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bruceo98
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 9:03 pm    Post subject: back spacing Reply with quote

How much back spacing would I need on a 15x5.5 wheel to run a 205/60/15 tire on the rear that's lowered without it rubbing.or can it be done? how low can it go?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: back spacing Reply with quote

bruceo98 wrote:
How much back spacing would I need on a 15x5.5 wheel to run a 205/60/15 tire on the rear that's lowered without it rubbing.or can it be done? how low can it go?


Swingaxle or IRS?
A 5.5 wide rear wheel should have an offset around 40mm, give or take 5mm. This should not be a problem with a 205/60 tire on a lowered but not slammed swingaxle. I had 16x8 Porsche 944 with 225/50 tires on the back of my lowered 67. Very little clearance in the inner fender area!
Heres a thread that details wheels/tires on lowered pre-67 VWs.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=247735
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 2:08 pm    Post subject: Re: back spacing Reply with quote

I have an IRS.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: back spacing Reply with quote

73 irs, lowered a little with 205/60-15. I think these 5.5 chrome stock style have are 4 back space. Ill probably have it up on a jack soon, so I can measure.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2022 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: back spacing Reply with quote

Ok thanks . Thats about how Id like mine to look . Have any more pictures?
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