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Username Post: What size wheels for disc brakes?        (Topic#359421)
VintageChevyIron 
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01-09-20 02:57 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.


It is better to be consistently incorrect than inconsistently correct...


 


Shepherd 
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Loc: Lake George, NY
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01-09-20 04:36 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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acardon
Loc: DFW TEXAS
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01-09-20 06:07 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
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
VintageChevyIron 
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01-09-20 09:19 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 10:53 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...

Vaughn
56 Delray 327, 5 spd



 
VintageChevyIron 
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Loc: Rochester, WA
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01-11-20 12:07 AM - Post#2784165    
    In response to warpwr

Great link, thanks much!!

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craig32 
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Age: 58
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01-12-20 04:36 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.

66 Impala (in progress}
56 Stepside shortbed
55 Bel Air sedan
81 Corvette
02 Monte Carlo (bought new)


 


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