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Old 03-06-2008, 10:00 AM
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Wheel Fitting, can't find good sources...

As mentioned in another post about wheel spacers, i am having issues finding wheels that will work with my idea/application. Having trouble getting any information from companies. I have pics below of the style of wheel I am going for, and also a diagram I made showing dimensions. You can see I don't have much room for standard backspacing on such large wheels. Any help with any reputable dealers/custom wheel makers, anything that could help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks



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Try Center Line, seems like I knew someone who got some custom backspace wheels from them.
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You show that you want 4.5" back spacing which is normally available,but you don't say how wide the wheel is or what type. Not all available spacings are listed in some catalogs. Did you call the maker and ask for your back spacing?
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You show that you want 4.5" back spacing which is normally available,but you don't say how wide the wheel is or what type. Not all available spacings are listed in some catalogs. Did you call the maker and ask for your back spacing?
Not 4.5 backspace! He shows the 4.5 to the wheelwell surface. Backspace must be measured from flange surface to the inner lip of the wheel. You gotta get this 100% worked out before spending big bucks on offsets that won't work.

That's a W-i-d-e rear. What is it?

An offset like that will be difficult to find IMO. Most big dia wheels are sized for modern stuff with lots of backspace, not minimal backspace.
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I went through some of this same grief when looking for some 20" wheels for the Imperial...American racing has custom offsets available for a few of their wheels, , and they list the available sizes and offsets on their website.
Billet Specialities makes their wheels to order as well, and the available widths and offsets are listed on their site.

Don't forget that wheels can be widened, and in doing so the offsets/backspacing changed.. there are a few threads here about that sort of thing with some contact info about the companies that will do it. Do a search for "wheel widening" or "widening wheels".


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He's showing the mounting face to the body is 4.5'', He need's less then 4.5'' back spacing.
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He's showing the mounting face to the body is 4.5'', He need's less then 4.5'' back spacing.

That is correct. I was hoping for somewhere in the 2" range for backspacing plus another 1.5" for the sidewall on the tire, which would leave me with 1" of clearance. The only wheels that I found to work with the application were rockcrawling beadlocks from Allied Wheels. These could be a last resort but I was looking for something with a little more flavor, such as these American Racing wheels above.
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redo your sketch with your rear brakes demensions!!!! (likely that 3" is bare minumum back spacing)

my $.02
no matter how "pretty" it may look with just 2" rear offset....if you are going to actually drive the car, it's "not smart" to have the outside of the wheel carrying 90%(?) of the load...unless you do use a "super strong" wheel design with bead locks like the rock crawlers you found....
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The nearest I could find were these...

http://www.americanracing.com/browse_carroll.asp

With Shelby name on them they'll cost 4 times as much, but
if you anodize them, they'll be close to what you want...

Ooops, the wheels in question are the Shelby® Cobra®

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The nearest I could find were these...

http://www.americanracing.com/browse_carroll.asp

With Shelby name on them they'll cost 4 times as much, but
if you anodize them, they'll be close to what you want...

Ooops, the wheels in question are the Shelby® Cobra®

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what would anodizing them actually do, could i get a black finish on them?
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That's a W-i-d-e rear. What is it?

An offset like that will be difficult to find IMO. Most big dia wheels are sized for modern stuff with lots of backspace, not minimal backspace.


I just pulled the rear end today. It's actually a 68" wide Ford 9" rear end out of a 1981 Ford Van. I was amazed when I spotted it at the junk yard because every other van (and i mean hundreds and hundreds) that I looked at had crappy rear ends. Good find.

Another idea, how would some mud bogging tires ride on a street rod? I thought it'd give a mean look, but I want to have an enjoyable ride and be able to go quick and through turns at a decent speed. such as http://www.intercotire.com/site28.php
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what would anodizing them actually do, could i get a black finish on them?
Yes, you could either get them powder coated, or anodized black...

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