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Guys,
I appreciate the comments and I'm not offended at all, if I was thin-skinned, I wouldn't have posted and ask for opinions. I'll keep the wheels and I get another pair of 15 x 7's to put on the rear (I'll keep the 15 x 8's for future use). I think I will send them to Al Reed to have the paddles polished to match the stainless Targa bar.

The tires may seem a little big (205/60/15 on the front and 215/60/15 on the rear), but I like the way they fill the wheel well. I really can't lower the car because of the horrible roads we have around here, I'd bottom out just about everywhere I drive.

The new rear Bilstein shocks seem to have raised the rear a little and given the car a more prominent rake. Thanks for your opinions, I appreciate your input!!
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Those tires are all wrong, they may be comfy but that's not what a 911 is all about.
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What about if I keep the 7 x15's for the rear and buy a pair of 6 x 15's for the front? Will the tires look OK? The fronts are 205/60/15 and the rears are 215/60/15. I really like the way they fill the wheelwell and ride! The low profile Dunlop Sport 9000's are not nearly as smooth...
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Art, 205-60/15 is the correct overall diameter (height) for your car. You could also use 195-65/15.
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Beautiful car, Art!
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Colin and Curt,

Thanks! I'm happy with the new wheels, I just have to make some adjustments and I'll do that over the winter. I think I'll put 6's on the front, move the 7's to the rear and have Al Reed work his wonders on the wheels and polish the paddles...
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Once you do that, then if you can get the rear down just so the top of the wheel opening is even with the top of the tire, I think you should have a good look. Make sure the front is then set so you have just a slight nose down attitude.

On my 77 I have 195/6515F and 215/6015R on 6". If I had 6 and 7 x 15s I would go 205/60F and 225/60R.
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Those tires are all wrong, they may be comfy but that's not what a 911 is all about.
you're right...*THIS* is what the 911 is all about:

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I have to agree, 60 series tires are really tall. I run ES100 50s and they really improve the look of the car over the taller tires, I think. The 60s will happily get you around town but you might as well have marshmellows instead of tires if you plan to do any performance driving.

Turn in..
wait for it...
wait for it !!!.....
Ah, there she goes.

Heres my baby with some lower profile tires on 7s and 8s, no flares:

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Art, lower lower lower. Mine's actually too low, and our roads are less that smooth, but I haven't bottomed out yet. And I DO have a big ol butt sitting in my car.
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MichiganMat,

Your tires/wheels look good. Are they 50 series on 15 or 16" wheels?
What brand/model of tire?
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50s on 15x7 and 55s on 15x8, or maybe its reverse. I dunno, they had to have different aspect ratios because they're offset, 205s and 225s. Im running Yoko ES100s.

Heres what she used to look like when I first got it. 60s on 15x6s:

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I'm looking for a pair of 15 x 6's to put on the front. Anyone have a pair they want to sell?
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The main thing to make the tire "look correct" is to maintain the stock height. That way it will fill the wheel wells out. The stock tire for early cars was the 185/70-15 (I think this probably held true in 74-77 for the narrow body cars as well). This tire had a height of approximately 25 inches. It doesn't matter if you use a 70, 60, 50, or 40 series tires as long as the correct section width is chosen (i.e., 185, 195, 205, etc.) to result in a 25 inch tall tire. The problem for 6 inch wide wheels is a 60 series tire is about as big as you want to go, otherwise the tire is simply too wide for the wheel. If you go to 7 inch wide wheels and go to a 50 series tire you'd need a 245/265 section width to get the right height and there would likely be clearance problems on a narrow body. A smaller section width will result in short tires that don't look right (but probably perform better).

Just as a point of reference, the 73 RS ran 205/60-15 on 6's in front and 215/60-15 on 7's in rear (of course, the rear fenders were flared).
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you're right...*THIS* is what the 911 is all about :
Oooh a dune buggy, I missed that.

JMHO but the rear wheels are still not right, they are too wide, the car needs flares, and a major lowering


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Just as a point of reference, the 73 RS ran 205/60-15 on 6's in front and 215/60-15 on 7's in rear (of course, the rear fenders were flared).
The '73RS oem fitment was 6 & 7 x15 w/ 185/70 & 216/60 Pirelli Cn36 was the most common tire, the flares were key.
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An update... (with pics)

Well, I moved the front wheels to the rear and bought a pair of 6Jx15's for the front (Thanks to Jason Cullen). I have 205/60/15 on the fronts and 205/60/15 on 7jx15's on the rear. I think I like the polished look better, so I'm sending all 4 wheels to Al Reed this winter for refinishing. The car feels great and looks better without the wheels sticking out of the wheel wells. No rubbing, either...





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Now that is muuuuch better!
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Thanks, I still need to lower the ride height a little this winter. I just replaced my rear shocks with Bilsteins and I'll be installing new Boge strut cartridges this winter, so it would make sense to do that at the same time. Not much driving season left here in Michigan, so I'm driving the car every chance I get...
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Looks good Art!
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John,

Thanks again, I really like the wheels and they'll look great when they come back from Al Reed and all match!!
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