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I have seen a number of threads (I think I started one a while ago) about rim and tire fittment. I am starting this thread for members to post the specifics of their rime and tire combos. I hope that this will become a good reference for all of us and for those yet to join. If I have missed a variable let me know and I will add it.

Please provide the following (You can simply copy and paste the following and include your answers): Thanks!

Car Year
Car Model

Front Rim Size (ex. 15X7)
Front Rim Backspacing (ex. 4.5" )
Front Rim Style and Manyfacturer
Front Tire Size (ex. 215/70/15)

Rear Rim Size
Rear Rim Backspacing
RearRim Style and Manufacturer
Rear Tire Size


Front Suspension, Brakes, and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods -
Rear Suspension, Brakes, and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods -
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Car Year 1965
Car Model Custom

Front Rim Size 15X7
Front Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Front Rim Style and Manufacturer - American Racing 5 Hole
Front Tire Size 215/70/15
Rear Rim Size 15X7
Rear Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Rear Tire Size 255/60/15
RearRim Style and Manufacturer - American Racing 5 Hole

Front Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Stock
Rear Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Stock
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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: 65Custom on 4/21/06 5:33am ]</font>
 

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I have my orig 15" x 6" wheels but with 235 75s on them. They fill the wheel wells but hey look like balloons! I am looking for something better. My 65 Galaxie is shiny black.

I believe my pattern is 4 1/2" with five 1/2" lugs. Does anyone know if a cadilliac/GM 115 mm with 7/16" (?) and high offset will fit ok in my car (PB shoes, PS AT AC)?

thanks in advance
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Car Year 1968
Car Model Galaxie 500

Front Rim Size 15X6
Front Rim Backspacing-not sure
Front Tire Size 215/60/15
Rear Rim Size 15X8
Rear Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Rear Tire Size 275/60/15

Front Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Stock
Rear Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Stock

side note:i think 295/50-15 would fit as well,might need to roll the fender though no big deal.
 

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On 2006-04-20 01:18, bluelightning302 wrote:
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Car Year 1968
Car Model Galaxie 500
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Rear Rim Size 15X8
Rear Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Rear Tire Size 275/60/15
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Rear Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Stock

side note:i think 295/50-15 would fit as well,might need to roll the fender though no big deal.
Good stuff. I know the wheel wells changed between '64 and '65 (got smaller) - anyone know if there was a substantial change between '65 and '68? I was hoping to run 275/60/15 MT Drag Radials at the track but I don't want to buy them (and 15X8 rear rims) just to find that they don't fit - and I haven't found a loaner set for fittment yet.
 

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well,if theyre anything like the 1968 wheel well itll fit easy,i cut the lip on the drivers side but after i put them on,it looks like that might not even have been necessary.I think the rearend doesnt sit exactly in the middle so if you wanted to run 15x10 rims i think youd need different backspacing for eachside,but that would also depend on ride height because i heard the higher thecar,the more the rearend shifts to the passenger side,but yeah 15x10 are a LITTLE bit of a stretch but im pretty sure theyd fit,because it looks like theres an inch or more on eachside of the tire that you can add and not only that,but 275/60/15 tires have a verywide section width (i think thats what its called) so i BELIEVE (<--did i spell that right?) a little lower profile tire like 295/50/15 would fit even on a 15x8 rim and they probly wont balloon as much,even on a 15x10 rim. So yeah,the 275-60-15s fit easy on a 68 with 15x8 rims
 

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well to make things easier for you,if theres anybody in san jose (or bay area for that matter) california with a 65-67 galaxie or custom that ALSO wouldnt mind, i could take my rims w/tires off and test fit them on theyre car and we can end the whole guessing game as far as big tire sizes for these cars! anybody up for it?!!!
 

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Car Year : 67
Car Model: Ford Galaxie 500

Front Rim Size 15x7
Front Rim Backspacing 3.75"
Front Tire Size 235/70R15
Rear Rim Size : same
Rear Rim Backspacing : same
Rear Tire Size: same
American Racing Torq Thrust D with BF Goodrich Radial TA's

Front Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Larger diameter sway bar,
Rear Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - All new Poly bushings after 9" swap, air shocks. new springs


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SUGGESTION- type of wheel can be important on some cars, due to rotor clearance- might want to add mfg/type wheel, and if upgraded brakes exist, the type you swapped to.

heres mine:

(gotta confirm this later)



Car Year : 65
Car Model: Ford Galaxie 500 LTD (all stock- std small drums)

wheels: 1993-98 Grand Marquis (w/handling pkg)

note- getting rears under quarter is pretty tight- have to jack really high and tip it under, or remove shock. no clearance issues except @install

Rim Size :16x7
Rim Offset: 24mm
Tire Size:255/50/16



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On 2006-04-20 13:37, ford4v429 wrote:
SUGGESTION- type of wheel can be important on some cars, due to rotor clearance- might want to add mfg/type wheel, and if upgraded brakes exist, the type you swapped to.
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mine are stock rear drums with stock disc brakes up front rims are Weld Pro Stars

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On 2006-04-20 13:04, psivory wrote:
Car Year : 67
Car Model: Ford Galaxie 500

Front Rim Size 15x7
Front Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Front Tire Size 235/70R15
Rear Rim Size : same
Rear Rim Backspacing : same
Rear Tire Size: same
American Racing Torq Thrust D with BF Goodrich Radial TA's
Manual drums all around (for now!)

Front Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - Larger diameter sway bar,
Rear Suspension and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - All new Poly bushings after 9" swap, air shocks. new springs


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On the '68 Galaxies I've been doing some measuring lately and I believe a 15x10 would fit in the back, but the BS will have to be 4.75 or 5" so it doesn't stick out to far. And it might be able to still fit up behind the finder. Hopefully I will be able to confirm this in the next month or so. Also the panhard bar (I think that what it's called) makes the axel shift to the drivers side as the rear ride hieght goes up.
 

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Car Year 1967
Car Model XL (Galaxie)

Front Rim Size 15 X 8
Front Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Front Rim Style and Manufacturer Magnum 500 (Wheel Vintiqes)
Front Tire Size 255/60-15 Goodyear EAGLE GTII

Rear Rim Size 15 X 8
Rear Rim Backspacing 4.5"
Rear Rim Style and Manufacturer Magnum 500 (Wheel Vintiqes)
Rear Tire Size 255/60-15 Goodyear EAGLE GTII


Front Suspension, Brakes, and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - rebuilt stock suspension, PST 1-1/8" swaybar, 71 LTD disc brakes, 7/16 (I think?) wheel spacer, stock sheetmetal

Rear Suspension, Brakes, and Sheet Metal Still Stock? - If not please describe mods - rebuilt stock suspension, PST 1" swaybar (not installed yet), stock brakes and sheetmetal


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On 2006-04-21 05:19, M3FordBoy wrote:
On the '68 Galaxies I've been doing some measuring lately and I believe a 15x10 would fit in the back, but the BS will have to be 4.75 or 5" so it doesn't stick out to far. And it might be able to still fit up behind the finder. Hopefully I will be able to confirm this in the next month or so. Also the panhard bar (I think that what it's called) makes the axel shift to the drivers side as the rear ride hieght goes up.
Definitely keep us posted on the fitment!
 

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I dont know about the 68's but 15 X 10 will fit in the rear fenders of the 65's but you can not run a 295/50R15 and the total tire width is 12 1/4 inches since from fender lip (unrolled) to frame is only 12 3/4 inches. unless you are comfortable with running with only a 1/4" of room on each side if the tire. With a stock rearend the 5" back spacing would work just about perfect. The ones seen on my car have a 4" back spacing and is actually protruding past the inner fender lip. I am trying to borrow a pair of 15 X 10 with a 5" and 60's on them to see how much room I will have. The other set of rims that I have for it are rear 15X7 Torq Thrusts 3 1/2 back spacing anf front 14X7 Torq Trrusts 3 1/2 back spacing. but I would like to go with the 15X10 rear with the 5" back spacing with a 60 series tire if they will fit the way I want.
 

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So a 5" backspace with a 0 offset in the rear is the answer?
On my 68, I have been thinking of going with a 17x9.5" - 17x10" in the rear and a 17x7 or 17x8" in the front.
 

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1964 Ford Custom.

Front wheel size:
15" x 8" Aero Ultralite steel race wheels with 3" backspace.

Front tire size:
27.5" x 10" Goodyear Eagle Nextel Cup race slicks grooved for street use.

Rear wheel size:
15" x 10" Aero Ultralite steel race wheels with 2" backspace.

Rear tire size:
27.5" x 12" Goodyear eagle Nextel Cup race slicks grooved for street use.

Front brakes:
1964 Galaxie spindles. (no alignment or bumpsteer problems)
1975 Lincoln 12" rotors with 5" x 5" bolt pattern.
Fabricated caliper brackets with big G.M. 2 3/4" piston floating calipers.

59" wide Frankland full floating quick change rear end with 11" x 2 1/2" Ford drum brakes. 5" x 5" bolt pattern.

Fully radiused front fenders and rear quarter panels for tire clearance.(no weenie tire and wheel sizes because of sheetmetal clearance on this car)
 

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On 2006-04-22 23:51, airtroop01 wrote:
So a 5" backspace with a 0 offset in the rear is the answer?
On my 68, I have been thinking of going with a 17x9.5" - 17x10" in the rear and a 17x7 or 17x8" in the front.
I would personally take alot of measurements first and do the math before spending the money. If you can I would find a tuner shop (sorry for that one Guys) and you should be able to find a tire already mounted on the rims of the size that you want and get the total tire width and then calculate that with the numbers that you took from your car. That should help you out with your tire and rim choices.
 
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