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Old 02-20-2004, 02:21 PM
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How Big Of Tire Will Fit A 85 Monte Carlo

I have a 85 SS Monte Carlo. i'm running 255/60/15's on the rear now but i want to go bigger. i'm thinking about a 255/70/15 or a 275/60/15. any of you Monte Carlo owner's run these tires? i want to keep them inside the quarter panel (not sticking out past it). i like the way a full wheel well looks. thanks for your help.

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I got an 85 too, with 275/60/15's out back on 8" wide rims.
The tires look really cool, they JUST tuck under the quarters and DO rub a little over big bumps with the stock springs, so i cut the fender lips off to keep the tires from getting shredded.
There's quite a bit of clearance between the tire and the frame though.
I'm not sure of the exact offset or backspace specs, but the wheels are Eagle Alloys baja style (8-hole, polished alum.)
Hope that helps.
In any case, I would advise against 15 inch wheels and vouch for 17's. I know that 15's look cooler (at least I think so), but you can't get good BIG grippy summer tires for 15 inch wheels, unless you want the NO-season kind, I'm running dean stingers right now and they hold pavement as well as greasy ice.
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thanks, i was hoping they would fit. with the 255's i have on it there's about 1/2" of clearance from the frame. i might have to use 7/16 or 1/2" wheels spacers to get the 275's under it. if i do the i will try to find 1/2" longer lug nut studs (if they make them) to keep the wheels on. do you have a picture of your monte? i'm like you, i think 15" wheels look way better than 17's (on anything).

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