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Old 04-20-2017, 07:16 AM   #1
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Help with wheels/tires

Hey all,

I'm finally working on my 82 Firebird S/E and it's almost wheel/tire time. I was thinking about getting these http://m.ebay.com/itm/Staggered-Ridl...ATCHING_ACTIVE since I'm on a limited budget and don't want torque thrust.

First, do you think the offset and sizing will fit?
Second, what size tires would you recommend? I'd like to get a tire that the sidewall is nice and even along the side of the tire, don't want it to bulge or go in.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-20-2017, 07:37 AM   #2
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Re: Help with wheels/tires

There were a few things different with the 82-84 cars, so I can't guarantee they'd fit, but my guess is that they would. My 89 Iroc 16"x8" wheels have a "0" offset up front, and they CAN be put on the back, they just stick out a smidge. I would notice, but I doubt most people would. I think most of the affordable aftermarket sets are all "0" offset. Until you get up into the higher dollar wheels where they're made to your specs.

...as for tires, I think 245/255 width is pretty typical for a 8" wheel. Not sure about 9.5. Do a search here on TGO, and on google. You'll find all you ever need.

...and a tire size calc
https://tiresize.com/calculator/
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Re: Help with wheels/tires

Not sure of the differences in an 82-83, but I'd run 245/40-18 front and 275/35-18 rear.
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Re: Help with wheels/tires

As I have been saying for a while, skip the staggered setup and go the same size on all 4 corners - preferably with a 275-35-18 on a 9.5" or 10" wide wheel. You are going to get better braking, handling, balance, and the ability to rotate the tires. 5.25" to 5.75" BS will fit.
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Thanks for all the info. That confirms my suspicions that 245 width is good for front and 275 is good for rear.

Im going with staggered setup so it still has that old muscle car look. I have a square setup on my autocross car so I understand the value. This car is just going to be my summer cruiser. I'll make sure to update this thread once I get them on the car.
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