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I'm planning on putting on some new styled steel wheels and fitting 205/70R 14's. Would it be best to put those on a 14x5 or 14x6 rim? Thanks! Kevin
 

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John, thanks for the reply. I'm interested in your opinion. I currently have some old white walls in 205 70's. I'm planning on purchasing some diamondback classics dual redlines and thought about going with 195/70's to more closely approximate the original size bias ply's, but they're a bit small for my liking. I'd like to keep the tires/wheels fairly stock looking with just a little more of a substantial look. With that being said, what would you recommend? I realize it's a matter of personal taste, but would appreciate your input (as well as any other fellow VMFer's). Thanks.
 

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Keep in mind, when looking at modern tire sizes, that the second number is a ratio. So a 205/70 is wider AND taller than a 195/70. I'm just a tad concerned about a 205/70 rubbing on hard turns in front (hitting the front edge of the wheel well opening). Most likely it would be fine, though.

With your current 195/70's, turn the weels as far as they'll go and see how much clearance you have. If you have over 1/2" clearance, you'll most likely be fine with a 205/70.
 

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I actually already have some old white walls on the car in 205/70R14's. I'm not sure of the size rim, though I think they may be 14x5's as there is a decent amount of bulging. In any case, I've not had problems rubbing, but I'll measure to just be sure. Thanks again for insight. Kevin
 

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As John said, the 205 is going to be much better suited to at least a 6" wheel. I've tried a 205/70-14 on a 5" wide wheel, and it was VERY "pinched in". Look at it this way: 205mm = (approx.) 8", so technically speaking, a 7"-8" wide wheel would actually be preferable.
In addition, unlike the opinion of many here, I completely agree with John in thinking that the 205/70 is about the tallest tire I'd run on a '65-'66 - though its certainly not out of the question by any means.
I've run 195/75's and 195/70's also (which I much prefer), though they're obviously not as wide, but I've always been more interested in a "stock" look.
FYI:
195/70-14: 24.7" dia.
195/75 : 25.5"
205/70 : 25.3"

Good luck!
 

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As John said, the 205 is going to be much better suited to at least a 6" wheel. I've tried a 205/70-14 on a 5" wide wheel, and it was VERY "pinched in". Look at it this way: 205mm = (approx.) 8", so technically speaking, a 7"-8" wide wheel would actually be preferable.
In addition, unlike the opinion of many here, I completely agree with John in thinking that the 205/70 is about the tallest tire I'd run on a '65-'66 - though its certainly not out of the question by any means.
I've run 195/75's and 195/70's also (which I much prefer), though they're obviously not as wide, but I've always been more interested in a "stock" look.
FYI:
195/70-14: 24.7" dia.
195/75 : 25.5"
205/70 : 25.3"

Good luck!
Thanks for the information. I needed the refresher in tire size, circumference, etc. The more I think about it, the more I believe I'll go with the 14x5 rim with the close to stock dual redline radial sized of 195/70R14's. My Kar is stock except for Pertronix and stealth FM conversion on the original AM radio. I don't drive the car hard, and I think I'd regret not continuing the stock look to the tires/wheels. Happy New Year! Kevin
 

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I currently run 215R70x14 on a 6" rim with no problems of rubbing either front or back. Yeah, it looks a bit pinched on the wheel, but haven't had any problems.
 
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