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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-12-2004, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Wider rear tire/wheels

I've got a '94 LX 4.6, and I'm considering going to 18" wheels and tires. I was wondering if anybody's had any experience with rear wheel/tire combos that are wider than the front. TIRE RACK's trying to convince me to go same-size all around, but tire rotation front to back is no big deal to me, as it's a "project car" that I put very few miles on. My biggest concern is that I want the wheels to come out toward the lip of the fender, and on a lot of cars, running same size front and back doesn't fill out the width of the rear wheel well as well as the front. Is this true of the Bird? Obviously, wider rear meats look great, too, and must have some effect on traction on a rear-drive car.
I'd like to go fairly wide (yet not too extreme). I was thinking maybe 18 x 7.5 front w/ 245-40x18, and 18 x 8.5 rear w/ 275-40x18. Any input or suggestions??
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i have 18x8 all around, with 245/40-18 in front and 275/40-18 in rear... Looks nice i think.

this was when they were on my other car...
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Definitely nice, Wes!
I appreciate all the input I can get right now to make a decision, but it certainly looks like same wheel/wider tire is a nice balance on your car!
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Here is another look. 18x8's wrapped in 245/40 all around and Eibach dropped. Hella ride and handling. I took a curved off ramp with two passengers @ 60 mph and she held tight.



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weswing, what kind of wheels are those... i really really like them?
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Another REALLY nice one, Blackbird.
Hmmm...you guys keep this up, and you'll be brainwashing me toward the "same-size" camp in no time...

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weswing, what kind of wheels are those... i really really like them?
made by PCW, but are Momo sport replicas.
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I've got 255-45-18 on 8.5" Fittipaldi wheels all around (+35 offset), it's nice being able to rotate. MN-12 cars can be very sensitive to alignment once they're lowered as far as tire wear goes.







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MN12-Blackbird - Those wheels are killer. Are they on the stock bolt pattern? Whats price for those?

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Mn12 blackbird I love deep dish wheels, similar to the 96 impalas, my question is backspacing what you have to look for when going with deep dish wheels?

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I honestly didn't know about backspacing back them...I just went on Tire Rack and pulled up the avilable rims for my car at that time. I wanted 18's but I was afraid they would scrape but they have served me well.

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