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dave66



Joined: 18 Feb 2009
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:33 pm    Post subject: wheel and tire question Reply with quote

I just pulled the deflated back wheels off of my bug, and the tread pretty much pealed off. I need to replace them, so i am looking for some gently used tires and possibly smaller wheels. The tires are 165 sr15 and I am guessing that the wheels are 15 in. (that might seem like a dumb question but I am tire illiterate) I would like to go to 14's for a lower profile look. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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smithe



Joined: 28 Jan 2009
Posts: 275
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could just run lower profile tires on the 15" wheels.
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dave66



Joined: 18 Feb 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:07 pm    Post subject: what size Reply with quote

What size do you recommend?
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smithe



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Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well depends on the width of the tires, then you have width issues of the beam. Unfortunately I am not an expert but if you check the samba for good tire information.
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Aircooledmark



Joined: 29 Sep 2009
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Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suspension setup will play a great role in tire size... Too small of a tire at stock height will look terrible.

Adjustable beam and dropped spindles on the front - a 145 or 135 looks good with a 165 or 185/65 in the rear (and these sizes can be used with stock wheels or the usual aftermarket 5-5.5" wide wheels).

I run my Beetles with 145/65R15 front tires and 195/60R15 rears. But I usually run 5-6" narrowed beams and 1-2 outer splines down in the rear.
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