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    1. 04-18-2013 09:39 PM #1
      Hi folks,


      I own since 3 days a '81 that has been "clippered" and "quaded".



      It is sitting at the moment on 15 "SPYN" (don't know the offset ) 195 50 tyres and stock dead suspension (When 3 peoples are inside, it rub in rear).

      My goal is to throw in it the less money possible: I don't know if I am going to keep it or not for the next years BUT I WANT to give him DAS GERMAN LOOK .



      In fact, I am about to buy raceland coilovers and put them all the way down, and also buy wheels that I am still debating between 3 models;

      -Fake BBS RS ( ESM wheels ) 15x7/8/9 (700$) both et15

      -Rota RBs 15x7 (Et 25/30/35) or 8 (ET 04 or ET35) 515 --» 555$

      -Rota Shakotan 15x7 ET15 x4 --» 565$ or 15x8 et10 (599$)

      My goal is to have the best stance (so 8" will be appreciated) while keeping my tyres IF that is possible to, without rubbing.

      If I don't have any other choice to buy other tyres, I'll do as you will advise me, but I would prefer not.


      Oh and btw, I DID any research but never managed to have the right informations, and I am afraid that I am already rubbing now... I can't figure if the fact that my car has been "clippered" is complicating the project. so here I am

      Many thanks !
      Last edited by Crusty128; 04-18-2013 at 09:41 PM.

    2. 04-18-2013 09:58 PM #2
      ok, I ve done some more research, and I think I can forget about keeping my 195 50 15... too big...
      And 195 45 15 are hard to find here in Quebec, but not impossible.
      any suggestion ?

      I am also open to 13 and 14 inches wheels if the look is nice
      Last edited by Crusty128; 04-18-2013 at 11:07 PM.

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      04-19-2013 11:08 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Crusty128 View Post
      ok, I ve done some more research, and I think I can forget about keeping my 195 50 15... too big...
      And 195 45 15 are hard to find here in Quebec, but not impossible.
      any suggestion ?

      I am also open to 13 and 14 inches wheels if the look is nice
      13s look to small IMO

      I have 15x7.5 et25 and I love the fitment. Could use a spacer in the rear but thats it.

      I also have 165/45 tires on it so it gives them a little stretch. If you dont want that much stretch Id suggest looking for 175/35 maybe.

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      04-19-2013 11:11 PM #4
      My Car:





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      04-20-2013 01:02 AM #5
      mine are 15x8 rear and 15x7 front, hope this helps  photo 20120421_150255.jpg
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      04-20-2013 10:53 AM #6
      I love 15 wheels on these cars!! Here' some pics of mine. 15x8 23et in the rear 27et in the front. An 8 inch wide wheel is very aggressive for mk1s but the compomotive's I wanted only came in 8's. 7 inch wide with a ~15et would be about perfect for these cars IMO. I'm dropping it about another 1/4 inch this week.





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      04-22-2013 01:53 AM #7
      with racelands you can forget about going all the way down....car would not roll.

      i prefer 15 x 8 et 12 165/50/15 tire you can get the look you want....your going to rub almost no matter what and you can forever forget about putting more then 2 people in the car ever again with it stanced like that
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    8. 04-25-2013 09:47 PM #8
      ok !

      Here I am, I am debating at the moment between two more reasonnable setup:

      -Enkei 92 15x8 et25 all around

      -ESM 15x7 et15 all around



      Tires that I can find are 195/45/15 for 288$ and 165/45 or 165/50R15 for 450$.

      nothing else.

      Please help me decide wich wheels will be the easiest to fit. I don't want to do any body work.


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      04-26-2013 06:40 AM #9
      Well, your on the right track with either. With an 8' wheel, u want at least an offset of 27 to clear your coilover. Your at 25et on the enkie so u should be good. I wouldn't put a 165 on an 8' wheel (although a lot of people do). Too much of a stretch for me. The 7' rim with 15et would look good. Sit just about the same as enkie just not as wide. I'd go with the esm personally with 165 tire. 45 u might be able to go a little lower but the 50 might stretch a little better cause of more sidewall. 50 will ride a little softer for sure, and if u are on racelands, you'll need all the help u can get. Did u already but the racelands? ST's are a great coilover for a couple hundred more and ride great! My 2cents.


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      04-29-2013 01:55 AM #10
      there are 165/55/15 too....you should be able to get them for under 300

      federal is the brand for any size you listed above too
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      04-29-2013 07:09 PM #11
      im running 15x8 et15 all the way around.... on the fronts im running 165/50/15s and on the back 195/45/15s with minimal fender rolling.....


    12. 05-01-2013 10:54 AM #12
      Sooooo,


      still hesitating between :

      -ESM 15x7 et 15 with 195 45 15 front and rear (maybe put 15x8 et 15 rear with 195 45 15 AND finally a fender roll job...)

      -enkei 15x8 et25 with 195 45 15 and if I understand well, no body work needed...


      aaaaaargh.... i dig on esm white wheels but am scary that 7" will just look "wanabe"

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      05-01-2013 01:20 PM #13
      I say go for the esm. U will probobaly be able to go a little lower with a 7' wheel. Also, I'd put the 165 on there. I have an 8' wheel. I like it but can't go as low as I'd want without fender work.


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      05-01-2013 04:11 PM #14
      I found this neat tool when I was trying to figure out what wheels to buy, I thought I would share.

      http://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Wheel-Offset-Calculator

      EXAMPLE:
      My Tarantula stock wheels are 13x5.5 with a +38 offset

      The wheels I want are 15x7 with a +25 offset

      = 6mm less room on the inside of the wheel (so I will need a 6mm spacer to replicate stock)
      Outer Position is an extra 32mm out so I will have to make sure I can clear the fenders (haven't checked yet)

      **Make sure to use the plus and minus buttons to get your total on the bottom of the page**

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