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 Teach Me About Tire Sizes?

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Cadet57



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PostSubject: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:59 pm

I'm really an idiot when it comes to tires and what all the numbers mean for the most part. I am looking at these rims: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-55-5873/ and want to run a stockish height. What sort of tire size would I need to do that? Someone said 225/70/15 would work.
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:34 pm

I think 225 would look funny on a 15x8 wheel. It depends on how much sidewall you want, if you want blackwall, whitewall, or white letters. My Impala has 255/60 all around on I THINK 15x8, but I'm starting to get sick of the ride and may switch to a taller black sidewall on a different kind of wheel or something.

I think if you wanted a sort of stock appearance and height you'd want 15x7 with 235/70/15, but it seems not many tires are made in that size now?
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:16 pm

I like 255/60/15s for our cars.
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:17 pm

Paul and Bill M.are the guys that knows tires inside and out.

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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:20 pm

IMPALADAKID wrote:
I like 255/60/15s for our cars.

And those will fit on a 15x8 rim?
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:34 pm

Definitely, I think I've seen 275 width on a 15x8 lol
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
IMPALADAKID wrote:
I like 255/60/15s for our cars.

And those will fit on a 15x8 rim?
Here they are on 15x8s
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:45 pm

255/60 would work so long as the offset is right. The 15x8s I had on my wagon were off a truck and 255s wouldn't fit. 225 kinda stretch on an 8" wheel so it worked. 235/70 is more geared towards SUVs now, and are becoming scarce entirely. Stock size for chevy s10 blazer so most places only stock suv tires in that size..
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:47 pm

My Impala has those wheels (in chrome) with the 255/60/15's on the front and 295/50/15's in the back.

I like the 255's all around, too.

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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:19 pm

toomanytoyz wrote:
My Impala has those wheels (in chrome) with the 255/60/15's on the front and 295/50/15's in the back.

I like the 255's all around, too.

I'd go 255 as well. They fill out the wheelwell nice.
I complain about the ride, but I've been thinking it's the way my rear suspension is set up. lol

Bill, are these the ones you had that are like the ones on my '74? I meant to ask what brand they were and where you got the derby center caps from, I was thinking of getting those (the plastic ones) for my car to change the appearance this year without buying new wheels.

Saw these, but on some sets I've seen them say they only work with the 4.75 bolt pattern, and that people say they fly off on the highway.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-Chevy-Rally-Center-Caps-Hub-Cover-15-Inch-Wheel-/360356611376?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item53e6ed8530

I could have sworn we were talking about these on the forum before but I can't find the thread!
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:24 pm

84Twodoor has those on his car. So they must be 5x5 or he found some that were.
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:25 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
84Twodoor has those on his car. So they must be 5x5 or he found some that were.

The Box cahs use 4.75... Smile

I have seen them on 5x5 cars though of course so I didn't see why the caps wouldn't work...
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:28 pm

Matt Trakker wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
84Twodoor has those on his car. So they must be 5x5 or he found some that were.

The Box cahs use 4.75... Smile

I have seen them on 5x5 cars though of course so I didn't see why the caps wouldn't work...

Well now I just feel stupid Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:56 pm

Wheel Vintiques.

I think I got the set of 4 caps through summit for like 60 bucks...

Let me look...

EDIT: Here they are as a single, $18.95 each:
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/WVI-1013-1/

But I'm pretty sure you can get them in a set of 4, too, if you look a little harder. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:41 am

Cadet57 wrote:
Matt Trakker wrote:
Cadet57 wrote:
84Twodoor has those on his car. So they must be 5x5 or he found some that were.

The Box cahs use 4.75... Smile

I have seen them on 5x5 cars though of course so I didn't see why the caps wouldn't work...

Well now I just feel stupid Laughing

Razz

Try Classic Industries they should have some 5x5 derby caps, if not there try bobs impala parts. If that fails then jegs or summit should have something.
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:54 am

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-Chevy-Rally-Center-Caps-Hub-Cover-15-Inch-Wheel-/360356611376?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item53e6ed8530

I'm really thinking these must be the same thing and the center cap design fits all bolt pattern wheels, but I'm gonna keep looking.
You going with Rallys Justin?
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:45 am

I got the wheels through townfair, and they were American racing.
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PostSubject: Re: Teach Me About Tire Sizes?   Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:00 am

Matt Trakker wrote:

You going with Rallys Justin?

I'm thinking about it, but I never realized how many people have them on their cars. I might go with something else. or just stick with my N97's. I dont wanna look like I copied everyone else. Embarassed
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