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General Information

Year
1987
Make
Chevrolet
Model
El Camino
Color
Burgundy / Silver
Packages
Conquista pkg, 305, 200THM,
History
Purchased in 1993 with 103k miles. Other than 8 months of DD duty in 2009, it's been a garage queen, driven only in nice weather. Recently, it has been entered annually in a charity benefit judged All-Chevy show. Seven years of entries resulted in 4 firsts, 2 seconds and 1 third.
1987 Chevrolet El Camino (Burgundy / Silver)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Stock 305, with some removal of emission equipment clutter and a tweaked computer Quadrajet
Interior
Stock 60/40 Custom Cloth seats, Buick 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, 2003 GMC Factory CD player.
Exterior
Original paint, just keepin' it clean & shiny
Audio
Stock THM 200 still kickin'
Suspension
Buick GN sway bars F&R, poly bushings, GN quick steering box w/ Jeep shaft. KYB gas shocks w/ Airlift bags
Wheel and Tire
15 X 8 Corvette Rally wheels BFG T/A radials, 235/60 front, 275/60 rear. Just barely fits.

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Hello, I'm new to this forum and have recently acquired a 1986 Chevy El Camino at my second home in the Dominican Republic. El Camino's are extremely rare there because no cars less than 5 years old can be imported. I also live in Atlanta, GA and travel back and forth often, so I typically bring parts and supplies with me from the US when traveling there. I just brought in four 17x8 Vision (Hurst) Dazzlers for the car with 0mm offset into the D.R. recently. On my next trip, I'm bringing the tires.

I want to raise the rear up 1.5 or 2" due to the numerous speed bumps and crazy road terrain in the D.R. (height depending on final wheel size) and brought rear lifting blocks and rear shock extenders only if needed.

Now that you have the backstory... I'm wondering if any of you could assist with a few questions. I want to put 275 tires on the back but am concerned about fender rubbing and/or interior component rubbing. I don't want to make any fender mods so I'm wondering if 275/40/ r17 is a good idea for the rear.

Here is the proposed plan... with your expertise I was wondering if you could give me your thoughts?

FRONT:

Original:
  • Wheel: 14x6.5
  • Tire: 205/20 r17
  • Offset: -3mm
Proposed:
  • Wheel: 17x8
  • Tire: 235/45 r17
  • Offset: 0mm
REAR:

Original:
  • Wheel: 14x6.5
  • Tire: 205/20 r17
  • Offset: -3mm
Proposed:
  • Wheel: 17x8
  • Tire: 275/40 r17
  • Offset: 0mm
  • 1.5" rear lift blocks (no rear shock extenders) -or- 2.0" lift blocks (with rear shock extenders)
  • no rear spacers (preferred)
  • no fender mods (preferred)
QUESTIONS:

1) Will the above configurations work without the need for rear fender mods or rear spacers?
2) If not... what is the widest tire recommended to avoid any rear fender mods or rear spacers?


I am also posting this question here on this discussion thread that I opened... https://www.elcaminocentral.com/threads/any-rubbing-with-275s-on-rear.246586/ but I was hoping you saw it so I am also posting it to your personal page. Any help would be appreciated!
 
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