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    Is their an ideal size of rim and tire combo for our cars? I got a 2000 trans am and I have been looking for rims and everthing just leaves me a little confused.

    I sure it boils down to preference but I don't really understand what the staggering does. The benefits vs. the negatives.

    I Would like to help my tires last as long as possible, so I would want to rotate them but I would not be able to do that with a wider tire in back.

    What's the widest someone should go in the rear.

    Just general questions

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    Well..i feel some of your pain...i have a 2002 WS6 and i just now made a decision about rims and tires. You have a point about having a personal preference, but as long as your not being ridiculous then you should be happy. If you go with 10.5's in the rear, you'll bring the tire right out match the contour line of the body(this is the size that i'm getting) 11's are still nice but will extrude from the body line slightly..i wouldn't go bigger than 11's unless you plan on using slicks for draggin...but def. no bigger than that. And if you want to have them all the same size...then i would recomend either a set of 9.5's or 10's..all will give your bird a meaner look when its done...

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    9.5 - 10" wheels with 45-50mm offset with a 275-285 tire will be right where you need to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9T8W66 View Post
    9.5 - 10" wheels with 45-50mm offset with a 275-285 tire will be right where you need to be.
    Actually you can add 295s to that list if you go with 18 x 10s.

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    I am looking into the" ace slick " 18x9.5 53mm offset and also the ruff racing 18x9.5 with 45 offset but problem is they have a 3.5" lip (dish) to them??

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    Quote Originally Posted by knightryda01 View Post
    Is their an ideal size of rim and tire combo for our cars? I got a 2000 trans am and I have been looking for rims and everthing just leaves me a little confused.

    I sure it boils down to preference but I don't really understand what the staggering does. The benefits vs. the negatives.

    I Would like to help my tires last as long as possible, so I would want to rotate them but I would not be able to do that with a wider tire in back.

    What's the widest someone should go in the rear.

    Just general questions
    anyone here correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe staggering the rims just gives a bigger rim and tire outback which in turn gives you better traction for the rear. also, i read somewhere that when you rotate the tires with the f-bodys its better to rotate the front together and the rear together instead of doing it all together. i think this is because the rear tread is used alot more which if it was rotated it would make the tread upfront uneven. which if that is true then you could still stagger the rims and still be able to rotate. like i said, i'm not sure if all thats correct

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    There is a company on e-bay selling aftermarket corvette style rims. These things have a 56mm backspace on them. Is that too much for our birds?, or will they rub when turning tight/hard in the fornt or rear??

    I talked to the guy selling them and he said no probs as long as suspension is stock.... But i was hoping some one might have personal experience with this much backspace.
    Thanks

    Below is the link, just so you know exactly what i am looking at
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/17-Co...3355QQtcZphoto

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    these are the same rims from the same guy with 54mm offsets, which i will be buying sometime soon....

    http://www.oewheelsllc.com/Shop/Cont..._by/sell_price

    I believe there is a sticky on ls1tech that has the correct range of offsets that will work for our cars

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    Those do look pretty much the same. Just diff off set...like you said.
    I will keep digging to try and find out the max off set we can use.

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    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/wheels...must-read.html

    everything you need to know or want to know a few things i don't agree with but its a great starting point

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOR1LA View Post
    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/wheels...must-read.html

    everything you need to know or want to know a few things i don't agree with but its a great starting point
    Thanks...I was headed over there next... Good info... I know 10mm doesn't sound like much...but I sure don't want to have to break out the well referenced "BFH" either.
    Thanks

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    10mm , or .39" a little over 3/8" isn't much, but it's a mile when it comes to tire clearance!

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