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Hot Rods wire wheels 17 inch

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hot Rod Ron, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. So I would like to see pics and tire sizes of what you guys are running on 17 inch wire wheels. I have a chance to buy some really nice 17 inch by 3 1/2 that have been restored.
     
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  3. 5280A2
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    This photo shows my RPU with 6.50X17 Firestone rears and 4.50X17 Excelsior front tires. I have since gone with 5.25X17 Firestones on the front replacing the Excelsiors which wore horribly. The Firestone tires are a couple of inches taller but still provide a reasonable rubber rake. Unfortunately I don't have a good profile shot with the taller front tires.

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  4. Perfect. thank you 5280A02 for the pic. Anyone else out there with photos and info like this
     

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  6. My Tudor with 6.00-17 on all 4 corners

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    And with 5.50-16 on front and 7.00-17 out back

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  7. clem
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    Sorry, can't help.
    They can look good, but
    Rim width too narrow for me, so I sold mine.
    I don't like the way the tyres 'balloon' out, as in the Model A in post 5.
    Btt
     
  8. I gotta agree there actually. I'm not in love with them either. But the rear tires were free so I run them for now. I'm probably gonna change this thing to 16's and solids when it needs tires again. Those rear tires are almost 600 dollars a pair.

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  9. clem
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    ^^^^ But I do love the 'look' of your Model A !
     
  10. Thanks guys anymore out there?
     
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  12. 6-71
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    Maybe a little OT, But am I the only one who wouldn't feel safe rolling down the highway on 80 year old wire wheels?? I am assuming you are talking about oem wheels,not repops.
     
  13. denis4x4
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    Been running 1935 16" wires on several cars with no issues. All of my cars are banger powered and weigh in about 1800 - 2300 pounds. It's been my experience that you need at least a dozen wire wheels to get four good ones.
     
  14. clem
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    We had same concerns so we put a 6mm. (1/4") shaped stiffening plate on the back.painted it black, (wheels are red), - don't even notice it.
    Made the wheels heavy, - didn't help unsprung weight, but I feel safer.
    After seeing all the cars on here with wire wheels, I can't help thinking that it is overkill.
     

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