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post #16 of 26 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 17, 5:42 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Wheels for my 65 SS

Man, I really regret asking for advise... I am more confused than ever.

I have been shopping around and like the Foose wheels the best, but I guess my first choice is not to be. They would look perfect with the new paint job. As purchased and after paint pics included.
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Re: Wheels for my 65 SS

Clint - Maybe I am confused on the backspace calculation, but an 8" wide rim with 0" BS (or 1mm offset), wouldn't that be a 4" backspace? Wouldn't this give me an extra half inch of space between the tire and lip.

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post #18 of 26 (permalink) Old Dec 7th, 17, 7:07 PM
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8” rim with 0 offset is 4.5” backspace, it’s little confusing, 8” wheel measures 9” on the outside edges.
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8” rim with 0 offset is 4.5” backspace, it’s little confusing, 8” wheel measures 9” on the outside edges.
Yann is correct. Once you understand how to figure that out, it becomes less confusing because some wheel makers list their wheels with available backspace and others list them with offsets.
To carry this a little further, one inch = 25.4 millimeters. Let's say an 8" wheel is listed as having a +6 offset. We already know that width with 0 offset = 4.5" backspace. +6mm is close to 1/4", that would mean that a 8" wheel with +6 offset = 4.75" backspace. That width with +12 offset = 5" backspace. Make sense? This also works in reverse with negative offsets. An 8" width with -6 offset = 4.25" backspace and so forth.
For that reason, I do not recommend negative offset wheels on these cars, unless your particular application specifically requires it. (narrowed rear end,etc)
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Man, I really regret asking for advise... I am more confused than ever. I have been shopping around and like the Foose wheels the best, but I guess my first choice is not to be. They would look perfect with the new paint job.
As long as you don't try to go bigger than a 245 tire,on the rear, I think you will be ok with those Foose wheels, barely.
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On a 17x8 wheel I found a (custom) 5-1/8" back spacing to be perfect for maximum clearance. I used 255/45-17s on the back on such wheels but given the clearance I have I could have easily gone with a 275/45-17 tire. Up front with a 17x7 with a 4-3/4" back space and a 235/45-17 tire there is no room to spare for a larger tire, more back spacing would jam it into the sway bar on turns and less would have it rubbing on the fender and inner fender. This was with a 2-inch drop up front dropping it using aftermarket control arms and tall spindles (well, stock spindles with tall ball joints).
My wheel specs are the same, and the manufacturer happened to have a 4 for the price of 3 deal on custom orders. My tires front and back are approx 26 in. Diameter at 255/45-17 and 225/50-17, Conti Extra Contact DW.

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post #22 of 26 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 18, 2:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Wheels for my 65 SS

I finally got the new wheels!

225/45/R17 Foose in the front and 245/45/R17 in the rear. zero offset and everything fits like the Foose web site indicated. Data was loaded into the wheels and tires database.

Thanks for all the help!
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Glad to hear it,Mike. One question though, how are the front clearances with your drop spindles?

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Clint - everything appears to be good (I only got them yesterday). so far no rubbing on the fender well or frame or suspension components. I will look at it more closely in the next day or two when it is in my garage and off the ground.

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Clint - everything appears to be good (I only got them yesterday). so far no rubbing on the fender well or frame or suspension components. I will look at it more closely in the next day or two when it is in my garage and off the ground.
I'm curious about your rear tire clearance, with those zero offset wheels.

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The rear wheels look awful far back in the wheel well.

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