Malibu wagon maximum stock tire size?

Reddzedd

Reddzedd

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jan 14, 2020
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I've come across the usual AR Outlaw IIs and think that's the wheel I want to go with. I'm able to find the right bolt pattern and rim dimensions, but can only find 3.75" backspacing for the 15x7 and 15x8 rims. Will this also work? If not, is there a work around for the backspacing?

I should also add the 15x8s have -19mm offset, and the 15x7s have -6mm of offset.

If I understand correctly, does that put the front combined backspacing at 4", and the rears at 4.5"?
 
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565bbchevy

565bbchevy

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Aug 8, 2011
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I should also add the 15x8s have -19mm offset, and the 15x7s have -6mm of offset.
If I understand correctly, does that put the front combined backspacing at 4", and the rears at 4.5"?
AR list them as 3.76" BS for the 15 x 7 and 3.75" BS for the 15 x 8.

 
njtileguy

njtileguy

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Feb 27, 2020
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Thank you all for the input!

Now about the car itself. It's a 1978 Malibu wagon that I recently picked up. Story says it was predominantly a California car, but moved through Arizona, Missouri, and finally Illinois where I picked it up. It has 95k on the odometer. with the stock 305, TH350, and rear end in it still.

Since it was a (mostly) southern car, it is entirely free of rust, which is rare up here in the northern states. I plan to keep it this way, my rule being it never see snow and/or salt. Right now, the plan is to get everything in working order.

The car is extremely sound mechanically speaking. The 305 has a bit of lifter tick, but that's not too concerning as it's getting swapped out soon enough. The trans shifts quickly and firmly, the plan being to rebuild it to handle a little more power later on.

The gauge cluster has seen better days; the fuel gauge constantly reads full, the charging and temperature gauges don't work, but at least the oil pressure gauge does.

The plan is to get it running soundly and slowly start 'rodding it out. All is up in the air for now, but what sounds good is a mild street build 454, rebuilt TH350, and possibly a 9 inch conversion for the rear.

Here's the best picture I have of it so far, right after some carb cleaner and a new air filter getting some fresh gas. Seems as though it has a rather cheaply done paint job, but a little buffing is proving to turn that around quite nicely.

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Did you buy that from Country Classic Cars?
 

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