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Old 02-10-2005, 10:37 AM
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Default Correct Wheel Backspacing for 5th Gen??

I am trying to figure out what the back spacing should be on my 84 Elky. I currently have Camaro z28 rims but they need spacers so they do not rub on the upper control arm. I want to order new rims but I do not want them to rub like my Z28 rims did before I installed spacers.

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You are best off going with no more than 4" of back spacing. Anything more than that would have interference issues and you would need to use wheel spacers.
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I'm running 4.5" bs with no problems on a 17 x 8" wheel. Car Craft or some other mag did an article a while back on a Malibu they were doing. Using some fancy gizmo they determined that a 4.5 bs was the best.

Anything from 4 ~ 4.5 should work fine unless you're going to try and fit a really wide wheel.
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I use a 17X9.5 5.00 of backspace..Never any probs There are allot of elky owners that are finding this out these days.Good luck and post some shots! *Note that iam running 17" rims with 40 series tries* Bigger series of tires could and would be a prob.5.00 of backspace is the max on any 5th gen that i have ever seen with-out raising the car to accomadate the width.I use a 2" rear drop spring (hotchkis) and global west aluminum shocks.The currie rear does not make a difference in size of rims or tires on my elky.
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