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Old 03-22-2008, 01:00 PM
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8.5 inch wheels on a 107

Im thinking of bidding on these wheels, they are 8 1/2JX14H2, however Im thinking I might have clearance issues with the sheet metal above the rear wheels as well as front end steering wheel-well clearance issues if the offset is incorrect. What do you think guys, I was thinking of running a 235/60/14 tire, its very close (-0.8%) of the stock 205/70/14's. Wheels are not my forte' and I know you all know more about this topic than I do. I appreciate any advice you can offer.

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Old 03-22-2008, 03:35 PM
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14x8.5 sure is an odd size. With my car, I've come across AMG wheels that are 16x9 and wondered the same thing - I currently have 16x8. Since my car is lowered, I figured out that I can't use a 9.0, but I might be able to fit an 8.5; if my car wasn't lowered, I could use the 9.0 wide wheel without issue. Therefore, if you car isn't lowered, you should be able to fit the 8.5 without issue.
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:44 PM
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POS- whats your offset on your 8" 's? and what size tire are you running?

I appreciate your insite. . .


Anyone have any idea as to what these wheels were originally for, I thought they were sure as hell an odd size too. . .
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I'm using 225/50-16 Goodyear F1 tires; my wheels are 16x8 with an offset of 11. I have no idea what a 14x8.5 would be good for; none.
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:48 PM
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so I won the auction. . .Now for tires. I was thinking of running a 235/60/14 tire, its very close (-0.8%) of the stock 205/70/14's. What do you'all think, any suggestions? There is only one tire made in this size, but it is a BF. Im not opposed to going to tires that are not as tall I just dont want to loose turning ratio or aspect, however as I suspect my handeling may suffer with wide tall tires. Any ideas are appreciated. . .
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205's on a 8.5 " rim is a bad idea.
My 245's are mounted on 8.5's and the 225's are on 7.5's.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:45 PM
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nah, 205's on a 6.5. . Im thinking 235 for the 8.5's, but Ill have to see when the wheels come if I can get away with 245, as I'd rather have the extra 10mm on the tread face. . Im thinking Im gettin into the realm of minivan/light truck tires, not ideal but they got to be better then the stock size, they feel so inadequate for a car of the weight of the 107. . .
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'83 Chevy Suburban 6.2 diesel .....'99 SAAB 9-5
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I don't know what to tell you, truck or minivan tires don't seem like good candidates for you if you think the original tires are inadequate.

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the BF's description lists a possible usage for vintage muscle cars, but I dunno. . .I really wish michelin has a suitable tire for this app. . . we'll see tomarrow, DHL is suppose to deliver them then. . .

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