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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 20, 8:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

Considering upgrading to chrome Chevrolet rally wheels, 15 x 8 with 4.25 backspace, and mounting BF Goodrich 255/60 R15 at all four corners. Car is 66 SS 396 bone stock. I did look at the database but didn't see an example of this particular setup. OPG wants $139.99 each for the wheels. Coker wants $164 each for the tires. What do you think about this combination, and have y'all done business with these or with others to recommend or warn about?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 20, 9:27 PM
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

If you look at a corvette rally wheel 15x8 with trim rings and center caps you are not going to see much chrome anyway. Myself I would put more attention staying with Chevy Standard Wheels otherwise chevy center caps will not fit. A 255 is a good size tire height wise and they looked good on my 70 GS 455. Also many after market centers are plastic or a combination of plastic and stainless. I’m running 235/60/15 on 7 inch rims and I think a 245 all around would look great. Just my two cents.,
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

Is your car lowered at all? That's alotta tire to run up front if it is lowered...


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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 20, 9:22 AM
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

I ran a CRAGAR Chrome 391 # 3915834 15"x 8" Wheels with a 4.25" BackSpace on the Rear
of my 67 with the Stock Ride Height & no problems
and a Cragar Chrome 391 # 3915734 15"x 7" with a 3.5" BS on the Front
with the car Lowered about a 1" from the Stock Ride Height & no problems



Currently run these
FRONT Lowered about 1.5" from Stock Ride Height & no problems
Wheels - JEGs Sport Stars#66062 Alum 15"x7" BS= 4" & Billet Specialties ET Lug Nuts #999980
Tires - Cooper Star Fire SF 340 P205/70R/15"
REAR Stock Ride Height & no problems no cutting of my car's Fender Lips since Rearend is Centered
Wheels - JEGs Sport Stars # 555-66086 15" x 10" BS= 5.5" & Billet Specialties ET Lug Nuts #999984
Tires - M/T ET Street S/S # 3454 295/55/15



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Born 283 / PG / A51
468/TH400 2,500 stall/ S60 3.70 Gs
Prev Best on M/T ET S/S #3454 street Tires/Dress 2018/05/20
60' = 1.664
1/8 = 7.532 et / 91 mph
1/4 = 11.814 et / 115 mph
NEW Best with 3,500+ Stall TC 2019/09/08
60' = 1.547
1/8 = 7.311 et / 91.76 mph
1/4 = 11.595 et / 114.28 mph


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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 20, 9:33 AM
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

I've got 255/60r15 in the back on 15x8 with 4.5 backspace and 215/70r15 on 15x7 with 3.75 backspace up front. They are American Torq Thrust D, so not what you're after. As for Bf Goodrich, they're not made in this country anymore and the letters will turn yellow FAST!! That prompted me to go with Cooper Cobras this time around and I'm happy so far.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 20, 10:22 AM
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

I am not a fan of the BFG Tires as they usually do not last long on the Street for me

Went thru 2 Pairs of them in a 1.5 years

Coopers for the Front are great for the Street
I like the M/T S/Rs for the Rear on the Street
https://www.jegs.com/i/Mickey-Thomps.../6641/10002/-1


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Born 283 / PG / A51
468/TH400 2,500 stall/ S60 3.70 Gs
Prev Best on M/T ET S/S #3454 street Tires/Dress 2018/05/20
60' = 1.664
1/8 = 7.532 et / 91 mph
1/4 = 11.814 et / 115 mph
NEW Best with 3,500+ Stall TC 2019/09/08
60' = 1.547
1/8 = 7.311 et / 91.76 mph
1/4 = 11.595 et / 114.28 mph


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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 20, 10:49 AM
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

With chrome rallyes you almost dont need trim rings
Stay away from Pacer they arent hub centric and the runout was rediculous

Id do a 235 60 up front is the car lowered at all? 255 in the rear are fine, run 275/50s lowered 2 inches still have room. did roll the lips some and make sure the body was perfectly centered
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 20, 1:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

The reason for chrome wheels is to eliminate trim rings....and I like the chrome look better anyway. The car is not lowered on purpose but may be a little lower than when it was new due to tired springs. I may raise it and give it a little forward rake in the future. It is still stock, with 103K on the original drive train. It was painted in '78, at present I am polishing up and replacing rubber parts here and there. Planning the replace the exhaust too. I just want to have it look and sound good for cruising. If some unknown rich relative leave me a wad of cash I will have a full resto done. For now, keeping costs to a minimum. Plus, I have the wife's 71 Skylark to fix up....planning to make it into a big block Skylark (but not a GS clone).
The wheel/tire combo currently on the car 225/75 R14. They are about 30 years old, and the car is confined to the driveway.
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

Previous owner installed these 17 inch "Corvette" style on-piece rally wheels and Diamond Back red line tires.
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

1st 2 pics Corvette 8" argent silver with police caps and no trim rings. 234/60 front and 245/60 rear. Car lowered 2" and no clearance issues. Pic 3 changed to 15 x 8 ralley wheels, same tires.
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

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1st 2 pics Corvette 8" argent silver with police caps and no trim rings. 234/60 front and 245/60 rear. Car lowered 2" and no clearance issues. Pic 3 changed to 15 x 8 ralley wheels, same tires.
And the Back Spaces are ??


Disc Brakes or Drum Brakes ??


Info that might help the OP !
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67 Chevelle Malibu SS Cdn
Born 283 / PG / A51
468/TH400 2,500 stall/ S60 3.70 Gs
Prev Best on M/T ET S/S #3454 street Tires/Dress 2018/05/20
60' = 1.664
1/8 = 7.532 et / 91 mph
1/4 = 11.814 et / 115 mph
NEW Best with 3,500+ Stall TC 2019/09/08
60' = 1.547
1/8 = 7.311 et / 91.76 mph
1/4 = 11.595 et / 114.28 mph


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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 20, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

Thanks to EVERYONE for the pics and info.....I am very much tempted to buy from Coker the 15 x 8 Chevrolet ralleys, and the 255/60 R15 BF Goodrich tires BECAUSE they have a a couple of specials going on....if I buy tires and wheels from them, they mount and balance them free AND they also have free shipping for orders that exceed $99. This would be some pretty big savings, though I haven't called to verify that I can have BOTH specials. I kinda hesitate because.....at OPGI, they specify a backspace of 4.25 for the 66 Chevelle, and I'm kinda relying on that as the best fit. At Coker, they have the 15 x 8 ralleys, in 4 inch and 4.5 inch, but not 4.25 inch. A few weeks ago, I borrowed a tire from the rear of my son's 69 El Camino (275/60 R15) and it fit, though I forgot to check the backspace. The front is my main cause for hesitation. I would be less hesitant if Coker had the ralleys in 4.25 backspace. I plan to call tomorrow and talk to a live person to see if they can share some info. Thanks again to everyone for the good information, and chime in again if you think of something else. The Coker special runs through Sunday, so I still have a couple of days to mull things over.
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Re: Comments/criticism on my plans for new wheels and tires

Anyone hear any rumors about Coker being in financial trouble? I placed an order On July 3 for the tires and wheels referenced in my previous post. My card was debited July 8. I sent an email to Coker support on July 17 inquiring about the order. Got a response back on July 21...."Sorry about the delay, Your order is set to be mounted and balanced today and should ship out by end of business today as well." Well, here we are 7 days later on July 28 and still nothing. I have a Fedex account and so I get notified when they have received shipping orders for me. I am beginning to get a little nervous as to whether or not they are in financial difficulties.
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