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Old 01-21-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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18 x 10 wheel test-fit

In preparation to pull the trigger for a new set of wheels I bought one 18 x 10 American Racing Torq Thrust II VN215 with matte gray center to use as a test-fit wheel. I had a 265/40R18 tire mounted on it and it worked perfectly to verify the correct backspacing I needed for the new wheels. It has a +6mm offset (5.75" backspace) which is more backspacing than most people would be willing to run on a stock car. However, I was able to use a few other tools to confirm how much I needed to adjust to get the clearance I needed.

To check the fronts I used a 1.25" wheel adapter to simulate a 4.5" backspace. I checked both sides and found that I had plenty of clearance at full lock. With the wheel turned all the way in I had 7/8" clearance to the stock sway bar and 1" clearance to the nose support bracket. With the wheel turned all the way out I had 3/4" clearance to the frame rail. So with an 18" wheel I could have gone for 5" backspacing and probably not had any contact, but the 4.5" BS gave me the right relationship to the fender that I wanted, so I left it at that.












For the rear I used some 0.2" thick washers to approximate a 5.5" backspacing. With the spacers I found that I had 3/8" clearance to the leaf spring bolt and 1/4" clearance to the frame kick-up, but I did have a slight interference with the parking brake bracket on the trailing arms. With just a little grinding on that bracket I could have run 5.5" BS without any concern, but I opted to push the wheel a little further out to fill the wheelwell a little more and went with 5.375" BS.











If anyone has interest in this wheel for test fitting purposes or for actual use on their car just let me know. It's basically pristine having only had a tire mounted and un-mounted one time. No road miles whatsoever. I'll cut you heck of a deal!


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sorry, you've gotta buy the wheel to see the pics!

I've struggled with this in the past with embedding pics from google photos. I can see them just fine, but the rest of the world cannot. Let me see what I can find for a workaround...

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OK, I think I got it to work now. Seems to have been a share setting issue which would explain why I could see them on my end (logged into my google account) but no one else could see them. Had to add them to a shared album and re-link.

Here's a pic of the end result with the new wheels. Please tell me you can see them now!

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nice, what were the final specs on the wheels?
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nice, what were the final specs on the wheels?
Here are the deets on the new wheels:
new 18" wheels: Team III LT-III

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Manufacturer: Team III Wheels
Model: LT-III
Front Specs: 18x10 w/ 4.5" backspace
Rear Specs: 18x11 w/ 5.375" backspace

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Front Size: 265/40ZR18
Rear Size: 295/35ZR18
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Nice write up, anyway that 295 can be run on the front?
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Offset trailing arms from van steel will make those wheels fit real nice in the back.
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Offset trailing arms from van steel will make those wheels fit real nice in the back.
Yes I ran a 17X 10 with a 315 on my 81. Flush with the fender but had to go with a custom sway bar.
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What year is your car and do you have flared fenders
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'69 and yes, I have 2" CIC flares on all 4 corners
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