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Username Post: '69 Impala wheels        (Topic#352656)
Carolina Dreamin 
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08-23-18 08:12 AM - Post#2744093    

Anyone know what the correct backspacing would be for 15x7 steel wheels for a 69 Impala? Thanks



 




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08-23-18 08:45 PM - Post#2744190    
    In response to Carolina Dreamin

  • Carolina Dreamin Said:
Anyone know what the correct backspacing would be for 15x7 steel wheels for a 69 Impala? Thanks



There are no 15x7 wheels. They were 15x6 in 69.





 
tooomuch7 
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08-24-18 04:05 AM - Post#2744201    
    In response to aawtech

Does that mean that the factory rally wheels that came on my 69 impala are 15x6? I thought they were 15x7 also .I will be putting new tires on in a week or two,going to measure them.

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rdmartin 
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08-24-18 04:42 AM - Post#2744206    
    In response to tooomuch7

The only 1969 Chevrolet car that had 15 X 7 “ wheels was the Z28 Camaro.

info from Alan Colvin’s Chevrolet by the Numbers 1965-69 edition, page 321 and 322.

Richard



 
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08-24-18 08:15 AM - Post#2744228    
    In response to tooomuch7

  • tooomuch7 Said:
Does that mean that the factory rally wheels that came on my 69 impala are 15x6? I thought they were 15x7 also .I will be putting new tires on in a week or two,going to measure them.


There is a two-letter code by the valve stem.
Rally wheel codes. After the size, the backspacing is listed. :
XA 14X5 B-3 1/2 67 Chevy II with drum brakes
DA 14X5 B-3 7/8 67 Chevy II RALLY with disc brakes
DG 14X6 67 Camaro & Chevelle with dics brakes
XB 14X6 B-4 3/8 67 Chevelle SS, 68-69 Chevelle with F-70 Tires, 70 Chevelle
XN 14X6 B-3 3/4 68-69 Camaro & Nova with drum brakes. Different shaped outer
AE 14X6 B-4 3/8 70 Chevelle Station Wagon
XG 14X6 B-3 7/8 68-69 Camaro with dics brakes, 68-70 Chevy II/ Nova with disc brakes, 69-69 El Camino without disc brakes. Wider drop center than normal
DE 14X6 B-4 3/8 71-72 Nova & Chevelle, 6 hole wheels
YW 14X6 B-4 3/8 Exactly like XB, may have come on same cars
YJ 14X7 B-4 3/8 69 Camaro/ Chevy II L72- ZL1, 70 Nova
AV 14X7 70-72 Camaro, 71-72 Nova, 6 hole wheel
XT 14X7 L72- ZL1 Non Rally Wheel
YA 14X7 B-4 3/8 69 Chevelle SS Wheel
AO 14X7 B-4 3/8 70 Camaro &69 Chevelle SS Wheel
DB 15X5 67 Passenger Cars with disc brakes.
DF 15X6 B-4 1/16 67-68 Camaro Z28
DC (BIG) 15X6 B-3 1/2 67 Corvette, No other stampings on rim
DC 15X6 B-3 1/2 68-70 Passenger car, 67 Passenger car (early models)
FI 15X6 B-3 1/2 68-70 Passenger car, 67 Passenger car (later models) Rivited instead of welded together
YS 15X6 B-3 1/2 68-70 El Camino
FW 15X7 B-4 1/4 71-up most any GM
AG 15X7 B-3 3/4 68 Corvette (will take 15x8 Beauty rings)
YH 15X7 B-4 1/4 L72- ZL1 Z28 Rally 69 narrow drop center
AD 15X7 B-4 1/4 L72- ZL1 Z28 Rally 68 wide drop center
AV 15X7 70, 71, 73 CAMARO Z28 5 spoke wheel
AZ 15X8 B-4 69-82 Corvette

Here are a few extra notes:
* All the rally wheels made in 1967 have big marking letters, no date code, a little bit different shaped center and slightly bigger holes in the center.
* The 15x7 beauty ring will go on all the 15x6 wheels.
* All the hubcaps interchange with each other.

Understand; The backspacing here does not work out perfectly for every car and taste. Example: I wanted a wider tire in the rear of my car. AZ wheels did not offer enough backspacing for the 275 / 60 / 15 tires that I wanted to run, the largest I could fit was 255/ 60 / 15. Before you purchase wheels, understand the backspacing issue and reference examples of similar cars with stance / look that you are trying to achieve. This website has a great database to use as reference;



    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



Edited by BigDogSS on 08-24-18 08:17 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Carolina Dreamin 
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08-24-18 08:30 AM - Post#2744230    
    In response to BigDogSS

My '69 originally came with 14". A few guys suggested running 15x7. I have drum brakes, not disc . Just looking for the correct backspacing whether I get 15x6 or 15x7 wheels.



 
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08-24-18 08:37 AM - Post#2744231    
    In response to Carolina Dreamin

  • Carolina Dreamin Said:
.....Just looking for the correct backspacing whether I get 15x6 or 15x7 wheels.


Just to make sure you are clear on this, a 15x7 wheel will usually need more backspacing than a 15x6 to avoid fender clearance issues. This will also depend to some extent on the tire width you want to run. "Correct" is not the same thing as "one size fits all".

Ray

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tooomuch7 
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08-24-18 01:36 PM - Post#2744258    
    In response to BigDogSS

Big Dog,thanks for posting that.My car is not here or I would look.

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BigDogSS 
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08-24-18 01:47 PM - Post#2744259    
    In response to Carolina Dreamin

Backspacing info is provided in the chart I posted above. See example in RED below is the back spacing:
"DC 15X6 B-3 1/2 68-70 Passenger car, 67 Passenger car (early models)"

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



Edited by BigDogSS on 08-24-18 01:48 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Carolina Dreamin 
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08-24-18 02:46 PM - Post#2744264    
    In response to BigDogSS

  • BigDogSS Said:
Backspacing info is provided in the chart I posted above. See example in RED below is the back spacing:
"DC 15X6 B-3 1/2 68-70 Passenger car, 67 Passenger car (early models)"


Thanks for the chart, Big Dog. I checked the rally wheels currently on my car and they are FW.
Obviously 15x7 with 4 1/4 backspacing. I have 205/60/15 on the front and 225/70/15 on the rear and there is no problem. Thanks for all of the info, guys.



 




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