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Username Post: Wheels and tires stock 65 nova        (Topic#338018)
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Reg: 06-07-16
08-03-16 06:51 PM - Post#2643593    

I'm getting close to getting this beast on the rode. I'll need to get a good set of tires and rims and would like to get the largest possible. I've read that 15x7 with 4.5 in backspacing will work for the rears. Tire rack shows 15x6 all around. I believe I would like to get the same size all around for now. Any thoughts? Thanks! My ride still has original brakes. Not sure when I'll upgrade but I'm sure I'll have disc up front in the near future. I would like to get the tires and rims that would fit on both applications. I like the old weld wheels look. Anyone know about site?

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08-04-16 12:37 PM - Post#2643732    
    In response to TR5GT

I think you'll possibly have trouble with 6" wide wheels in the front, even with drum brakes. And if you go to the factory type discs (which most of the conversions are), that moves the wheel mounting surface out 7/8" per side which makes it even harder.

The other half of fitting wheels and tires on an early Nova is tire height. Anything taller than 26" will probably contact the front fender opening just behind the front bumper.

You might be able to use a short 15" tire on a 15x5 wheel. Most tires that will fit a 15x6 are too tall.

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08-04-16 07:30 PM - Post#2643818    
    In response to Rick_L

Thanks for the info, I'm going to have to learn how to measure it correctly.

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08-12-16 06:10 PM - Post#2645372    
    In response to TR5GT

i have new springs front and rear and the largest I can run on my 64 is...
205/60/15 Front 6" wheel 3" back space
235/60/15 Rear 7" Wheel 4.75 back space
Any bigger and you'll be rubbin

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09-08-16 08:39 AM - Post#2650123    
    In response to Frank_T

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