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Old 31-03-2015, 06:05 PM
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Old 31-03-2015, 06:11 PM
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So, here I sit at my computer wrestling with what to do about this.

Contacted Dragway and they were great, but only have 9.5" hoops. Harry has both 9.5" and 11".

I got confirmation that a 18" x 11" rim with 295/35 R18 will fit a standard 2nd ten Camaro (see photos).

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I love the look of the 11" cause it really fills the guards to the max, but don't want to change the axle to a full floating one.

I swore I would never be one of those guys who asks other people what I should do with my car. My reckoning is that it's my car and it only needs to please me, and nobody else.

So I'm going with 11's and take a risk on not drawing attention from the constabulary - pretty hard with a bright orange car!

Appreciate and value you guys giving me your advice. It definitely helps going into something knowing the potential consequences.
I'd like to see what happens to the outside of the tyre on the Yellow unit when it hits a bump. My guess is that is would get a fair rub.
Another question is how much clearance to the leaf spring in the upper photo? Rubbing tyres take the joy out of a cruise.
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Old 31-03-2015, 06:12 PM
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X2 go for it Vic, there's nothing better than an old school with big rubber.
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Old 31-03-2015, 06:31 PM
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I'd like to see what happens to the outside of the tyre on the Yellow unit when it hits a bump. My guess is that is would get a fair rub.
Another question is how much clearance to the leaf spring in the upper photo? Rubbing tyres take the joy out of a cruise.
I've done some work on this. The wooden tyre gauge I made (see in earlier posts) tells me that I will have 15mm clearance from the tyre sidewall to the leaf spring and 15mm clearance to the fender with 5.75" backspace.

Being an engineer and just a little nerdy, I've checked this result using on line tyre/wheel calculators and a few other references and they each came back with 1/2" or 12 - 15 mm clearance on both sides. So that makes me feel better.

A friend has a 2nd Gen with the same tyre on a 10" rim and his touch the guard only when he has people in the back seat - but his car is lower than mine. So is the car in the photo. Mine is classic 70's - nose sniffing the ground, bum in the air.

As with everything in life, you make your choice and live with the compromises.

So with all this info, it's 'go' on the 11's
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Old 31-03-2015, 07:42 PM
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So with all this info, it's 'go' on the 11's
BAM!!! Been waiting for this since the moment I first saw your car (which I am going to be CRAZY jealous over). Good luck mate!!
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:33 PM
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Vic that's going to look awesome with 11's on the rear...Cant wait to feast my eyes on the dish youll end up with....your cars a head turner now but with this bad boys fitted you'll be getting commision from neck brace suppliers....
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I'm bummed out.

Turns out the guy with the yellow Camaro in my earlier post with the 295 tyre doesn't have 11" rims. After more questions from me about backspacing turns out he's got 10"

Every place I've called in Melbourne has 9.5" or 11" hoops. I REALLY prefer 10". Gonna do some more head scratching on this.

On a better note, finally removed all the fake steel braiding on my hoses today. Replaced the heater hoses and tap with new ones. The old tap had a plug in one end! and one of the old hoses had a nick in it that leaked.

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I have never liked the way the top radiator hose looked. Turns out that under the steel braided sleeve it was one of the universal fit, convoluted hoses…. I hate the look of those!

Now I have the engine bay looking pretty much the way I like it. Plain black rubber hoses.

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Old 04-04-2015, 04:34 PM
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That looks much better!
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That looks much better!
+1 looks very tidy.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:13 PM
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Nice n tidy Vic...
Just dont go talking too much about rubber stuff here ,....
Cause you just know whats coming ....lol
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Old 07-04-2015, 01:56 PM
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OK back onto the rear wheels.

After hours of inter webbing and looking at other guy's 2nd Gens, reading their comments, asking them questions and sometimes getting answers, I have come to 2 absolute conclusions.

If you want to do something, go measure your own car and make up your own mind on what's right and what's fantasy.

Every car is different - even same car Left to Right

I have to thank Pete (PGM) for lending me a set of his wheels which enabled me to take actual measurements and clarify fact from fantasy.

Pete lent me a pair of 17" x 9" with 4.5" backspace shod with 275/40. I must say, I do like the look of these wheels on my car!

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After checking clearances, on the fender I have 0.5" (LHS) and 1" (RHS) and to the leaf spring, 1" both sides. I checked the fender lips and the LHS has been rolled but the RHS hasn't.

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Because the Camaro doesn't have the usual 'L' shaped lip like most cars, it's not an easy job to roll. So I'm stuck with what I have.

Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that 11"s would look great but will not work on the RHS without it scrubbing. The other available rim size is 9.5". Not my preference but might have to settle for this. My preference would be 10" on both sides.

So what I'm shooting for is 18" x 10" with 5" backspace. Still tossing up whether I go 275 or 285 tyres.

I will be dropping off the rims to Harry next Saturday and I'll talk with him about possibility of getting 10" hoops
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Old 07-04-2015, 03:53 PM
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Those wheels do look good on your car Vic

Not sure if you've seen seen this article but they also recommend max 10" rims on the rear.

http://www.hotrod.com/how-to/wheels-...-tires-wheels/

I have 275's on mine with no rubbing & I'd say 285's would probably fit. PM me if you need more info.
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