Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 16, 1:46 PM Thread Starter
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Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

Well after lots of measuring and tire size calculators I finally pulled the trigger on wheels/tires.

Need some sticky tires for auto-x and maybe some HPDE runs. Can't really get sticky wide 15" unless it s drag radial. I have a set of MT on 15: steels.

The original wheels. tires are steel (all 4) 245/60 -15" on steel Ralleys.

Now have 255/50 and 275/50 -17" - just right amount of sidewall for me. I Hate when I see rubber bands for tires on these cars lol


Also i weights the 15" ralleys with BFG's and the new 17" wheels with Nittos and SAVED 11LBS per wheels/tires.

-44lbs of rolling mass... hey that's something. 15" ralleys/tires weighted 61 lbs each and the 17" combo only 50lbs







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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

looks good! I like the nitto 275/50-17 tires.

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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

Looks nice...

Are the wheels all the same dimensions, front and rear?

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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

Good looking car, how tall do those tires measure up?
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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

I've been contemplating the same set up for my 71. The 275s are a easy fit in the rear but I'm concerned with the 255 for the front because I'm set up quite a bit lower.

What is the backspace on the front wheel?

And, does it look like there would be enough front clearance if the car was lowered 2 or more likely 3 inches up front?

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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

Thanks Tony. 8" x 17's all 4



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Looks nice...

Are the wheels all the same dimensions, front and rear?

1969 Chevelle Malibu
73k miles
350/330 crate motor
5 spd - Legend 700
4.11 rear
Holley 4160 600cfm
Original console and bucket car
disc brakes
aluminum rad/elec fans
QA1 adjustable shock/new springs/new tubular control arms front and back / tall ball joints



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Re: Got 275/50 and 255/50 - 17" on - interesting

Your set up is very nice. I've contemplated the same thing. One problem seems to be not a very good tire selection available in the size for the rear especially.

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