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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 19, 5:40 PM Thread Starter
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64/65 front backspacing

I got all the info sorted out for the rear wheels on my chevelle. So now on to the front. I read read and read for front backspacing and cannot find too much on the fronts. What is the best backspacing for the fronts? 18 inch wheels on the front and 20's on rear. Front is lowered 2.5 inches



Here is my choice for backspacing since they are 1 piece wheels. My thoughts are 5.5



18x7 4.25


18x8 4.5


18x8 5.5

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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

On my wagon I used a 4-3/4 backspace on the fronts which are 17x7 with 235/45-17. Any wider and they would rub on the lower control arm and/or sway bar. Any less backspace and they'd probably rub on the inner fenders.
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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

What'd you come up with for backspacing on the rear and width of rim? I've been trying to figure that out myself.

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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

On my 1965 El Camino I have 17x8 with 4-3/4" back spacing and 245-45ZR17 on the front and 17x9.5 with 5-5/8" backspacing and 285-40ZR17 on the rear. Pics taken in 2004 fyi.
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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

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Love the wheels on the elcamino
What brand and where did you get them?


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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

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What'd you come up with for backspacing on the rear and width of rim? I've been trying to figure that out myself.

Please pick up a hard roll for me and enjoy it, damn do I miss the NJ delicacies!

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20x10 6 1/4 backspace
20x8.5 5 to 5 1/4 backspace
20x9 5.5 backspace
18's should be the same. These are with 275/40/20 Problem is finding wheels.

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Love the wheels on the elcamino
What brand and where did you get them?
They are Fikse Profil 5s 3-piece forged modular wheels. At the time I called Fikse directly and got a price from them at which time they told me Radial Tire Co. 9101 Brookville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910 was their highest volume dealer and I should try them. Fronts were $635.00 each and the rears were $695.00 with the full polish option which added $100.00 per wheel. Radial Tire ordered them, mounted the Nitto 245-45ZR17 and 285-40ZR17 tires and shipped them to me in MA for a total of $3774.00 all mounted and balanced with 1/2"-20 lug nuts!

I had seen a magazine cover story article about a GM built dark blue 1970(?) Camaro with Fikse wheels on it and I was hooked. The price was a difficult pill to swallow but I would do it again. Fikse has changed hands since I purchased the wheels but I have been reassured they still have the same quality standards.

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They are Fikse Profil 5s 3-piece forged modular wheels. At the time I called Fikse directly and got a price from them at which time they told me Radial Tire Co. 9101 Brookville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910 was their highest volume dealer and I should try them. Fronts were $635.00 each and the rears were $695.00 with the full polish option which added $100.00 per wheel. Radial Tire ordered them, mounted the Nitto 245-45ZR17 and 285-40ZR17 tires and shipped them to me in MA for a total of $3774.00 all mounted and balanced with 1/2"-20 lug nuts!

I had seen a magazine cover story article about a GM built dark blue 1970(?) Camaro with Fikse wheels on it and I was hooked. The price was a difficult pill to swallow but I would do it again. Fikse has changed hands since I purchased the wheels but I have been reassured they still have the same quality standards.
When did you purchase those Fikse wheels, Dave?

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When did you purchase those Fikse wheels, Dave?
Hey Clint, it was November 2003. Replacing the wheels today would be a little over $5000 at manufacturer's list price
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Re: 64/65 front backspacing

What did you use on the rear suspension to get that ride height?
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Fronts were QA1 coil-over shocks with 450lb/in springs and rears were these - unknown source. Sorry for the sideways iPhone pics!
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