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> Wheel options?, 4 x 130 15 inch after market wheel options.
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post May 15 2019, 07:38 AM
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Other than the factory wheels what are available in either 5.5 or 6 inch width with correct back spacing for a stock body 914?

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correct back spacing, eliminates the empi style and riviera style. Not many wheels are made for the 914 that are reasonable and with the correct back spacing.

Fuchs reproduction wheels have it
Mahle gas burner reproduction wheels have it

a guy now makes 7 x17 inch wheels with the correct back spacing as well

These days, most are installing the original wheels on their 914s as they are the best. One neat thing is to obtain , bead blast and powder paint the original 74-76 stock steel wheels that are date stamped.


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Other than the factory wheels what are available in either 5.5 or 6 inch width with correct back spacing for a stock body 914?

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post May 15 2019, 12:09 PM
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I was wondering, I'm looking at the 4x130 Enkei Compe.
Anyone tried these wheels on a 914? They're 15x5.5, 4x130, 17mm inset. I'm looking for a quality watanabe style wheel to put on my 914 that won't break the bank. I'm thinking with the enkei's it might be pushing it on a narrow body. I don't want GT flares, though I'm open to some more subtle flaring or just rolling the fenders. I would want 195's or 205's for tires probably.
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post May 15 2019, 03:09 PM
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QUOTE(dr914@autoatlanta.com @ May 15 2019, 08:55 AM) *

correct back spacing, eliminates the empi style and riviera style. Not many wheels are made for the 914 that are reasonable and with the correct back spacing.


George,

The original run of Rivieras like on mine were the correct 914 back spacing.

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They would've been a 1972 run, because the original new sold dealer put them on & took off the 2L Fuchs when the OO got it in Nov 72. Rivs were an easy way to get the 5-spoke look without hub conversion back in the day.

It was later runs that went to one generic VW-914 back spacing, & IIRC that was on the later repops with the lip for balancing weights. Those will sit tight on the rear fenders unless "rolled".

Yes - I do now have a nice set of 5 restored Fuchs 2Ls to go back on for concours & when originality matters. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif)

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For 205 tires you will need a 40mm offset in a 5.5" width, and even that's tight.

Those 17mm offset wheels are almost an inch closer to the fender. You have to be careful when looking for 914 fitting wheels on an aircooled VW site.

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I was wondering, I'm looking at the 4x130 Enkei Compe.
Anyone tried these wheels on a 914? They're 15x5.5, 4x130, 17mm inset. I'm looking for a quality watanabe style wheel to put on my 914 that won't break the bank. I'm thinking with the enkei's it might be pushing it on a narrow body. I don't want GT flares, though I'm open to some more subtle flaring or just rolling the fenders. I would want 195's or 205's for tires probably.

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post May 16 2019, 06:23 AM
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if willing to run a 6.5x15, you could source some Minilite wheels.. They made them in both 4 and 5 bolt patterns that fit a 914.

http://minilite.co.uk/application.php?a_make=PORSCHE

back in the 1980s, I ran a set of 6x14 minilites front and Panasports on the back. In the 1990s I was always the "second caller" when I would spot a set of the above mentioned 15" wheels.. doh!
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post May 16 2019, 10:18 AM
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QUOTE(Chris914n6 @ May 15 2019, 11:19 PM) *

For 205 tires you will need a 40mm offset in a 5.5" width, and even that's tight.

Those 17mm offset wheels are almost an inch closer to the fender. You have to be careful when looking for 914 fitting wheels on an aircooled VW site.

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I was wondering, I'm looking at the 4x130 Enkei Compe.
Anyone tried these wheels on a 914? They're 15x5.5, 4x130, 17mm inset. I'm looking for a quality watanabe style wheel to put on my 914 that won't break the bank. I'm thinking with the enkei's it might be pushing it on a narrow body. I don't want GT flares, though I'm open to some more subtle flaring or just rolling the fenders. I would want 195's or 205's for tires probably.



I was under the impression the stock offset was 35mm?

In any case, I'm guessing to run these I'd have to run like 165's and roll my fenders. And I'm not going to roll my fenders for 165's haha. If I could conceivably run 195's I would consider these, even at the 17mm offset.

I emailed panasport and they don't seem to make 914 wheels anymore. Looks like minilite does though. But I'm almost certain it will be over $1k for the set.

Edit: oooo these look very promising!! https://www.vtowheels.com/914_c_162.html
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post May 16 2019, 06:31 PM
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What are the actual specifications (backspace, offset, etc) necessary for the best fit on a standard narrow body? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)

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post May 16 2019, 08:13 PM
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I would go for the vto wheels

But its a little hard to believe
They fit narrow body car s


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post May 16 2019, 08:19 PM
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I would go for the vto wheels

But its a little hard to believe
They fit narrow body car s


read the listing with the proper offset add $30 ..@ 187 plus 30 ...makes them spendy for
914 wheels..
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post May 16 2019, 08:49 PM
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Performance plus has Empi 5.5x15 35mm offset. Very nice with Fuchs look.
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post May 16 2019, 09:32 PM
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Pics of 7 by 17 inch wheels? On a car?
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post May 16 2019, 09:35 PM
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Guess wheels in the sixnotfour pic are these HPD Rader Wheels ??

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don't think so they look awfully tight, and could be five inch. The riviera wheels were always made for vw beetles that had the fender sticking out from the body of course. They always fit a 914 tightly towards the outside and one could never wear the widest tire, but of course at the time they were all shod with 165x15s which fit just fine


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QUOTE(dr914@autoatlanta.com @ May 15 2019, 08:55 AM) *

correct back spacing, eliminates the empi style and riviera style. Not many wheels are made for the 914 that are reasonable and with the correct back spacing.


George,

The original run of Rivieras like on mine were the correct 914 back spacing.

Attached Image

They would've been a 1972 run, because the original new sold dealer put them on & took off the 2L Fuchs when the OO got it in Nov 72. Rivs were an easy way to get the 5-spoke look without hub conversion back in the day.

It was later runs that went to one generic VW-914 back spacing, & IIRC that was on the later repops with the lip for balancing weights. Those will sit tight on the rear fenders unless "rolled".

Yes - I do now have a nice set of 5 restored Fuchs 2Ls to go back on for concours & when originality matters. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/shades.gif)

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post May 17 2019, 08:03 AM
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What are the odds the fenders have been rolled on that orange car? Better than 50/50?
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yes these were the ones I was writing about, guy spent a lot of time developing these wheels for the 914 good job!

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The ATS wheels are growing on me....

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QUOTE(sixnotfour @ May 16 2019, 07:19 PM) *

QUOTE(thelogo @ May 16 2019, 08:13 PM) *

I would go for the vto wheels

But its a little hard to believe
They fit narrow body car s


read the listing with the proper offset add $30 ..@ 187 plus 30 ...makes them spendy for
914 wheels..


Or you can do their 16" ones already come with proper bolt pattern and offset. Would save around $60 a wheel, and the 16's look real nice imo.
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