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15x8" wheels with 5" backspacing (Wheel Vintiques Style 30 from Summit Racing), using a 275/60R15 BF.G rear tire. Monoleaf rear springs with the shocks relocated inboard, at the highest "eye" on the shackles for the time being; I plan on lowering the back a good 1-2". So far this is a perfect fit, save for being a little tight on the outside at full compression. There's a little wiggle room to re-center the axle if I run into scrubbing problems on launch.
Will be updating this once I have time to fabricate a new cross brace for the rear shocks to tip them inward up top and lower the car down.
I thought this reply should be posted here as well
Eventually i was going to have to take the plunge and buy some larger diameter wheels in order to fit disc brakes.
Wheels are U.S. Mags "Rambler" series, 17X7 front and 17x8 rear. Both have +1mm offset. Tires, Continental Extreme Contact DW, 225/45-17 front and 235/45-17 rear. I test fit 245's in the the rear but it looked like it would rub on the fender if I hit a big bump/pot hole.
Im looking for 17" wheels that will fit my 1972 Nova that is lowered 2" in the front and 1.5" in the back.
Im not trying to stuff the most I can under the car. Just looking for good fitment.
1. Will these 17X7s work for the front? If so, what is a 'safe' tire size to go with? Meaning, not stuffing a tire under there. Just something that is sure to fit.
Wheel size: 17" x 7"
Bolt pattern: 5 x 4-3/4"
Offset: +6mm http://www.classicindustries.com/pro.../sw177542.html
2. Will these 17X8s work for the rear? Just a smidge wider for a cooler stance. If so, what is a 'safe' tire size to go with that is sure to fit?
Wheel size: 17" x 8"
Bolt pattern: 5 x 4-3/4"
Offset: 0mm http://www.classicindustries.com/pro.../sw178542.html
*note* Id be willing to do the 17x7s all around if that made it easier
Last edited by Ironswede; 6th-September-2016 at 03:11 PM.
I made this video when trying to fit some pretty wide 17 inch wheels on my car. I went ahead and showed a bunch of measurements and some of the problem areas you may have for fitting any size wheel on the rear though. Hopefully this helps someone figure out the specs for a wheel and tire combo they are looking at.
I installed new wheels last night. here is the problem 15x8 4.5 back spacing with 255/60/15's. The drivers side is perfect but the passenger side is going to rub. I have read where some guys 3rd gen nova's have the rear end that sits 1/2 inch to the passenger side and mine is the same, I really do not want to cut or woll the lip on the quarter. I am thinking about buying 1 15x8 with 5 inch back spacing for the right side. I then would have the exact same clearence. Anyone see a problem doing it like this?
Last edited by 70chevybb; 18th-January-2017 at 10:36 AM.