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Old 15 Mar 2019, 05:03 pm
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OK, it's getting dangerously close to spring and I want to buy a shiny new set of new 16" wheels to put my summer tires on.
Stock wheels become the winter set!

16 inch because I want to keep the speedo 'normal'
( and yes, my near-new summers are 16s... )

The legendary "turbo" calipers apparently restrict my choices due to added offset requirement. Local wheel sellers are entirely ignorant of this, and local stock of 16 inch wheels is slim to none, so it's the old "order them in and see if they fit" problem. Restocking fees apply!

Would VERY MUCH APPRECIATE seeing any and all aftermarket wheels that actually have been confirmed as successfully used on this car.

BIG BONUS POINTS for wheels that don't need a hub spacer

ENORMOUS BONUS POINTS for "Cragar SS style" (yeah, I know I am dreaming...)

Thanks in advance to all who have boldly gone before!
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You can step up to a 17" wheel and keep your speedo correct with the the right size tire. The 215/65R/16 is 27" in diameter. A 215/60R/17 is also 27" in diameter. I went from 14" wheels to 17" wheels on my Ranchero and with the correct size rear tire, I kept the diameter within less than 1/2" difference.
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You can step up to a 17" wheel and keep your speedo correct with the the right size tire. The 215/65R/16 is 27" in diameter. A 215/60R/17 is also 27" in diameter. I went from 14" wheels to 17" wheels on my Ranchero and with the correct size rear tire, I kept the diameter within less than 1/2" difference.
That's an excellent idea, but I have a $1000 set of 16 inch summer tires that are only one season old! Don't wanna waste those...
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BTW, can anyone say DEFINITIVELY what the offset is on the stock 16 inch PT wheels "for turbo"??

35?

38?

40?

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Try an ET of 40. I went through all that B.S. last year when looking for tires and wheels for my 2010 N.A. The actual offset can be varied by the wheel used, the tire width and the tire height.

I remember searching the web for the offset and finding everything from 32 to 45 for a PT. Real world rims that actually were for a PT, regardless of size, 15, 16 or 17 were 38 or 40 for the offset.

I ended up getting the widest tires I could put on, 225/50/16, and Platinum Flux wheels, 16x7, with an off set of 40 and have not looked back!
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Here's a really good tire/wheel size calculator where you can visually compare.

Custom wheels, rim tire packages for your ride - RIMSnTIRES.com

As a baseline, the GT 17 inch wheel is 5x100 7 inches wide and the offset is 39 mm. The stock tire is a 205/50 R17.

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A 205-50-17 has a diameter of 25.1"
A 205-60-16 has a diameter of 25.7" ----- a little over 2% difference. Not much.
There are charts out there for different brands and tire lines. These numbers were from cooper tire.
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Thanks for all the feedback! I'm going to start looking for 16x7 with offset of 40... seems like there are a few choices out there
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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnndddddddddd... back again after seeing the actual slim pickins at 40 mm offset & 16 inch.

Is it feasible to get 35mm offset rims, and just use a 5mm SPACER? There are a few nice 35mm offset sixteen inch rims that actually have 57.1 HUB size, so I maybe could swap having a hubcentric ring for a little aluminum spacer ring. Feasible??

(I am not really familiar with how spacers are used...)
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