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Old 05/22/20, 01:15 PM   #1
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Opinion on wheels and tires

Hey Everyone, In the final steps of finishing my rebuild and struggling with wheels and tire decision. Looking for input and thoughts.

I would like to go with a 31-33 inch tire if possible. Currently has a 2-1/2 suspension and 1 body lift.

Option 1:
The current wheels are 15x8 with 4" backspacing and off a parts truck I used for the engine and transmission swap. Not sure if that is enough to tuck under the rear quarters? It is a fiberglass body so there is a bit of a lip that I am not sure I can roll as easily as if it were metal

Option 2:
As my color scheme is silver and black I was thinking of going to some 16x7 or 17x7 black wheels with 4 back spacing.

I am leaning towards #2 as I think it would make it look more aggressive and I think the current wheels add too much chrome/silver to the outside.

If you have a silver or white bronco with similar setup I would be interested in seeing some photos to get an idea of how it looks.

Let me know your thoughts

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Old 05/23/20, 01:15 AM   #2
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I used the Fuel Anza wheels in 17x9.
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'76 Sport, Frame-off Restoration, modified '69 351w with Holley Sniper fuel EFI, 4R70w, 2 1/2" lift and 1 body lift, Hydratech hyroboost, Painless Harness with multiple adds, 33's on 17x8.5 wheels.
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Old 05/23/20, 05:57 AM   #3
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Close enough to your set up to give you and idea of what Option 2 would look like.

American Racing Wheels w/ 275 X 70 x 16 BFG ATs on 2.5" Suspension lift.

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Also, if you go to site, you can play around with their configurator and try on some wheels!

76. Crate 302. FiTech. C4. 33x12.5x15. PS. PDB. 1.5" WH Lift. KrawlersEdge Cage.
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Old 05/23/20, 06:06 AM   #4
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17" wheels will give you more options as far as back spacing goes.

17x8" with 4" Back Spacing and a 265/70/17 would fit well.

17x8.5 with a 4.5" BS and a 285/70/17 would fit too. Although with that much Back Spacing the tire will rub against the Radius Arms a little.

Check out Summit Racing for their wheel selection. Many to choose from.

I like Method Racing Wheels. Take a look at their website as well.

1977 - Ford Magnetic Paint, 351w, AX-15, Duffs Street 4-Link, Hydro PDB, PS, LUBR
1977 - Ford Wimbledon White (M) Paint, Cleveland, 4R70W, Hydro PDB, TDK Frame
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Old 05/23/20, 06:37 AM   #5
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You could always go and get some black plasti dip cans and shoot the wheels on one side and see if you really like it.

Though I think it will look way better with the black wheels for contrast, anything else and it will look "washed out" as it does now.

Can you roll a fiberglass fender???
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Old 05/23/20, 09:36 AM   #6
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American Racing, 1 in body lift 32 11.50 15 tires Dennis Carpenter rear quarter panel
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Old 05/23/20, 11:10 AM   #7
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If you go to the Garage feature, you can do an "Advanced" search to find silver Broncos and see what others have done for wheels/tires. Might give you some ideas?
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