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Joe Elkins said in September 13th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Hi Don,
The tires on my Vicky are P195/60R14 front and P255/60R15 rear. This gives the car lower front stance and looks good. I don’t recommend the same size front and back from an aesthetic view. A lot of the cars in the Street Beast gallery use this 15/15 and I don’t care for the look. Be radical!!!
As you know, I built my car back in ’95 and wheel selection was much different then. The Ultra wheels I bought are no longer made. I would suggest that you check custom rod makers like Boyd Coddington or the likes to see what the offer. All the main stream wheel makers seem to be into making those huge 20″ wheels. You’d think the only thing on the road now are low riders and Escalades by what’s being made. You should be able to find something suitable through Street Rod magazine advertising. Won’t be cheap.
On another note…. the drive train under these Vickies is pretty close to the ground. Mine is about 4-5″. There are places that I avoid (overheight speedbumps, etc) because I get a dose of tranny rash. May be why some builders use the 15/15 combo for that reason. I like LOW.
Good Luck and I will talk to you later

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Don said in September 15th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I know what you mean when you are talking about the stance of the vehicle. I like a lowered front end as well. If I can’t do the 14/15 thing, do you think there is room out back for 16s? I’m thinking about a 15/16 setup using a gasser 10-spoke design up front now … 15×6 with 195/60R15 tires (maybe a lower profile tire if necessary). For the rear, maybe 16×8 [5″ back spacing] with 255/60R16 tires. Any thoughts?

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