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posted on March 13th, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Empi 8 Spokes 4 x 130 and 75 L Bug


Hi all
Just checking if anyone has fitted Empi 8 spoke wheels (15 inch x 5.5 inch, 4 x 130) to an L Bug (75, Rack and Pinion), and if so, did they clear the mudguards?

My tyre guy, who has bought a L bug for his daughter, is telling me they will be too wide and stick out.

Is this the case? If so, what other rims should I consider?

Thanking the forum in advance.

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posted on March 13th, 2012 at 08:36 PM



They do stick out abit.
Is the car lowered?

At stock height if you don't have overly wide tyres it's not a huge issue but it does depend on which company the 8 spokes are from as there has been so many copys made with different offsets.

74-75 Lbugs are a royal PITA to find rims for.

everything that bolts on sticks out, the only rims that dont like V-force spiders needs narrow coil springs

Barry will chime in, he's had a few differernt rims on his 75L
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posted on March 13th, 2012 at 08:40 PM



Thanks Joel

Am planning to lower the front by 2 to 4 inches, so am considering suspension changes down the track.

Am a bit confused as it was suggested that they would be okay. Another option is Sprintstars which are 5 inches wide rather than 5.5.

Thanks for your response.
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posted on March 14th, 2012 at 05:01 PM



Be really careful mate. I bought a set of BRM's (copies of course) and they wouldnt fit with anything bigger than a 165 tyre!! Thi is on a 70's model bug with 2.5 inch lowered spindles.

I ended up with the 8 spokes and they just fit with 195 x 65 x 15 on rear and 175 x 65 x 15 front.

The critical measurement is the ET or back spacing. Have a look here http://www.empius.com/  for wheel dimensions, then have a look here http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp  to do a comparison with wheels you know will fit.

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posted on March 14th, 2012 at 05:34 PM



g'day

Its all to do with the offset

A V Force Spider is 6" ET36 - same as a Cookie Cutter
A stock wheel (should) be 4.5" ET 41
The Porsche Boxster 16" wheel is 6" ET 50

These all fit - but the 6" wheels need a thin spring strut

You use a programme like this to see what happens
http://www.1010tires.com/WheelOffsetCalculator.asp 

I "believe" a sprintstar "should" fit, 2mm less, as they have are ET25 where as an 8 spoke sticks out 10mm
This is compared to the 6" 36ET wheel

Spiders
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d170/blue74l/Marty/100_2417.jpg

Porshe Boxster
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d170/blue74l/Marty/103_3327.jpg

Another problem is the rear. You reall want different wheels

The Spiders I had were 36ET on the front and 20ET on the rear

My Boxsters ar 6" 50ET front and 7" 40ET rear

Whatever - I would go the Sprintstarts by the above checks

NOTE
This all depends on what your guards are like




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posted on March 14th, 2012 at 06:48 PM



Thanks Old Hutcho and Bizarre!!

Plenty to think about!!!

Cheers

John


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