Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels?
Page: 1, 2  Next
Forum Index -> Custom Wheel/Tire Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:41 pm    Post subject: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Here are a couple of pictures I took of a car at a cruise night in Guilford, CT, back in August of 2012, and am sharing them because the owner obviously found a good looking center cap that works with his stock Type 1 4-bolt wheel.

Overall of the car:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

And a cropped version to hopefully show a little more detail:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Unfortunately I do not know the owner of this car and never talked with them about the center caps. I would like to find a recommended source for a "push-thru" type cap (inserts from the back side of the wheel and has a lip at the bottom that keeps it in from pushing all the way through, if you can visualize that...) like this that'll work well with my stock 4-bolt Bug wheels.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions!
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

Probably going to grab a set of these, just so I'll have something for now:

http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VWC%2D111%2D601%2D171%2DASET
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
hopkin Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: June 25, 2012
Posts: 1994
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
hopkin is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:23 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

There are two style of caps (black and silver) for the Mexican Beetle that will fit.
The black ones are easy to find, the silver ones more difficult.

The last image will give you an idea what they look like installed:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1974 SunBug (past)
1972 914 (past)
1996 'Open Air' Mexican Beetle (current)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

hopkin wrote:
There are two style of caps (black and silver) for the Mexican Beetle that will fit.
The black ones are easy to find, the silver ones more difficult.

The last image will give you an idea what they look like installed:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Many thanks hopkin for your input! Good info!

Love your car, by the way!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
hopkin Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: June 25, 2012
Posts: 1994
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
hopkin is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

Thanks, a member in our local club has a MG kit car like the one you posted. I haven't seen it yet, maybe this weekend Very Happy

The caps also fit the rims I have on my car in the picture you posted.
_________________
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1974 SunBug (past)
1972 914 (past)
1996 'Open Air' Mexican Beetle (current)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

hopkin wrote:
Thanks, a member in our local club has a MG kit car like the one you posted. I haven't seen it yet, maybe this weekend Very Happy

The caps also fit the rims I have on my car in the picture you posted.


That's a cool & unusual alloy wheel! I've seen them on a few Mexi Bugs, but that's about it. NOT common at all!

I also did a test fit once with "Marathon" ('72 Baja SE Super Beetle) wheel center caps on a regular 4-bolt Bug wheel, and from what I recall, they also fit properly. Those, of course, snap in from the front (not a push-thru type). They are also mega-expen$ive! I will try to track down my photos--hopefully I still have them around somewhere...
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
hopkin Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: June 25, 2012
Posts: 1994
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
hopkin is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

I found a photo of the Marathon Beetle cap that you referred to.

A nice looking and I expect hard to find item.

I found this photo at www.sebeetles.com
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1971 Super Beetle (past)
1974 SunBug (past)
1972 914 (past)
1996 'Open Air' Mexican Beetle (current)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

^^Wow, that's a beautiful image--thanks hopkin!

As promised, here are a couple of photos to document a test I did a couple years back, showing that a Marathon cap appeared that it would work well with a stock Bug wheel. The wheel was a 4Jx15 (not a 4.5), and I do not know the date code.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:34 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels??? Reply with quote

Good morning and Happy "Wheelcaps Wednesday"... Since I'm not yet ready to explore the actual chrome hubcap route on my beautifully refinished (not by me, but rather by my trusted local professional powdercoating place: http://shorelinepowdercoating.com/home/) Porsche 914 wheels yet, I thought I'd do some center cap research & experimenting... I received these black plastic caps yesterday: http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VWC-111-601-171-ASET - and just did a quick test-fit, along with some black plastic lug bolt head covers (http://otisincla.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=223) set in place, for a photo. The CIP-1 caps snap in perfectly (from the front with flexible tabs) and seem like they'll be perfectly secure.

I still want to pursue something in *chrome* for a center cap (and I also already have chrome lug bolt head covers), but for now, this was a neat experiment...

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Typ3nut
Samba Member


Joined: October 08, 2002
Posts: 972
Location: MI, MotorCity ManCave
Typ3nut is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:09 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

I'm using these chrome center caps and lugnut covers on my 914 wheels, center caps slip in from backside. Simple clean stock look.
There's a few different styles available in theSamba classifieds, wheels & tires section.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1861763
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1853065
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Typ3nut wrote:
I'm using these chrome center caps and lugnut covers on my 914 wheels, center caps slip in from backside. Simple clean stock look.
There's a few different styles available in theSamba classifieds, wheels & tires section.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1861763
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1853065
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Awesome! Good to know! Thank you Typ3nut!

VERY NICE! (found in your gallery):

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


^^What size tire do you run, if you don't mind my asking? The wheel & tire combo looks positively super!

Thanks again!
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Typ3nut
Samba Member


Joined: October 08, 2002
Posts: 972
Location: MI, MotorCity ManCave
Typ3nut is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Stock Steve,
My Type 3 Fastback is lowered a bit, I'm running 205/65/15 Rear & 185/65/15 Front, No rub due the the correct offset of the Porsche 914 Stock Steel Wheels 41ET 5.5J x 15. Good amount of rubber but we don't have nice road in Michigan.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:08 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Typ3nut wrote:
Stock Steve,
My Type 3 Fastback is lowered a bit, I'm running 205/65/15 Rear & 185/65/15 Front, No rub due the the correct offset of the Porsche 914 Stock Steel Wheels 41ET 5.5J x 15. Good amount of rubber but we don't have nice road in Michigan.


Very cool--thank you again Typ3nut for the info & assistance.

I have 185/65R15 tires for all four corners. Will do my best to post a picture once I get them on the car.
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
60ragtop
Bonneville Belt Bitch


Joined: March 13, 2006
Posts: 7429
Location: Big Wonderful WYO 82401
60ragtop is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Chrome-Center-Cap-For-4-...SwZd1VXpkT
I bought some like this except black for my wheels. It's a tight squeeze but they fit. I will install them on the bug in the spring once I put on the summer tires. Can take pics if you want.
_________________
Rick
Certified Mechanic by the State of Michigan in 1977
ASA certified in 1987
Certified Hunter Wheel Alignment Master Technician 1986

[email protected] wrote:
you are wrong. and when you posted about this I was going to try and help, but you're such a joy to be around, I didn't
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:11 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

60ragtop wrote:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Chrome-Center-Cap-For-4-...SwZd1VXpkT
I bought some like this except black for my wheels. It's a tight squeeze but they fit. I will install them on the bug in the spring once I put on the summer tires. Can take pics if you want.


Good to know--would like to see how they look some time--thanks for the input!!!
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
60ragtop
Bonneville Belt Bitch


Joined: March 13, 2006
Posts: 7429
Location: Big Wonderful WYO 82401
60ragtop is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

black center cap and lug bolt covers on 5.5 wide aftermarket steel wheels.
I have a set of Wolfsburg Crest stickers to put on to finish the caps off.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Rick
Certified Mechanic by the State of Michigan in 1977
ASA certified in 1987
Certified Hunter Wheel Alignment Master Technician 1986

[email protected] wrote:
you are wrong. and when you posted about this I was going to try and help, but you're such a joy to be around, I didn't
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

60ragtop wrote:
black center cap and lug bolt covers on 5.5 wide aftermarket steel wheels.
I have a set of Wolfsburg Crest stickers to put on to finish the caps off.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Very nice! Would love to see how they look on your car some time also, whenever convenient! Thanks so much for going thru the effort to follow up!
_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Stock Steve
Samba Member


Joined: April 10, 2005
Posts: 1637
Location: My Left Nutmeg State
Stock Steve is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Finally found some chrome bullets that will work with stock 4-bolt wheels... Bought a set of 3.125" diameter "push-thru" chrome bullets from an Ebay seller in California ("LugNutKingIV"), and they look to work great with my refinished Porsche 914 "hubcap" wheels! Pictures show one in place on one of my wheels, along with some chromed plastic lug bolt head caps set in place for visual effect. I'm happy!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Stock Steve
Shoreline Antique Auto Connection
http://www.shorelineantiqueautoconnection.com/
-----
Ich Bin Ein Facebooker: https://www.facebook.com/steve.fromsaac
-----
Join VVWCA: http://www.vvwca.com/
-----
Your source for old school metal tire valve caps: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1416217
-----
Thanks Veterans
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
rallye
Samba Member


Joined: March 31, 2004
Posts: 15
Location: Sydney, AUS
rallye is offline 

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:25 am    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

What center caps are these Question

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
L.B.C.
Samba Member


Joined: November 16, 2010
Posts: 11
Location: The Ghetto, Florida
L.B.C. is offline 

PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Center caps that'll work with stock 4-bolt Bug wheels? Reply with quote

Look at my old Bagged Ghia and you will see the 3 inch Bullets I used, Mooneyes. Had to machine the rotors on outside of hub for clearance , a couple of thousands , not much .Rear had no issues with drums.
then where they go through the rim has to be sanded to fit , tight.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Custom Wheel/Tire All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page: 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB