My 1995 Z28 is being relegated to the street because I recently
replaced it with a new car (A 2007 Volvo V70R which, before you start
laughing, has 300HP, yet less torque than the Camaro, but offers me
more utility value for almost the same performance so I am comfortable
with the decision!). I'll be keeping the Camaro though as it's 12
years old, pretty weak in resale value and is definitely showing its
age so I have no compelling reason to sell.
The question I have is in regards to the wheels and tires. I replaced
the stock wheels with Enkei Win wheels about 10-12 years ago and have
put on nothing but Firestone Firehawk SZ50's until they stopped making
them in the size that fits that wheel so I went to BF Goodrich KDWS and
they are ok. Regardless, the wheels have pretty much lost their
clearcoat and are showing lots of corrosion. I am probably ok with
keeping these wheels as I don't drive recklessly and they are not
likely to shatter any time soon due to the corrosion, but they really
look bad and I need to replace them.
Since I am now paying for a new car, I can't just go and buy a new set
of wheels at the same size as the Enkei Win wheels but I DO still have
the OEM wheels and can put them back on any time I want with a
relatively cheap set of new tires. Granted it won't handle as well and
will look a bit different (I have a set of Eibach springs so it's
lowered) but this to me seems to be the most reasonable thing to do
since it's not likely I'll be able to successfully refinish and save
the now corroding Enkei wheels.
So, do I HAVE to put on OEM sized tires on the OEM wheels or can I vary
the size a bit and if so, what can I do with the stock wheels? Or is
the realm of wheels/tires such that you can only put on the given
original tire size. I know I can change aspect ratio a bit but I'd
like to keep the original diameter so I am more concerned with width.
Can I put on a slightly wider tire on the original rims and still have
proper handling? I have a feeling I can only put on the original width
tires but don't know for sure.
Thanks for the input,
P.S. If anyone has any suggestions on possibly saving the Enkeis, feel
free to chime in!