mail

Author Topic: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s  (Read 1930 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline johnbendik

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Posts: 7
  • Thumbs Up 3
Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:14:07 PM »
I thought some of you might like to see what an Eagle looks like on 17" wheels.

I got my Eagle to be a capable AWD street machine, with some off-road capabilities.  So I had 3 specific goals in going to 17s:
  • Increase the contact patch
  • Keep the overall diameter the same, to avoid problems with the gear ratio and speedometer
  • Keep the wheel/tire weight as close as possible, so as to not overload my suspension and my ancient 258

I ended up with General G-Max AS-03 tires (235/55ZR-17) tires on 17x7 'Thrashstar' wheels.  The circumference is within an inch of my originals (215/70-15s), and the tire/wheel weight is 49 lbs., just 4 pounds more than my originals.  But the contact patch and the grip are much better than stock.

Although the diameter was the same, the greater width caused the front wheels to rub the fender flares when turned fully left or right.  I had to do the same mods described by another poster in this forum:
  • Relocate the fender brace a few inches forward
  • Remove the fender flares
  • Cut a triangular wedge out of the fenders at the front and back edges
  • Cut and shape the fender flares to match the new contours of the fender sheet metal

I suck at this kind of 3D shaping, so I had to do it wrong several times before I got it 'acceptably' right.  The good thing is, you can't see both sides of the car at the same time, so they don't have to match exactly...






« Last Edit: March 22, 2013, 11:46:04 AM by johnbendik »
1984 Eagle Sportwagon
258 - 6 cyl
5-speed !

Offline mach1mustang351

  • Eagle Sport
  • ****
  • Posts: 478
  • Thumbs Up 20
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 05:40:39 PM »
Nice look. It looks like it could have been a factory option.
Fleet:

1987 AMC Wagon 4.0L, 3" Body lift, AX15, NP242
1981 AMC SX4 Sport
1969 Mustang (A Mach 1 with a 351)
1973 GMC K2500
2007 Suzuki Vstrom

Offline mudkicker715

  • Moderators
  • AMC Eagle Nest Addicted
  • *****
  • Posts: 1800
  • Thumbs Up 45
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 06:12:04 PM »
I would say to use hitemp paint on the brake equipment. looks nice. i once had 14's with low profiles on an eagle. haha

Current amc's
82 concord waggy 258 DD
84 eagle sedan stroker DD
86 eagle wagon sas 304 v8 toy
87 eagle wagon stroker

Manitowoc WI

Offline Amc1320

  • Eagle DL
  • ***
  • Posts: 206
  • Thumbs Up 20
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 06:39:06 PM »
Looks great, like the look

Nice Eagle by the way
Rob c
84 Eagle Limited
78 AMX
81 Spirit
Manchester, TN

Offline eaglefreek

  • Moderators
  • AMC Eagle Nest Addicted
  • *****
  • Posts: 2756
  • Thumbs Up 146
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 07:37:02 PM »
I saw the title and instantly thought it was going to look hideous. Looks pretty darn good.
"I know he'd be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly,
Rocky mountain high"  John Denver
Click for Fayetteville,TN Forecast" border="0" height="100" width="150

Offline drock87

  • Eagle
  • **
  • Posts: 110
  • Thumbs Up 3
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 09:58:57 PM »
I REALLY like this. I may have mentioned here (or not) but a look I really like is newer OEM style rims on an older car.  A great, much more modern example is an old body Escalade with new Escalade rims. While not OEM new (what would be, lol), these capture that same look. GREAT!  ***Not to mention, you have a silver sport wagon like I had  ;D
2011 Toyota Camry SE
1985 AMC Eagle Sportwagon

I like to to tell people my Eagle is like a Ferrari. It's quirky, tempermental, border-line exotic, and something you don't see everyday.  See? Makes perfect sense....

Click for Akron, Ohio Forecast" height="90" width="160

Offline vangremlin

  • Moderators
  • AMC Eagle Nest Addicted
  • *****
  • Posts: 2096
  • Thumbs Up 122
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 10:15:47 PM »
Looks really nice!
1981 Kammback 258 - "Pepe"
1972 Gremlin X 304
1978 Gremlin 4 cyl 121 - sold
1964 TBird 390

Offline johnbendik

  • Hatchling
  • *
  • Posts: 7
  • Thumbs Up 3
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 04:08:15 PM »
Thanks to all for your kind words, especially from those of you with many eggs.

Mudkicker, I like your idea of painting those rusted bits that are visible between the wheel 'spokes'.   Think I'll look for some hi-temp dark blue paint this weekend.

I should also mention that the wheels were pretty cheap (well under a hundred bucks each), at least they were a  few months ago.  The manufacturer is 'ShowWheels', and they come in black, silver and gold spokes.  If you google 'Thrashstar' you should find some pretty good deals on them.

John
1984 Eagle Sportwagon
258 - 6 cyl
5-speed !

Offline maximus7001

  • Eagle DL
  • ***
  • Posts: 219
  • Thumbs Up 12
  • Winnipeg, Canada
Re: Pictures of my Eagle on 17s
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 11:17:55 PM »
Krylon BBQ paint is what I use on the drums.
1968 Javelin SST 290
1981 Concord DL sedan, vintage red metallic (now parts car)
1985 Eagle wagon, same colour as the concord (project car/daily driver)
1997 GMC Safari SLT AWD (full time 4x4) G-80 LSD

 

Front wagon coil spring questions from an Eagle owner in Spain

Started by eaglefreek

Replies: 11
Views: 2241
Last post July 21, 2012, 07:31:36 PM
by carnuck
Eagle keeps eating thru front tires, multiple alignments haven't helped

Started by Zoro

Replies: 27
Views: 5564
Last post August 17, 2012, 01:07:37 PM
by carguy87
Eagle front suspension swap to Hornet/Concord?

Started by AMCdealer

Replies: 6
Views: 2080
Last post December 17, 2012, 01:41:50 PM
by carnuck
Eagle front hub/bearing rebuilding tools

Started by AMC of Houston

Replies: 6
Views: 2289
Last post July 20, 2011, 10:16:53 PM
by eaglefreek
Will a column out of an 87-91 Jeep Cherokee fit an 88 Eagle?

Started by NoCoEagle

Replies: 3
Views: 1153
Last post September 17, 2011, 04:21:59 PM
by thereverendbill