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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:: stock suspension front and back.
:: ubiquitous nankang 165s all around.
:: inexpensive stock-ish slotted 4.5in mangel rims with the hubcap clips machined off and powdercoated "porsche silver"
:: porsche-B drums.

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if i were to do it again, i'd get 5.5in rims of the same design so i could run a wider tire. the front also needs to be lowered a bit, but that's a later project.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:33 pm    Post subject: brm's Reply with quote

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Front: 4 inch narrowed adjustable with towers 2.5 inch dropped spindles 145's
Rear: One outer notch 165 15

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I was thinking of painting my 61 ragtop the same color as yours, already have the brm's. I'm running 145's up front and 165's in back but my only problem is I got the AC Industries disc brake kit up front and the center caps to the brm's won't sit flush and so they fall off, mainly on drivers side due to the speedo cable. Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Front:
3.5 narrowed beam
2.5 CB spindles
Avis style adjusters
Stock brakes
Stock wheels with stainless trim rings
135/80-15 Space saver tires (just to get it rolling, i'm NOT driving on these!)

Rear:
1 outer click
Stock brakes
Stock wheels with stainless trim rings
205/65-15 tires

No engine or trans so its not the final ride heigth.
Can go down 2 more "clicks" on the adjusters.
Switching to CB 5x130 disc on front, Gas Burners, and 145-15 front - 205/70-15 rear, i'll post pics along the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for stickying it.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1966

Front:
2" CB Ball Joint Beam .... no other mods
Stock wheels w/ 165's


Rear:
Stock height
Stock wheels w/165's


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I have very little space left, maybe an 1/8 of an inch between
the inner fender and the shocktower.
I don't understand how people are installing up to a 4" beam without
modifications.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Modified shock towers. On the CB beams they just cut off the inside half of the stock shock tower. Others are angled out defore they go vertical.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great sticky...

Front:
-5 KCW beam
no shocks
2.5 CB drop spindles
135s on 5.5 5 spokes
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Rear:
Down 2 outer splines
notched spring plates
165s
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

front 4" narrowed beam avis adjusters drop spindles no shocks 135s
rear 2 clicks 145s

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is my 66 with 4.5" BRMS 145's in the front and 5.5 BRMS and 205's in the rear!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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145/65 up front with an adjustable beam
205/70 out back lowered 2 splines or there abouts.
next on the list is narowed beam and dropped spindles
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front, 4 in Narrowed adjustable with CB drop spindles wide 5 disc brks
Flat 4 Sprints with 195-55-15 Falkens

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Rear, Lowered one outer spline, rear wide 5 disc brks
205-60-15

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FRONT
4" beam with Airkeld dropped spindles
145's on stock smoothie
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REAR
6 inner splines down and 5 outer splines back up to get it where I wanted. The typical 2 outer would have been just a bit too low for me.
165's on stock
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your low and you dont like your Nankang 135s. GO Continental 145/65s I thought it would be ok.. But they are awesome tires that are cheaper, lower, and a better brand than nankang.. Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If your low and you dont like your Nankang 135s. GO Continental 145/65s I thought it would be ok.. But they are awesome tires that are cheaper, lower, and a better brand than nankang.. Thumbs up


Let us decide. Where are your pics? Twisted Evil Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If your low and you dont like your Nankang 135s. GO Continental 145/65s I thought it would be ok.. But they are awesome tires that are cheaper, lower, and a better brand than nankang.. Thumbs up


Be warned that the diameter of the 145/65 tires is 2 inches shorter than your standard 135 or 145 tires!!!!

This is good if you have a really hammered VW... but I ran into a problem with the 145/65s being too short for me.. I personally need that extra inch between my beam and the ground. Made the difference between my slamming my adjuster in to the ground or pushing rocks down the street... Plus I like the way the standard 145s fill the wheel well... I do rub my headlight bucket a little though which the 145/65s didn't do Confused


Anyone want to buy a set of slightly used brand new 145/65s that only had one trip around the block? Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vee Dub Nut wrote:
KingNut wrote:
If your low and you dont like your Nankang 135s. GO Continental 145/65s I thought it would be ok.. But they are awesome tires that are cheaper, lower, and a better brand than nankang.. Thumbs up


Be warned that the diameter of the 145/65 tires is 2 inches shorter than your standard 135 or 145 tires!!!!

This is good if you have a really hammered VW... but I ran into a problem with the 145/65s being too short for me.. I personally need that extra inch between my beam and the ground. Made the difference between my slamming my adjuster in to the ground or pushing rocks down the street... Plus I like the way the standard 145s fill the wheel well... I do rub my headlight bucket a little though which the 145/65s didn't do


Anyone want to buy a set of slightly used brand new 145/65s that only had one trip around the block? Razz


Well keep your personal opinion to yourself because 145/65s are only 1 inch shorter which means .5 ride height difference and if your worried about dragging an adjuster of why lower it?

Ill post pictures up asap - Kyle
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KingNut wrote:
Vee Dub Nut wrote:
KingNut wrote:
If your low and you dont like your Nankang 135s. GO Continental 145/65s I thought it would be ok.. But they are awesome tires that are cheaper, lower, and a better brand than nankang.. Thumbs up


Be warned that the diameter of the 145/65 tires is 2 inches shorter than your standard 135 or 145 tires!!!!

This is good if you have a really hammered VW... but I ran into a problem with the 145/65s being too short for me.. I personally need that extra inch between my beam and the ground. Made the difference between my slamming my adjuster in to the ground or pushing rocks down the street... Plus I like the way the standard 145s fill the wheel well... I do rub my headlight bucket a little though which the 145/65s didn't do


Anyone want to buy a set of slightly used brand new 145/65s that only had one trip around the block? Razz


Well keep your personal opinion to yourself because 145/65s are only 1 inch shorter which means .5 ride height difference


Personal opinion huh... How about looking up the specs on the tires:

Conti 145/65... overall diameter: 22.4"
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Spec.jsp?make=Contin...3D465TR5EC

Nankang 145's... overall diameter: 24.3"
http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ACC%2DC10%2D6650

Ok.. so its 1.9" difference, and yes I've confirmed the specs by measuring the two tires side by side

I'm not saying anything bad about the tires, so don't get your feelings all hurt..Nor am I trying to discount your previous post. All I'm trying to do is just put info out there so someone may not buy a set of tires they don't really need or can't use... I never said they were bad tires. They are great for cars in the right circumstances...

It's not one tire fits all... Wink

FWIW... the 145/65s are quite a bit cheaper.. just didn't work out for me Crying or Very sad

KingNut wrote:
and if your worried about dragging an adjuster of why lower it?


So its not lowered unless your beating the front suspension in the ground? Rolling Eyes

I couldn't get the car in the garage without hitting the adjuster on the driveway, and its not even steep.. I just want more than 1/2" of clearance so I can drive over the 3/4" bump to get into my garage...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

front : 4.5" homemade narrowed w/ adjusters,no shocks,2.5" narrowed tie rods 145 65's continentals -soon to be added dropped spindles...

rear: 2 clicks on outer spline 165 85's khumo- soon extended plates

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone running a 4, 5 or 6 inch narrowed beam with 165's in the front????
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee. wrote:
Anyone running a 4, 5 or 6 inch narrowed beam with 165's in the front????


6 1/4" narrowed, 165/45R15s.
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