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Old 24-01-2019, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Wheel options on a 71 beetle...

As above really. 1971 oil crisis special 1200. Only mods being an adjustable beam (not narrowed). Without doing any other mods what wheel options are there? I like the porsche 914 2.0's and EMPI 5's but have no idea what will just bolt on. Obviously the 5's will need adaptors which will push the wheels out further.

I don't have the time or the budget for any mods as there is another project on the go, just want the 71 looking good for show season!
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If you can get your hands on the latest copy of Hayburner they have an article about all the possible 4 bolt wheel options you can use. Tho they missed the 4 bolt gas burner
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Most 5.5" wide rims in a 4x130 pattern will fit with an adjustable beam, though it'll depend on how low you are running on the beam and what tyres you plan on using.
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With a stock width beam you need to watch for wing clearance if you lower it a lot. In my view the rims with most offset are the best choice, the 2l alloys are pretty safe, I think 35mm offset off the top of my head. In my experience the usual empi 8s with 25mm offset is not enough if you lower it more than 1.5". Obviously tyre size/width is important.
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The new empi 8 replicas with the bolt on centre caps are 30mm offset which is pretty good. Most repros of them are only 20 so it gets a bit tight.
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