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Title: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on January 13, 2011 - 12:01:11 pm
I've had about a million PMs and questions regarding the specs of my wheels and tires over the last few years. I figured I'd go ahead and make this an eternal thread I can reference them to for the same information.

Rims
American Racing Torque Thrust M's
Front - 17x8 with 4.5" backspacing
Rear - 18x9 with 5.9" backspacing

Notes - The rear 18s are running 3/4" wheel spacers to keep the tire off the spring. The axle has 3" studs to allow for proper lug engagement with the thick aluminum wheel and spacers. Also, that particular wheel has a different size hub for the 17 and 18. The 18" wheel will NOT fit on the front without modifying the hub on the car, or the wheel. I stumbled upon this when I got the 18s first and I wanted to just try them on the front.

Tires - Nitto 555
Front - 255/45/17
Rear - 295/45/18

Suspension
Front ride height - 24 1/2" from the ground to the center of the wheel well.
Rear ride height - 26"

Front suspension is stock torsion bar suspension. The rear has super stock leaf springs with 1" lowering blocks. (~about stock height)

Rear clearances - 1/2" from the tire to the leaf spring, and 1/2" from the tire to the 1/4 panel. 1" for the same locations, but to the actual rim lip.

Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: Cuda Cody on January 13, 2011 - 01:58:57 pm
Great post!  Thanks for the information and your set up looks fantastic!
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: Doomed on January 13, 2011 - 04:59:31 pm
You nailed it...perfect choices.

Kyle.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on January 13, 2011 - 10:52:16 pm
Thanks guys  :cheers:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: Aussie Challenger on January 15, 2011 - 01:53:24 am
Goody should that read for the rear 295/45/18, you have 17?   :cheers:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: miketyler on January 15, 2011 - 06:48:58 am
great pics!
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: dodj on January 15, 2011 - 06:52:28 am
Goody should that read for the rear 295/45/18, you have 17?   :cheers:
They were probably pretty tough to put on.  ;D
Set up looks good, Goody!
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on January 15, 2011 - 08:03:22 am
Goody should that read for the rear 295/45/18, you have 17?   :cheers:

Yep, thanks!
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on February 28, 2012 - 03:22:23 pm
Updated pics
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6777482169_2b937702d7_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6777445855_eed1706983_b.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7034/6777445497_0dc52eb14c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: Super Blue 72 on February 28, 2012 - 06:30:39 pm
Looking great, Mike!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: 383 six pack on February 28, 2012 - 06:40:39 pm
love the new picture the car looks great has the right stance  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: Doomed on March 02, 2012 - 08:36:59 pm
Right on, looking amazing!!!

Kyle.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on March 23, 2012 - 10:25:43 am
Thanks guys  :cheers:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: 360FISH on July 29, 2012 - 11:00:36 pm
Fantastic!      :clapping:

Inspirational!   :worshippy

Thanks for sharing...    :picture:
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on September 16, 2012 - 02:05:11 pm
I am duplicating your wheel/tire combo because it looks perfect IMO but going with polished version vice the black.  I need to know what lug nuts you used (especially for the rears with the spacers and 3" studs).   
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on September 16, 2012 - 07:57:30 pm
I am duplicating your wheel/tire combo because it looks perfect IMO but going with polished version vice the black.  I need to know what lug nuts you used (especially for the rears with the spacers and 3" studs).

Thank you, I do not recall the exact lug nuts. But they were just a standard closed end chrome acorn. They seemed to work fine with the longer studs.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: ChallengerHK on September 16, 2012 - 09:57:39 pm
Do you ever have any problems with the rear lugs loosening? I bought a Wrangler with one-inch spacers years back and they were always loosening on me. I finally sold the wheels to get some that I didn't like, but which had backspacing that let me toss the adapters.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on September 16, 2012 - 10:39:41 pm
Do you ever have any problems with the rear lugs loosening? I bought a Wrangler with one-inch spacers years back and they were always loosening on me. I finally sold the wheels to get some that I didn't like, but which had backspacing that let me toss the adapters.

Nope, never had any trouble on the Barracuda. Also I've logged over 50,000 miles on my Wrangler with 1.5" wheel spacers and haven't had an issue there either.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: ChallengerHK on September 16, 2012 - 10:45:29 pm
Any idea what I might have been doing that made/allowed mine to back off?
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on December 20, 2012 - 10:34:55 am
I am duplicating your wheel/tire combo because it looks perfect IMO but going with polished version vice the black.  I need to know what lug nuts you used (especially for the rears with the spacers and 3" studs).

Just thought you may want to see the results...   thanks for the inputs.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on December 20, 2012 - 10:39:40 am
Just thought you may want to see the results...   thanks for the inputs.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on December 20, 2012 - 10:45:46 am
FYI   I have had a little sidewall rub on the lip in the rear.   But only when I hit a g-out dip in the road at speed and really compress the suspension.   :scared:

 I plan to change the rear out axle one day and modify the housing length to accomodate/eliminate the spacers.  This will hold me over till the cash is available... 
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: brads70 on December 20, 2012 - 01:58:47 pm
I'm confused.... is this combo 17" on all four or 17" front, 18" rear? And can you give the tire sizes again to clarify?
Thanks Brad
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on December 20, 2012 - 03:01:58 pm
I'm confused.... is this combo 17" on all four or 17" front, 18" rear? And can you give the tire sizes again to clarify?
Thanks Brad

"Front - 17x8 with 4.5" backspacing
Rear - 18x9 with 5.9" backspacing

Notes - The rear 18s are running 3/4" wheel spacers to keep the tire off the spring. The axle has 3" studs to allow for proper lug engagement with the thick aluminum wheel and spacers. Also, that particular wheel has a different size hub for the 17 and 18. The 18" wheel will NOT fit on the front without modifying the hub on the car, or the wheel. I stumbled upon this when I got the 18s first and I wanted to just try them on the front.

Tires - Nitto 555
Front - 255/45/17
Rear - 295/45/18"

Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on December 20, 2012 - 09:39:44 pm
Lookin' good LEMOOREACE!


Brads70, as mentioned, the fronts are 17s and rears are 18s on my rig.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: brads70 on December 20, 2012 - 10:00:08 pm
Thanks guys.... I'm just trying to decide if I want 17" front and 18" rear or 18" all the way around... or 17" all the way around.  Only reason I'm interested in switching rims is better tire availability.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on December 20, 2012 - 10:04:06 pm
Thanks guys.... I'm just trying to decide if I want 17" front and 18" rear or 18" all the way around... or 17" all the way around.  Only reason I'm interested in switching rims is better tire availability.

The rear 18s got me the tire I wanted, but the American Racing hubs wouldn't fit on the front..which was another problem. 17/18 hasn't caused me any headache.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: rusty dodge on December 30, 2012 - 08:54:53 pm
I would advise anyone duplicating this combo to use a different brand of tires. The load rating of these front nitto 555's is 92. This is a very low load rating. I belive the original equipment rating would be 97-98 (that would be a big block car). There are lots of other brands in that size that are rated at 98. Other than that, it is an awsome looking combo for sure.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: fez340 on January 24, 2013 - 11:30:03 am
looks great, awesome   photos too!
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: crash340 on November 24, 2013 - 02:47:14 pm
Brad, what did you end up doing, did you go 17 or 18's???
Mike, do you think it "might" be possible to squeeze the rear rims out to 9 1/2 or even 10" on a 295??? or would that cause to much rubbing, Nice combo's guys

Greg
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: GoodysGotaCuda on November 24, 2013 - 02:55:12 pm
 :useless:
Brad, what did you end up doing, did you go 17 or 18's???
Mike, do you think it "might" be possible to squeeze the rear rims out to 9 1/2 or even 10" on a 295??? or would that cause to much rubbing, Nice combo's guys

Greg

I don't think I'd dare with a wider wheel than where it is now. At least not with moving the perches or something in conjunction with the wider wheel.
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: crash340 on November 24, 2013 - 03:06:07 pm
Thanks Mike, I dont want to do that or any fender lip mods as the car is an original all matching car as it came off the factory floor so I want to be able to revert it back maybe one day. I guess I could get another 8 3/4 housing, shelve the original as just that, original. then move springs in board but a lot of work just to go wider when its probably not needed.


Thanks again Mike, appeciate it
Greg
Title: Re: Goodysgotacuda - Wheel and tire specs
Post by: LEMOOREACE on November 24, 2013 - 08:28:26 pm
Just an FYI. I did change to 1/2 inch spacers rather than the 3/4 inch.  I was rubbing the fenders a bit out back.  Still left me enough space on the inside.  I am also on the Hotchkis springs now which dropped her about an inch.   Fender lips are not rolled.

Thanks again Goody for the inspiration!!