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prager
08-16-2005, 12:39 PM
Does anyone know, without tubbing etc..what is the widest back tire you can fit into a Lark? I was told 215, this seems skinnier than I want..Any advise? Thanks!!

Mike Van Veghten
08-16-2005, 01:50 PM
The easiest thing is to measure your actual car!
Someone else may do things different than you do.

Take the tire off, drop a plumb bob (local hardware store) from the outer fender....mark the ground. Now do the same thing at the spring. Do this in two or three spots...on "BOTH" sides of the car. Connect the two lines (inner & outer) on both sides of the car, and measure the width, find the narrowest area. Subtract about an 1-1/8" (each side, 2-1/4" total) for tire flex. Now you know the tire width you can use.

Now drop the plumb bob from the wheel surface of the brake drum to the ground. Measure from the drum to the spring. Center the wheels "rim" in that area. Now you know the wheel offset.

Now you can go to your local tire dealer (with correct wheels in hand) and get the tire that fits "your" car.

Don't short cut it, measure it yourself, (twice!!) you'll be much happier with the outcome.
Instead of saying....I should'a......could'a.....

JDP
08-16-2005, 02:45 PM
You were told correctly, at least with the stock wheels. You'd need wider wheels anyway with a wide tire so a different offset might help. You will not get a really big tire in the front no matter what you do.

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63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk

N8N
08-16-2005, 05:19 PM
you need a LOT of backspacing if you want to fit a wider tire. I bet you could fit a 255 if you wanted but you'd probably need 2" or more of offset to do it. I have 215s all around on my '55 coupe with 1" of offset and that's about as close to the rear fender lips as you'd want to get (I know Lark is different, but I don't think by much.) I have either 205s or 215s (I forget!) on the rear of my Lark with zero offset and it clears OK so Larks do have a little more room than C-Ks apparently at least in the back.

nate

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benny_64
08-16-2005, 09:29 PM
i'm not positive of the exact width, but i fit a stock 2003 mustang gt rear wheel and tire on the back of my lark, i know it was a 8 inch wheel, and it looked great.

slow64
1964 lark daytona
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N8N
08-17-2005, 05:57 AM
That sounds about right, I believe those have close to a 2" offset (50mm or thereabouts)

what did you do for the front?

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
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benny_64
08-17-2005, 08:51 PM
i just tried them on for size, it was my buddies mustang, the rear was a perfect fit, but the front was too big. wouldn't even mount up, it was hitting the stearing bell crank before it would even slide over the studs. i wouldn't put more then a 6, 6.5, wheel in front. how big can you go in front as far as height, i was wanting to put 17 or 18 all around, is that too much for the front?

slow64
1964 lark daytona
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2R2
08-18-2005, 11:54 AM
On my '63 Lark, I am running 15x7 Mopar police wheels, with 215-65s in front, and 245-60s in the rear. I have had this combo for about five years now, and is similar to what the Blake era Avantis came with.

Eric
'49 2R-5
'63 R2 Lark

benny_64
08-18-2005, 10:44 PM
a 63's front end should't be any different from a 64 right? i wouldn't mind throwing on a 7" wheel in front of mine.

slow64
1964 lark daytona
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prager
09-13-2005, 11:18 AM
What would be a good offset for running, a 245 or better yet a 255 in the rear? I'm hearing all kinds of numbers..thanks!!