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Username Post: Struggling With Wheel Decision        (Topic#374433)
Chaps66 
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02-03-24 08:32 AM - Post#2866537    

Hi all, looking for some feedback/input regarding wheel size recommendations. I've got a 66 Belair 2-door sedan and have converted over from 4 drums to 4 disc. Currently have steelies on all 4 corners - 235/75-R15 on front and 235/70-R15 on the rear. I know i want to switch up to a rally wheel for the upcoming spring and summer cruising, but torn as to what what size I should go with. I've read many go with 15X8 all the way around and many go with 15X7 as well. Then there's the decision on tires too. I'd like something that has a good stance but more importantly drives/handles great. Hoping to hear what has worked best for you all (and perhaps what to avoid as well!) Thanks in advance.



 


Magnetocheck 
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02-03-24 08:42 AM - Post#2866538    
    In response to Chaps66

FWIW, I bought the car with wider wheels and tires in the back, but I wanted a more stock look, so I switched to 15 x 7 rally wheels and 215 tires. I did spend the money for US-made wheels after reading poor reviews on the Chinese-made ones. The tires I chose are not great quality, but I wanted WWs and the Iron Man tires were less than half the price of the BFG Silvertowns. Handling was decent with them but it really improved once I upgraded my shocks to KYB Gas-a-justs all around and put a bigger sway bar on the front.

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Bob
'65 Impala SS 396 Convertible


 
SSuper Dave 
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02-03-24 07:21 PM - Post#2866549    
    In response to Magnetocheck

I've got 215-70-15 Ironman whitewalls on my '68 Caprice and have been very happy with them. But as you said, shcoks made the car,I lucked intosome brand new Bilsteins for half price from anabandoned resto project. I'd have had a hard time paying teh $700 for new ones.

1968 Caprice coupe, 327/275, TH400, Ash Gold/Ivy Gold, Tach Dash, Tilt, Buckets, Console, AM/FM, Rear Defog, Disc and Rallys.
1970 El Camino, 350, TH400, 12 bolt posi, a blank slate!


 
toro455 
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02-04-24 02:50 AM - Post#2866555    
    In response to SSuper Dave

Dave,
Here's a link to the topic where another member took a photo of your car. It wasn't specifically to show the wheels and tires but it's not bad for seeing them:
https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...

On the topic of wheels I think the original solution makes the wheels look a little too tucked in (at least in 1968). It's been too long ago since I chose my wheels but at the time I adjusted the offset and the width which pushed the tires out a bit.

Scott



 
GreatNorthWoods 
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02-04-24 03:03 AM - Post#2866557    
    In response to Chaps66

I like your present tire size choice and would go with 15x8 wheels all around. However, I would put the 70 series tire on the front and the 75 on the rear. When you get ready to replace the tires, go with 70s or 75s all around. That way the tires could be rotated for better tread life.

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto CK Business Coupe- 350 Chevy Crate V8, 4-wheel disc brakes, TH400, S-10 Rear, Heidt's IFS, A/C


 
bobb 
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02-04-24 10:30 AM - Post#2866566    
    In response to Chaps66

drives and handles great? that is subjective. taller tires give a softer ride, lower cruising rpm, and weaker brakes. shorter tires corner better, have a higher cruising rpm, but better off the line performance, and improve brake feel. wider tires handle better but steering may be a bit twitchy, and eat more fuel. narrow tires track better, have better fuel milage, but lack performance. lots to think about before spending a bunch of money. i didnt look it up but i think 17s might be a good compromise with a better tire selection. last bit, if you dont drive much get tires with a low tredwear number like 200. they will have better traction.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
Brickwhite 
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02-06-24 08:17 AM - Post#2866640    
    In response to bobb

What disk brakes did you use?

I used C3 vette disks up font and has some issues with Steel wheels fitting.

Ted


 
docjns1 
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02-06-24 05:11 PM - Post#2866656    
    In response to Brickwhite

I like Vern's idea of moving 75s to the rear, a smidge taller for same '70' profile. If you keep the same just be sure you get same offset. When I did my disc conversion it pushed fronts out 3/8"-1/2" and tires clipped front lwr edge of fender when turning (235/60R15, 8"). I ended up going to 215/65R15 on 7" for the front to maintain tire height & moved the 235s to the rear (p.o. had 265s on the rear, looked impressive but with 3:31s and the 1 wheel peel not really so much). Not tucked in too far and no outer rub. Yes, 'Chupacabra' tires

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Steve
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'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif


 
GreatNorthWoods 
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02-07-24 03:03 AM - Post#2866671    
    In response to docjns1

Nice Impala!

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto CK Business Coupe- 350 Chevy Crate V8, 4-wheel disc brakes, TH400, S-10 Rear, Heidt's IFS, A/C


 
62sedan 
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02-07-24 06:11 AM - Post#2866672    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

  • Quote:
Yes, 'Chupacabra' tires.


Care to expound on this?? Asking for a friend.

Chuck






 
DHMelton 
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02-07-24 07:25 AM - Post#2866674    
    In response to 62sedan

Cooper Cobra

Doug



 
Magnetocheck 
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02-07-24 09:06 AM - Post#2866677    
    In response to DHMelton

Never heard that one !

Bob
'65 Impala SS 396 Convertible


 
65_Impala 
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02-07-24 10:21 AM - Post#2866680    
    In response to Chaps66

I found that a 27" diameter tire in the front in the 235-245 section width and a 29" diameter tire in the rear in the 255-275 range will clear OK after picking the right rim width and offset. That doesn't help you much but it gives you a little idea of the tire sizes you could pick. 8" wide rims with 0 offset worked for me.

I did find that dumping the 15" tires and going to 18" made a big difference in how the car drives. Changed from BFG's to Nitto tires. Unfortunately, the 15" tires available are pretty crappy compared to the offerings in the 18" plus sizes. Making it even worse, a $150 18" tire will ride and handle better than a $200 15" BGF. So, don't expect miracles changing between different 15" tires.



 
DHMelton 
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02-07-24 10:35 AM - Post#2866681    
    In response to 65_Impala

I think you mean 0 offset, not 0 backspace...

I went with 17" tires because I could get a V speed rated tire for a lot less money than decent lower speed rated 14" or 15" tires.

Doug



 
toro455 
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02-07-24 01:25 PM - Post#2866683    
    In response to DHMelton

Doug,
Like "65 Impala" wrote 18" now seems to be the most available diameter in tires now. It's almost as if 18" is like 15" was in the mid to late 80's. Around the early 2000's it seems like that it was 17's.

With a factory looking Chevy Rally I like the thin stripe white wall so I was recently searching for 18" white wall in a size that I thought would work. My search was for my 1968 but, as is the case for a lot of topics, the posts for 65-66 have some relevance to 1968 as well.

I probably won't change much to start with because years ago I did a lot of checking and ended-up getting a set of 15" rally wheels, altered offset, and BFG RWL tires which look pretty good. It's been so long ago though I don't recall the widths or offset now.

Scott



 
DHMelton 
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02-07-24 02:13 PM - Post#2866686    
    In response to toro455

I picked 17 as a compromise as

It doesn't look like a rubber band tire, which just doesn't sit well with 1960s cars, IMO,

and once you start getting larger rims, the sidewall stats to stiffen even more, which doesn't work well with 1960s suspension technology/ride comfort.

I've got 17s on the Impala, the '79 308 (orig 14"), and my '61 Corvette (orig 15").

Doug

All 17", though diff tire profile on the 308.



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GreatNorthWoods 
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02-08-24 02:58 AM - Post#2866692    
    In response to docjns1

Rally wheels seem t look good on anything. I even put them on my 1930 DeSoto...

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Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto CK Business Coupe- 350 Chevy Crate V8, 4-wheel disc brakes, TH400, S-10 Rear, Heidt's IFS, A/C


 
Magnetocheck 
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02-08-24 03:45 AM - Post#2866693    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods



Bob
'65 Impala SS 396 Convertible


 
Stsfld66 
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02-08-24 01:28 PM - Post#2866708    
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docjns1 
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02-08-24 03:05 PM - Post#2866713    
    In response to DHMelton

Doug got it!
Just came about by accident one day saying Cooper Cobra kinda fast and thats what it sounded like in my mind

And thanks Vern, nice DeSoto also (that considered a MOPAR?)

Steve
*********
'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif


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GreatNorthWoods 
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02-09-24 05:23 AM - Post#2866733    
    In response to docjns1

Yes, it is a Mopar, but it's Chevy powered!

Vern

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto CK Business Coupe- 350 Chevy Crate V8, 4-wheel disc brakes, TH400, S-10 Rear, Heidt's IFS, A/C


 
Brickwhite 
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02-09-24 06:54 AM - Post#2866739    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

15" on all my 60's cars.. You cannot go wrong!

17" to big, looks odd.. rides hard







15" on my old bmw too...


15" wires on the TR-4


Ted


Edited by Brickwhite on 02-09-24 07:13 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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