72 Camaro Wheel and Tire combo please help!

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  1. KSallas

    KSallas New Member

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    I have a 1972 camaro with stock rear suspension and 1.5 in lower front suspension and looking to buy wheels and tires. i am looking at 17 inch either torq thrust IIs or M or Coys C-5 wheel. I was wondering what backspace i should use as well as wheel width. also what is the widest tire i could fit in the rear without rubbing or modifications. pictures would also be helpful to see how other 70-73 camaros look with this size wheel. thanks so much
     
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    I just ordered a set of wheels and tires for my 80 Z28. I am not sure of the quality of the wheel yet but they were a lot cheeper than the wheels you are looking at. Here is the link to the thread. I did change the rear tires to 255/45 instead of 255/50 though. They should come in tomorrow. I will post pics when they are put on the car.
    http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=237437
     
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    Front 245/45/17 4.5 BS rear 275/40/17 5.5 BS This is the most commonly used combo with out rubbing issues.
     
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    The only problem with the 275/40 is that it is a shorter tire.
     
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    the wheels Sal refers to in his response are 8" on the front and 9.5" on the rear. this is a pretty common setup here and has worked well for many, including me. I think you can get away with a 295 in the rear if careful, and there are those here running sizes up to 335 (I think) although you will likely have to beat in the seat belt hump and maybe even roll the fender lips to get something that big in there. I vaguely remember an episode of Horsepower TV where they fit a 335 on an early second gen without modification, although they did a lot of fitting and the wheel choice was critical if I remember correctly.

    As for a 255/45 being taller than the 275/40, it is although only by 0.3 inches. Hardly worth worrying about IMHO. Good luck.
     
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    There is another option in the rear if you don't like the short tire. Mickey Thompson drag radial 295/45/17. I have these mounted on torque thrust 2's 9.5 x 5.5 bs. Can't post pic because I'm waiting on paintshop to finish car before I mount them.....They've only had it 2 months. The car currently has Weld rod lites with 275/60/15's.
     
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    Mine are 18's and 20's but here is a pic of my car with the C5's if your wanting to see how they look.

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    Is this good with running the 17 inch n90s. Does anyone know? I am so confused after reading so many posts.
     
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    DSCN5115.JPG 235/45-17 front and 275/40-18 rear on Coy C-5 17"-4.5" backspacing & 18"-5.5" backspacing with Calvert Racing split mono-leafs, Cal Tracs, & shocks rear & Viking coilovers front. No rub anywhere and precise handling.
     
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