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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: 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 4:59 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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