ZQ8 tire size recomm

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85_SS

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ZQ8 tire size recommendations?

Just bought a set of the older flat ZQ8's and am wondering about tire sizes. 245 and 255 are by far the most popular sizes, but would 265/50s be pushing it for clearance? I would also like to keep RWL's if possible...


On a side note - first time I've popped in over the last 2-3 weeks, nice to see the board taking off! 8)
 

betsy84

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265s will fit im almost certain. i know a guy that fit 295s in the rear, just lifted the rear a bit, on non stock wheels however, but as far as clearance goes i dont think ull have a problem. dont shoot me if im wrong tho. someone else please verify as well.
 

TPI Monte SS

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Jan 2, 2006
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I ran 245/50s at all 4 corners on my old '85 SS, on the same rims. They fit great. Probably could have done 255s, but I played it safe. They did rub on the inner fenders at full lock, but my car was lowered.

Also, I dunno if a 275 is safe to put on an 8" rim; I think the tire manufacturers will say they should go on a 9" wide rim. Enjoy, you will like 'em!
 

85_SS

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Hey Steve,

Thanks for the info.


BF Goodrich actually states 7.5-9.5" wheel for a 265/50 tire. They even list a 295/50 for an 8" wheel, but that is pushing it way too far for me (I'm surprised they have it listed that way.

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/assets/pdf/radial_ta.pdf

I really like the wide look on all four corners but I am planning on lowering as well, so I may stick with 245. There are currently 225's on them (bald), but they look a lot wider (than a 225 on a 15x7 would) being an 8" wheel and with the lower profile. So I would probably be happy with the 245's and minimal rubbing at full lock doesn't concern me.
 

TPI Monte SS

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I just posted a pic in my album of my old car with the ZQ8s on it. It had Hotchkis drop springs and B-body spindles up front. And, it was a white '85, so you'll have a decent idea of how your car is gonna look. :)

Check it out - http://www.gbodyforum.com/album_page.php?pic_id=187
 
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