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I've done a lot of reading, but still don't "get it" when it comes to picking the right offsets, or understanding what it means "staggered" specifically (I thought that meant 2 different size rims front/back, ie 18vs20) or wtf about "lip"? Also, I know what tire size descriptors translate to, but I don't have a clue about what that translates to an ACTUAL sidewall height (does everyone just do real math?!?).

If I told ya'll what I want, can ya help me get there?

I don't know if I really want 20" & I don't know if I really want a big drop via lowering. I've already ruined my exhaust tips parking in my own driveway dragging twice a day. I want to be able to drive my car without having to plan my route just to get in/out of a parking lot! I drive everywhere.

On the other hand . . . I *REALLY* love the look of a wheel filling up the wheel well. Either very minimal or no gap at the top of the wheel. One of my favorite looks on a Silverado:
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/attachment.php?attachmentid=637411&stc=1&d=1285607573

Although, I'd like more rubber! (That's what she said) I don't want a pencil thin rubber band wrapped around them. I'd like it a lil shorter than the sidewall height of the stocks 255/50/17, but not tiny.

I like the TT2/338s chrome.

What combination of tire + rim + springs + shocks gets me there? I will see if I can find a pic of an SS that sits the way I like. (I've been on this forum for almost 10yrs, but never memorized all the details!)
 

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......but I don't have a clue about what that translates to an ACTUAL sidewall height.........I'd like it a lil shorter than the sidewall height of the stocks 255/50/17, but not tiny.......
Tire height calculators make sidewall 'measurment' pretty easy.

When you you do the calculator comparison.....It'll give you the tire diameter and the sidewall height.

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

As for your wheel questions.....someone else will have to help ya, there!

KW
 

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for 20's
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Hotchiks springs - lowers the front and not the rear as much and you should be good to park backwards.

Tire sizes -get a 35 series tire for extra side wall and rubber 255-35-20,285-35-20,295-35-20

http://www.rimsntires.com/rt_specs.jsp
^Calculator you can see what Dimensions you are getting in tires size compared to a 255-50-17 tire

Shocks -Bilstien,Edelbrock IAS,Bell tech Nitro 2 drop shocks

Staggered - is when the front wheel has a smaller lip compared to the rear rim ,something most Bbody guys like.
and most times to front tires is much smaller width and height wise like a 20x9 wheel with a 285-35-20 tire ,Rear 20x10 wheel 295-35-20 tire


more info in this thread How to fit big wheels 18'' +

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=227867

pics lowerd cars here
http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=227616
 

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If you want to do some good reading, go to Tirerack and look up their tech articles. They have some reaaaaaaaalllly good stuff there.
You sound like a good candidate for 18's or 20's. 18's give you a little less sidewall but still ride good. 20's give you even less sidewall and less ride comfort.

Look for "post your" threads in this section, you'll almost always find a few dozen ideas.

Oh, and staggered can mean two different witdhs or two different heights... and sometimes both. For example, I want to run KMC Nova's in 20x8.5 and 22x11's on my S10.

Someday.:D
 

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Thanks for the feedback ya'll . . .
 

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Juan said:
wheels are Intro fronts are 20x8.5 255-35-20 Rears are 20x10 295-30-20 Toyos
Hotchiks springs with Bilstiens all around. I think the reason it sits lower is cuz of my sound system...4 10" jl w6 2 amps and a lot of wood,maybe an extra 300lbs in the trunk
I asked him for details on his car. Hopefully not stepping on toes by posting it here, but this might be the best stance I've ever seen. Before seeing this, I always thought I'd want 18s on a B-body. Now... not so sure.

Juan's car is:
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee262/juanss96ss/IMG_1134.jpg
 

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LAYGO;2405580 I like the TT2/338s chrome. What combination of tire + rim + springs + shocks gets me there? I will see if I can find a pic of an SS that sits the way I like. (I've been on this forum for almost 10yrs said:
You can find a couple of TT2 owners in this thread, you should hit them up so they can help you out with their combo info

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=247329&page=2

If this cant convince you to run 20" AR TT2, then I dont know what you to tell you smokey ;)



 

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You can find a couple of TT2 owners in this thread, you should hit them up so they can help you out with their combo info

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=247329&page=2

If this cant convince you to run 20" AR TT2, then I dont know what you to tell you smokey ;)



I gotta say that is just about what I'm looking for. That looks nice. My only concern is sidewall height. Seems a tad small. Think it would be possible to run a lil bit larger tire?
 

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Yep, you can run 245/40r20's or even 245/45r20's that you see on the SRT-8 chrysler products. We have big fenders (we? I don't have a b-body anymore :( ) These are slightly taller than stock, so it will knock your speedo of just a bit.

If you are going staggered, you can run a 275/35r20 on the rear.
 

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Yep, you can run 245/40r20's or even 245/45r20's that you see on the SRT-8 chrysler products. We have big fenders (we? I don't have a b-body anymore :( ) These are slightly taller than stock, so it will knock your speedo of just a bit.

If you are going staggered, you can run a 275/35r20 on the rear.
What would the widest in the rear to run w/o rubbing? I'm currently stock suspension, but for the right setup, I'd change. Again, I don't want to drag either. I should take a pic of my car as it's backing into the driveway to show you what angles I'm dealing with . . .
 

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With careful measuring, you can get a 305 under it, but think more like a 295. 295/30 or 35;s depending on how much sidewall you want. They fit comfortably on a 10" wheel. A member I know has 295/30's on all four corners.
Running the tire size calc, I see that the 295/30 is same diameter of stock, but that I'd probably like the 295/35 sidewall height.

245/40r20 front and 275/35r20 work out perfectly height wise.
20x8.5 and 20x10 would hit it right on the nose.
Same thing here . . . the 245/45 is 3.9" sidewall and 295/35 is 4.1" sidewall. Close enough for hand grenades that they won't look way off. Especially comparing 408's numbers to the ones I'm looking at: "20x8.5's 255/35/20's & 20x10 295/30/20's on Sprint springs." I like the ride, but 3" seems scary thin. I might even go a lil thicker now than the 3.9/4.1".

I plan to get some PCM work when I get a CAI/Headers. The speed sensor is left front, right? All this is future talk though. Sometime after the first of the

Thanks again for the feedback. I'm getting it now. Only thing is the offset is all I'm missing . . .
 
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