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posted on January 4th, 2008 at 11:50 AM
14" vs 15" wheels - which way to go?


Hi everyone - happy new year

Trying to figure out which way to go with wheels on my 69 Microbus resto

Want to keep the wide-5's and domed hub-caps but not sure whether the original 14" or earlier beetle / splitty 15" will look or ride better

I think if I went with the 15" they would be a narrower wheel - would this make much difference, aside from needing to watch tyre size?

Do you think I would notice much difference in appearance? I also want to run whitewall inserts so sidewall size and flex could be a consideration?

Anyone got an opinion?

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posted on January 4th, 2008 at 05:48 PM



if its the idea of keeping your domed caps fear not for they will fit small 5 stud i have a set on my caravel whitch are the same as a bay mind you some i tryed didn't fit dont ask me why but out of 6 i had a good fit of 4 and these are really hqard to get of when i need to remove the wheel
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posted on January 5th, 2008 at 06:33 PM



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I am having the same conundrum - have decided to stay with 14's at the moment though - mainly because I already have them.
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posted on January 5th, 2008 at 06:50 PM



go standard and then its as good as whence it first was born..



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question.gif posted on January 6th, 2008 at 11:39 AM



the difference in Hubcaps..

is German - Mexican and Brazillian....

so buying New hubcaps, unless they Are guaranteed to be German made...
Most are the latter two... as they are cheaper...

I have two brand new late beetle hubcaps which won't go onto the wheel....
I dented the hubcaps trying to fit them...


Check out ; http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html 

it will show what size tyres are the same OD as in 14 and 15 inch...
how wide and how narrow and higher and lower...

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posted on January 12th, 2008 at 06:57 AM



putting bigger wheels on will take a bit of load off your gearbox when travelling at top speeds on the highway because your od is greater. the splitty wheels will be a little narrower from memory so will need to accomodate for that! you will find more whitewall inserts are 15' but if you search, 14's can be got! its all about preference! i like the early bay 14's . they are a solid stocky rim thet look great powder coated white with white walls or painted red oxide, clad in low profile tyres to help you look a little lower and old skool rod(my fav) ! try both and see what you like best!
i know which way i would lean!
good luck, hope this helps
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posted on January 12th, 2008 at 08:39 AM



and post pics when you've decided so we can all see!
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posted on January 14th, 2008 at 09:25 AM



Thanks folks

Will most likely stick with the 14's as I don't want to go narrower

Will defintiely put up some pics when done - old skool rod is the look I am after

JOSH


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