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    Big Back Tires

    I have 15X8 Torque thrusts on all four corners. I would like to go to something bigger in the rear. Maybe 15X12 or bigger. My question is, how big can I go on my rear tires without body mods? I did search for this info but couldn't find it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Depends on how much tire you want sticking out. [MENTION=18]kookykrispy[/MENTION] runs some wide meats in the back. I ran 295/50-15's on 8.5" wide rims on my 68, rubber stuck out maybe an inch.
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    Eddy's van , 66 No-Dice had about the largest tire I have seen tucked into one of these without cutting.
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    Cool

    theway these vans are set up spring wise cam allow you to run some pretty dat meats in the rear.
    I am runninga 275/60 15 tire on an 8incj Corvette style rally rim ,with a 4 inch back space.
    with just the sparxe interior these tire do not run the fender well opening.
    However when the van is loaded up with a weeks worth of camping gear.Big bumps/dips in the road at higher speeds i do get a bit of a rub on this set up..
    A 15X12 rim might be a special order rim .Depending on the style of rim you waqnt to run.
    15X10 rims are a more standard size.some rim manufactures offer these rims in variose back spaces...
    Good luck to you on your venture.



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    I'm running 325/50r15 Nitto Drag Radials on 15x10 cragars on Hella Sunshine. I use a 1" lift block and the cragars are custom 4.5" backspacing.

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    A more common tire size is 295/50r15, which will fit on a standard 15x9 or 10 wheel, with no mods needed.

    Here is my buddy rodney's no door with 15x9 turbines & 295/50's

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    '67 108" G10 "high roller" 350/th350 12 bolt rear, 31" tires

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    And that, in a nutshell is what is so awesome about this group of friend's called VCVC! That is exactly what I was asking. I recently was approved to receive my disability. That means I can start fixing things using money instead of scrounged parts. 3 times now I have replaced the front brakes using used shoes to keep from damaging the finned drums. Been dreaming of shocks, and bushings, and tie rod ends etc. And almost as important, STANCE! Thanks guys that was very helpful. I'll post some pictures as soon as something happens.
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    weld that section in to replace that damaged metal on your pass side too! Good luck



    64' wikivan 230/4 onda tree/2.56 posi
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    Remember, they're still printing money, but they aren't making any more earlies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    weld that section in to replace that damaged metal on your pass side too! Good luck
    Our paint and body guys have a 58 sedan delivery ahead of me. They have volunteered to do it free!
    1965 Chevy G-10 Travel Cruiser. 383 MAG Bravo 4V Plus-Series Engine by Mercury Marine. (NEW) (This torque monster delivers 370 HP and 456 ft-lbs of torque at 3800 RPM)

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    I have 15 by 12's on TurboVan, but it also has a '67 Camaro rear, which is a little narrower.
    5.5" backspacing I think.
    295/50r15 T/A's.
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    Last time I was poking around under my 2nd gen, a thought struck me. I haven't explored it any further, but probably will the next time I put it in the air. Is there any reason the springs couldn't be moved inboard in the rear? I think with a little fabrication, the shackles could be move inward to the subframe rather than on the little extensions... Would make for more tire room, especially if bagged or the shocks were moved too
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