15'' wheels vs ????

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by rosco72z, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. rosco72z

    rosco72z Veteran Member

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    I have a 72 Z with a 4sp 327 with 425 hp, I have Goodyear GTll on the original Z rims with 4 x 255/60/15 on all corners. They are over 10 years old and are very hard, tread life is still good but they are dangerous. I can't get Goodyear GT ll any more and I am looking towards Mickey Thompson sportsman (255/60/15) or maybe its time to move up in rim size I'm old school and like to have a few inches of side wall I seem to be able to control how the car slides. I like to drive it hard having owned the car for 25 years I am use to how it handles, any suggestions or thoughts on going with a larger wheel, I have no clue on what size would fit. also the tire must fill up the wheel opening I will try to post a picture of what the car currently looks with the (255's).

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    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That is a beautiful car! I'm going with 17" wheels on my 71. There are a number of threads here about different wheel and tire combinations.
     
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    Nice looking car, the engine bay looks good too. 17 or 18 rims
     
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    The stock wheels look excellent!!!!
     
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    Cooper still makes 15's, quite a few people on here run them.

    I'm running 17's,

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    what he said

    ^ what he said, the stock rims look great on that car, nice stance
     
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    Car does look great as is but if you have to buy new rims then the biggest I personally would go is 17". In my opionion I think the 18s just don't have enough sidewall. Bad enough the 17s don't even give to much sidewall.
     
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    I agree, I think 17's are the largest that would suit an "old school" guy.

    I really like the larger wheels but the 2nd gens look great with the right 15's also. As others have said, your car looks awesome with the factory wheels.
     
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    Thanks for all your comments, grzewnicki I checked out your build fantastic work on the Camaro it takes so long to get it done but after you get to enjoy it, I also like your choice of tire size and wheels, how do you find the ride is it smooth or can you feel the date on a quarter when you run over it, still not sure on wheel size ( 15 vs 17 ) I really like your combination. Great Job

    Thanks for all the comments and your feedback
    Rosco
     

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