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    Default Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Before I rush out and look at or buy these CL specials, can anyone tell me if Buick Rallyes with 245/60/14 tires will fit on my 65 Skylark? I don't know if all stock Rallyes are created equal or otherwise. The ones I'm looking at were once on a 72 Skylark.

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    I had 245/60/15 on the rear of my 67 gs400 with 15x7 buick ralleys. they did have 4.5" backspace, so you will need to check that out.

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    i have a 65 with 86 regal 14 in (more offset)rims on the front with 215-70r14s
    i was looking to fit those tires on the front
    it should be ok if your suspension is in good shape
    mine do rub slightly when backing up and turning/bump
    my fender has been pushed back a bit from a bumper tap
    my front springs are weak too
    but with the offset of the 72 wheels i bet you will clear the fender no problem
    check the clearace on turns to the swap bar
    you might have to alter turning stops a bit
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Does anyone know the spacing for after market wheels for a '65 Skylark? I am looking for a set of rims for my wife's car and want to make sure I have the proper spacing.

    Thanks for any help.
    87 Limited 3.8 Turbo
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzin 6 View Post
    Does anyone know the spacing for after market wheels for a '65 Skylark? I am looking for a set of rims for my wife's car and want to make sure I have the proper spacing.

    Thanks for any help.
    What size rim/tire combo are you wanting to run? Here's my '65 with both 17" TT2s and 15" Cragars. The 17s are 8" wide with 4.5" BS on the rear with 255/45/17 Hankooks and the front are 8" wide with 4" BS and 225/40/17 Hankooks. The Cragars were 7" wide in the rar with 4 1/8" BS with 235/70/15s and the fronts were 15x4s with 3" BS and 185/50/15s





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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Personally I love the 17's, but I have seen a few sets of nice 16's for decent prices. I just need to make sure of the back spacing for 15's, 16's, and 17's so when i find "the set" i know.

    By the way I love the stance your car has with the 17's and thanks for the info.
    87 Limited 3.8 Turbo
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    & pump gas

    1965 Skylark convertible (wife's cruiser)

    07 Trailblazer SS (on the way to the 12's), my daily

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Has anyone successfully put on 15x8 rims on a 65 Skylark?

    If so, does it require custom backspacing? Do they also fit the front?

    I came by a very nice set and would appreciate the opinion of someone who's done it over what the Les Schwab Tire Monkeys tell me.

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Jeff, you ever put on the 15X8 rims on the 65' Skylark? I'm looking at either 15 or 16 inch trying to decide which would with best with stock spec coil springs/shocks. Thanks, Doug

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by 1965Buick View Post
    Jeff, you ever put on the 15X8 rims on the 65' Skylark? I'm looking at either 15 or 16 inch trying to decide which would with best with stock spec coil springs/shocks. Thanks, Doug
    I still haven't tried the 15x8 wheels. I'll check for clearances this weekend and post the results.
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Cool that'd be great I'll keep an eye on the thread, thanks man, Doug

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Any luck on the clearances?

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    BUMP

    I'm looking to do the TTII's in a 17x8 on the rear of my 64 Lark.

    Any additional info?

    Thanks,
    Eric
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    I've got 15x8 with a 5 1/2" backspace on the back of mine with 275/60's. I also have a `70 rearend in the car which is 1" wider overall than the `65 rear. There isn't much room but they don't rub. If you were to put the same combo on the car with a stock rearend you would need a 5" backspace.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    decide if you are gonna do any brake upgrades as some kits change your offset needs too
    Andy bridgeview,il
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    I have 17 X 8 on the rear of mine,,,with 255's,,,a 5" bs,,,on a stock 65 axle!!! They fit nice,,,some guys who have 275's (which I wanted) must be just about scrapping the widewalls off!!!!

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by custum65GS View Post
    I have 17 X 8 on the rear of mine,,,with 255's,,,a 5" bs,,,on a stock 65 axle!!! They fit nice,,,some guys who have 275's (which I wanted) must be just about scrapping the widewalls off!!!!
    Any pics?
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Are there any specs to compare 64-72 rears as far as length goes?

    There are charts for every other GM A body, no BPO that I can find?
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by 65Special View Post
    Here's my '65 with 17" TT2s. The 17s are 8" wide with 4.5" BS on the rear with 255/45/17 Hankooks and the front are 8" wide with 4" BS and 225/40/17 Hankooks.


    I really like the look of this setup.

    Any reason why this combination wouldn't work on a stock 64 Lark?
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    1964 Buick Skylark GST (2 door coupe - 87 GN IC V6, 200R4 "BRF" Trans, Bucket seats...CA Blackies)

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Also, does anybody have a good idea for a home made wheel sizing tool?
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    1964 Buick Skylark GST (2 door coupe - 87 GN IC V6, 200R4 "BRF" Trans, Bucket seats...CA Blackies)

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Anyone know how to get in touch with 65Special?

    I could really use some info regarding the setup he used, or anyone else with a similar configuration.

    I've got several options on the table for rear end configurations and if I can keep the stock rear and work with Jim to get it squared away I'd rather go that direction.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    =Eric
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by sd-slider View Post
    Also, does anybody have a good idea for a home made wheel sizing tool?
    Summit sells one:
    http://www.summitracing.com/parts/PHP-01201/

    Shouldn't be difficult to make your own....bend a coat hanger to the shape of the tire and attach it to a stick.
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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Any one used the inner fender lip roller, I think you can pick them up from Summit or maybe its Jeggs. That'd be good for an extra 1/2 inch of width I guess.

    Doug

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    I am running 15x8 wheels on the back of my 65. They are 4.5 inch BS with 255 60 15's mounted. The front are 15x6, 3.5 inch bs with 215 60 15's. I was gonna run 15x7 on the front, but they were out of stock. I started with 15x8's up front, and they rubbed, BAD, with 225 70 15's.

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    Default Re: Wheels -n- Tires for a 1965 Skylark

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Oldie 65 View Post
    I've got 15x8 with a 5 1/2" backspace on the back of mine with 275/60's. I also have a `70 rearend in the car which is 1" wider overall than the `65 rear. There isn't much room but they don't rub. If you were to put the same combo on the car with a stock rearend you would need a 5" backspace.
    Any close up pics of your combo?

    I now have a Chevy 12 bolt 3.42 posi that I am going to use and I'd like to see the stance and view from the rear if possible.

    Thanks.
    Eric Brown - San Diego

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    1966 Buick Skylark GS (#'s stocker - CA Blackies)
    1964 Buick Skylark GST (2 door coupe - 87 GN IC V6, 200R4 "BRF" Trans, Bucket seats...CA Blackies)

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