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The overall tire diameter is all that's relevant. The 17" wheel doesn't matter. I'd have to do check but my guess is your tires are about 1/2" under and mine are 1/2" over the original 14" equivalents.

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The overall tire diameter is all that's relevant. The 17" wheel doesn't matter. I'd have to do check but my guess is your tires are about 1/2" under and mine are 1/2" over the original 14" equivalents.

 

That is absolutly correct. You can put 20 inch wheels on a 240Z if you want to.

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Lumens, does that exhaust sticking out that little bit extra help with in cab fumes with the windows down?

 

Not one bit. But it helps to keep the bumper from rotting out on that side.

 

I found my exhaust fume leak but I will have to find an exhaust leak thread

to post what I found. No more fumes at all.

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To answer the question, at speed a dip in the road will cause me to bump the inside of the arches. The lips clear, and have never rubbed, front or back and I havnt rolled or otherwise modified the fenders in anyway.

Also, the front a-arms are length adjustable, so they can aid in camber/track and clearance as required.

235's fit well on my car, I think 245's would be tight. That said this tire fits wide, like most 245's would.

Modifications that are relevant to this fitment are 2.5" coils on a GC suspension kit, and significant camber. If I flattened out the camber, I'm sure the rears would rub the lips.

-can't belive how I need to edit nearly every post because of Samsung's insanely poor autocorrwction. <--- I actually typed autocorrection there.

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the 225/45-15 calcs out to be about 1 1/2" smaller diameter than oem 190/70-14, did you do this on purpose? if so, what are the reasons?

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Still a work in progress... Got some chrome bumpers on there from fiberfab and I still need to get some fender flares, air dam and fender mirrors on there as well but it's coming along. Next big project is going to be suspension, upgrading the brakes to 4 piston calibers with some drilled and slotted rotors and then mikuni carbs eventually. Have the pieces but need to find the time! (picture shows it sitting a bit high right after I got the watanabe's on there.... there's rubbing in the back so fender flares it is!!! )

 

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the 225/45-15 calcs out to be about 1 1/2" smaller diameter than oem 190/70-14, did you do this on purpose? if so, what are the reasons?

 

A couple reasons actually. I did not want any clearance issues with the lowering coils, plus the smaller OD brought the car down a bit too. I was originally looking at 225/50-15s but my tire shop had these at a really good price.

 

I also have a 5 speed on the way too.

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These came with my Z.  I assume they are original because of the datsun center caps. Some days I love them but on occasion I want something different.

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These are American Dragmaster 6 hole Mags 14x5.5 zero offset. I believe these were sold with the car new in 1971. Center caps are aftermarket replacements. 

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Jarvo.....I believe they are "0" offset. I'm running coilovers, so we can go as low as you dare. The tires are 225-50-16.....a tough tire to fit. They look great, but a 205-55-16 is easier to fit in the wells. Thanks for the compliment.

 

Guy: That brings back memories of 1971 240Z . Original color was the same as yours, but I painted it a Pearl Yellow in later years. Color really popped!!

 

Luv the stance on your car. Mine needs to come down a bit. I'm running 225/50x16 Conti Extreme DW's on Konig Rewind 16 x7's . Zero offset. Nice to see that a 225 will fit that low. Yes it is a tough tires to fit. Guess I'll have to go Coil overs and Camber plates this winter.

 

I'll see if I can find some shots of my 71 240z somewhere. Might be on slides!! That car handled like a slot car. Full Nissan Comp suspension with Factory Race struts ( Uber rare ), Factory Race springs and  Nissan Comp 22mm front bar and 23 mm rear bar. I Auto-crossed it in a Mod class  with Goodyear 21x 8 slicks and 3.9 gears. Car was a rocket.... and I swear you had to step UP when you got out of the car. It was that low on the 13's.

 

Man I wish I still had that car....

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My 1976 280Z with Konig Rewind 16 x7's in Gunmetal. Zero offset. Tires are Conti 225/50x16's.

 

Currently on Eibachs but car needs to be about an inch lower. Winter project will be coil overs and Camber plates.

 

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Guy: That brings back memories of 1971 240Z . Original color was the same as yours, but I painted it a Pearl Yellow in later years. Color really popped!!

Luv the stance on your car. Mine needs to come down a bit. I'm running 225/50x16 Conti Extreme DW's on Konig Rewind 16 x7's . Zero offset. Nice to see that a 225 will fit that low. Yes it is a tough tires to fit. Guess I'll have to go Coil overs and Camber plates this winter.

I'll see if I can find some shots of my 71 240z somewhere. Might be on slides!! That car handled like a slot car. Full Nissan Comp suspension with Factory Race struts ( Uber rare ), Factory Race springs and Nissan Comp 22mm front bar and 23 mm rear bar. I Auto-crossed it in a Mod class with Goodyear 21x 8 slicks and 3.9 gears. Car was a rocket.... and I swear you had to step UP when you got out of the car. It was that low on the 13's.

Man I wish I still had that car....

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Richard......Think hard before you spring for the coil overs and camber plates.....my 4 cars with Eibachs and Tokico's drive and handle almost as good if not as good as the GC's. If you're going racing, it might be worth the money and hassle, but I don't think I'd do it again. The rear sway bar made a huge difference at a low cost. The cars below run Tokico's and Eibach's as well as 205/55/16's. Stance competes with the green car IMO.

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Thanks Guy. I have a friend who is a Race Car fabricator with a fully equipped Machine and Welding shop. Good to have friends like that!!  :D

 

If I do decide to go with coil-overs it will be a custom made set using new thick wall tubing, threaded collars, spring hats etc from PitStopUSA or another supplier. We can build our own Custom coil-overs pretty inexpensively and exactly the way we want. We could even make our own Camber plates, but I may just buy the Techno Toy ones.

 

I've had fully ride height adjustable cars as Daily Drivers before. Not a big deal for me. It's all about selecting reasonable spring rates and shock combo's. I'm not overly fond of the Eibach progressive springs.  Especially up front. Linear rates are so much easier to dial in. I usually use Hypercoil springs on my cars, as they are excellent quality, reasonable price and have a huge selection that is always in stock at my suppliers.

 

On the other hand I may just decide to leave it alone. I'm not going to Race it or Track Day it. Car rides pretty decent on the street right now, but a bit too soft of a spring rate up front. It's those danged progressive rate springs. Feels a bit " Lazy "  and rolls more than it should up front.  I do have big MSA sway bars front and rear.  

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Body kit was put on by PO. I don't really like the side skirts and rear valance. They will likely be coming off this Winter. I much prefer the clean lower body curves of the original design. Will keep front Air Dam. Rear spoiler may or may not go... or may be changed out for a BRE style. Haven't decided yet.

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Yes, I went with the softest springs available from Ground Control. I wouldn't want to drive the heavy springs on the streets.I still have to dial in 2 1/2 degrees of negative camber to get the 225 50 16's under the fenders......so many choices.....tough to know what works and what doesn't on the street. I personally like the Eibach spring/Tokico combo almost as much as the coil overs. You've got the know how and a friend that knows what they're doing in setting them up.......I had a friend that knew what to do too. However for someone who doesn't know what to do and have the tools to install the camber plates and struts, they can be in for a major headache. Good Luck with whatever you choose.

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