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Old 01-17-2013, 10:33 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Looks great Shaun, is that a Cleveland or Windsor?
Cleveland. Was a crate with Aussie heads from Tuff Dawg that the PO put in. I haven't even messed with it yet. We bought it last Summer, drove it a few times and put it away. It needs completely going through so that is the plan this winter. New brakes, brake lines, suspension and steering. Know anybody?
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:30 PM   #32 (permalink)
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6". Small spacer required in the back just to make it look better and clear the lower front portion of the inner wheel arch. That much backspacing isn't ideal in the front, I have to use a 1-1/4" spacer to bring the backspacing back to 4.75", the magic number on these cars with stock spindles/track width.
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I'm using a 1-1/4" spacer on the front. This brings the 6" backspace down to 4-3/4", the magic number for stock spindles. Not ideal but its a street cruiser, won't see the loads from the road course and these wheels are $150 and not $1000 each like 3pc custom wheels.
So 4.75 back spacing is ideal up front?!

Now that's good info! I want to run 18" wheels soon and I was wondering what the trick was to fitting wider wheels up front.
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Cleveland. Was a crate with Aussie heads from Tuff Dawg that the PO put in. I haven't even messed with it yet. We bought it last Summer, drove it a few times and put it away. It needs completely going through so that is the plan this winter. New brakes, brake lines, suspension and steering. Know anybody?
I'll be interested to see the updates, nice looking car.

I imagine the wife can get a pretty good deal on labor in house!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:34 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Wow, those really look like crap .
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #35 (permalink)
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So 4.75 back spacing is ideal up front?!

Now that's good info! I want to run 18" wheels soon and I was wondering what the trick was to fitting wider wheels up front.
Yes, 4.75" backspacing for 17" and 18" wheels gets the lip as close to the ball joint as I'd like.

18" wheels are going to wreck your weight loss program, they are heavy!
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That wheel/tire combo looks BA Shaun.

You coming down south to NC anytime this year?

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #37 (permalink)
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That wheel/tire combo looks BA Shaun.

You coming down south to NC anytime this year?

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Shannon,

Its your turn to come up here! LOL. I would like to get back to VIR someday though, I'll let you know when I do. The 66 is being transformed into the full on track monster I've always wanted. It'll take a while but should make for a fun ride.
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Yes, 4.75" backspacing for 17" and 18" wheels gets the lip as close to the ball joint as I'd like.

18" wheels are going to wreck your weight loss program, they are heavy!
That is true, which is why I'm careful on which ones I buy. I'd like to be in the 18-21 lb area for the wheels. I had 18x9.5" wheels with ET22 that weighed in at just over 18 lbs each. Unfortunately the bolt pattern won't work on our cars (5x120 or whatever; for a BMW).

Overall, I think the 18" wheels will out-weight (no pun intended) the cons of the added weight; more connected, better handling, etc, etc.

But... for now I'm just going to throw my 255/60/15 tires up front and run 295/50/15 tires out back. lol.
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Wife 1 picked out some new wheels for her ride. FR500's in Matte Black with Pony center caps. 18x9's with 255/35/18 Nitto's in front and 18x10 with 285/35/18 Nitto's in the rear. Should get her to work and back in a bit more style next Summer!


Looks Awesome! Those are the wheels I want to run on my 65 only in 17x10.5.
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I only hope my Fiske in shipment look that cool.....eeks.
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I only hope my Fiske in shipment look that cool.....eeks.
Luke,

Which Fiske wheels did you get? Which car are they going on?

I wanted to buy a set of Profil 10's so bad when they had that killer sale over the holidays, just didn't have the cash to spare at the time.

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Shaun I'm working right now on my '70 Boss 302 I'm attempting a 19X9 under the front. They are PJ/ Saleen wheels they have a 30 offset. Do you think I can getthem to fit with spacers? It looks like I might be able to get them to fit. Any thoughts?
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This car won't see any track time so long as my wife owns it so I'm not worried about the spacer.
Hi Shaun,

Car looks great with those wheels imo. Without going to far off topic I'd like to ask a question about the above sentence. I always assumed spacers are fine to run on track cars provided they're a good quality, hub-centric design with proper length studs and torqued to correct specs. Is this accurate? I'm getting more and more interested in setting my '66 up to do some auto-x/HPDE but would really like to avoid a wheel coming off mid lap!
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Sportroof: 1st I'm an id*(t sometimes, with too many projects. The ones coming for the Mustang are Forgelines and the are for the 69' FB. ZX3 R's in 18*8.5 and 19*11. I don't have the backspacing available right now. I'll post updates once I get them on car.

TXMAG: You'll get answers from both extremes and everything in between. The safe answer is always don't track the car with spacers. Some will say aftermarket studs with hubcentric slide on spacers. Some will argue bolt on spacers with open lugs, again hub centric with everything torqued well. I don't like the stacked lugs since you can't check and retorque at track between heat cylces. I have ran slide on spacers as above with 14mm ARP studs and open steel lugs.

Germany approved them. They are TUV approved. And several German cars have came with them from factory most notably the 930 Turbo. And they did this with success for years! Just food for thought as most will say NO.

Now I say the above in regards to 5 lugs or more. I say this with everything in great condition. And in respect to DOT tires..........DONT RUN spacers with race shoes!

I feel that the leverage and center line to bearing plane is most important to strength of arrangement. Whether its bolt on welded on hubs to the wheel, it simply makes it more negative offset in respect to rim width. Often times with our old cars....it gets the midline closer to bearing line.
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