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Custom Steel Wheel Back Spacing

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    I was checking out the Stockton Wheel site and was thinking about getting some wider wheels. They'll custom made the wheels to the back spacing of your choice. I've been thinking about 15X6 wheels to mount larger tires, but the rubbing concerns of others make me a little leary. Has anyone already measured out the 'ideal' back space or am I exploring new ground?

    I can send them my Stude wheels, have the centers 'cut' out and welded into a new, wider rim, or go for off the shelf Ford/Mopar wheels with the correct back spacing as required (they keep Big 3 stuff in stock).

    I was to use the standard dog dish hub caps so how the caps fit the wheel is important too. Has anyone lost a cap off a Ford or Mopar steel wheel?


    Tom - Valrico, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona

    Tom - Bradenton, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
    1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

  • #2
    Studebaker dog dishes will fit Studebaker wheels only.

    IMHO if you are going to get wheels made with a custom offset I would set them at about 3/4" - that will put the front inner sidewall a little close to the tie rod end but any less offset will limit your tire width in the rear. Really you'd want about 1/2" offset in the front and as much as you can get in the rear to fit the biggest tires possible.

    This is based on a C-K - I see you have a Daytona; I am not sure if *any* wider than stock wheel will fit without interference in the front. I had to constantly be careful in parking lots with my '62 until I gave up and went to 14" wheels.


    55 Commander Starlight
    55 Commander Starlight


    • #3
      What Nate said...also, it's going to depend some on the ride height you end up with. If you lower the car any, your options become a little more complex.

      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA