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Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#1 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:19 am

I recently acquired a 55 speedster and in the process of renewing the brakes. Car is equipped with 41/2 x 15 ridge wheels. When removing the rears I had to let the air out of the tires to get them to clear whe wheel arches. Is there something I need to look for that is unique to a PreA 356 regarding swing axles etc? Tires are 165 x15 Michelin XAS.
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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#2 Post by Alan Hall » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:38 am

Pre-A with 15 inch wheels and 165 tires typically require deflating tires to remove or install rear wheels. Hopefully you have an original size 5.00-16 wheel/tire as a spare so you can install inflated if you have a flat tire on the rear.

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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#3 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:19 pm

Alan, thanks for the heads up. No 16s, the spare is also a Rudge wheel. Even with the air out of the tire I had interference between the drum and the fender.
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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#4 Post by Jules Dielen » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:27 pm

Even with 16s it is a pita. I just installed 5.50x16 on original 3.25 x 16 wheels and it was all but impossible to get them on while inflated. Sucks even more when you have fresh white walls.
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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#5 Post by Albert Haefner » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:02 am

5.50x16'' is too fat for préA.

5.00 or 5.00/5.25x16 are ok.
 

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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#6 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:24 pm

I'll start looking for a set of 16s. I'd like to experience the Speedster as it was conceived. I felt the same about my first Carrera 2 until I went for a 360 at a fairly high rate of speed. Ended up with 6 in fuchs and 195 60 15 P6 Pirelli tires on her.
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Re: Wheel and tire clearance, rear

#7 Post by C J Murray » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:04 pm

The hotrod guys would "tub it". :P
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