Max tire and wheel size for 72 Dart

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    Ive got a 72 dart swinger (/6, so small rear end and bolt pattern). I want to fill out the rear end and give it a bit of rake. What is the tallest and widest tire i can have back there under the stock suspension? Moving up to 15" rims, whats offset will i need?

    And being hopeful; but if i get 15" steelies, will i still be able to use my dog dishes on my 14s?
     
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    15x7 with 4.25 backspace and 255/60-15's worked for me. I have a 8 3/4 and stock springs with a extra leaf added. Small bolt wheels by Wheel Vintiques.
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      That car is beautiful!
       
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        I cant quite tell from the picture, but do you have noticable rake? Do you think you have any more room to go taller in the back? Can you post a photo from straight on the side and the back?
         
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          Same as mike, 15x7 4.25 with 255/60x15 drag radials
           
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            My 69 sits much lower in back and has 235 70r15 which in Cooper Cobra are listed as 27.91" tall, 255 60 r15 are 27" I believe. I'm 20180118_195249.jpg not 100% sure but I think 67-69 Darts have similar wheelwell to 70 and up.
             
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              Not to hijack, but I just bought a '71 Scamp and both rear tires are trashed. It's on stock "14 rims. Rather than buy the same, stock size; what's a larger tire that will fit without any modifications?
               
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              @Coastie
              Sorry I didn't get back to you. I will post up some pics tomorrow. Thanks for the interest.
               
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              Toolmanmike pretty much nailed it. I think 255’s may be a little optimistic. I know they fit his car (and others) but the body tolerances on these cars isn’t great. If you have a car that’s on the narrow side of the tolerance, the 255/60/15’s can rub. Especially if the wheel isn’t perfectly centered in the wheel house. A 245/60/15 is a “safer” choice, gives you a little more leeway if everything isn’t perfectly square and equal. And some of these cars don’t even have the same clearance on both sides of the car. Even a 245/60/15 isn’t necessarily a slam dunk on all of them, there are Darts that have a hard time fitting 245’s in the back. I’ve measured my ‘71 Dart a whole bunch of times, I’m still on the fence between 245’s and 255’s. Pretty sure the 255’s will fit, but it’s tight. And being wrong buying tires is expensive.

              So, break out a tape measure and a carpenters square and figure out the straight line distance from your wheel mounting surface to the springs and from the wheel mounting surface to the quarter lip. Do that, and we can figure out your ideal backspace and if you have the space to run 255’s.
               
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                215/75R14, maybe a 225/70R14. With 14" skinny wheels... you are really limited in tire selection.
                 
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                  I agree completely. The rear on my car isn't centered and I can slide my fingers between the tire and the fender lip on one side and not on the other. If the previous owner hadn't added a extra leaf to the springs for height and stiffness I would have tire cutting for sure. I would be forced to cut or roll the fender lip or go with a smaller tire.
                   
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                  @Coastie

                  I do have a slight rake and I will try to capture it in the pictures. Parking on a hill and positioning the camera low makes it look like more than it really is. I don't have much room for taller tires (70 series instead of 60's?). With 255's the tire is pretty close to the front of the fender opening.

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                    Looks really good!

                    On a semi related note; im contemplating going with an adapter to get 15s, (4 to 4.5), and i know te adapter adds an inch to the width; so i need a wheel with 5.5 or 3.5 back spacing? Sorry, im really new to wheels.
                     
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                    Let me think about this, you would neef a deeper offset wheel I believe.
                     
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                    What do you have on the front? I have a set of, I believe, 15x6.5 rallies (I never could figure out what they're off of, but Chrysler still had trim rings for them) and since your car has PERFECT stance, I want what you got, and for you to have something better.

                    If you're inclined to measure that rake, Either degrees or body height measurements, I'd sure be grateful. I've got super stock springs under my car and need to get them de-arched.

                    Will a slightly narrower rim make much of a difference?
                     
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                    The fronts are 14x6's thus adding to the rake. I would have to work on the rake. I don't have any way to measure the degrees but I can measure to the tops of the wheel opening if I get a chance. The car is in the storage garage.
                     
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                    1" thick adapter means 1" more backspacing to keep everything the same. Problem is, there is only a very limited selection of wheels made that way. Typically a 7" wheel for these cars needs 4.25"-4.50" backspacing. Pretty easy to find those. Now try to find 7" wheels with a 5.25" minimum backspacing. Good luck.
                     
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                      225/70-15 on 7''
                       
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                      What size are those front tires?
                       
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                      205 /70-14"s
                       
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                      The 205 70 14's are about 25" tall where the 255 60 15's on the rear are a 27" tire
                       
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