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Old 04-11-2011, 02:56 PM
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Rim size question?

I am looking into purchasing a set of American Racing Torque Thrust II's in 17" rims for my 67 El Camino. Can anybody tell me the correct backset/bolt pattern? I want to run 17x7 in the front and 17x8 in the rear.

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Bolt pattern is 5 on 4.75" circle. 7" wide wheel with 4" backspace up front, 8" wheel with 4.5" to 5" backspace on the rear. 5.5" backspace will also work on the rear, just has to be at least 4.5" to get it in under the outer fender lip. If the car is going to sit really low, go with the 5.5" backspace.
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American Racing offers the Torq Thrust ll's in one piece, (515 series), and two piece, (505 series), which is the better one to buy? They look identicle...
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I would employ simple logic there. A one piece cant leak from a faulty weld or crack in a place hard to find. Structurally better.
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I would employ simple logic there. A one piece cant leak from a faulty weld or crack in a place hard to find. Structurally better.
Thanks for the reply, that does make a lot of sense....
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Two piece rims aren't really prone to cracking. The Torq Thrust II two piece is a barrel/face design. In other words, the barrel is cast, and the face is cast and then machined. The barrel is then heated enough to expand, allowing the face to placed in the barrel. The barrel then contracts as it cools. The manufacturer will then tig the back of the spokes for added strength.

Three piece rims can leak from the seals that are employed between the front and back half of the barrel.
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