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I am on a mission.
To hunt down, and find the biggest dam wheels on this side of the mississippi.
I am the master of a 1981 280zx. sadly... non-turbo.
I would like a low-profile tire look, which will lower my Z a bit.
Instead of little skinny CRX rear meats.
I want a large, corvette, masculine, MALE road contact apparatus.

thank you for your time... fellow Z brothers.
 

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> I am on a mission.
> To hunt down, and find the biggest dam
> wheels on this side of the mississippi.
> I am the master of a 1981 280zx. sadly...
> non-turbo.
> I would like a low-profile tire look, which
> will lower my Z a bit.
> Instead of little skinny CRX
> rear meats.
> I want a large, corvette, masculine, MALE
> road contact apparatus.

> thank you for your time... fellow Z
> brothers.

I know these aren't the biggest tires for a Z, but I put 215/60R14's on mine. They're about the same diameter as the orginals. The largest 14's I've seen that would fit them rims are 225's. I've only found them in very soft Z rated (not very good in snow, rain, etc.) Hope that helps!
 

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> I am on a mission.
> To hunt down, and find the biggest dam
> wheels on this side of the mississippi.
> I am the master of a 1981 280zx. sadly...
> non-turbo.
> I would like a low-profile tire look, which
> will lower my Z a bit.
> Instead of little skinny CRX
> rear meats.
> I want a large, corvette, masculine, MALE
> road contact apparatus.

> thank you for your time... fellow Z
> brothers.

I have a set of 215x60x14's, that work great. I thought about going to a 245, but thought twice. Good thing I did. 245's will run close to the strut in the back, and they hit the strut up front. 225's fit, but not by much. It's not the rear you have to worry about, it is the front. You could run a 225, on a 7 inch rim, but I wouldn't do any more than that. A 245 is way to much for a 7 inch rim, so if you go that, you'll need 8 inch rims. If you're going to upgrage to an 8 inch rim, yu might as well make it a 15x8 or 16x8, and change the offset of the wheel to accomidate wider tires. You know, if you flare the fenders, get a 16x9 wheel with slightly negative offset, you can run up to to a 295 and still be clear. As you can see, there are a lot of answers to the question How big of a tire will fit on my Z?

Chris Behney
 

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If you go with a different offset rim you better watch out for burning up wheel bearings and you might even break the spindle.

So be careful if you are going with an offset rim.

> I have a set of 215x60x14's, that work
> great. I thought about going to a 245, but
> thought twice. Good thing I did. 245's will
> run close to the strut in the back, and they
> hit the strut up front. 225's fit, but not
> by much. It's not the rear you have to worry
> about, it is the front. You could run a 225,
> on a 7 inch rim, but I wouldn't do any more
> than that. A 245 is way to much for a 7 inch
> rim, so if you go that, you'll need 8 inch
> rims. If you're going to upgrage to an 8
> inch rim, yu might as well make it a 15x8 or
> 16x8, and change the offset of the wheel to
> accomidate wider tires. You know, if you
> flare the fenders, get a 16x9 wheel with
> slightly negative offset, you can run up to
> to a 295 and still be clear. As you can see,
> there are a lot of answers to the question
> How big of a tire will fit on my
> Z?

> Chris Behney
 

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>I have 81 zx that i run it had goodyear wingfoots
245/60-14s with Gotti 14x7s with no trouble.but looking for something larger. have seen 225/60-16s on16x7 rims on all 4 corners on 82zx turbo would like to know if anybody is running anything in the 16x7 range and size of tires.
 

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> 245/60-14s with Gotti 14x7s with no
> trouble.but looking for something larger.
> have seen 225/60-16s on16x7 rims on all 4
> corners on 82zx turbo would like to know if
> anybody is running anything in the 16x7
> range and size of tires.

I'm running 16x7's and 225/50s Firehawk SZ50's w/ no problems. My 280ZX is pretty close to stock height w/ the OEM strut arrangement w/ aftermarket parts (ie. no coilovers yet). I also have a set of 2-245/45's and 2-225/50's but haven't had a chance to mount em up and see how they clear (parts swap w/ my mech).

Easiest to measure your existing etc along w/ clearances and calculate from their.

HTH
 
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