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    Sorry. I forgot about the late B axle. Yep that changes things.
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    I always regret not having the housing shortened when the car was apart. Biggest reason was, there's no place to get it done locally, or at least there wasn't at the time that I could find anyways.
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    Actually, it gives me good bad ideas. I tried the 20x10's from my former late model Charger on the rear of my Aspen and it was going to just about take 2"spacers to take advantage of the better rubber compounds available in larger diameters. I don't think going that large would look good, it didn't to my eye. And I don't think it would be a good idea to put the increased unsprung weight on the outer bearings of a 8.25 either. Spacers on the rear end just sound like trouble waiting to happen too. But in the case possibly running one in SCCA and thinking about an 8.75, the wider late B-body axle might just provide a good answer to using typically available wheels with positive offsets for modern cars. One way or another I need to run smaller sidewalls and better compounds than are available in 15" tires to play that game. Having a greater selection of modern rim designs in lighter weight forgings to do it on sounds beneficial in that respect.
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    JMO but. giant wheels on cars designed for 14 and 15" just plain looks stupid. MAYBE 16" would be OK but when people put 20" or 22" wheels and o-ring tires on older vehicles it ruins the looks of the car. It looks about as dumb as if you put 15" wheels on a car designed for 20". The proportions are all wrong. Just take a look at a new Challenger drag car with slicks on 15" wheels. It's all wrong. Again, JMO.
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    20" is certainly too big for this body. Ever parked an F next to a new Challenger, let alone a Charger? The modern Challenger looks like an Imperial next to our cars! It's HUGE so of course it needs larger wheels. But when going over 15, the 16 doesn't have size selection, 17 tires are all too short for our cars as we've come to know them with larger tires and hot rod rakes. That leaves the 18" wheel. That diameter offers a great selection of stiff sidewalls and great contact compounds compared to some M/S garbage 15" tires handling characteristics. If handling is your goal. They aren't too short and look stupid rubber bands like most 17" tires under $450/each, and every 20" or larger diameter that will physically fit. But it's hard to find 18" wheels in Muscle Car styles because some idiot at a car magazine long ago once penned that 17" was as far as anything should ever go larger. Well that would be just fine if they made wide 17" tires to fit our cars and that dumb*$$ wasn't purely hung up on the rims...
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    Here is mine with 17's.
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    Yours does look great! So many cars on 17's don't.
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    Us poor saps that mount those gigantic tires don't care for them much. Besides weighing 8 million pounds, the one's with short, stiff side walls absolutely SUCK dismounting/mounting on the rim. One big problem with the large wheels and tires with stiff sidewalls is, one bump bigger than an expansion joint and the rim is bent, especially the aftermarket rims. With the huge backspacing most have, there's such a large part of the rim that isn't supported. It just sort of hangs in outer space. Hmmmm,,,,maybe should have posted this in rants and raves
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    The new M/T's came about 1/2 hour ago. In 4 or 5 months when I actually put them on the car, I'll know how they look, and a couple months after that, how they work. Is it spring yet?????
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    Lol!
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