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Old 13th-January-2017, 01:08 PM   #16
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I have a 17x9.5 5.5 back spacing with 275/40/17 on for street tires

and 15x8 with 5.5 back spacing but need a 1/4" spacer to clear the tail pipe with the 275/60/16 ET Street PRO Radials.

Wheel wells are all stock, shocks in OEM Location, stock width 8.5" 10 bolt car is also lowered 2" in the rear

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Old 13th-January-2017, 06:21 PM   #17
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I have a 17x9.5 5.5 back spacing with 275/40/17 on for street tires

and 15x8 with 5.5 back spacing but need a 1/4" spacer to clear the tail pipe with the 275/60/16 ET Street PRO Radials.

Wheel wells are all stock, shocks in OEM Location, stock width 8.5" 10 bolt car is also lowered 2" in the rear

Thank you Greg for your feedback. Looks great. I have never bought wheels and tires so is there a standard stock back spacing that I should be aware of and do I need to specifically request my own mathematical back spacing when ordering? Its like how does someone order a tire and wheel combo if they have no idea if they will fit under the wheel well? From what I saw on those last two Nova pics that I posted, they were using the 275/65/15s and one was nicely tucked under the rim and the other jacked up one had the wheel sticking out slightly past the rim. I guess it would be best to get a back spacing that would be tucked under the wheel whether I jack it up or keep it stock right?

Another question is, if I wanted to fit a 296/50/15 tire, would that tire also fit on the same wheel that has the 275/65/15? I think I want to start with 275s, but maybe go bigger after and I think it would be best to have a wheel that would allow me to do both. I do know that a wheel that fits a 275 can go with a smaller tires since this is exactly what we did on my Buick. Started with 275s and now has 255 that work just fine. Thanks for your help.
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Old 14th-January-2017, 02:53 PM   #18
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You definitely don't want to do this! I just picked up this project with 295/50/15 on rear without proper backspace.
I took them off and put rally rollers for now, it's a shame that someone had them on bouncing on the rear fenders.
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You definitely don't want to do this! I just picked up this project with 295/50/15 on rear without proper backspace.
I took them off and put rally rollers for now, it's a shame that someone had them on bouncing on the rear fenders.
I kind of think that looks crazy and cool at the same time. Yeah should be brought tighter inward, but man I love those tires. Do you have more pics of it with the 295s, maybe pics from previous owner or ones you took?
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Old 16th-January-2017, 09:49 AM   #20
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Thank you Greg for your feedback. Looks great. I have never bought wheels and tires so is there a standard stock back spacing that I should be aware of and do I need to specifically request my own mathematical back spacing when ordering? Its like how does someone order a tire and wheel combo if they have no idea if they will fit under the wheel well? From what I saw on those last two Nova pics that I posted, they were using the 275/65/15s and one was nicely tucked under the rim and the other jacked up one had the wheel sticking out slightly past the rim. I guess it would be best to get a back spacing that would be tucked under the wheel whether I jack it up or keep it stock right?

Another question is, if I wanted to fit a 296/50/15 tire, would that tire also fit on the same wheel that has the 275/65/15? I think I want to start with 275s, but maybe go bigger after and I think it would be best to have a wheel that would allow me to do both. I do know that a wheel that fits a 275 can go with a smaller tires since this is exactly what we did on my Buick. Started with 275s and now has 255 that work just fine. Thanks for your help.

There is no way a 295 will fit.....the tire i have under there is the absolute biggest tire that will fit in the wheel well......i had to "modify the inner wheel housing with a sledge hammer to fit......My wheel lip is un modified but even if it was rolled i couldnt get any bigger tire in there.

Most people use a 15x7 with 4.5" back spacing because its easy and fits.....the BIGGEST that fits under the wheel well without jacking the rear in the air is the 15x8 with 5.5.........i do have to run a 1/4" spacer just to clear my tail pipe
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Old 16th-January-2017, 08:00 PM   #21
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There is no way a 295 will fit.....the tire i have under there is the absolute biggest tire that will fit in the wheel well......i had to "modify the inner wheel housing with a sledge hammer to fit......My wheel lip is un modified but even if it was rolled i couldnt get any bigger tire in there.

Most people use a 15x7 with 4.5" back spacing because its easy and fits.....the BIGGEST that fits under the wheel well without jacking the rear in the air is the 15x8 with 5.5.........i do have to run a 1/4" spacer just to clear my tail pipe
You're very helpful, thank you.

See, I am really hold school hot rod street race style so I really don't mind if the tire sticks out just a tad past the fender. I also like the lifted rear look as well. So I will most likely have it lifted with a 2-4 inch gap between the tire and fender. I don't want the tire to stick really far out, because that would look ridiculous even to me, but if it is even with the fender or just an inch past the fender I am cool with that.

So would my best bet be going with the 15x8 and a 295 with 5.5 back spacing?
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Old 17th-February-2017, 01:39 PM   #22
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Bumping this from the dead.

There's not an easy or clean way to fit a 295 under the back of the stock sheetmetal- especially if you like your car to ride nice.

I managed to barely squeak a 275/60R15 on the back of my '69 using 15x8" rally wheels with 5 1/4" backspacing. Stock mono leaf springs with HD shocks in the OE locations. The driver's side lightly rubs the shock when the suspension deflects, and the passengers side will sometimes rub the outer quarter lip. Not ideal, but so far, so good.

Here's fitment photos I took.





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Bumping this from the dead.

There's not an easy or clean way to fit a 295 under the back of the stock sheetmetal- especially if you like your car to ride nice.

I managed to barely squeak a 275/60R15 on the back of my '69 using 15x8" rally wheels with 5 1/4" backspacing. Stock mono leaf springs with HD shocks in the OE locations. The driver's side lightly rubs the shock when the suspension deflects, and the passengers side will sometimes rub the outer quarter lip. Not ideal, but so far, so good.

Here's fitment photos I took.





Thank you for the info and the pics, very helpful. I am thinking more 275s now, but quick question. I assume you have it at stock height in the rear? What if you were to put a little lift on the rear say maybe 2 inches, would that solve any of the rubbing issues?

Then like the old school days, if you were to apply a 4-5 inch lift then would a 295 be possible even if that means the tire sticks out beyond the wheel well lip, which I may be in the minority here, think looks rather pretty cool.





This was an artsy photo I took while in high school overlaying it with clouds, so its kind of hard to make out, but its the same green one above.




So like I said, I am in the minority, but here is the look I am kind of going for. This could all change as well.


















Now here are some more really extreme examples that are fun to look at, but I imagine I would never consider this.











And finally lol






I think the Nova I am looking to buy right now actually has 275s tucked under the rear with Cragers. If that is the case, I will probably keep it as is just like that, because it looks just so darn cool.



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I mean, you can fit the widest tire in the world under the car if you raise it way up like a pickup truck. It's one of those things where "just because you can, doesn't mean you should".

My car as on the lowest eyelet for the rear leaf spring perch. I'm not sure I'd call it "stock height", as the factory monos sag pretty good, and the front end has 2" drop spindles.

I honestly wish I could get the car lower than what it currently is- I have a thing for lowered cars tucking tire.

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An old trick is to cut the shield off the upper part of the shock and just leave the shaft exposed. It will get you another 1/2" up top to prevent the tire from rubbing the shock body.
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Thanks guys. Good ideas.
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I caused myself considerable time, effort, trouble and cash trying to make a 295 X 50 X 15 tire under my 1969 Nova. They would almost fit under the right rear, but not really.

I recommend the 275 tire, with 5.5" backspaced wheels as do-able.
The 5.5" backspace puts the tire right in the middle of the wheel house.
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I caused myself considerable time, effort, trouble and cash trying to make a 295 X 50 X 15 tire under my 1969 Nova. They would almost fit under the right rear, but not really.

I recommend the 275 tire, with 5.5" backspaced wheels as do-able.
The 5.5" backspace puts the tire right in the middle of the wheel house.
Okay very cool. The black Nova that I will be buying I believe has 275s already on it, so I'm am good to go, although I am old fashion and I kind of like the lifted rear end and the wide 295 tire sticking out slightly. But this black Nova looks super awesome as well.
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295/50r15 - 15x8 - 4.5BS Draglite - stock width 8.5 (at the time), trimmed wheel well lip. Rubbed both inside/outside wheel well. Mini-tub definitely needed to fit 295s.



275/60r15 - Same wheel and rear end. Worked great. One side would rub on the inside WW while turning with passengers on the back seat.
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295/50r15 - 15x8 - 4.5BS Draglite - stock width 8.5 (at the time), trimmed wheel well lip. Rubbed both inside/outside wheel well. Mini-tub definitely needed to fit 295s.



275/60r15 - Same wheel and rear end. Worked great. One side would rub on the inside WW while turning with passengers on the back seat.
Really cool comparison pics. I am not going to lie, man that looks cool with those 295 though. I wonder if you had air shocks and lifted it up if your rubbing issue would have gone away. Would have been cool to see that.
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