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Username Post: 15x8 Wheels        (Topic#359473)
Midnight Rider 
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01-14-20 06:22 PM - Post#2784404    

I have a pair of 15x8 wheels for the back of my Bel Air. The wheels are Series 62, by Wheel Vintiques.

They fit the car fine, and have the right bolt circle. My question is around the center hub opening. The wheel is about 3.125" diameter, while the hub on the axle shaft is 2.78 or so.



For those of you who have used these wheels, have you been able to find correct hub-centric rings?

The yard I purchased the axle from had it marked as a '65, although I doubt the hub diameter changed between years.

Just looking for any advice that may be out there.
Thanks,

Bill



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66cayne 
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01-15-20 07:27 AM - Post#2784427    
    In response to Midnight Rider

I dont know about the correct hub centric rings but whats going on with those lug nuts? They have a shoulder on them and it looks like there are only a few threads on the studs engaged.. Dont hurt yourself!



 
rick1965 
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01-15-20 08:34 AM - Post#2784429    
    In response to 66cayne

i agree , one sharp maneuver , and they could fly off.



 
65_Impala 
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01-15-20 11:43 AM - Post#2784436    
    In response to Midnight Rider

At most, a ring might help center the wheel when being installed. It will do nothing once the wheel is properly tightened.

Lots of people believe that wheels that having a close fit between the center hole and the axle hub mean the center hole supports the vehicle instead of the studs supporting the vehicle. However, that is not the case. The wheel would have to be an interference fit to the axle hub for the center hole to be capable of supporting the vehicle. Otherwise, the hub rolling inside the wheel hole would wear it out.

You can find companies online that will machine spacers for a reasonable amount if you still must have them.




 
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01-15-20 12:46 PM - Post#2784437    
    In response to 65_Impala

If they were mine I would call Wheel Vintiques and give my hub dimensions and let them tell me what I needed.

Based on your measurements;
wheel hole ID of 3.125" = 79.375mm
hub OD of 2.78" = 70.612mm

The hub centric ring would be a little smaller of the ID of the wheel example; 79mm
the OD of the hub a little bigger example; 71mm...

It's very likely Summit and or Jeggs among others would have these rings. Hope this helps...

...Ed

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Midnight Rider 
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01-15-20 03:29 PM - Post#2784443    
    In response to 6T5

My thanks for all the responses. While I will keep looking for rings, I won't fret about them.

Regarding the studs, those shiny nuts are in preparation for the longer studs that will go in, once I get to that stage. The stock nuts engage the stock studs, they just look a little ratty.

All to be covered by a dog dish anyway, so...



Again, I appreciate the input. Now, I need to get out in the garage.

Bill


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brickwhite 
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01-16-20 06:02 AM - Post#2784470    
    In response to Midnight Rider


I thought GM wheels were Lug Centric, meaning with cone shaped nuts they center on the lugs?




https://www.americastire.com/learn/hub-centric-vs- ...

Also

What brakes are you going to use on the front?

Disks? I had an issue using those 15x8 wheel Wheel Vintiques 62 Series and C3 corvette disk disk brakes? I know you are talking more about the rear.

Just something to think about.






Ted


Edited by brickwhite on 01-16-20 06:32 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Midnight Rider 
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01-18-20 11:23 AM - Post#2784599    
    In response to brickwhite

Regarding the wheels, I noticed that the center hole was larger on the 15x8s than the factory wheels. Given the conical seats for the lug nuts, appears to be nothing to worry about.

As for the fronts, I have a disc set-up from a '69 Impala that I will be using. I will use 15x6 wheels scavenged from my '85 Impala.



They clear the brakes, and accommodate the original dog-dish caps.
Thanks for the insights,

Bill


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