15x8 Fronts

Discussion in 'The Hides' started by blyons79, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. blyons79

    blyons79 Well-Known Member

    Anybody running 15x8 wheels on the front. I'd like to switch back to rallye wheels and would like to have the widest wheel and tire I can. I have a 2" drop all the way around. Ideally I'd like to have 255 60 15 on a 8" rim on all 4 corners....I don't think that's possible though...please correct me if I'm wrong.

    I think I will end up with a 15x8 w/275 60 15 rear and 15x7 w/235 60 15 up front.

    I'm going for a protouring on rallye wheels look....wide, low, classic w/ modern brakes and suspension. As opposed to the raked, staggered drag racer look.
  2. UNDERDOG350

    UNDERDOG350 350 Buick purestock racer

    255/60 fit fine on 7" wheels
    I don't recommend 8" steel wheels on the front. Too much weight for the suspension to control. It's hard on parts.
    Also 275/60 is a very tall tire and will kill the axle ratio.
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  3. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    For a low and mean look I'd do 245/60's up front on 7's and 295/50s on 8s to 10s
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  4. HeavensDevil

    HeavensDevil Well-Known Member

    I have 15x8 with 245/60 on front. Its fine..
  5. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    I agree, 15x7 chrome steel Buick wheels with 245-60-15 is the widest/heaviest tire and wheel combo I'd do on the front
  6. Daves 71 GS

    Daves 71 GS Well-Known Member

    There was a mint green Green GS at last years Buick nationals in bowling Green.It was owned by a lady,it was on an open trailer the whole time.Stayed on the trailer when was being judged also .It had 15x8 all the way around had a real nice low stance.Hopefully someone can chime in with a picture or her name.Was a very nice done car,one of my favorites. Would love to know the tire size on it if someone here knows
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  7. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...not first time I've heard 15" steel wheel weight concern. How much more does 1" wider rim add? Asking because I like 8" look and am considering swapping my vintage Center Line billets for Buicks...
  8. quickstage1

    quickstage1 Well-Known Member

    I've had no issues with my GS 455 conv with 15x8 ralleys on the front with 245/60/15 Cooper Cobras. It's also lowered in the front about an inch.
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  9. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Have you considered the larger diameter replica wheels? Like 18”? When I think pro touring I picture much less sidewall than in the old days. More room for larger disc brakes on all four corners, too.
  10. cruzn57

    cruzn57 cruzn57

    18x9 &18x8 on my lowered 72,
    255-45 rear 255-35 front

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  11. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Yeah! Like that Cruzn !

    I think your trim removal is a small touch of modern look that goes really well with the large diameter wheels. Nice job
  12. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    I’ve got an 18x8 on the front of my 66 with a 255/35 tire. With the dropped springs the only clearance issue I had was the top fenderwell bolt. I removed it and installed a tall ball-joint set that increases my camber pretty drastically on compression. Works great now. Not that it matters but the rears are 9” wheels with a 275/35 tire.

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