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 Taller tire on SS wheels?

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PostSubject: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:08 pm

Saw on the ISSF that you can put a 235/55/17 on an SS wheel without issues. I want to dress up the Caprice when the nice weather comes, I already have some wheels to put tires on, but I'm not sure I should bother with the 255s since my car rides high and to be honest, the 255s seem expensive.

Is 235/55 the only smaller size you can put on without it looking silly? I haven't found much else, I saw a pretty good deal on closeout BFG KDWs that were 245/45/17, but I think my wheelwells have too much space for something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:15 pm

Come on Rich. Your the expert on small tires mounted on SS rims Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:19 pm

bammax wrote:
Come on Rich. Your the expert on small tires mounted on SS rims Wink
LOL. Weren't those like 215s? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:23 pm

I thought they were like 105's. I'm pretty sure they were originally mounted on an early 80's carolla and he just heated them and stretched them over the SS rims. There's no way they were actually made for a 17 inch rim Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:26 pm

most people run 275/40/17 or 285/40/17 on the stock rims

http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp?item=Wheel-Tire%20size%20comparer&showRim1=1&showTire1=1&sw1=345&ar1=30&bd1=19&rd1=19&rw1=12.0&et1=10&showRim2=1&showTire2=1&sw2=345&ar2=30&bd2=19&rd2=19&rw2=13.0&et2=40&text1=&text2
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:32 pm

mean ss wrote:
most people run 275/40/17 or 285/40/17 on the stock rims

http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp?item=Wheel-Tire%20size%20comparer&showRim1=1&showTire1=1&sw1=345&ar1=30&bd1=19&rd1=19&rw1=12.0&et1=10&showRim2=1&showTire2=1&sw2=345&ar2=30&bd2=19&rd2=19&rw2=13.0&et2=40&text1=&text2

Holy crap, that site was awesome!

So, like, can I use some of those boat trailer tires? I have some come-alongs to wrap around them and help seat the bead....lol

Here's a link to pics of a wagon with 235s:

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=229898&page=2&highlight=tire+sizes
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:43 pm

oh you want truck tires affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:03 pm

Hahahaha

I just don't want my car to look like one of those early 90s Nissan Hardbody trucks people used to run with the 6 inch tall but 8 feet wide wheels sticking out...I think even if I run 255s that the sidewall won't be tall enough for the Caprice, and there's no way in hell I'm dumping the money into this car to lower it or anything else..this is strictly an experiment of how little I can spend on this car, have it look half decent, and keep it maintained while driving it everywhere...until I can get an SS or 9c1 Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:12 pm

Brad and bill you guys are toooo funnnny. My gas mileage was great though........lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:14 pm

there gona handle worse than your 15" on your 74 like a boat it's gona roll on to the side walls What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:18 pm

mean ss wrote:
there gona handle worse than your 15" on your 74 like a boat it's gona roll on to the side walls What a Face

LOL the 74 actually beats the crap out of the Caprice in handling with the Bilsteins and 255s on it, everyones surprised at how well it corners, especially with no rear sway bar in it!

I might get the 255s simply because if I had to resell the wheels for whatever reason, they'd be more appealing with those on them.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:48 pm

Look for some SS springs then you wouldn't have to worry bout the gap.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:57 pm

I would, but I don't want to do anything to this car other than keep it clean and leave it the way it is aside from a couple mods that don't cost anything and put nicer wheels on, it's just my DD.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:17 pm

235/55's will look silly. I had them on my Caddy when I first put the SS wheels on it. The tread is noticably narrower than the rim so the sidewalls slope in towards the tread. Ick.

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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:27 pm

So I'm guessing the consensus is "Your car will look ghey with 235s on it"... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:29 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
So I'm guessing the consensus is "Your car will look ghey with 235s on it"... Laughing

Uh-Yap. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:18 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
235/55's will look silly. I had them on my Caddy when I first put the SS wheels on it. The tread is noticably narrower than the rim so the sidewalls slope in towards the tread. Ick.
Yup Rolling Eyes I ran a free set of 235's on the SS wheels on my old FW. Unless they where free I would'nt run em.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:23 pm

I have a set of 275/40R17 on impala SS wheels. They are about 25.5 inches tall.

Are you looking for Taller and skinier than stock impala? Shorter?

Look at miata.net at their tire calculator.
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PostSubject: Re: Taller tire on SS wheels?   Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:50 pm

booth9C1SS wrote:
I have a set of 275/40R17 on impala SS wheels. They are about 25.5 inches tall.

Are you looking for Taller and skinier than stock impala? Shorter?

Look at miata.net at their tire calculator.

Well, I was initially just seeing if there was a cheaper tire than a 255/50/17 that still looked good and filled the wheelwell, but since my suspension is going to be stock, I think it would have looked really terrible on the car like that being higher off the ground and all. I think a 255 will be ok, but I'm still a little wary of it being too high. Seems according to that calculator that a 255/50 is only a small amount shorter than the stock 215s.
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