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J-Dawg
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posted 10-11-2005 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J-Dawg   Click Here to Email J-Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the car....'67 Fairlane wagon

the options, 15 inch chrome Cragar S/S all around, or 14 inch cragar SS up front and 15 inch cragar SS in the rear

what are your guys opinions, and was it common to stagger rim sizes front and back

I'm sure many are wondering why now...well I bought the 2 14 inch cragars at a steal with tires and then the very next day fell into a even sweeter deal for a full set of 15 inch cragar ss rims

so now we own 2 14s, and 4 15s

just like to see whatcha all think

thanks

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-11-2005 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We used to do it all the time back in the day, to get that 'just right' rake.

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J-Dawg
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posted 10-11-2005 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J-Dawg   Click Here to Email J-Dawg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what's the best tire sizing if doing the 14s up front, 15s in back?

the 14s currently have 205 70 14s on em and have plenty of tread, so we'd like to keep them,

what would a good rear tire size be with the 15s in back to give a nice stance look?

thanks

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MLariviere
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posted 10-11-2005 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You may want to check your local inspection laws. It's a no-no in Maine now.

[This message has been edited by MLariviere (edited 10-11-2005).]

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Rory McNeil
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posted 10-11-2005 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, does this mean if you get caught driving on your temporary "mini spare" they could bust your chops too? Can you at least run, say, 15" diameter wheels of differing widths, and wider rear tires? If not, that silly rule would make many Street/strip or "Pro Street" guys hard core criminals!!

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TomP
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posted 10-12-2005 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the 15's even fit on the back (check them for fit before buying any tires) you'll want the rear tires quite a bit taller and wider, say 255/60-15. I'd go for more like a 275/60-15 but unless the rims are the exact offset needed (unlikely) they won't fit.

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Bloose
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posted 10-12-2005 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think my choice to run 14's or 15's in the front would more depend on what size and offset the 15's are. If the 15's will allow you to run a smaller narrower tire in the front I would go with them. Only because you would likely have more tire choices in a 15.

That being said, I run a 14" in the front of my '68 and a 15" in the rear. I do that because I run the factory style steel wheels and they came in 14's. I had custom rims made for the rear and it just didn't pay to have some made in 15" for the front when the 14's will work fine. If I were buying 4 new rims I would go with all 15's.

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posted 10-12-2005 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MLariviere:
You may want to check your local inspection laws. It's a no-no in Maine now.

[This message has been edited by MLariviere (edited 10-11-2005).]


That's strange, some cars come from the factory with different diameters front and rear? Vipers come with 18's in the front and 19's in the rear. I would think that is somewhat common on cars in that segment?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 10-12-2005 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rory McNeil:
Mike, does this mean if you get caught driving on your temporary "mini spare" they could bust your chops too? Can you at least run, say, 15" diameter wheels of differing widths, and wider rear tires? If not, that silly rule would make many Street/strip or "Pro Street" guys hard core criminals!!


I think the law is the outsize diameter of the wheel has to be within 5% of OEM, they don't care what size wheels you run or what aspect ratio tire you use, as long as the OD is within 5%.

Myself, I'm just going to keep a set of 'sticker tires' around for when I need a sticker, otherwise I'll run whatever the hell I want.

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MLariviere
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posted 10-12-2005 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think alot of this is the interpretation by the garage you deal with. Some won't even look twice,while others will turn you inside out.

The guys I deal with say you can't mix rim sizes front to rear. They also said you have to run the manufacturer's stated size,or the optional size. In my luck,they only had 235's that year.

I'm with you Steve! I'll run what I want on my car,the truck I really don't care. In fact it gave it back some handling and leaves a stop light easier. Who knows,it may plow better with the pizza tires on it.

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roger
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posted 10-13-2005 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for roger   Click Here to Email roger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
14.', 15's will get you the rake without using a huge sidewall tire on the back which can look goofy.
Think about a spare if you drive alot though, do you carry 2? one front & one for rear. If your running a posi you have to match the rear tire/wheel size or kiss your rear goodbye. Thinking about it, even if you run 15's all around you won;t have same tire size front/rear anyway, but, its easier to get close to overall heght with same rim size all around

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tkgalaxie
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posted 11-05-2005 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tkgalaxie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't like staggered sizes.I'd go with the 15's.Go with 205/70 front 235/70 rear.Or if you like a lower profile maybe 215/65 front 255/60 rear.These should all fit good on 7-8" wide wheels.

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