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Old 12-24-2002, 01:31 PM
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Post Do I have to shorten the rearend to fit bigger tires?

I have a 65 Chevelle and the biggest tires that I can fit on there are some 255/60/15's. Do I have to get shorten the rearend or what else can I do to put on some fatty Mickey Thompson street slicks. Like a 29 or 30 inch street slick. I need help from peeling out. Thanks

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You can flare out your fenders. Depends on whether you want that look or not. That is the only way I can think of besides getting a shorter rearend. They probably even make fenders for your year car that are already wider than stock, that you just need to paint and then bolt on. Hope it helps.
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well there is a certain point you have to change it... alot of it depends on the offset of the rims... if the rims are offset so they stick out more then you are probably gunna have to shorten it
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I don't want to widen my fenders and the backspacing is too much already. My rim almost hits the shock. Can I cut my original rearend or would it be better to get an already shortened one. Where would I get this done and how much do you think it would cost.
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I think you're almost to the point that if you want that size of tire you almost are going to have to rework everything. Shorten the rearend, relocate the shocks, and tub it out.
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This is what you need to do. 1) Ask yourself do I really need the bigger tire?
2) Can I run a drag radial?
3) Do I want to cut the car up?
4) Do I want to pay the money to have someone tub my car?
I ask these questions to anybody who come to me for chassis work. I don't care if the person wants a ten inch tire or a 21.5 under the car. If you redo the bottom rearend brackets. Move the shock in you can get more under there. With out tubbing the car. If you want to know how let me know.
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[quote]Originally posted by fireschenie:
<strong>I have a 65 Chevelle and the biggest tires that I can fit on there are some 255/60/15's. Do I have to get shorten the rearend or what else can I do to put on some fatty Mickey Thompson street slicks. Like a 29 or 30 inch street slick. I need help from peeling out. Thanks</strong><hr></blockquote>
I have a 1969 corvette and just bought new 15x8 rally wheels and added 255/60/15 tires.--Rally wheels also come in 15x10 for larger tires.--You would need a wheel that has a negative off-set for bigger tires.--Wheels come in zero-Negative and positive off-sets.
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IF your rim almost hits the shock then just shortening the rearend will make it worse...

Anyways if you have enough space in the other direction see if you can find some spacers or something to move it over just a little
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