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I’m sure this thread has been done many times but I’m in the process of restoring a 71’ 240 and I’m starting to look into wheels. I posted on a Facebook page so I’m sure I’ll get a few people from there commenting but I’ll attach what I’m going for. I intend on putting stock suspension on for budget reasons so no coilovers for now. If someone can suggest something lower than stock let me know. I don’t want any rubbing and really like the look of the wheels on the orange car
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Seems most people run 15x8 or 16x8. The orange car is 16x8 but can’t find those wheels anywhere that aren’t 15x8
If that's the look you're going for, you will probably find the car needs to be lowered. Otherwise, you'll have nice wheels but a larger gap between the tires and fender than what you see in the pictures. Eibach makes springs that lower the car 1-1.5", the kit is about $325 or so. Some people claim that the car didn't get any lower after installing these and it's hypothesized that 50 year old springs are no longer stock height due to sagging and in essence, are lower than stock. Here's a set of the wheels. Do your homework though, there are some conflicting reports about whether those will fit or not. Spacers may be needed, maybe not. Fenders may need to be rolled, maybe not. Assuming you're going to increase the width of your tires with those wide wheels, consider what that will do to the effort needed to turn at low speed.
 

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If that's the look you're going for, you will probably find the car needs to be lowered. Otherwise, you'll have nice wheels but a larger gap between the tires and fender than what you see in the pictures. Eibach makes springs that lower the car 1-1.5", the kit is about $325 or so. Some people claim that the car didn't get any lower after installing these and it's hypothesized that 50 year old springs are no longer stock height due to sagging and in essence, are lower than stock. Here's a set of the wheels. Do your homework though, there are some conflicting reports about whether those will fit or not. Spacers may be needed, maybe not. Fenders may need to be rolled, maybe not. Assuming you're going to increase the width of your tires with those wide wheels, consider what that will do to the effort needed to turn at low speed.
I’m putting new rear panels on so I’d hope no rolling is needed. And am installing new springs and shocks regardless so I may look into that kit. Just really worried about putting all the money into the metal work and paint just to wack it with the new wheels
 

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Konig Rewinds in 16x7 sourced from Discount Tire last year. Took 5 months to get, but worth the wait. 205-55-16 Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus tires. No issues.

 

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All wheels we sell at theztore.com fit a stock body Z with no modifications. We are exclusive to Eibach on the progressive lowering springs they make for the early Z cars and we are also exclusive on the Koni Sport strut inserts which at the moment are the best adjustable insert you can run.
 

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All wheels we sell at theztore.com fit a stock body Z with no modifications. We are exclusive to Eibach on the progressive lowering springs they make for the early Z cars and we are also exclusive on the Koni Sport strut inserts which at the moment are the best adjustable insert you can run.
I found the 16x8 wheels they have a 4 offset, do you know if this will work?. I’d be interested in the eibach lowering springs. I’m not sure sure about the rest yet
 

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I’m sure this thread has been done many times but I’m in the process of restoring a 71’ 240 and I’m starting to look into wheels. I posted on a Facebook page so I’m sure I’ll get a few people from there commenting but I’ll attach what I’m going for. I intend on putting stock suspension on for budget reasons so no coilovers for now. If someone can suggest something lower than stock let me know. I don’t want any rubbing and really like the look of the wheels on the orange
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You'll never get that lowered look w/o lowering. It will still look like a safari car w/ whatever wheels you put on. I'm running Konig 16x8 w/ 205 55 16. I've lowered it w/ BC's.
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We have done wheels on a lot of Z's.
7.0" front or rear with a 10mm offset fit best with a 205 or 225 tire.
8.0" will work in the rear.
Springs are available to lower the car about 1.0" which looks good and drives well.

This car is lowered about 1" with 16x7 wheels and 225/50R16 tires.

Call me for details or to order.

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I found the 16x8 wheels they have a 4 offset, do you know if this will work?. I’d be interested in the eibach lowering springs. I’m not sure sure about the rest yet
Yes 16x8 +4 will fit. Once the car is lowered, depdending on the tire size it may have some small amount of contact with the body during aggressive turning. But all wheel on our site will for sure fit the car with no issues.
 

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All wheels we sell at theztore.com fit a stock body Z with no modifications. We are exclusive to Eibach on the progressive lowering springs they make for the early Z cars and we are also exclusive on the Koni Sport strut inserts which at the moment are the best adjustable insert you can run.
True, and you are the tenured experts...I think most of us would readily default to purchasing from MSA. Issue comes down to inventory/lag times. A lot of product is out of your control due to overseas supply chain issues, but with something such as the wheels being recommended above - plenty of in-stock inventory across the country, but yet another thing OOS at MSA.

that's not a dig at all - love you guys - just a matter of fact from the customer perspective

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the 'putting on my consulting hat' tangent...

Question: @[email protected] is there any plan to prioritize an overhaul of your webstore's inventory management and/or a more automated or frequent refresh of availability on the site? Understood that it's not cheap, especially as it's clear there is no in-house webmaster/dev team, but a more accurate updating of in/out of stock status on items would be incredibly valuable to the user experience.

And that's not to say "make it unavailable", but maybe add a set of standard notes to your product list, i.e.
  • "[number] [week/month] delay"; or
  • "Will ship an estimated X - Y [period] after successful order placed"; or
  • Group Buy approach - setting expectations up-front before one submits an order that a minimum threshold must be reached to place an inventory order; after which point it will take X weeks to arrive
It's not free to implement, but if you think about the incremental time spent on the phone, email, etc either researching and responding to customer inquiries, or dealing (and incurring the charges associated with) cancelations after an order is placed due to inventory issues, it would yield long-term cost savings to the company in terms of FTE hours spent ad-hoc engaging in customers for a very common process.

thanks!
 
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