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  • 7" Chrysler rims

    A guy at a local tire shop says he has a set of 7" wide Chrysler wheel rims. From what I've read on this forum, it sounds like they may work for my '62 Cruiser, though the fit may be a bit tight in the wheel wells.

    Has any of you had any trouble with 7" Mopar rims fitting? Any rubbing issues or trouble turning?

    Also, what size tires would you recommend? I'm thinking 205 or 215.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Tom
    1960 Lark VIII
    1962 Lark Cruiser
    Tom
    1960 Lark VIII
    1962 Lark Cruiser
    1964 Cruiser

  • #2
    Check the back space, has to be 4 3/4" + or - 1/4" or else you will rub something.

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    • #3
      If they are police car wheels (look like a chevy rally wheel but with six slots instead of five) they should work - they do on a C-K and i've seen them on at least one Lark.) If they're the MoPar Rallye wheels I think the offset is different and I'm not sure if those will work or not.

      good luck,

      nate

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      • #4
        The 7" rim is a bit oversize for a 205 or 215 section width tire. Most OEMs use a 6" or 6.5" rim with these tires. They'll work on a 7", but the ride will be a bit stiffer because of the more vertical sidewall. If you go up to 225 or 235 on a 7" rim, then the tire starts to rub the inner fender.

        My bottom line, unless the price is significantly less than 6" would cost you, wait for the 6".

        thnx, jack vines

        PackardV8
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        • #5
          If you look in the members rides section of the site, you can see the 7" mopar cop wheels on my 54 coupe. I like them!

          54 Champion coupe
          48 Champion Convert
          54 Champion coupe
          48 Champion Convert

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by 54stude

            If you look in the members rides section of the site, you can see the 7" mopar cop wheels on my 54 coupe. I like them!
            Indeed... they fit a Stude like they were made for one. You can get big fatty tires under there with no rubbing (at least on a C-K.) Only downside to them is that they aren't exactly light, but then again, no worries about fatigue cracking etc.

            nate

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Alan

              Check the back space, has to be 4 3/4" + or - 1/4" or else you will rub something.
              I'm returning some 6.5" Ford wheels because the backspace of 4 1/4" seems too wide.

              Are you saying that 4 3/4" is not too wide?


              Tom
              1960 Lark VIII
              1962 Lark Cruiser
              Tom
              1960 Lark VIII
              1962 Lark Cruiser
              1964 Cruiser

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              • #8
                7 X 15" 4 3/4" back space this is where they hit.

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                • #9
                  yup, a 1/4" spacer on the front will help with that, as well as give you a hair more tie rod clearance but at the possible expense of fender lip clearance. A 45 degree grease fitting might help too. No spacer required or desired on the rear because you need all the backspace you can get back there. I had the spacers on my car until I swapped to finned drums, for some reason the studs were shorter than on the originals. Seems fine without it, although the tie rod is awful close to the sidewall, I have seen no evidence of rubbing (215/60s off my 944 on there for now; they're wide and square)

                  nate

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by PackardV8

                    The 7" rim is a bit oversize for a 205 or 215 section width tire. Most OEMs use a 6" or 6.5" rim with these tires. They'll work on a 7", but the ride will be a bit stiffer because of the more vertical sidewall. If you go up to 225 or 235 on a 7" rim, then the tire starts to rub the inner fender.

                    My bottom line, unless the price is significantly less than 6" would cost you, wait for the 6".

                    thnx, jack vines

                    PackardV8
                    I took your advice and passed on the 7" rims. Once the weather warms up, I'll scour the junkyards for 6 inchers. There has to be some out there somewhere.

                    Thanks.

                    Tom
                    1960 Lark VIII
                    1962 Lark Cruiser
                    Tom
                    1960 Lark VIII
                    1962 Lark Cruiser
                    1964 Cruiser

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                    • #11
                      I found a 6 inch set off a 02 4WD Ranger. They fit like they were made for it. (55 Prez sedan)

                      [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars4.jpg[/img=left]
                      Tom Bredehoft
                      '53 Commander Coupe
                      '55 President State Sedan
                      (Under Construction) 134 hrs.
                      '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                      All Indiana built cars

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by 259man


                        I took your advice and passed on the 7" rims. Once the weather warms up, I'll scour the junkyards for 6 inchers. There has to be some out there somewhere.
                        Tom,
                        Keep in mind that the BACKSPACING (or offset) is JUST as important as the wheel width. Folks talk like all 6" wheels are the same. They are NOT. Some will fit your Stude and some won't even come close (depending on the offset). Also, if you change to brand X wheels, be sure to change your lug nuts. Studes are the only cars I know with the smaller lugs with smaller shoulders (even though they are 1/2" thread like most). Using the smaller lugs on Ford wheels (for example) is a potential disaster.


                        Dick Steinkamp
                        Bellingham, WA

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                        • #13
                          I believe that Chrysler used Stude-sized lug nuts while Ford used the larger ones. That said I switched over to chrome plated, closed end lug nuts because I have a pathological fear of rust... (something about growing up in PA) plus they look pretty.

                          nate

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                          • #14
                            What modern wheels will take the stock dog-dish caps?

                            Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                            Parish, central NY 13131

                            "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that parking is a pleasure, traffic is a breeze, turning's no trick at all, and happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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                            • #15
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