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    Good evening, all. A friend is offering me some 225/75/15 tires, brand new. Will these fit a 51
    Champion with stock wheels? I've been doing a lot of mechanicals, and was just getting
    ready to look at tires. I think they might be too wide.

    Regards,
    Clarence

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    They will physically mount on those wheels but would not be recommended for the car, Clarence. Too wide and too much stress on the wheels. BP
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    • #3
      Thought so, but figured I'd ask.

      Thanks, Bob.

      Regards,
      Clarence

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      • #4
        So you are saying the tires would fit the wheelwells, you would just have to get aftermarket rims because the originals can not handle the stress, yes? I was probably going to be looking at 225 width tires for my 50 commander when the time comes...
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        • #5
          I had a 51 Champion that I think had 215's on it when I aquired it. The tires rubbed on the grease nipples on the 'A-arms' when the steering wheel was cranked tight, wearing grooves in the inner sidewalls. I found some lightly-used 195's and they cleared nicely.

          Jim
          \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

          51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
          Jim Mann
          Victoria, B.C.
          Canada

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          • #6
            good to know -- I found some vintage looking aluminum rims I like, just need to get the backspacing right and hopefully they will work...
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