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Username Post: What size wheels for disc brakes?        (Topic#359421)
VintageChevyIron 
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01-09-20 03:57 PM - Post#2784072    

Sorry if this have been covered, tried searching but still figuring that function out.

When switching to disc brakes, what is the smallest size wheels required to clear the calipers?

I am not a fan of the really big wheel with small tire sidewall look, so the smaller the better.

My plan for now would be a coke bottle style wheel, like a Cragar SS style.

Currently my 57 has 14' reverse chrome, baby moons. Will I need to go at least 16" or am I stuck with something in the 17" or 18" size range?

Thanks for any guidance.


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Shepherd 
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01-09-20 05:36 PM - Post#2784080    
    In response to VintageChevyIron

Just did the conversion on a 55, 15" wheels, we had to nip some metal off the corners of the calipers, using 11" rotors.



 
acardon 
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01-09-20 07:07 PM - Post#2784086    
    In response to VintageChevyIron

You can use 14" wheels with 11" disc brakes, if they are made for discs. I have 14x7 wheels from a later model Camaro and discs.

Don
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VintageChevyIron 
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01-09-20 10:19 PM - Post#2784096    
    In response to acardon

Thank you so much, that is very helpful.

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warpwr 
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01-09-20 11:53 PM - Post#2784105    
    In response to VintageChevyIron

Wheel Vintiques makes stock looking wheels that clear disk brakes.

https://www.wheelvintiques.com/wheels/classic/67-s...

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VintageChevyIron 
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01-11-20 01:07 AM - Post#2784165    
    In response to warpwr

Great link, thanks much!!

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craig32 
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01-12-20 05:36 AM - Post#2784228    
    In response to VintageChevyIron

I have a longer "show your work" version, but the short version is a 14" wheel will clear disc brakes.

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4dr 57 
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02-21-20 02:45 AM - Post#2786978    
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  • craig32 Said:
I have a longer "show your work" version, but the short version is a 14" wheel will clear disc brakes.




Play it safe - some calipers have rough casting material on the top of the part that will gouge the inside of the 14" wheel - double check this area!


It's all good. mostly




 
japete92 
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02-21-20 08:38 AM - Post#2786993    
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  • VintageChevyIron Said:
Sorry if this have been covered, tried searching but still figuring that function out.

When switching to disc brakes, what is the smallest size wheels required to clear the calipers?

I am not a fan of the really big wheel with small tire sidewall look, so the smaller the better.

My plan for now would be a coke bottle style wheel, like a Cragar SS style.

Currently my 57 has 14' reverse chrome, baby moons. Will I need to go at least 16" or am I stuck with something in the 17" or 18" size range?

Thanks for any guidance.





This pic is simply a visual. It's my '63 with 15" Cragar SS, p215x70r tires.

It does not have disc, but they could be added (not by me). I don't race, drive in steep hilly areas, pull a trailer, nor drive in rush hour traffic. I'm not concerned about heat produced fade so I don't need them. I do drive OFTEN and ANYWHERE; highway, country road, suburban streets, etc.

IF you decide on the Cragars, recommend the direct drilled versions. I don't like the one size fits all wheel.

Hope this is helpful.

Pete


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VintageChevyIron 
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02-21-20 11:54 AM - Post#2787005    
    In response to japete92

Thanks for the replies.

That drop-top looks sweet!!

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57tim 
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02-22-20 09:03 AM - Post#2787044    
    In response to VintageChevyIron

You wouldn't even notice the 1" difference between 14 and 15" wheels as far as looks go. I second the direct drilled Cragars vs unilug. Don't ask how I now.

57 Bel Air 2dr Ht
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