Help And Advice On Wheel And Tyre Size On My 70 Satellite

Tires and Wheels (Mopar Hubcaps Too)

  1. JayMuscle

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    Hi guys, first time posting here, i'm from London, England, I just bought a 70 Satellite and I want to replace the wheels as I don't like them and I think they look too modern for the car as I prefer the old school drag racing look with more of a high profile fatter tyre and higher rear end etc, the below link is the wheels I want

    15 x 8 or 15 x 10 on the rear ?

    15 x 7 on the front.

    https://www.summitracing.com/int/parts/are-ar615865/overview/

    It's which tyres to buy is what is bothering me, the trouble i'm having is the car has electric exhaust cutouts that sit quite low so I need to keep the car the same height at least if going with 15's so i'm thinking maybe a 70 profile tyre on the rear ? Would they fit ?

    255/70/15 or 265/70/15 or even 285/70/15 ?

    I assume that would make the car sit a lot higher at the rear ? (Which I want )

    On the fronts would a 245/60/15 fit ok or even 255/60/15 ? As I said any smaller than that the car will sit lower which will cause problems with the cutouts.

    Current wheel/tyre setup is......

    Rear --- 18 x 9.5 with 265/40/18's

    Front --- 18 x 8 or 9(will have to check) with 235/45/18's

    My 70 Satellite below , thanks for any help.

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    • JayMuscle

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      I did test fit some 14’s I had spare from a Mustang but they were stupidly too small and made the car sit way too low

      They were 14 x 7's all round

      Rear ----- 245/60/14

      Front ---- 215/60/14

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      Mate, welcome aboard, love the car. The rear's might be ok with the 14" wheels and 245/60, but the fronts with 14" wheels need a 215/70 to get to a similar overall diameter. I made that mistake (225/60 on the front) and mine looked silly too. If you're buying new 15" wheels it won't matter anyway, but just use an online tyre diameter calculator to get to a similar overall diameter to what you have now with the bigger wheels. I think the 70's have more room in the rear wheelwells so you might get a 265 or more under there.
       
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      love the car but hate those wheels,sorry. Im old school 235/60/15 on front 275/60/15 on back or police rims and caps

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        332.jpg 338.jpg Hello There in England :) Congrats on a lovely Satellite !
        I have a 1970 Coronet, originally with 14" Wheels but for me too small so I opted for period correct Rallye 15"x7" in front and 15"X8" in the rear. Wanting a fatter tire to fill the rear wheel well i went with 275/60/15 and then chose 225/70/15 in front, thus the tires have the same diameter. Rims in rear have 4,5" backspacing. I added a Hotchkis tubular "racing" sway bar in the front to stiffen her up and had the rear springs redone to HD standard going to a specialst telling him I wanted the car to take a full load of passengers plus a full trunk and still have it handle well. Im extremely happy with the setup, steering is great and grip is superb with the Cooper Cobra GT tires. And I think it looks good too. Here are included pictures.
        Oh yes and I was missing the center caps but I have them now in Argent (dark gun metal?) Still kinda like the "hot rod" looks without the center caps tho.
         
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          Thanks for the replies, Davek your pic on the left with the slightly jacked up look at the rear, what combo was that ?

          Also if going with 275/60/15, would 15 x 10's fit ok or is best to go with 15 x 8 ?

          Any pics of 70 profile tyres on the rear ? Thanks
           
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          Cop rims 7 inch 3.5 bs I think they are 255/70/15s.My cragers are 7 inch wide 4 inch bs front and 8 inch wide 4.5 bs on back
           
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          If you decide on 275/60/15 you can have Max rim width of 9", they work very well with 8" (mine are 8" and 4,5 Backspace no rubbing anywhere)

          A note on 70 Profile : Above 225/70/15, remember your tire diameter will go up and the sidewall is going to be TALL. Might look cool going straight but as soon as you decide to take a corner that tire can "fold" or slip... I suppose thats ok as long as you dont expect cornering performance. :) Just my 2£'a worth:steering:
           
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          1st pic is 60s,2nd is 70s
           
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          Think i'm going to go 15's

          Pretty sure on the rear....

          15 x 8 with 275/60/15 with 3.75" backspace

          15 x 7 front with 3.75" backspace but i'm a bit unsure on the tyres, I need a fairly tall tyre because I can't go less than my current ones which are 26.3" tall because any lower the cutouts will hit on speed bumps etc

          So i'm thinking either 225/70/15 or 245/60/15

          Does these sizes fit ok on a 15 x 7 at the front ?

          Can't go 235/60/15 because these are a shorter tyre than my current fronts

          Thanks
           
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          why not 235 on front,60 is the hight.
           
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          Because that is a shorter tyre than my current fronts and I can’t afford the car to go any lower because the cut outs will hit on bumps , I need a tyre as tall as the ones currently on there or taller
           
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          I like the wheels. I like both new and old school if done right. Those are nice.
           
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          You saked for advice, so here it is, free of charge, worth what you pay.
          I dont think you will be happy with the3 3/4 backspace, it puts the wheel out too close to the fender to put large tires on.
          The outlaw 61 is a one piece copy of a two piece centerline autodrag. Centerline offered two different backspaces for 8x15 autodrags, 3 1/2 and 4 7/8. 3 1/2s fit almost nothing, unless you wanted the rear jacked way up and the tires sticking out of the fender.
          I have a 62 savoy and a 69 roadrunner, and anything i can stuff under the 62, falls on the runner. Im using 10 1/2 slicks on 4 7/8 bs autodrags, (very tight on 62, need 1/4 and 3/16 spacers,) 10" slicks on 8x16 torque thrusts with 4 3/4 bs, better fit on both.
          I also use 255x70-15 radial ta on 8x15 steel ramcharger wheels on the 62, a 8 1/2 tire, because i couldn't go bigger, the 4"bs has the tire atleast an inch and a half from the spring but only a 1/2 " from the fender. It does fit better on the runner.
          I like nice tall front tires too, i use a 235x70-15 on a six inch rim on both, factory mopar steelie. Latest puchase is a 235×75-15 for the front of the 62, on a seven inch rim, to match the 10"x16 torque thrusts.
           
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          Lot of opinions on fitment here. I just ordered 2, 8"magnum 500 repo wheels for the rear. They have a custom back spacing of 4.25". 10" wheels won't work either, because the tire would rub on the outer side of the fenderwall wheels on the car now we're damaged a little by an idiot mounting the tires. One wheel wobbles. Long story. Anyway, the BFG 295 50 15 rubbed a little on the inner fenderwall with the standard 4.5" back spacing and I also just installed 4 wheel discs on the car. The rear calipers wouldn't clear, so I machined off about a 1/4". An 8" wheel with 4.25 back spacing is perfect.
           
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