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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-17-2008, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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howdy ya'll. I'm new to the forum, but not unfamiliar to the site. Does anyone know what's the biggest whell you can put on a 68xl? I want to know width and backspacing. I am thinking of going with 18's but I'm not sure what backspacing will fit without rubbing against the fender wells. Right now I have 15x7's with a 4 1/2" backspace. any ideas?
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I have 17x8's on my 68 conv. I believe a 4 1/2 backspaceing. But I have 20' torque thrust on my 71 conv. w/ same b.s.
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This is the Galaxie Forum for folks who are rodding or restoring Ford Galaxies. I suggest that you find a "Donk Forum" for those building this type of car.

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This is the Galaxie Forum for folks who are rodding or restoring Ford Galaxies. I suggest that you find a "Donk Forum" for those building this type of car.

Jan
Now is a '68 galaxie not still a galaxie? I haven't seen anywhere that it says only stock galaxies, or no big wheels in the forum description. Somebody perturb you today Jan?

Shoot Fakesnake has 18s or something on the Liner even.

This question has been asked before here only I never remember anything. Do a search from the Search in the blue line at the top of the page where it says log out. Search for things like "back spacing", or i think even "what size wheels". Usually it's a '64 being asked about but there have been others also. Give it a shot and there might be others here that actually know the answer as I'm sure not the one that does.

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This is the Galaxie Forum for folks who are rodding or restoring Ford Galaxies. I suggest that you find a "Donk Forum" for those building this type of car.

Jan

My wagon is far from being a donk, and I'll be running 18's or 20's.

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My wagon is far from being a donk, and I'll be running 18's or 20's.

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Get out now! LOL
I'm getting so used to seeing 18s and 20s these days I don't hardly notice them. Depends on the centers or spokes or whatever. Shoot the new cars have bigger tires and wheels than our old jalopys did stock. Times are changing that's for sure.
Sure can't say you have a ricer there neither! Might park one in the back of that thing though. Maybe a mini or something for your spare tire. LOL

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Since when have 18's big big wheels?.... 1997?
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Big wheels can look real nice on the right car, with the right ride height.
They are only Donk, when the owner jacks the car sky high, and makes it look ridiculous sitting on 26 inch wheels!

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DAMN JAN! LOL

While I dont agree with ya on this one, thats what I was talkin about over on the other site. Attiude!!!!!!!
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I'm with Jan on this one, but it doesn't matter because, hell, it's not my car. Why stop there? get a stereo system with speaker wires thicker than Mack truck battery cables, maybe throw a wing or two on it and some gauges on the windshield post or better yet hook up with this guy http://www.fordmuscle.com/forums/fai...s-64-help.html
you two could really come up with something very special, anyway you are only limited to your imagination. Don't take me too seriously I'm way too much old school.

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JUST SAY NO TO DUBS!!!!! LOL Seriously though, I can see some 18s man... those 20's" - 30s" make a car look like it needs a team of horses attached to the front like a Conestoga wagon. Sometimes less is more. 18s would be alright but if it was mine I wouldn't go any bigger. I get a bit frugal and I just don't see spending thousands on wheels then $150-250 per tire when I can get 15" radial TAs for $60......, but hey... if ya got the dough......

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Since when have 18's big big wheels?.... 1997?
Since I born in '59! LOL First it was itty bitty cars, which are still out there, with go-cart wheels and now look what's happening! LOL

Oh wait, there were the big 16" on trucks, that seemed huge. Just what happened, lower profile tires on the same size rims as the trucks so they looked bigger?



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Did you have any problem with the rear tires rubbing? at one time I had a set of 15x8's and the rear tires would rub. i also had worn springs at the time which made the ass-end sag.
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WOW! Thanks for the input. i didn't expect so many responses. I'll be sure to post a pic once i finally get new wheels on.
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WOW! Thanks for the input. i didn't expect so many responses. I'll be sure to post a pic once i finally get new wheels on.
I don't mind 18's....My 65 should be close to your 68... I have a 40 mm offset in both front and back...had to put 1/8th spacers to center them in the back...didn't need them to clear anything. Needed them upfront to clear the upper control arm. I used nuts that grabbed threads inside the wheel mounting hole to compensate for the spacer. Any mag show will know what is needed.

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