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Username Post: Wheels & Tires for 62 Impala        (Topic#368382)
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Reg: 05-04-21
05-09-22 05:56 PM - Post#2840946    

Hello, I'm new to ChevyTalk and have a few questions about which wheel and tire combo will work for my 62 Impala restoration. Hope to get some feed back from people who had the same dilemma or actually ran some of the combos I have in mind and maybe said, "That was a bad idea."

My 62 is a frame off restoration with an LS3, 4L60e, Wilwood 4 piston brakes and front-rear Ridetech coilover suspension. Soon I will be in the dilemma of purchasing wheels and tires. Probably going with Billet Specialties with Nitto 555s. Since it's going to be a cruiser I plan to drive all around Socal, I don't want to sacrifice ride for looks.

I'm looking into 20x8 or 20x8.5 in the front with maybe 235 35r20 or 245 35r20. If possible I would up to a 40 series tire to acquire more rubber underneath. For the rear I am considering 20x9 or 20x10 with a 255 35r20 or 265 35r20. I would also consider going up to a 40 series tire if I can get away with it. Not opposed to having a staggered set up 19s in front, 20s in rear. Also, I'm ok with going with 18's all around and maybe a 45 series tire. I would also consider a staggered 18 in front and 19 in the rear.

I know it's a lot of possibilities and combinations, I would love to hear your experiences. I know those cars don't offer that much space without modifications and want to make sure I don't rub my tires or damage my wheels. Once the engine/transmission are in and my Impala's car ride height is pretty much known, I obviously plan on taking measurements.

Thank you


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Loc: Louisiana
Reg: 04-10-20
05-10-22 05:52 AM - Post#2840959    
    In response to jo0331

I have a bagged 62, with wilwood dynalite disk brakes, stock spindles, running Billet Specialties Speedway wheels. Currently running 18x8 up front, 20x10 in the rear. Rear is 5.5 backspacing with 275/35/R20 tires. Front has 4.5 backspacing with 245/40R18 tires.

If you're using drop spindles, or a different brake kit that bumps out the wheel more, then you'll need ~5.25 backspacing. If running 20x8.5s up front, 5.25 back spacing and 225/35R20 would be a great fit.

Squeezing the big 20x10s in the rear can be a chore. You have to jack the car up and support it by the frame. You then jack the axle up on one side to tip it toward the wheel you want to install. No drivability issues with these sizes, and ride is still smooth. Any bigger than 20 in the rear, you start to sacrifice ride quality.

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Loc: Nashville TN
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05-10-22 08:34 AM - Post#2840969    
    In response to jo0331

I'm running 225/45/18 up front and 255/45/18 in the back. Foose Legend Wheels. I also dropped the front 1.5 inches with new springs.

I've seen larger wheels and thinner tires. I like this combo the best for my ride.

64 Impala SS:
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Loc: Orange CA
Reg: 11-07-03
05-11-22 03:16 PM - Post#2841059    
    In response to jo0331

I have 14 inch wheels, so not much help for what you are doing. Just wanted to wave to another So Cal Impala owner Give me a wave if you see a white 4-door cruising by ;D

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan


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