Post by fox5pointohh on Jan 29, 2017 17:56:04 GMT -5
So it's getting to be the time to decide on wheels and tires for my Bradley, and I'm pretty set on the US Mags U102 (torque thrust replica.) I plan on running a 15x7 up front with a 195/60 or 205/60 tire and a 15x9 out back with a 295/50 tire for an aggressive staggered look. My question is will this be too much tire? The 15x9s have a 5" backspace FYI, and also the car is stock ride height and will probably stay that way. I'm looking to get a really fat tire in back to really fill in the wheel wells. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!
Fox5.0, The 102 US Mags look cool. Haven't started my Bradley project yet but have been thinking about wheel tire combo's too. I am all for filling up those big wheel wells with fat tires but due to lack of power steering 7 inches wide might be a bit much upfront in parking/low speed situations, the car is pretty light in the front so maybe not an issue. Hopefully some more experienced Bradley builders will chime in. I was thinking of going 5" or 6" wide in the front a maybe using a 1" wheel spacer or different offset wheel to bring the front rim out even with the rears.
Post by fox5pointohh on Feb 2, 2017 13:17:09 GMT -5
Yeah, I would like to go narrower up front but unfortunately 7" is the narrowest these wheels come. My car has a 14x7" on it now and while they aren't the easiest to steer while parking I can manage...once I start driving the car regularly though I think I'll develope Popeye forearms lol.
Ok stuck using the 7" rim…. You could go with a slightly narrower tire, you mentioned getting a 195/60 tire. Using the Tire Rack calculator 195mm works out to 7.68 inches so that 7" wheel should support a slightly narrower tire like maybe a 185/60 (I'm not an expert, double check with a tire tec.).
Other workarounds are to get a bigger steering wheel for more leverage but that might effect ingress egress. Also you can over inflate the tire by 3 pounds or so, you will have plenty of rubber on the road anyway shouldn't effect handling to much.