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Old 29-03-2019, 12:17 AM   #11
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Completely agree... Would've been far simpler!

There was only room to add around 1" or so on the inside and to add 1" inside and 1" outside doubled the cost. None of the guys I spoke to were keen on adding a 2" band then moving the centres
I looked far and wide for steel wheels rims rims with an ID to match my centres but that was a no go too.

Trust me I didn't want to have to fit short axle tubes, but I was always fully aware it was likely.

Now I have them back, I'll be honest... I really like the dish on them. Think they'll look awesome with the black centres.

Any ideas on how to paint them and get them true? Last ones I did looked a little wobbly at slow speeds
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That all makes sense. At least you knew exactly what you were getting into before you started.

As for painting the centres, I’d mount them on a hub and spin them to get a perfect edge.
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They look great

The only way to get the correct offset is to re-rim the centre and not have it banded. The centre gets machined out of the old rim and then welded back into a new rim of your width and at the offset you need.

A bit late in the day now I know but hopefully of use in the future.

For now it'll be wider arches or shorter axles.
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That all makes sense. At least you knew exactly what you were getting into before you started.

As for painting the centres, Id mount them on a hub and spin them to get a perfect edge.
That's how I did them last time, maybe I should re-purpose the stand for the burette to hold the paint brush
I'll get my brother who does sign writing to cut me some vinyl out with a hole in the middle as a template see how that goes I think.

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They look great

The only way to get the correct offset is to re-rim the centre and not have it banded. The centre gets machined out of the old rim and then welded back into a new rim of your width and at the offset you need.

A bit late in the day now I know but hopefully of use in the future.

For now it'll be wider arches or shorter axles.
Thanks, yeah it was always on the cards to go to short axles.
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They're on, with short axles.
The rear clip, decklid and o/s wing are still off so with the rest of the weight back there I reckon it'll sit awesome.


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That really is spot on. Thanks for updating us.
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No worries, thank you for your kind words!
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I'm so supprised they fitted with just the axle change!! Well done.

Oh btw I was talking about clearance on the front not back. 165s and dropped spindles was a total nightmare on my stock 72 bug. 145 sorted it.....just.
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I'll be honest, it's a sigh of relief for sure.
Wider wings aren't an option (not my thing).
No option to roll them a touch either due to being fibre glass.
Off the top of my head the short axles gave me 33mm extra room and I have banded them 50mm meaning the lip of the rim is 17mm closer to the arch.

Luckily it's sitting perfect.

Yeah I have 165/50 up front but in truth I want to go up to maybe a 165/60, far to low a sidewall for my liking.

In the future I will have to consider narrowing the beam a touch and fitting drop spindles I reckon. What aspect ratio are your front tyres?
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