Wheel opinion

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Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:35 pm

After so many kms, the rubber on the 15s are growing a little thin. They aren't worn out yet, but I could save them for the (far?) future sale of the TDi.

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I've got the 16" money wheels sitting on the shelf getting dusty. That, and picking up a set of new or even used adapters is cheaper than buying new rubber, so why not use the ARE wheels? They are 16s, not huge, will they look too small? Or will it be fine? I'm not looking to win any awards with this thing.

On the way back from Spring Fling, Tristan made me second guess my first thought of plasti-dipping them all white. Perhaps silver painted centers with white barrels?

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:36 pm

Oh, the wires would be a consideration if they didn't have a -13 offset.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:05 pm

White on silver with the black rub strips? :puke: (in my oh so humble opinion, of course :mrgreen: )

I don't think they'd look bad if you sprayed them all silver. Being 16s/With those tires it'd have a kind of OEM old German kind of vibe.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:05 pm

LoLz, I was looking for your humble honesty. I'd have to spring for the best grade of Rustoleum™ of course.
Perhaps a bit of flair in the way of a thin line of plasti-dip on the barrel after it's sprayed. Black/Silver - Black/Silver

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:21 pm

I like that idea... break it up a bit.

Gotta have the flair :)
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:41 pm

AUTOMOTIVE MONSTERPIECE THEATRE

I *thought* I had measured the offsets and they were the same as the D90s.
This is with a 20mm adapter:

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It looks that much worse because it's in the air. But once lowered, will it look much better?
The front wheels may tuck in enough to look decent (maybe). To solve the unacceptable poke in the back I may have to drill out the hubs to 5x130 and bolt the wheel straight to the hub without an adapter. That is, if there's enough meat there to do that.

I can't lower the coils any further at the moment.. I scrape going into the driveway as it is. The solution to this is currently in the mail though ;)
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:46 pm

Just looked at some pictures of hubs. Not enough metal to drill to 5x130 :(
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby professor science » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:58 pm

Time for a fender pull? :p
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:04 pm

Or say screw it and back to stock.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:18 pm

Now I wonder if this is why some people put the face to the outside of the wheel. That would be a solution.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:46 pm

Looks like reverse mounting the face would push the wheel another 1/2" or so under the car.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:32 pm

They looks great all silver! As much as I dislike reverse mounting it's the logical way to go here. With the all silver scheme it won't stand out like a sore thumb. Hard to say if the 1/2" will be enough or not but if it is I like the meatiness of the tires given the wheels being 16".

Are you going to run centre caps?
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:14 pm

Yeah, reverse mount isn't my favourite, but it won't stand out with both parts being colored the same.

These wheels are sooo beat up. I'm surprised how little vibration there is. Not even noticeable at speed. I have taken at least half a dozen flat spots out with a block of wood and the 20lb sledge. The Benz wasnt easy on them when it was sitting on the hard stops. Basically the tires and hard stops were acting as the suspension.

If the reverse mount doesn't take out enough offset, I can play the trick of taking 1/16" off the rotor mount face and 3/16" off the adapter. Hopefully the faces swap over to the front without issue. I've not set them there before, and they aren't 100% the same as the BBS wheels.

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:16 pm

Oh yes, center caps are coming. I will recycle the dollar signs. Lulz.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby wide_load » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:28 am

money money money money... MONEY!
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:15 pm

The rear wheels are taken apart in the garage at the moment. Fresh paint drying on the surface that will now be exposed.
Taking measurement of the face and the barrel, I find that the wheel will be pushed a full 3/4" under the car when the face is reverse mounted. This might just work.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:38 pm

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:41 am

I'm not embarrassed to drive it anymore!

Caps coming soon.

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The reverse mount face on the front wheels isn't my favourite, but the extra dish on the rear wheels cause the back ones to blend in fairly well.

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:43 am

Well they fit a hell of a lot better!
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby wide_load » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:01 pm

Paint them pink and you'll be ready to show at H20!

In all seriousness, better than stock. :)
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby professor science » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:05 pm

If he paints them pink he also has to throw garbage out the window at all times.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby wide_load » Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:05 pm

I always forget that requirement... :lol:
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Dreamstate » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:39 pm

Pretty happy with the outcome. I may still add a black stripe, but it looks alright plain.
The caps in the front don't thread down 100%, sticking out roughly 1/16". Will have to figure that out. I drilled the caps right at the top of the dollar sign and added a set screw so I won't leave one at the side of the road again.

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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby Maraschino Larry » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:53 pm

Nice- I think it will really come together with a touch moar lowes! I like the wheel to tire ratio, looks meaty.

Oddly the one thing that bugs me when I look at your car is the slighly orange marker in your rub strip. I really wish I would have saved you the smoked ones I had on my mkIV. I wouldn't be able to resist taking the bulbs out and texturing the markers.
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Re: Wheel opinion

Postby professor science » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:59 am

Looks good Randy! Simple. :)
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