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Old 11-12-2012, 04:33 PM
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I am trying to decide on what is the best configuration to get low profile tire look. I am thinking 20 in the back and 19 in front. What size of both wheel and tire would work?
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I have a 72' and was thinking about 18x 10 rear and 18x 8 front. I have a friend with a 71 chevelle with 20 x 10 with 5 3/4 offset rear and 18 x 8 front with 2" drop spindles and he said this completely changed the handling of the car for the good. I really hope someone that has a 3rd gen. camino has changed to low profile rims and tires will respond to your post. Christmas is coming and the wife has given me the green light on front end upgrade and new rims and tires.
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go to top of this page (any page actually) and click on "gallery" then click on "3rd gen" when that opens. look thru those pics and you'll see who has what for wheels. also has their screen name, so you'll know who to contact.

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I have a 72' and was thinking about 18x 10 rear and 18x 8 front. I have a friend with a 71 chevelle with 20 x 10 with 5 3/4 offset rear and 18 x 8 front with 2" drop spindles and he said this completely changed the handling of the car for the good. I really hope someone that has a 3rd gen. camino has changed to low profile rims and tires will respond to your post. Christmas is coming and the wife has given me the green light on front end upgrade and new rims and tires.
I for some time i had 20x10s and 20x8s with 275-35 R,and 245-40 F tires,I liked the look,but felt every bump in the road,and was told by a "suspension shop",that older cars were not designed for the bigger diameter wheels,with the lower profile tires,and can prematurly wear suspension parts,not sure if thats true ??...but from a "road feel" perspective,i much prefer 15 inch with a 60 profile tire,and have gone back to them recently,And actually prefer the OLD SCHOOL look more now anyway.....but at the end of the day,its your call....
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Check this site. http://www.newstalgiawheel.com/wheel_visualizer.asp
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Ask HKD'UP 87 about his experience with 18's and low profile tires.The car will feel and ride like a covered wagon on the open range! I prefer the "old school" look as well and like 255/60/15 on the rear. 235/60 on the front.
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IMHO, really big wheels on an older car look tacky. But, if we all had the same taste in things it would be a pretty dull place. These are 17x7 fronts and 17X8 backs with 225-50 in the front and 275-40 in the back. They fit the wheel wells without rub - now. I think (again IMHO) they would look good on a 3rd gen.
BTW, The ride on these is a little less "floaty" than the stock wheels and tires was but, not harsh at all.
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