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Old 09-12-2005, 09:45 PM
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63 fAIRLANE WHEEL BACKSPACING?

I am looking for guys who have fit 17-20 inch wheels on thier 63 vintage Fairlanes/mustang platforms and the backspacing that has worked for you. I am planning on running 18 x 7 inch fronts and possibly 20 x 8 inch rears on my 63 Fairlane.

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Must NOT be a lot of Fairlanes of that year with LARGE rims....

I know that 15 inch rims have to be fairly narrow......

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"Yeah" I thought that there would be a few of them out there!
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hey, i have a 63!!!!!!!!! but i have not gone to big rims and tires. but look at this link. i have talk to the guy a few times, but then i haven't heard from him in a while............http://www.cardomain.com/ride/564258
he says quote: About the wheels and tires. I have 17x7(4.5/5) AR Torque Thrust II's wheels wrapped in WanLi 215/45ZR-17 tires on all four corners. I had to roll the inner fender wells a bit in the front so that I wouldn't chew the rubber. I'm currently rebuilding the entire front suspension (see page 2) and after that I shouldn't have any clearance problems. The only problem I still have is that I do rub tire on the rear sometimes if I take a corner to fast or hit a big dip in the road. I don't know if it is because the 7 inch wide tires are to big, or just because my leafs are shot. When I get the rear suspension rebuilt and at the right ride height (probably within the next 2-4 weeks) I will let you know if I am still having the same problems.
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hey fairlane dude check out my photos...........by the way i don't see any of your photos.....i would like to see what your car looks like......
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hey, i have a 63!!!!!!!!! but i have not gone to big rims and tires. but look at this link. i have talk to the guy a few times, but then i haven't heard from him in a while............http://www.cardomain.com/ride/564258
he says quote: About the wheels and tires. I have 17x7(4.5/5) AR Torque Thrust II's wheels wrapped in WanLi 215/45ZR-17 tires on all four corners. I had to roll the inner fender wells a bit in the front so that I wouldn't chew the rubber. I'm currently rebuilding the entire front suspension (see page 2) and after that I shouldn't have any clearance problems. The only problem I still have is that I do rub tire on the rear sometimes if I take a corner to fast or hit a big dip in the road. I don't know if it is because the 7 inch wide tires are to big, or just because my leafs are shot. When I get the rear suspension rebuilt and at the right ride height (probably within the next 2-4 weeks) I will let you know if I am still having the same problems.
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Not much room on a 63-4. You need more backspace all around. The rear will stand 1 inch more backspace (5) than the front. If you do new rear springs, consider the late 64-65 spring that extends your wheelbase an extra 1/2 inch to 116 even. (the center bolt hole is farther back) That gives you extra clearance at the front of the wheel well. Driveshaft was the same length 63-65 but check it. Definitely do urethane bushings everywhere front and rear.
What spindles/brakes did you use on front?

Mine is 63 Fairlane HT with 5.0 HO fuelie, 5 speed with Magnum 500s.
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wow, i wish i had known that, i just put new springs on mine. i would have loved to have gained more room between the front of the rear wheel weld. good thing to know.....i might go back and change it away.
thanks great tip.........we should talk....
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wow, i wish i had known that, i just put new springs on mine. i would have loved to have gained more room between the front of the rear wheel weld. good thing to know.....i might go back and change it away.
thanks great tip.........we should talk....
That wheelbase was for nascar's 116 minimum. All Fairlanes got it.
Just take the springs apart and drill another hole in the main leaf. If you want to you can go as far as what looks good to you centering the tire in the wheel well. There is plenty differential clearance in the axle tub, but you will have to get a longer driveshaft if you go farther than 1/2 inch.
Clamp those forward leaves.

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I've seen guys in the magazines with 245/45/17 in the rear of a 64, so I'm thinking that a 215/45/17 with rubbing problems is likely a backspacing issue verses an width issue. I've heard that a 4.5 backspacing on a front with a 215 "ish"/45/17 tire fits fine and a 245 "ish" 45/17 with 4 7/8 backspacing works on the rear, but before I drop my cash and get a set of custom offset wheels I'm doing my research! Thanks for the info thus far though! Interesting comment about moving the rear spring location too!
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I've seen guys in the magazines with 245/45/17 in the rear of a 64, so I'm thinking that a 215/45/17 with rubbing problems is likely a backspacing issue verses an width issue. I've heard that a 4.5 backspacing on a front with a 215 "ish"/45/17 tire fits fine and a 245 "ish" 45/17 with 4 7/8 backspacing works on the rear, but before I drop my cash and get a set of custom offset wheels I'm doing my research! Thanks for the info thus far though! Interesting comment about moving the rear spring location too!
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