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    Re: My 1983 Coupe deVille - 16k original miles; Now with new wheels and lowered

    Wow, That looks great. I have an 84 and I am looking to do the same with the wheels ans tires that you have done. Did you do anything with the Suspension? Are you going to replace the HT4100? If so, with what? We should talk. I love my coupe but I am a little intimidated by it.
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    Re: My 1983 Coupe deVille - 16k original miles; Now with new wheels and lowered

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Guys, am I the only one that notices that this thread is 2 years old?
    I always thought the Torq-Thrust, Cragar kind of look would work really well on the CDV/FWBs and here, finally, were some pics. What a bummer on the thread date!

    I'm completely with Dave on the ride height and wheel choices here and wanted to ask Rick some questions like... are those 17s or 16s, what size tire, what did you do to the suspension, how's the handling and ride compared to stock? I get a little rubbing on my 86 FWB at full lock with stock tires so I imagine getting the wheel offset and tire size just right is important.

    I think the looks on these cars get spoiled when the tire/wheel height is changed too much from stock. Maybe that's what jshoeffler was getting at about his car (19s?).

    The FWBs would look nice with some old school "Rallye" style wheels but I have yet to find an aftermarket set with the right bolt pattern. Would give it a bit of a Buick look but that's OK.

    The problem with the stock, Rallye or genuine wire wheels is that the tire selection is getting really bad in the 15" size, especially if you want blackwalls for more of a performance look.

    When my Michelin Symmetry whitewalls finally wear out I'm thinking 16" Cragars with 235/65R16s. The Michelin Energy LX4 comes in this size. It would be perfect.

    Rick hopefully you see these posts and can let us know. That's a beautiful car!

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    Re: My 1983 Coupe deVille - 16k original miles; Now with new wheels and lowered

    I agree. I am getting a set of 15" 5x5 buick turbines for my car, which will look slick with it lowered 2" (I dont care about ride quality...I've gotten used to the rear end going BANG BANG BANG as I go down the road so new springs and shocks, even stiffer ones, should be an improvement. LOL)
    I wish there was still a good selection of performance tires in 15". I think theres firestone indy 500s and thats it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seville fan View Post
    I always thought the Torq-Thrust, Cragar kind of look would work really well on the CDV/FWBs and here, finally, were some pics. What a bummer on the thread date!

    I'm completely with Dave on the ride height and wheel choices here and wanted to ask Rick some questions like... are those 17s or 16s, what size tire, what did you do to the suspension, how's the handling and ride compared to stock? I get a little rubbing on my 86 FWB at full lock with stock tires so I imagine getting the wheel offset and tire size just right is important.

    I think the looks on these cars get spoiled when the tire/wheel height is changed too much from stock. Maybe that's what jshoeffler was getting at about his car (19s?).

    The FWBs would look nice with some old school "Rallye" style wheels but I have yet to find an aftermarket set with the right bolt pattern. Would give it a bit of a Buick look but that's OK.

    The problem with the stock, Rallye or genuine wire wheels is that the tire selection is getting really bad in the 15" size, especially if you want blackwalls for more of a performance look.

    When my Michelin Symmetry whitewalls finally wear out I'm thinking 16" Cragars with 235/65R16s. The Michelin Energy LX4 comes in this size. It would be perfect.

    Rick hopefully you see these posts and can let us know. That's a beautiful car!

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    Re: My 1983 Coupe deVille - 16k original miles; Now with new wheels and lowered

    Are you thinking old school chrome Crager S/S! I think that would even be Better!

    You could try PM'ing him. It may go through if he still has same email?

    By the look of how much sidewall the tires have and how much clearance to the wheel well, I would guess no more than a 16"?

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    Re: My 1983 Coupe deVille - 16k original miles; Now with new wheels and lowered

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    Are you thinking old school chrome Crager S/S! I think that would even be Better!

    You could try PM'ing him. It may go through if he still has same email?

    By the look of how much sidewall the tires have and how much clearance to the wheel well, I would guess no more than a 16"?
    Yes exactly! Cragar also has a Vintage GT wheel that looks almost the same as the SS. I think they are a screaming deal compared to real wires or vintage Buick wheels. Can you imagine what a set of 15x7, 5 on 5 Electra wheels from the 60s or 70s would cost, if you could even find a good set? I think the later Turbine wheels Kevin mentions would be pretty easy to find and much cheaper. Another great idea from this board.

    To me the sidewall looks a little short that's why I was thinking 17s but I think you are right they are probably 16s. My bet is 235/60s, 235/65 would have been more of a true +1 conversion from stock and given a taller side wall.

    I'm going to PM him right now about this thread and ask some Qs.
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    Any results on suspension choices? Im curious on how eibachs ride in these cars

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