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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Help with wheels please!

Hello- I'll introduce myself, I purchased a 1967 mustang hardtop a couple of years ago and have been slowly fixing things and adding things like every other mustang owner!! I have been reading alot of posts here on this great forum and learning more and more about these cool cars. My mustang currently has a 302 with GT40p heads, headers ect., C4 with a shift kit, 3.55 rear gears with Eaton Truetrac not the fastest car but it's fun!! My question is with wheel fitment, I've read all 28 pages in the wheel and tire forum but still can't find if 17X8 rims will fit on the front with no rubbing issues, I talked with CJ Pony and they claim that 17x8 will hit the upper control arm? Tire Rack, Summit and CarID all claim that they would workI plan on running 235/45 R17 on all four corners. The only modification up front is the car has granada spindles. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and what a wealth of information on VFM!!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry forgot to add the wheels are American Racing VN501 17x8 with 4.5 backspacing and the tires are BF Goodrich G-force Sport 2. Thanks
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 11:53 AM
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Use 17x7 f ront
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 12:38 PM
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Pretty sure you will find many threads on here stating the 17x8 is acceptable, but best with 4 3/4" BS.
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Also try .25" spacer cheap fix

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 05:45 PM
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Hi, I also have a 67stang and been have trying to fit 17x8's. I can tell you they are too wide for the front without suspension or fender mods. Here's a picture of my car with 17x8's (4.5" BS) and 245/45R17 tires borrowed from another car. Overall diameter for this tire is 25.7" with a section width of 9.7". They work great in the back but 17x7's are what you want for the front. I ended up going with American racing wheels, VN527 with spinners. Front tires are 215/50R17 and rear are 245/45R17.
Word of caution when shopping for tires, Stated tires size does not always mean actual tire size. I've spent a lot time hunting down matching performance tires in both sizes that have a minimal Rim Protector side walls. Watch your DOT dates on new tires. Just because they are brand new doesn't mean they aren't old. Ask how I know. Cooper Zeon RS3-A tires are what I decided on, Discount Tire Direct has some good deals, free shipping.
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The 1/4" spacer up front will not work because it pushes the wheel out closer the fender lip. A 17x8 wheel with 4-3/4" BS would be the closest and best fit possible (But good luck finding that wheel in a stock size). Downside to a 4-3/4" BS, it gets you really, really close to the upper control arm.
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Oh,! My bad. I thought the problem was hitting calipers or UCA.
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I have a 67' that is lowered about an inch, stock everything else.
I have been running 17x8 wheels with 4 3/4" backspacing for a few years and many miles. The problem with Bigblockeric's setup is he is using 4 1/2" backspace.
I am running 235-45 on the fronts and 245-45 in the rear.

This is a common setup that many are running, you CAN run 17x8 all around if you have the right backspacing on a 67'.

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So 4.5 inch backspacing would not work with 17X8, but 4.75 inch backspacing would? I see that Legendary Wheel Co. has the Magnum 500 in the 17X8 with 4.5 backspacing. These should work without issues with 235/45 BfGoodrich?
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Grrr - so confusing! I had my heart and budget set on the exact same combo as OP. They were actually in my cart waiting on a bonus check to come through before I pulled the trigger.

The old fitment guide that floats around says a 235/45/17 on a 17x8in wheel with 4.5bs fits the front with no rubbing on a stock suspension:

https://www.stang-aholics.com/files/...uide-67-68.pdf

As previously stated in the thread I guess it is time to pick a few tires and have a hard look at cross-section.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 04:19 PM
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What brakes are you running

question to IndyFive-0
What brakes are you running?
My 67 GT Fastback is factory stock, with front disks and drum rear brakes. And I am currently trying to decide if 17" wheels and tires will fit.
I don't want to roll the fenders.
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