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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really? No One?

I could really use some advice. I'm running General Grabbers AT2's at the moment and I have a trip coming up with no spare tires or rims and cash is tight, please will someone answer my question, give an opinion? anything? Is this Thing on?

I'd like to strap two spares to the roof (which happen to be on stock 14" Bus rims from a 72 Bay Window Bus). Am I correct in understanding they will work on rear? Will they even have a chance in front considering i'm using 4 lug to 5 lug wheel adapters (super beetle front brakes mod) which widens my stance about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I know is that I have four 15" wheels on my 1972 and they do not have the four slots in them and I'm trying hard to find two more and not having much luck. I have no spare right now. If I could find two more with the same offset but with the slots for spares thats ok too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 15" rims all the way around on my '74. Yes, they rub, but only if the steering wheel is all the way cranked- not something I would do for ordinary driving.

No idea what type of vehicle they were on originally, but they're factory VW for sure.


My spare is a 14". Lets' hope I never need it
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only way to know for certain, is to bolt 'em on and go for a drive. Seems to me that the offset of the spacer should negate the interference on the inboard side, however exacerbate clearance (lack there of) at the fender lip. I have run wide five 14" bus wheels on my thing...briefly (one week), they ALMOST fit.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus rims Reply with quote

I wanted to post a visual, I recently bought a rim under the impression that it was a early VW transporter/Kombi Rim, to my surprise once it arrived, it was far from identical, yet very similar perhaps you can verify what I've come to find out.

Both are 15" the wider rim came off of a 1960 Kombi. The thinner rim came from a seller on TheSamba. The design is the same 4 Slot rim I initially thought this was specific to the Kombi. Once the Rim showed up I sanded down to the identifying spots, it apears that the thinner rim was made in '72. And also has a prefix of KH 72 also the Rim size reads; 4J x 15. Any verification would be greatly appriciated. Also if anyone is interested please PM me, thanks!

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Okay, after dogging and digging and digging I'm going to leave this here to my understanding this is a repoduction VW rim made by Kelsey Hayes. I believe it was intended to replace stock Bus & Thing rims as noted. I think this is also why its appearance is simular yet different over all, knowledge is power and now we know.

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus rims Reply with quote

I have a bus rim I bought for a spare. Never had a tire put on it, though!

I can confirm that it does interfere with the spindle. I may still use it as a spare until I track down a Thing rim. If I needed to, I could move a rear tire to the front, and install the spare on the rear.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Bus rims Reply with quote

Dave just to clear up the misunderstanding an early Bus rim was used as an early thing rim. They're one in the same. The one I had mentioned above is different but the same* it was made here in the US as an aftermarket option which is why it is a tad different when it comes to width, depth, and weight. Wink
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