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Ray Syverson
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

After much procrastination I finally decided to order some General Grabber AT-2 27 x 8.5 R14 tires for my Thing. I found out they are being discontinued, but was lucky enough to still be able to get them. They are being replaced with ATX 27 x 8.5 R14. So ATX instead of AT-2. The ATX look a little different. Basically the same tire but they have extra detail on the sidewall that may or may not look just as good on a Thing. Glad I found out in time.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

After much procrastination I finally decided to order some General Grabber AT-2 27 x 8.5 R14 tires for my Thing. I found out they are being discontinued, but was lucky enough to still be able to get them. They are being replaced with ATX 27 x 8.5 R14. So ATX instead of AT-2. The ATX look a little different. Basically the same tire but they have extra detail on the sidewall that may or may not look just as good on a Thing. Glad I found out in time.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

General Grabbers on stock rims. On sale right now at Walmart for $97 each.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I am putting together a 73 thing and I am trying to decide wether to keep the rims that are on it or go with something new. Will this tire and rim combination work?

https://www.hdwheelsusa.com/products/falcon_gloss_black_machined

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Does anyone know if this tire/wheel combination for a 1973 Thing with stock suspension and fenders etc will positively work?

I know the largest size that will fit stock, figuring this means the front mostly, is 205/75/15. I would like to run those on the front, with new 7"X15" wheels and original back spacing and 235/75/15 on the back with the same wheels. Does this provide any rubbing issues on the stock vehicle?

Also, does anyone know the original back spacing for the original 14" wheels?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

klokard wrote:
I am running stock 181 wheels, powder coated stock silver with original style hubcaps. I have the McCreary G78X14 all terraine tires on them.
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What was the powder coat color code you used?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Great thread! Has anyone put tires on stock 14's lately? Trying to find an all terrain tire to go on stock rims.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

So, if i have 2 rims that are stamped 5jk 14, both with a date stamp of 10 67, does that mean these were some of the earliest 68 thing rims? Or did something else use 5jk14 wheels? Thanks, rob
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

New to Samba. New to vw thing. Need sanity check on wheel and tire choice.1973 thing bug beam with adjusters not narrowed . Porsche disc brakes front and rear. Porsche steel disc brake wheels 4 1/2 front 5 1/2 back. All of this on hand. Time to order tires. Expect front to drop 2 1/2 with new beam back to drop at least the same with 1 or 2 clicks. Would like to have option to go lower front and back depending on stance. Current tire choice are 195/60R 15 front and 215/60R15 back. Tires will be 1 inch white walls. Going for beach buggy look. Should I go smaller tires?? Or will these sizes give me a little room to go lower? Or are they too big already.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powder-rally-wheel-silver.html
http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powder-silver-base.html
http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powder-oem-wheel-sparkle-silver.html
http://www.eastwood.com/ew-rally-wheel-argent-silver-paint-areos-12-oz.html

If you search around on the samba you will find a lot of mention of rally silver and Argent silver.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I just went through all of that mess with Eastwood about two to three months ago. There's really no guarantee of a match. You can choose their rally silver or they're Silver Base. I'm referring to Eastwood colors of course. Eastwood said that their rally silver powder was different from the rally silver paint. I even ordered a spray can of the rally silver paint to do a comparison. I could be wrong but I'm fairly certain the original paint did not have a metallic flake in it. And all three of those items that I mentioned have metallic flake. It was irritating and time-consuming and I finally submitted to something called Silver Sparkle that looks really nice but isn't stock.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I want to get my Thing rims powder coated close or even spot on to the stock silver. Does anyone know the correct color code, etc that I will need to tell the painter?
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Here are those tires (nobody asked but still...). They fit in the boot just fine.


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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I'm adding these to the list of tires that fit thing 14 inch wheels. I ended up buying these. I really like them and they look decently aggressive.
https://simpletire.com/cooper-lt195-75r14-90000023586-tires
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I had to do the same thing too. May put a spare on a rear mount and had originally had a spare mount on the roll cage but it blocked my vision too much. The work continues.........
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Because the question was asked in another thread.

I tried putting one of my wheels with 14 inch General Grabber in the spare location yesterday.

There is no chance that the trunk lid will close with that tire in there. Even if deflated.

So I will be installing an old 14 Bus tire I had on the spare rim and calling it good.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 8:14 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

General Grabber AT2 255/70r15 and 225/70r15 in front. On 7" wheels



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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Thanks vwwestyman and Technut27 for your feedback. I have decided to go with the Cooper Trendsetter SE in 195/75r14 to meet the original tire spec. It is an All-Season M+S rated tire. I'll let you know how is the drive with those tires on.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I finally replaced the tires on my 74 with a set of 195/75/R14's at NTB. They are "Custom" brand which I had never heard, the local shops didn't have a lot of options in that size. 5 of them mounted cost $365 so I didn't need much convincing. Someday I do want something a bit more off-road as well but I couldn't justify the cost right now. It was more about getting tires that were safe and held air on it for the summer.

The tires that were on it were from the early 90's is my best guess, the spare was much older. Wow is the ride better now!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Maybe I didn't ever post this in this thread, but I have the 14 inch General Grabbers on my Thing.

The one and only issue I really have with them is that there is a little bit of a rub on full lock. I'm told there is a stop I could adjust on the steering box, but I haven't done it.

I think they are a bit taller than the original size tires and I've wondered if that has affected my top speed, but that very much could be the even worse aerodynamics of driving with absolutely no top and frequently no doors.

I was worried about them feeling too stiff on the Thing, but that has not been a worry at all. I don't note any problems with steering even though I believe they are a bit wider than stock tires.

I do very much think the fit the look of the Thing.
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