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« on: August 07, 2011, 04:28:47 PM »

I am looking to buy the new Honeycomb wheels by Year One. I am thinking to install 255/50-17 on the front and 275/50-17 on the rear. Are there any clearance issues? I currently run 235/60 -15 on the front and 255/60-15 on the rear with no issues. Any help would be great.


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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 06:47:51 PM »

yah, quite a few of us purchased them beauties.

I went with 245-45-17 all around. You can go pretty wide with these puppies if you want:







If you need more angles let me know.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 06:48:35 PM »

I have the honeycombs...they are a really nicely made wheel...excellent finish. They are fairly heavy.
Have a check of my build thread on my 71 project for pics.
I'm using 255/50x17 all around.....my previous 9" x 17" rear wheels had 275/50x17 on them and I had to trim the lip on the fender, roll it up a little....even then, I'd still occasionally touch the tyre onto the inner fender lip that remained. The 275/50 is a pretty tall tyre....you may well be better off with a 285/40...check the YO site...I think they used 275/45 (?) as the test tyre for the Honeycombs.
Be very careful fitting the centre caps....see my thread for details.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 09:18:14 PM »

I currently have Rally II stock wheels and am concerned about the difference in backspacing. The Rally II is 4 1/4" vs the Honeycomb is 5".  What tires size/ make are you using. 17" tires seem to limited in sizes. What/ how do you trim/ roll the fender?
The wheels/ tires look awesome.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2011, 01:44:59 AM »

If you look at the fender inner lip, its very wide...probably near to an inch or so.
After you fit your wheels and tyres, if they contact the lip, it'll leave a black mark on the fender lip so you can see the area of contact.
I cut an arc out of the inner edge of the lip, maybe up to 3/8" at the top...starting about halfway up the arch on either side using a thin cutting disc.
I bent the lip around the top of the arch upwards so it curved a little and left a smooth edge for the tyre to touch...if it did.
I filed and sanded the edge smooth then brush touched the paint along where I'd cut the lip.
Would still occasionally touch with 4 people in the car and going over bumps....but it wasn't hurting the tyres since it was rubbing on the smooth turned up face of the lip.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2011, 09:26:37 PM »

I had no issues what so ever. but if you feel that there might be some rubbing, you can always go with longer studs and spacers.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 10:52:30 PM »

I have been seeing alot of people using 255/45/17 front and 285/40 rear.
I know that both of them are the same exact height.
I thnk they are 26 inch tall tires.
If I ever get the yo snowflakes I will probably go with them
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2011, 03:43:44 PM »

What tire manufacturer is everyone using on these wheels? I only found Nitto and Falken with the sizes I am looking to get. Not sure how good each one is, but I was leaning towards Nitto. How is everyones experience with these or other make?
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011, 06:16:47 PM »

I'm using Nitto tyres....I bought INVOs for the new car....I used NT450s last time and they were great...very happy with them.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011, 09:39:02 PM »

Looks like after some careful consideration and measurements, 275/50-17 and 255/50-17 will not fit without issues. Just too big. The new choice is 255/50-17 on the rear and 255/45-17 on the front. Just not sure which manufacturer to go with. What do you think?

Nitto NT555
Fuzion ZRi
Kumho Ecsta SPT (KU31)
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011, 10:18:15 PM »

Maxxis. best bang for your buck.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2011, 03:37:11 AM »

I agree...you will have problems with 275/50x17 on the rear.
I've run 255/50x17 on the front on my 77 T/A and had no issues with it. My 71 will be running 255/50x17 all around.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2011, 09:37:29 AM »

I think 255/50-17 is too big in the front. The rear should be fine.

I did a little testing yesterday. I switched my fronts and rears around to test for fit. I put the 255/60-15 on the front and 235/60-15 on the rear. Under full turn the front tires just start to rub the frame on the rear part of each tire. No other issues anywhere. Did a little 'tire warming' with the 235/60-15, which led to some fun and cleaning some rash off the rear quarters.

I am trying to figure out the back spacing/ offsetting of the wheels. The stock Rally II wheels have a 4.25" and the new YO Honeycomb wheels have a 5" back spacing. According to this, it means the inner rim edge is closer to the center of the car by 0.75", which means there should be clearance issues. Does anyone have a tire and wheels fitting chart or program see how this works out?

After doing some math, it appears the new Year One Honeycomb wheels will sit 0.375" further away from the car, if using the same physical size tire. Example: from 255/60-15 to 255/50-17. A sizes are the same, except for diameter which is 15" vs 17".
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2011, 04:20:30 AM »

Here's my favorite wheel/tire calculator:

http://www.rims-n-tires.com/rt_specs.jsp

Just plug in the stock size on the left and the size you're comparing on the right. It'll give you both a visual and text explanation of what you're looking at. You can easily play around with different sizes and offsets until you find what you're looking for. Enjoy!
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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2011, 08:19:29 AM »

Here are those rims on my 80 TA.  Ran into a bump doing my solid body mount bushings so haven't had it on the road yet and also doing different suspension to replace the present suspension.  Present suspension sits pretty high.



I've got Nitto 555's, 285/40 for the rear and 255/45 for the front.  Presently clearance looks good, but will be interesting to see how it is once the new suspension is installed and I've been able to actually get it on the road.
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2011, 07:58:54 AM »

Thanks everyone for your help.
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2011, 04:42:44 PM »

Hey Marty, are you from Ontario?  I think I was talking to you at the Port Hope show for about an hour or so about your wheels.  Yours were the first one's I've seen up here. 
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2011, 05:42:09 PM »

Close, I'm from Laval (outskirt of Montreal).
And no, it wasn't me you were talking to. I haven't been to a car show in about 5 years. I think the last one I went to was Brockville.
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2011, 06:14:22 PM »

Thanks everyone for your help.


Saw your car at Trans Am Nationals on Sat, car looks good with those wheels on it!


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