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Postby Kristjan » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:10 pm

What's the tallest front runner you can put under/into stock Vega front wheel well ?

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Re: Front runners

Postby spencerforhire » Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:40 pm

Like any Vega front tire/wheel inquiry, the answer is in the form of yet another question- How much do you like the old-school Gasses look? Vega wheelwells were designed for 23" high or so tire on 13"wheels. Part of the problem is the amount of offset that most 15x3.5 and 15x4 front drag wheels have; it's almost impossible to get the wheel and tire actually under the car. Most of them end up flush with the outer lip of the wheel opening and unable to go up inside.
Don't bother looking at the pics of my Vega drag car; it was built with a 5" narrower track than stock; it has 24"high M/T frontrunners(soon to be switched to 25"Goodyears), but would fit 27 or 28's.
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76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
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Re: Front runners

Postby DA GODFATHER » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:59 pm

Man do you have a nice line up!!!! 8) 8)
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Re: Front runners

Postby v8astregt » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:49 am

I'm running 3.5's with 145 tires, which are about 24" tall.
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Re: Front runners

Postby Kristjan » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:51 am

Mine sits like this now, but i can't remember the tire size. But i do had a Monza few years back thad did have 26" tall front runners. Are the Monza's wheel wells any different than on a Vega ?

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Re: Front runners

Postby spencerforhire » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:54 am

As you can see on the pics of both Mr Campbell's Astre and your Vega, there's not a lot of extra room; 24" is probably the limit with a sensible front ride height. The Monza did have quite a bit bigger wheel opening, so 26" would have fit fine.
The "fleet"-
77 Vega Estate wagon- project(someday)will have TPI305/T-5, S-10 spindles/axles
72 Vega HB Drag Car -383/'Glide/9"(9.35@146.19)(5.94@117.28 1/8th)
76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
and 3 more Saturn "parts cars"
Note- the very act of listing all of these has made me realize I have some kind of problem.....

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Re: Front runners

Postby v8astregt » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:46 pm

I tried I believe a 165 on a 4" rim and it hit the forward lower edge of the wheel well. I would of had to pie cut the sheetmetal to make it work. Luckily I already painted the car so that talked me out of it. But I think the 24" tire looks best proportionally. contrasts nicely with the 26's out back.

The only thing I'm changing is that I'm ditching the 145 Nankang's designed for the front of a rear engined VW. Around the street they may be fine, but I worry a little bit now that I'm approaching low 11's. M/T Sportsmans are next on the list.
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Re: Front runners

Postby Kristjan » Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:50 pm

I went to check and my Vega is on 165r15 tires in the front, how tall would that measure in inches ?
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Re: Front runners

Postby DA GODFATHER » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:37 pm

We went to a 8" Diff { Ford} to get the 5 stud rear!! 8) 8)
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Re: Front runners

Postby spencerforhire » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:30 am

Those old 165/r15 VW/Volvo tires didn't have an aspect ratio as part of their size, but would be somewhere between 78 and 85. That would make them somewhere between 25 and 26 inches tall. Due to the differences between manufacturers, tires can vary quite a bit between brands.
The "fleet"-
77 Vega Estate wagon- project(someday)will have TPI305/T-5, S-10 spindles/axles
72 Vega HB Drag Car -383/'Glide/9"(9.35@146.19)(5.94@117.28 1/8th)
76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
and 3 more Saturn "parts cars"
Note- the very act of listing all of these has made me realize I have some kind of problem.....

Visit http://www.spencerforhire.ca
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