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    Tire size

    I just got some 15x7 Baja wheels. I want to put some nice tires on them but I don't want to mess with the front wheel well. I don't need really wide tires and I want to run the same size on all 4 corners. Can anyone suggest a tire size that won't rub on the front wheel well. Thanks. Tnicean

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    225 is typically the widest up front without massaging the wheel well opening. I like 215's (up front) for easier turning in situations like parallel parking.
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    Thanks. Iappreciate your answer. Tnicean

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    I think 215 70 15

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    Lightbulb Tire sizes today

    Now a days
    215 is the width of the tire
    70 is the side wall height profile
    15 rim
    I would jack up the van under the front axle
    Remove wheel and tire install new rim
    Then measure between the front lowest point of wheel well and the new rim where the tire seats
    This will give you the tire height you need
    75 ,70,65,60,55,50, tire profile/height

    Back in the day tire width was 70, 60, 50

    To tall of a tire will rub

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    I have 15x7 torq thrust wheels with bfg 225 70r15 on all 4 corners. No rubbing.
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    Well, I tried the 225 70r 15 and it did not clear the front wheel when turning. I am going to try the 225 60 r 15. It is about 2 inches less in diameter. Tnicean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnicean View Post
    Well, I tried the 225 70r 15 and it did not clear the front wheel when turning. I am going to try the 225 60 r 15. It is about 2 inches less in diameter. Tnicean
    Wow i am surprised and sorry to here that. I didnt mean to steer you wrong. Must be a difference in backspace or ride height.
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    Question Springs!!!

    New re arced springs ?
    Old sagged out springs ?
    One person driver ?
    Three people sitting up front (dog house seat )?
    To wide, to tall tire or both ?
    Rim size 13,14,15,16, ect
    All these could make a difference


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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjeff View Post
    Wow i am surprised and sorry to here that. I didnt mean to steer you wrong. Must be a difference in backspace or ride height.
    Not to worry. My van sits nicely, but as you say it could be a number of things. The place where I ordered the tires took the 70rs back and ordered the 225 60r 15s and I am pretty sure they will fit nicely. Thanks for your help.
    Tnicean

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    A 70-15 is tricky up front, especially if you've upgraded to disc brakes. We had to "relieve" my wheel well's forward edge a little (after paint) to accomodate the wheels and tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    A 70-15 is tricky up front, especially if you've upgraded to disc brakes. We had to "relieve" my wheel well's forward edge a little (after paint) to accomodate the wheels and tires.
    Yikes....after that paint...

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    Finally got the 225 60r 15s mounted on Brownie. They fit nicely. I would have rather had the 70s but I would have been taking a chance on a tire rub.

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    Nice van! I am partial to Gold vans
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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGE View Post
    Nice Clean 69??

    Yes, 1969. I've had him for about 17 years. Bought him in Delaware for 3,300 in 2003. His name is Brownie.
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    Follow-on Tire Wheel and Size Question re: 15x7 with 215/70/15?

    Hey all,
    I've looked at this thread and some others with interest. My '68 108 came from my dad with 14" wheels. I'm upgrading to front disc brakes and want to get new wheels at the same time. Like Tnicean, i'm looking at same size all around. I found a set of Cragar Street Pro Chrome 15x7 with Goodrich Radial TA's (215/70/15) with 1,400 miles on the set. The guy bought the car recently after it was rebuilt and went with a different look. They appear to be at 50% of brand new price and compelling.

    Can anyone confirm:
    **3.5 rear spacing works well with front discs and these vans in general.
    **It's likely 215/70/15's will work fine.

    I ask because of this thread where they didn't work for Tnicean but many others have no problem with them. If i buy them and there is an issue, are there other things (beyond fender work) that i can do to adjust fit??

    if it's a go, i'm gonna head up tomorrow (under the cover of darkness during this minimize travel time to get this essential transaction done - we worked it out and will follow all safety protocols).

    Many thanks for your insights!!
    Ry

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    The 215/70-15 work well on my 69 WedgieVan with no cutting on the wheel wells.
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