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Thread: Best wheel/tire size for stock REPU
ChuckK1


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posted February 23, 2015 02:59 PM

Best wheel/tire size for stock REPU

OK, so after 8 years of sitting in my shop, I have finally decided to get my 76 REPU back on the road. Needless to say, it's currently getting the full "locked away for xx years" treatment. The tank has been dropped and cleaned, the carb is sitting on my bench awaiting a full rebuild, and all the hoses, fluids, ect have been ordered. But the stock wheels and tires will no longer do. Time for some custom wheels and larger tires.
So, what's the largest practical tire size I can fit without rubbing/clearance issues. She's a stock REPU and will be used as a grocery/parts chaser, not a work or daily driver.
I know the boly pattern from Chevy pickups will fit (6 on 5.5"). Don't want to spend an arm and a leg of outrageous rims, so thinking maybe 17's or 18's?
What do I need to be asking for at my local Discount Tire shop?
Back spacing/offset (F&R same or different)? Wheel width? Center bore?

Thanks in advance for what will surely be the 1st of many questions.

       
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TimPA136


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Posts: 323
posted March 04, 2015 11:31 AM

I can only suggest that you measure the stock wheels and off sets and do a visual guess. Mine are stock so I can't offer any additional suggestions.

       
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Brad


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posted March 04, 2015 11:45 AM

Welcome to the REPU forum!

7" wide rim is common. The shop has a tool to measure your current wheel they can get the right one. Discount Tire will let you try on a wheel on your truck, as long as a tire isn't mounted on it. Ask for that, get the right size/spacing then order all 4. Having all four rims and tires the same allows you to rotate tires at all corners, and extend tire life $.

       
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