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  • Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

    What do you guys think? Possible?

    I currently have 275-60-R15s and need some extra tire height for N2O passes. I am thinking a second set of rims and taller tires for the back would be the ideal solution for me.

    I was looking under the car and currently I have 1/2" room with the 275's -- probably less when going around corners. Looks to me like there is at least 1" between the wheel house and frame. Same with the leaf spring. The shock may need to get moved about 1/2" too.

    So would one inch be enough and will this work on my 68? I do not want to relocate the springs because that would snowball into the fuel system (gas tank) and the back seat (kids still ride in it)

    Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

    Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

    What about shackels or something to keep the springs attached in the same place, but buy yourself a little room?

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      Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

      Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

      I know 55 chevys are not camaros, but I have enough room to run a 11" slick in my car, with minitubs and relocated springs, full back seat. Could you scoot the spring over just a little bit, and move the wheel house over just a little bit? not the full on jobs you usually see, just enough to fit the next size bigger tire in. If your'e really good at it no one could tell, and you might even be able to "cheat"! like smokey used to
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        Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

        Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

        What about shackels or something to keep the springs attached in the same place, but buy yourself a little room?
        Yeah, its not really a height issue . . . its that with the taller tire comes extra width and that is the problem.

        As it is now I hit the inner wheel well first; then I think I would hit the shock, then the frame and spring.

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          Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

          Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

          Eric there is a guy on this board named Andy, I think he is 68rsss. I put a ladder bar and the Detroit speed mini tubs in his car and it fills it up but with the height of the tire it tears off the chrome strip on the bigend of the track when the tire grows, and this is with the 29.9 MT radial. It is fast when the tire is on, it but he likes his chrome  :so he runs a ET Street now
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            Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

            Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

            Eric. My 73' and your Camaro are similar I believe. Il tell you what im doing this winter and spring. Im going to fab a bracket to move my shocks inboard. I already have cal tracs so the shock mounting on the bottom side is no issue. After that im going to get the DSE spring relocation shackles, from what I understand camaro and Nova's dont need to relocate the fronts spring pertches, they sit outward in the rear by design from the factory so this kit just squares them up with the car Now if this is wrong its a deal breaker for me. But if its right it will move my springs inboard about 2" in the rear. Then im going to get a 10" wide rim with a 7.5" backspacing wheel. With my old buddies "backyard" mini tub job thats already done ill be fitting a 315 series tire in there with no problem. Ive got over 13 inches inside there if I do this right. Right now without moving anything I run a 28x11.5" quick time pro with no rubbing.

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              Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

              Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

              Jeff, do you know what rim he is running? (width and backspacing)? I have an 8.5" rim with a 5" backspacing. If you are right about hitting the wheel opening then that is a deal breaker for me -- I'll have to look at other options (maybe a 3.90 gear?)

              You know Nick, I never noticed that the springs weren't square on a 1st gen. I'm going to have to go and measure them front and back now. If you moved them in 2" in back wouldn't they hit the gas tank? I'm pretty sure 69-74 Nova's and 67-69 Camaros have the same frame and other than a shorter wheel base and some sheetmetal they are pretty close . . .

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                Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                What about shackels or something to keep the springs attached in the same place, but buy yourself a little room?
                Yeah, its not really a height issue . . . its that with the taller tire comes extra width and that is the problem.

                As it is now I hit the inner wheel well first; then I think I would hit the shock, then the frame and spring.
                Yea, I see that now. I chimed in before fully understanding what I read. I was in a hurry at work, I only spend about 15 minutes on sites like this at work and rush through to read everything.
                From now on, no replies at work. My reading comprehension goes considerably down. As does my spelling (see: shackels).

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                  Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                  Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                  Eric, I will have and Post on it. He will remember all the changes he has made, I know he has talked to a lot of guys on it and they have trimed to do it.
                  2007 SBN/A Drag Week Winner & First only SBN/A Car in the 9's Till 2012
                  First to run in the .90s .80s and .70's in SBN/A
                  2012 SSBN/A Drag Week Winner First in the 9.60's/ 9.67 @ 139 1.42 60'
                  2013 SSBN/A Drag Week, Lets quit sand bagging, and let it rip!

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                    Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                    Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                    72Ventura, don't apologize man, thanks for the suggestion -- I appreciate it. I worded my original post a little goofy anyways. I have trouble saying something simple with less than about 5,000 words . . . LOL

                    Thanks Jeff. I've got all the interior out of it now and just finished welding in DSE subframe connectors (they're really nice by the way). So now is the time if I'm going to do anything to the wheel wells.

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                      Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                      Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                      Eric68, I recently did a '68 Nova for a guy with the DSE tubs and relocators. I dont like the way Cams/Novas look without the tank hangin, so I sectioned the tank I believe 3" per side. From what I recall, 73Nova will have a time gettin a 315 in because it will hit the spring on the front side of the tire...it tapers wider to the front when you use the relocators (which are the nicest pieces I've ever seen). The springs really limit the width tire you can run. I'd be lying if I told you I remembered the size tire we put on it, but I think it was a 285 on a 8" jus to get it home and had plenty of room.
                      I will also say DSE's stuff really makes for a really nice factory appearance and I'd almost buy a car to do my own with their parts.

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                        Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                        Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                        Affordillac. I currently have a 275/60/R15 in there with room to spare and nothings been done. If I relocated the springs inward im pretty sure a 305 wouldnt be a problem and i was hoping for a 315.

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                          Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                          Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                          Eric there is a guy on this board named Andy, I think he is 68rsss. I put a ladder bar and the Detroit speed mini tubs in his car and it fills it up but with the height of the tire it tears off the chrome strip on the bigend of the track when the tire grows, and this is with the 29.9 MT radial. It is fast when the tire is on, it but he likes his chrome :so he runs a ET Street now
                          he switched back to the bias ply ET Street b/c the radial grew too much??? i did the opposite... i ran 30x12.5 ET Streets and they tried to remove my 1/4 panels above 135 mph. that was why i went to the 295-65 ET Street radials, similar size tire w/o the growth. CHIP

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                            Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                            Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                            Hey Jeff its 67rsss Eric would know 67 is the only one with wings ;D
                            Eric I had the 295's on mine with a 10" wheel 6" backspace. Jeff put the DSE minitub kit on it so the width was not a issue but they were very close at the front and rear of the wheel well. I was told the DR's don't grow much at speed but the first time down the track I tore a wheel moulding off the drivers side. We raised the rear up 3" and that helped but they still touched at speed. After two sets of trim I gave up and went to 28" tires. One of the orange camaro's at PGD's had a very tall DR on it but I didn't get to see how they made it fit. I did notice it had a pretty good 70's era rake to it. 40 coupe on Team Camaro runs 29" X9" slicks on a stock width rear without mini tubs but he did alot of rolling on the wheel lip. He put the chrome back on to cover it and you cant tell so you could holler at him. If I did it right here are some pics of mine with the 295's

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                              Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                              Re: Fitting a 295-65-15 drag radial in a 68 Camaro

                              I still think you should just trim them Andy. :
                              2007 SBN/A Drag Week Winner & First only SBN/A Car in the 9's Till 2012
                              First to run in the .90s .80s and .70's in SBN/A
                              2012 SSBN/A Drag Week Winner First in the 9.60's/ 9.67 @ 139 1.42 60'
                              2013 SSBN/A Drag Week, Lets quit sand bagging, and let it rip!

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