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i apologize if this has already been covered.

with the current trend of huge wheel diameters, i was thinking about the other direction. smaller wheel diameters, more rubber...like they had on the older classics. the older cars had 15" right? how about 15 to 17 on these cars with more rubber? would these sizes just not be possible with these modern brake and suspension designs?

how small do you think you can go with the rotors and calipers? are there ways around this? i mean i am not saying i want drums. would these wheels mess up the handling too much?

i just thought it might actually look cool with the older style coming back...and different, since everyone and their brother has low profile on everything with 4 wheels.

has anyone photoshoped this? if anyone is good at that and it doesn't take too long, could you post a pic of a new camaro with older style wheels?

thanks everyone!
 

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With the size of the brakes, I really think that even a 17" wheel might not fit.

One thing that needs to be realized is that the overall height of the wheel/tire is greater.

While the 4th Gen had a tire height of 25.7" the 5th Gen will have a tire height of around 27.5".
So a 18" wheel/tire on a 5th Gen will have just as much tire sidewall as a 16" wheel/tire on a 4th Gen. :)
 

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oh okay, thanks. :D so if a 17 did fit, could one get a tire that would still retain that overall height? or would this simply be retarded?
 

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Relax, SRT's have 20's with plenty of sidewall & still have about 360+ to the wheels. As long as it rides smooth and quick.....who cares?
 

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Relax, SRT's have 20's with plenty of sidewall & still have about 360+ to the wheels. As long as it rides smooth and quick.....who cares?
nothing to relax about, i was just curious about a purposeful retro looking wheel. honestly, i would have to see a photo first anyway.
 

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This tire should be taller like almost 28" tall so compare that to a 4th gen which is just short of 26". So the tire should be about 2" taller than a 4th gen. This would make the sidewall be the same amount as the 16" on the 4th gen and an 18" on a 5th gen.

I don't think the 17" will be a production wheel due to the size of the brakes, but I think a 17" make fit with little to no modification, but I think anything smaller would require major stuff. I think a 29" or maybe slightly taller tire will fit on the car and that would give you plenty of side wall.

There is a drag car chop of the Camaro here:
http://www.5thgen.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2258&highlight=pro+chop

It still appears to have pretty large wheels though.
I don't think the car is "that" retro really and I think the larger wheel and bigger tire like I mentioned above would capture the modern/retro look that the car has better than putting strait retro 15" wheels on this car.
 

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More sidewall causes more flex. More flex causes uncertain handling. Traction issues would be a little better (in a straight line drag racing sense) but cornering or panic situations would be worse. Even though tire technology has grown infinitly better as of age with alot of sidewall even the best tire runs the risk of folding on itself. With all this stability control and safety electronics on cars these days the bigger sidwall would be counterintuitive, especially on a car designed to go fast.
 

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More sidewall causes more flex. More flex causes uncertain handling. Traction issues would be a little better (in a straight line drag racing sense) but cornering or panic situations would be worse. Even though tire technology has grown infinitly better as of age with alot of sidewall even the best tire runs the risk of folding on itself. With all this stability control and safety electronics on cars these days the bigger sidwall would be counterintuitive, especially on a car designed to go fast.
yeah, that is what i kind of figured...that you would be going against the design. i wasn't thinking too extreme. i just thought a move in the opposite direction would look nice. i wouldn't do anything that was not tasteful or dramatically changed how it handled.
 

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This tire should be taller like almost 28" tall so compare that to a 4th gen which is just short of 26". So the tire should be about 2" taller than a 4th gen. This would make the sidewall be the same amount as the 16" on the 4th gen and an 18" on a 5th gen.

I don't think the 17" will be a production wheel due to the size of the brakes, but I think a 17" make fit with little to no modification, but I think anything smaller would require major stuff. I think a 29" or maybe slightly taller tire will fit on the car and that would give you plenty of side wall.

There is a drag car chop of the Camaro here:
http://www.5thgen.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2258&highlight=pro+chop
thanks for the comments and link. that gives me sort of an idea with that picture.

i guess i have a couple years to buy photoshop and learn how to use it. :D

It still appears to have pretty large wheels though.
I don't think the car is "that" retro really and I think the larger wheel and bigger tire like I mentioned above would capture the modern/retro look that the car has better than putting strait retro 15" wheels on this car.
are you saying you would like to see more rubber around the wheel too? which combo were you referring to that you would like? or do you just mean ingeneral because of the taller overall height?

i can see the obvious with the overall height difference. however, this can be totally negated with the ever increasing wheel sizes i see on the roads.
 

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I seriously doubt GM will put anything less than a 17" wheel on this. Maybe for the RS it will be smaller, like the Mustang v-6 is, vs. the larger wheel for the GT that is standard.
 

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i guess i have a couple years to buy photoshop and learn how to use it. :D
If you want something cheap (as in free) that is kind of like photoshop, look at .Net Paint. It does layers and such, like photoshop. I haven't used it much, but then I haven't used PS that much either.
 

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The smallest size on the G8 is 18".

I would guess the Camaro will have 18" smallest with 19" and 20" options.:cool: I don't guarantee it though;)

It should have near a 28" tall tire and a 17" would have a pretty big sidewall.
If it's a 28" tall tire it would be like having 15" wheels on 4th gen if you have 17's on a 28" tire.
 

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I do like the old school look the best, but i wouldn't do anything but improve the way it handles, at the same time not take away from being able to launch from the line.
 
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