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Old 07-31-2020, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default Widest tire on 240 wagon with narrowed Ford 8.8

So, I am new here.

Not new to hot rodding, etc.

Working with Giffin's Performance to stick a 400hp GM L83 and 6 speed auto into a 1990 240 Wagon.

Cutting a Ford (rhymes with Turd) 8.8 for the rear to use both narrow shafts. All the interior is out, so I am not opposed to making mini tubs or going much narrower with the rear differential.

What tire can I fit before I start messing with the rear suspension, beyond coil overs?
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:59 AM   #2
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I think the widest I've seen on a 240 here is this car:

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showpo...72&postcount=1

You've gotta scroll down a ways because he put the history of the car into one long post, but he did some body work, flared the fenders and fit 295/30R18 tires under it.

This car is one of the coolest LS swaps and nicest builds I've seen around here, and he actually goes into detail about the 8.8 swap he did earlier in the thread:

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showpo...&postcount=285

I believe both of those cars are running well over 400hp.
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Old Yesterday, 12:37 PM   #3
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Cutting a Ford (rhymes with Turd) 8.8 for the rear to use both narrow shafts. All the interior is out, so I am not opposed to making mini tubs or going much narrower with the rear differential.

What tire can I fit before I start messing with the rear suspension, beyond coil overs?
If you want to build inward, you can try something like this (not my car):
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...30#post1445330

This thread has one photo that someone else added a few supports to but looks like the original photos are gone:
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...86#post1223986

Here are some photos from my project thread.

If you want to carve up the body, you can fit whatever tire you want.

I split the fender lip, sliced along the bottom of the quarter panel, and bumped it out with a scissor jack to get 275s under there. This gives about 1.5" wider fender when measured at the top of the mudflap where the quarter panel tucks back in, and where the common tire rub occurs first on a 240 that's lowered.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...65#post3261965

Rear shot, rear quarter pulled 1.5", 275/45/16 on 16x9.5 ET3

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...35#post3795535
(front fenders just had the entire lip rolled outward, ugly but effective)

Then I built 17x11 with 295/35/17 and started moving the fender arch out some more. With the rear on bump stops, it should clear.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...29#post4642329
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...15#post4648515
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...89#post4687189

One more project thread...this car got an 8.8 and some 18x9.5" 285/30 rears, not a ton of photos though, mostly fender work to fit them on the rear.
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...117753&page=23
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Thanks... the funny thing is, a lot of these threads are by friends from Lat-G or Pirate... and now I find them here.

Picked up my engine and trans today... and the car is almost ready.

Should this be my build thread?

I am planning a 315/30ZR18 square chassis.
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