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  • Wheels / Tires: 53 Starliner wheel/tire enlargement

    What is the largest wheel and tire combo anyone has used on a stock 53 Starliner without any fender or suspension modifications?

  • #2
    With the correct offsets, it's possible to use 8" x 16" wheels and 245/60-16" tires.

    jack vines
    PackardV8

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    • #3
      With an 8" rim and a 5 3/4" back space I have run both 275 X 60 X 15" and 295 X 60 X 15"s. With the 295's you had better take the curves slow and have no blubber butts in the back seat.

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      • #4
        I don’t want any radical changes. I read it isn’t good to put radials on the original skinny wheels.

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        • #5
          By the last pictures above, looks like another 3/4" or so could be added to the backspace and move the tire in a little more.

          Tim -

          Be SURE when you do this that the wheels rim width FITS the tire used..!
          That is, don't use a 7" rim with a tire with a 9" tread. The rim width should match the tread width when using radials. The produces the best handling and the best wear characteristics.
          You should have 1/2" MIN. or better 3/4" of tire "wiggle" (each side) room to keep the tires off of the springs and wheel well surfaces. The radial tire moves around a bit when cornering at speed.

          Mike

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          • #6
            Thanks Mike.

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            • #7
              I have 17x 8" with 235-55 tires, the trick is in the wheel offset, but 215-70 on 6.5x15 '93-'97 Ford Crown Vic wheels fit great, easy and bolt right on, just use the Ford lug nuts (13/16 hex).
              sigpic

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tim333 View Post
                I don’t want any radical changes. I read it isn’t good to put radials on the original skinny wheels.
                If that's all you're looking for, get a set of 6" wide 15" wheels (your current ones are probably 4.5 wide") with the Stude/Ford/Chrysler 5 x 4.5" bolt pattern. You can get new ones, or get some off a junk yard big rear-wheel drive Ford or Ranger pickup.
                Skip Lackie

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                • #9
                  Unless you are building a 500 HP Studebaker, use Skip's wheel advice and get some P205X75R15 or P215X70R15 Tires and you're good to go!
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    That’s the plan Skip and Rich.

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