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Chevrolet C6 Corvette Narrowbody Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 09/17/2020
Updated | 11/06/2023

Vehicles Covered in this Guide

2005-2013 Chevy Corvette Base & Z51 models

Chassis Introduction

Launched in the 2005 model year, the 6th generation Corvette improved upon the great foundation of the C5 before it with new engines, updated interior, and slightly revised suspension and brakes. This guide specifically caters to the standard/base/Z51 cars that are commonly referred to as narrowbody due to their fender differences compared to the Z06, Grand Sport, etc.

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter.

Click here to download our master brake clearance table

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x120.65mm

Center Bore

70.3mm

Lug Seat

60° Conical

Thread Pitch

M12x1.5mm

OEM+ Wheel Fitment

Easy upgrades for street-driven cars

These bolt-on wheel fitments are ideal for enthusiasts enjoying their car day-to-day on the street, and they are typically paired with all-season or performance oriented summer tires. These wheel and tire configurations will improve the appearance and performance of the car without requiring modifications to the factory suspension or alignment. Just bolt-on and enjoy!

Wheels

Front: 18x10" ET58 // Rear: 19x11” ET78

  • Available in: EC-7
  • Direct Fit

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front 275/35-18 tires // Rear 305/30-19
    • Performance All-Season: Michelin AS4 (540 TW), Continental DWS06 Plus (560 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin PS4S (300 TW), Falken FK510 (300 TW), Continental Extreme Sport (320 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Black Chevrolet Corvette - EC-7 in Anthracite
  • Red Chevrolet Corvette - EC-7 in Anthracite

Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you're a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for enthusiasts looking for a more dramatic improvement in performance. They are typically paired with performance oriented summer tires or track oriented R-compounds and this category includes both staggered and square configurations to best suit each individual drivers priorities, goals and preferences for their vehicle.

We've optimized the offset of our wheels to to work well with the stock fenders, however, a wide variety of tire compounds can be used and some may require negative camber to fit properly. See fitment notes under each tire configuration below to see if modifications are required. If you plan to track your car, we highly recommended dialing in negative camber regardless of whether your wheel/tire fitment requires it for fender clearance. Negative camber is vital for extracting the most performance and longevity out of your tires, and without the proper amount the outer shoulders of your tires will wear out prematurely and running tire costs will dramatically increase.

Staggered Configurations

Maintains stock-like handling characteristics and maximizes both front and rear tire width. Tires can only be rotated left to right.

Wheels

Front: 18x10" ET58 // Rear: 19x11” ET78

  • Available in: EC-7
  • Direct Fit

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front 275/35-18 tires // Rear 305/30-19 tires
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin PS4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW)

Square Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that want to mitigate understeer, improve turn-in, and rotate tires front & rear for extended life. Square configurations may compromise rear-end grip when compared to staggered configurations.

Wheels

Front & Rear: 18x10" ET58

  • Available in: EC-7

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 275/35-18 tires 
    • Direct Fit
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220 TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW), Falken RT600 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100 TW), Goodyear Supercar Eagle 3R (100 TW), Toyo RA-1 (100 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear 285/35-18 tires
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook Ventus RS-4 (200 TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available

Hardcore Track Wheel Fitment

Track focused fitments that require significant modifications

  • Silver Chevrolet Corvette - EC-7 in Race Silver
  • White Chevrolet Corvette - EC-7 in Satin Bronze

These wheel and tire configurations are best suited for hardcore track junkies and club racers that prioritize performance above all else. With these wheels everything from extreme summer tires to full racing slicks are commonly used depending on your experience behind the wheel, class rules, etc.

Additional negative camber is strongly encouraged to maximize performance and tire longevity, and some of the more aggressive fitments will absolutely require it to prevent rubbing under suspension compression. Even with the appropriate amount of negative camber dialed in, some of the more extreme fitments can still scrub the liners under suspension compression and/or when turning the steering wheel to full lock. This is par for the course when pushing the limits of wheel and tire fitment. These fitments are not for someone who primarily will use this wheel setup on the street or in inclement weather.

Staggered Configurations

Maintains stock-like handling characteristics and maximizes both front and rear tire width. Tires can only be rotated left to right.

Wheels

Front: 18x11" ET57 // Rear: 19x11” ET78

  • Available in: EC-7
  • A minimum of -2.5º of camber suggested up front
  • Factory rear camber will work, but at least -1.5* is recommended for better performance

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front 295/30-18 tires // Rear 305/30-19 tires
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: No options currently available
  • Wider Alternative: Front 295/30-18 tires // Rear 315/30-19 tires
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental ExtremeForce (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Hoosier R7 (40 TW) 

Square Configurations

Recommended for enthusiasts that want to mitigate understeer, improve turn-in, and rotate tires front & rear for extended life. Square configurations may compromise rear-end grip when compared to staggered configurations.

Wheels

Front & Rear: 18x10" ET58

  • Available in: EC-7

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 275/35-18 tires 
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220 TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW), Falken RT600 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100 TW), Goodyear Supercar Eagle 3R (100 TW), Toyo RA-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)

Wheels

Front & Rear: 18x11" ET57

  • Available in: EC-7, SM-10, VS-5RS, SM-10RS
  • A minimum of -2.5º front and -1.8º rear camber suggested
  • Aggressive fitment, rear will slightly poke past fender about 1/2"

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 295/30-18
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Michelin Cup 2 240 Connect (240 TW), Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 315/30-18
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW), Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW), Falken RT600 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)

Additional Resources

Whether you are a casual weekend track warrior that still enjoys your car on the street, or a hard core racer competing for a spot on the podium, negative camber is a vital part of chassis setup that has many benefits. Not only will adding negative camber create more room for wider wheel and tire configurations, it more importantly improves handling, turn-in and tire longevity. Learn more in our blog article, The Positives of Negative Camber.

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