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17x8in wheels on a '64 Riviera

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I'm 2 hours from Steve and could use your driveway clearing skills. My wife's Ford Escape AWD is stuck about 3 houses down. In 3 days when a snowplow finds our neighborhood, it's going to have a wall of snow on the drivers side.

I left New Jersey for several reasons, piles of snow was one of them.

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Awsome look ! Would love to use this wheel GTP -47 on my 65 rivi, but could I use 18X8 on a bagged 65. Do you know if this is possible Steve.

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Awsome look ! Would love to use this wheel GTP -47 on my 65 rivi, but could I use 18X8 on a bagged 65. Do you know if this is possible Steve.

Snake, anything is possible. I am happy with my sevens on front. Depends on the overall tire size as well. I have a fairly tall tire on mine (235/55/17) and have a slight bulge on each side. They still rub inside at full lock, but do not rub outside, now that I have trimmed the wheelwell moulding. I like to drive mine low. With a wider wheel and a shorter tire, you may not have issues, but that isn't the look I wanted. I have seen 8s and even 9s on the front of these, but couldn't say how they drive or steer. Here are some pictures of these wheels in a larger diameter. Also, the blue car has it least 8s in the front. Buy 2 8s with your front tire size you want to use. Put them on and drive it. If they are too wide, buy 2 7s and put the 8s on the back.post-53315-143139169464_thumb.jpg

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On 8/12/2010 at 7:11 AM, steelman said:

Ed is right about getting the wheels made. These manufacturers will work with you to see that your needs are met. On the Newstalgia order form there is place to indicate your center hole size needed. I didn't have ready access to my car when I ordered wheels and made a mistake when I ordered them. Although it was my mistake, Newstalgia directed me to a machine shop to correct this issue and then paid the shop to fix my mistake. All custom ordering does is imake you wait while your wheels are made. Pick a style you like and call a reputable dealer or the manufacturer. Newstalgia.com has over 100 different patterns and styles that fit the Riv. Lack of selection is really not an issue.

A 275/60/17 tire is one inch taller and 3/4 of an inch wider than the 255 I went with. My tire does just what you say, it fills up the well. I went with the standard 3 5/8 backspacing on both front and rear for my wheels. I have about 1/2" of clearance outside and about 1 1/2" inside when lowered. Greater backspacing will allow a larger tire such as a 275 to center in the well with adequate clearance.

Tim's use of a spacer will allow a set of off the shelf wheels to work, and I considered this option. just find a set with greater backspacing to offset for this additional spacer.


Sorry to bring back an old thread from the dead.  I’m currently shopping for a 1st gen, and plan to do either lowering springs or bag, and the widest possible tires I can.  It sounds like with the exhaust in the stock location, 275s are as wide as you can go, is that correct?  I love the look of this gray 65, and love these 18” replica rallye wheels.  That car has 275s.  If I were to side exhaust the exhaust, could I go 295 or even larger, with the correct wheel?  The rear end of the white car is amazing, and it looks as if it has the factory exhaust location (or that’s a fuel tank?)!  That car is heavily modified (has a supercharged LS9 in it), and apparently they  cut the floor pan to allow those tires to fit with rear exit exhaust.

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I still have a set of four Cragar SS wheels in the boxes that I put about 1,000 miles on. They are 17 X 8, 5 on 5. Around $1,000 would get them on someone's very special Riviera. I had them on my Impala SS.

 

As far as I know they are a discontinued series.

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I went with the US Mag. U111, 17x7 with 225/55r17 fronts and 17x8 with 255/55r17 rear redlines from DB tires.  I use a 1/4" spacer up front and a 7/8" spacer in the rear, but don't need the rear space.  Back space is 4" front and 4.5 rear.  Wheels are a one piece wheel, about $200 each.

 

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