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View Poll Results: What wheels would you pick
Leave it stock with the 14 inch rallys 4 7.41%
15 by 8 with white letter tires 26 48.15%
17 by 7 front and 17 by 9 rear 24 44.44%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 12, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Help me decide on new wheels

Hey Guys,

I am new to the forum. I have a 68 Chevelle original 307 powerglide car. It has the 14 inch rally wheels with 215 70 14s on it.

I am going to change to Torque Trust II wheels polished.

I cant decide on going old school with some 15 by 8s running white letter bf goodrich 235 60 15s front and back or going new school 17 by 7 on front with 215 50 17 and 17 by 9 rear with 275 40 17.

What you guys think???
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 12, 1:05 PM
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IMHO raised white letters are very uncool, just advertising, 15x8's good investment for later upgrade to disc brakes. Car looks great now.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 12, 1:07 PM
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Old school 15s , they just look right !

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 12, 8:14 PM
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I voted for the 15"x8"s...


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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 12, 8:41 PM
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I voted for 15x8 too, that's what I'm getting so I'm partial Same wheels as I have too.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 17th, 12, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Danelle It seems its split on the poll but I think I will be getting the 15's.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 12, 4:56 AM
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Re: Help me decide on new wheels

Why aren't 18's listed?

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 12, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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I have not seen a 68 with 18s in person I really dont want to run a 35 series tire. You know of a good size offset that would look good?
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I have not seen a 68 with 18s in person I really dont want to run a 35 series tire. You know of a good size offset that would look good?
You can get 18's in 40 and I think 45 series?
Here is a pic of my buddy's 69 with 17's & 18's.



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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 12, 9:41 AM Thread Starter
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That is the stance I am looking for . I also like the how the rear wheel does not get close to the lip. Do you happen to know the specs on those wheels looks like 17s are 8s and 18s are 9s and the tire sizes and off sets
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Those are Coys 17x8 and 18x9.5 I believe? Front tires are 245/40, rears are 275/40.
I have Boss 338s on my Elco in my sign with same tire size. They handle great.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old May 8th, 12, 6:20 AM
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Here's mine with 17's. Either way, 15", 17" or 18", whatever hits you.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old May 8th, 12, 6:54 AM
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I have 15x8 & 15x10s. Really like the look & ride. Had 18s on the front & 20s on the back. Ride was harsh and didn't really like the look. The 69 posted above with the 17s @ 18s looks cool.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old May 8th, 12, 7:37 AM
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I like running 15 inch as they give a great ride.
Radial T/A's would look great.
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Obviously in better climates...snow tires would be dumb...but here in Ohio,9 months of the year it's usually wet.


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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old May 10th, 12, 12:06 PM
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Re: Help me decide on new wheels

Nitto makes 45 and 50 series tires for 17s and 18s too. No loss of ride quality and a great increase in performance while gaining clearance for much better brakes.

No one on T/As could ever keep up with them at the drags, road course, street, whatever. They are simply superior.

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If you want it to perform on-par with modern cars, get some modern tires. If you don't mind being outperformed by imports and new Mustangs, by all means, get some T/As.

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