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smallest rims for 11in disk brakes

since im now going with the granada brake set up on my new project im wondering something
what are the smallest rims that would fit up front with 11in disk brakes? i have a set of aluminum 14inx7in rims with like new tires but im not sure if the 14in rims would fit
if anyone is wondering they're stock rims(the 10 hole aluminum type) from an older ford ranger

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The GRANADA steel wheels (14") will fit. Usually it is not the DIA. but the offset. Try the aluminum wheels for fit. Do not tighten down fully. If there is contact with the caliper, cover the caliper housing with masking tape, put the wheel back on and turn gently. The marked area of the masking tape will show where to shave the caliper housing lightly.

Oh. The center hub snout DIA was increased in 1972 so earlier wheels may not mount without turning the hub snout down. Depends on the design of the wheel.
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For whatever it's worth, I had to use 15-inch rims (steel OEM type) to clear my 11-inch brake kit. But mine are GM brakes/rotors, not Granada. Even with the 15's, there is only about 1/2" of clearance between the rim and caliper. Is a Granada setup more compact than a GM setup?
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I couldn't tell you anything about GM disc brakes...

The 11" rotors came with steel wheels. There are early seventies TORINO 14" steel wheels that can also be used with the conversion. Custom wheels will have to be field tested.
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It may be that the actual rim itself will fit. The 11" Granada style rotor easily fits the 15x6s on the front of my car with about a 1" clearance. The rears and with my original 15" wheels the 12.19" Wilwood rotors with the external e-brake would not. What I found is that while the outer part of the rim itself is a nominal 15", there are steps, usually inside, that can cause fitment problems. Mine was a $900 "gotcha"($700 for bigger dia. wheels and $200 for tires) all because I wanted rear discs

In this case, 14" wheels might just make it - but be real close

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The problem is that not all wheels are created equally. As an example, GM offered 11" disks (actually, 10.75") on the 67-72 A-body cars. At that time, the normal 14" wheel did not clear the caliper. GM used redesigned 14" wheels with a different contour on the drop portion of the rim to clear the caliper. These latter 14" wheels were factory offered on all the 11" disk brake cars.
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