<VV> 14x7 and 15x7 wheel and tire fitment question

Ray Rodriguez III grymm at echoes.net
Sun Oct 4 07:08:20 EDT 2009

Before I start, let me link this AWESOME wheel/tire calculator website for all of you guys....  its amazing.

((note:  I wish to leave the stainless trim on the wheel arches.))

I'm looking to finally order the set of wheels I've been wanting in the next few months.

I know that lots of folks run the 15x7 camaro wheels with 4.5 inches of backspace.

I also know that some folks run 16x8 camaro wheels with 4.75 (front) and (5.25) rear backspace with minimal bending of wheel well flanges

I know (more or less) that the tire sizes I want will work with 4.5 inches of backspace... but the problem is....... 

The standard backspace for custom 5 on 4 3/4 lug pattern RWD wheels seems to be only 4 inches.  This puts the wheels half an inch further out than the 15x7 camaro wheels, and 1/4 inch further out than the 16x8 camaro wheels.  Based on what I've seen I dont think this will work without messing with the wheel arches.. which I'm afraid to screw up...  I also want to put the widest tires possible on the rear which compounds the problem.  I'm looking at about 225-50-15 (fronts) and 245-50-15 (rears) or 225-55-14 (fronts) and 245-55-14 (rears).  

SO,  can I get feedback from any of you guys on what 14x7 or 15x7 backspacing you have used (and with what tire sizes), how much rubbing you got etc?  

Ray Rodriguez III
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66' Corsa 140/4 coupe
65' Corsa 140/4 coupe (under construction)

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