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    Default 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Anyone ever run a P215/70R15 on a WP Code Buick Rally Wheel without issues on the front of a 1965 Skylark? I ran across a set and was wondering if anyone had any input or experience doing this.

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    Doug

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by 1965Buick View Post
    Anyone ever run a P215/70R15 on a WP Code Buick Rally Wheel without issues on the front of a 1965 Skylark? I ran across a set and was wondering if anyone had any input or experience doing this.

    Thanks,

    Doug
    Should be absolutely NO ISSUES with that tire size.
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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by LARRY70GS View Post
    Should be absolutely NO ISSUES with that tire size.
    Larry,

    Thanks for the heads up, thought I'd be OK, but I just wanted some validation and verification!

    Thanks,

    Doug

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by 1965Buick View Post
    Larry,

    Thanks for the heads up, thought I'd be OK, but I just wanted some validation and verification!

    Thanks,

    Doug
    It's not a big tire. It's about 26.8" tall, but only 215mm from side wall to side wall, that's about 8.5". It's the metric equivalent of an FR70-15. Should easily fit with no problems.
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    THM400 with Ultimate 258mm converter, Gear Vendors OD
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
    8.5 10 bolt, 3.73's Race weight 4025lbs.
    Best E.T. 11.54 Best MPH, 116.06
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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by LARRY70GS View Post
    It's not a big tire. It's about 26.8" tall, but only 215mm from side wall to side wall, that's about 8.5". It's the metric equivalent of an FR70-15. Should easily fit with no problems.
    I hear you it's not that big a tire, but I've been living with the old 14 inchers for ten years!

    Thanks again!

    Doug

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    I'm considering the same wheels for my 65, possibly with 75 series tires for more height.
    John

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    While I don't know the measurements of a WP rally wheel, I am running a 215/70-15 on the front of my `65 on 6" wheel with a 3.5" backspace and all I have is the occasional rub on the front fender if I am at a bad angle going in or out of a driveway with the wheels turned sharply, which I am aware of so I try to avoid it.
    Bill

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    The WP's are 7" with 4-3/8" backspace.
    John

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Nailhead View Post
    The WP's are 7" with 4-3/8" backspace.
    Yes, http://www.v8buick.com/attachment.ph...0&d=1264095216
    Larry
    1998 "Fully Optioned" SC3800 Riviera
    70 GS 455 Stage1, TSP 470, 602 HP@ 5900, 589 TQ @ 4900
    TA Hyd Roller Cam, 230*/238*, 112, .544"/.577" lift, 4-7 swap
    MSD Digital 6+, Ignitionman Distributor w/MSD trigger
    THM400 with Ultimate 258mm converter, Gear Vendors OD
    AED 1000 HO Carb, 800 CFM 7042240 Quadrajet
    8.5 10 bolt, 3.73's Race weight 4025lbs.
    Best E.T. 11.54 Best MPH, 116.06
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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Nailhead View Post
    I'm considering the same wheels for my 65, possibly with 75 series tires for more height.
    John that should look good on your Riv, it should fill out your wheel wells nicely and also give you a good comfortable ride as well.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Oldie 65 View Post
    While I don't know the measurements of a WP rally wheel, I am running a 215/70-15 on the front of my `65 on 6" wheel with a 3.5" backspace and all I have is the occasional rub on the front fender if I am at a bad angle going in or out of a driveway with the wheels turned sharply, which I am aware of so I try to avoid it.
    Bill,

    I can't help but love your Skylark, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, your stance is perfect. If you have ever thought about adoption I'm your new favorite adult child!!
    Thanks for the info, I am grateful!

    Regards,

    Doug

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by 1965Buick View Post
    John that should look good on your Riv, it should fill out your wheel wells nicely and also give you a good comfortable ride as well.

    Regards,

    Doug
    I should have been clearer---I recently acquired a 65 Skylark Gran Sport. It came to me with American Racing 15's, 215/70's on the front and 255/60's on the rear. I'm getting some rubbing on hard turns, and there are air shocks on the rear that may or may not be necessary for clearance. I like the look, and can avoid the rubbing if I pay attention, but want to be able to switch back and forth to stock appearance.

    It also came with a set of 14" steelies with 205/75's all around that are about worn out. There's not much choice of 14" tires, so am considering the WP 15's.

    As for the Riviera, it came with 15's from the factory with 5" bolt circle vs. 4-3/4" for the Skylark.
    John

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Nailhead View Post
    The WP's are 7" with 4-3/8" backspace.
    You'll be fine with the WPs, although I think a 215/70 is a little too small for a 7" wheel. I tried on a pair of Chevy rally wheels awhile back that were the same size and had 235/60s on them and they fit just fine. It was just more than I was used to looking at on my car.
    Bill

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by 1965Buick View Post
    Bill,

    I can't help but love your Skylark, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, your stance is perfect. If you have ever thought about adoption I'm your new favorite adult child!!
    Thanks for the info, I am grateful!

    Regards,

    Doug
    Thanks again for the compliments on the car, Doug. But as for the adoption, when our last kid left home (he's 26 now), everyone told us we'd have empty nest syndrome. Nope, we were actually looking forward to it and intend to keep it that way. Once our daughter mentioned wanting to move back home. I told her if she had any idea of the horror we felt on the mere mention of such an occurrence, well....... But I might make an exception if you were to win, say, $200 million in the lottery
    Bill

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Oldie 65 View Post
    Thanks again for the compliments on the car, Doug. But as for the adoption, when our last kid left home (he's 26 now), everyone told us we'd have empty nest syndrome. Nope, we were actually looking forward to it and intend to keep it that way. Once our daughter mentioned wanting to move back home. I told her if she had any idea of the horror we felt on the mere mention of such an occurrence, well....... But I might make an exception if you were to win, say, $200 million in the lottery
    That sounds like a plan! I'll keep you posted, you'll be the second to know!

    Doug

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    Default Re: 65' Skylark front wheel and tire combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Nailhead View Post
    I should have been clearer---I recently acquired a 65 Skylark Gran Sport. It came to me with American Racing 15's, 215/70's on the front and 255/60's on the rear. I'm getting some rubbing on hard turns, and there are air shocks on the rear that may or may not be necessary for clearance. I like the look, and can avoid the rubbing if I pay attention, but want to be able to switch back and forth to stock appearance.

    It also came with a set of 14" steelies with 205/75's all around that are about worn out. There's not much choice of 14" tires, so am considering the WP 15's.

    As for the Riviera, it came with 15's from the factory with 5" bolt circle vs. 4-3/4" for the Skylark.
    Man oh man you got two of the best! Just my opinion.

    Doug

 

 

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