fit on a 15x7" wide rim no prob!
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Post by Ramfett on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:09 pm

Got the 2 rear 265/70's mounted on a set of Cragar Soft 8 steelies and threw them on today! They're huge but they fit okay. I'm very pleased with the look. Please excuse the filthy condition of the car!





I've got the 225/70's on order for the front, I'll get some better pics with all 4 on the car when it warms up a bit
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:59 am

They sure fill up the wheel wells nice. No rubbing?
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Post by Ramfett on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:57 pm

No rubbing that I noticed. I bottomed out the suspension by pushing up and down on the decklid. It comes a bit close but so far so good. I'll put in a pair of 1.5" coil spacers to eliminate some sag so that will give plenty of clearance
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Post by Ramfett on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:29 pm

This past weekend I put the two front tires on and took the car out for a test drive to the car wash. The passenger rear did rub the sidewall very slightly on hard bumps. I yanked the wheel and rolled the top of the fender lip up about half an inch which fixed the problem.

Here are a couple pics, all clean with the new shoes on. I'm really happy with the look!



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Post by dynchel on Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:31 pm

Hey ramfett, did you know there is a pic of your car on the "ratty muscle cars" page on f/b?
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Post by Ramfett on Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:28 pm

Yes I did! I was really flattered they chose mine. I put it in a comment when they asked "Any Monte Carlo owners?" and a couple days later they featured it. Pretty awesome.
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Post by dynchel on Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:00 pm

Mine was picked for '70's street machines, and I had nothing to do with it.  It was  just was there in my feed.  One guy even said he used a picture of my car as screen saver wallpaper....made me proud.
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