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#1036251 - 03/12/16 05:33 PM Changing rims  
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I had bought last year the 14" checkerboard rims and going to be putting them on soon. I need to do a brake job also and was wondering if I can upgrade my OEM calipers with better ones. Either way the ones on there now are going and have plans to putting in a stroker 383 engine.

#1036261 - 03/12/16 08:29 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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Upgrade to a good set of pads because the 14 inch wheels will limit the size of brakes


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#1036281 - 03/13/16 03:43 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: cj84ss]  
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Would you recommend thermo quiet or jump onto jc Whitney or one of those aftermarket sites? I put Raybestos (don't know if I spelled right) on my charger in the rear.

#1036289 - 03/13/16 07:19 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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I have Wagner thermostat quiet pads on the SS and I love them. A friend with a 66 GTO recommended them to me. They are cheaper if you order them from rock auto than buying them at your local store (or they were last year)


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#1036779 - 03/24/16 05:46 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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I had ordered them through eBay for $30 cheaper anywhere else. Thanks for the recommendation!

#1036785 - 03/24/16 08:35 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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Besides limited brake upgrades you will also have limited performance tire choices with 14" wheels. Brake cooling could be blocked a bit more by smaller wheels.
While I admire Checkerboard wheels for stock restorations, they may not be the best choice for your 383 stroker plans.

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#1036790 - 03/24/16 11:32 PM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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I'm running 14's on mine, don't know if I have had much issue with brake performance since I've only had 14's since I got it so I can't make a good comparison.
As for tires, 245/60 was the biggest size I could get for 14's, in BF Goodrich Radial TA. It keeps about the same diameter vs the stock non-SS tires while getting significantly more tread under it. I had a hard time getting two of them about 5 years ago though. Don't know if they dropped them or just didn't have many at the time.


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It ain't much off the line, but it's nice on the highway
#1036802 - 03/25/16 03:43 AM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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Ive been using those Wagners for like 15 years now on all of my cars and they are great pads. Take a look at US Brake, they sell an oversized piston caliper for our gbodies. I bought them for mine but as you know I've yet to drive the car


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#1036907 - 03/27/16 03:25 AM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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@hunter79764 do you have pics of your ride? If im reading your footer on your posts but you have a 5.3L with those 14" rims?

#1036909 - 03/27/16 04:06 AM Re: Changing rims [Re: monte_man_2020]  
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Yeah, it's a stock 5.3, so around 300 HP. I've got the V6 rear and a 3 speed, so it basically acts like a "normal" car that's missing 1st gear. 1st gear runs to 75+, 2nd is probably around 115 mph, I'm running about 2100 rpm on the highway.
I got rid of the stock steelies and installed some Chevelle SS rims (yes, they were offered in 14x6). Even with the tall rear gear, I have to feather it off the line for a good start.

I don't have enough pictures, but there's a couple here
http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ub...2934#Post902934


Shawn

'85 MC with budget 5.3L swap, TH350 with stock 2.14 rear end
It ain't much off the line, but it's nice on the highway

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