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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Iím a sucker for the stock thin whitewall look. Itís become increasingly hard to find decent tires in the 185-195 14 range. I finally settled on the Milestar MS775s in a 185/75r14 which can be found on eBay for around 50 bucks a piece with free shipping depending on the seller (I bought mine from simpletire) My car will primarily be used for fair weather pleasure driving, so I was more concerned with stock looks than anything else. Spare fits perfectly under the hood as expected...

My car is still on jackstands in the photos below so thereís obviously less of a fender gap when itís back on all fours, but these pics will give you a better idea of the general aesthetics of this particular brand...

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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 4:41 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

The Thing Shop should be a bolt on. Are they German or ?
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Thing parts has some 15"x5.5 stock style rims, waiting for some info on the back spacing, want to run 15" also.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 9:38 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

I looked but have not found! Does anyone have good or bad feedback on the 15X5.5 wheels currently offered by the bug parts houses? I want to go 15" Wide 5 and use front disc and rear drum. The CSP front for the 14' looks great but man they are expensive and my wheels have seen better days. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Offset is real close, I measured back spacing at about 4.4" my thing rims about 4.34, (well maybe the same, thing rims are crusty!) so should be ok for thing, concern is the 7.00-15 tire, yes if it doesn't fit in thing confines I would dismount and put on bus 15s, I know about bus/thing incompatibility, these T3 rims have safety bead, unlike 15" bus thought that was unique though!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Neat that they are NOS but I think they might have the wrong offset and/or be the wrong width for a Thing or Bus?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Ok, thinking about new tires for my 73, I pulled out some NOS T3 rims (5 lug 15") I bought years ago thinking they were T2 15 in. anyways considering putting on 7.00-15 traction lug tires, found a good deal on some new one's that are bias 8 ply, any body try this combo yet? If they dont fit I can always put on my SC.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:08 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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Thats a beauty!!! Newer roof and side curtains?


Thanks! Replaced the original, warped top frame and worn out top with Thing Shop top and frame, same with curtains. Pretty painful price to pay, but Iím very happy with the quality. I try to do a little improvement each year. Definitely a marathon with a 46-year old car.


Good to know! Thats the direction i am going to go with the frame, top and curtains also. The shipping is going to be the killer. ugh
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

obus wrote:
Thats a beauty!!! Newer roof and side curtains?


Thanks! Replaced the original, warped top frame and worn out top with Thing Shop top and frame, same with curtains. Pretty painful price to pay, but Iím very happy with the quality. I try to do a little improvement each year. Definitely a marathon with a 46-year old car.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Thats a beauty!!! Newer roof and side curtains?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Just had my wheels powder coated. Took off the skinny old white stripes and had a set of General Grabber ATxís fitted (27x8.5 R14). No rubbing even at the stops, drives straight and true at 60+ mph.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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mine are 1966 beetle wheels with 155/55x15 front and185/65x15 rears
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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 Ď73 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?

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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

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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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