What sort of advice has anyone got with fitting 17" x 8" rims on a 66 Coupe. There 4 1/2" backspacing also ... just wondering if these will fit and look good with a good tire set-up or are they going to give me too much grief with rubbing etc.
4.75" is typical for a 17x8" rim when trying to run a square set up from what I know. A little camber in the front via adjustable control arms helps make everything fit nicely. Might need to roll the fender lips. I am going past that stage with 1" flares in the steel and 17 or 18" x 9.5's and 265's most likely
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I just bought 17x7 wheels on all 4 corners. Showwheels Streeter with 4.25" backspacing.
Front tires are 225/45
Rear tires are 235/45 (these fit nicely on 7" wheels, look great)
...I know, not much of a difference in tire size.
I put Mustangsteve disc brake conversion kit on for 2010 Must GT Calipers and I had to use a 1/8" spacer for good clearance on the calipers. Car sits high now, but I still need to do the 1" shelby drop, new 1" lowering springs for both, front and rear.
Anyway, the front and rear tires fit great, no rubbing despite the funny height. I haven't driven the car though, still under construction.
Are these a specific set of wheels?
4.5" BS is fine for a 66 especially in a 17" Rim.
4.75' BS is supposed to be the way to go...
My sig pic show 16x8 (4.5" B/S) all around. It took a little tweaking, but nothing major.
I have the 235s -17s all around as mentioned by others. They are a little tight on my '65 Coupe. Had to roll fronts a lot and still have to roll back a little. My wheels say they have 4.5" backspace but I get some rubbing on bigger bumps/drops in road, especially when fully loaded with passengers. I lowered suspension approx 1" a while back. Also, consider if you have manual or power steering. The beefy fronts can be real tough to turn at low speeds and near impossible when stopped. I may go to a slimmer tire or get 4.75 backspace wheel. I get compliments on the look all the time. good luck!
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