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which fuchs for my '88 coupe

My '88 coupe was puchased (used) with 17" cup 1 alloys that I'd like to replace w/more correct-looking black fuchs wheels. I've got a friend who wants to sell (cheap) a set of nice o.e. black 6 x 16, and 7 x 16 wheels for $400 (yes, $400). These seems narrow compared to what I'm runing, but wasn't this one of the stock widths offered in '88? any recommendations? tire sizes as well?

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I think 7's in front and 8's or 9's in the rear would be preferable...

I think the 88's had 8's stock and 89's had 9's...
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Buy the 6's & 7's for $400, put the 6's in the classifieds and look for a set of 8's or 9's for the rear. I see people looking for 6's frequently posting. You could offset some of the cost by selling your cup wheels later. The stock width for 88' was 6 up front and 8 on the rear. 9's were an upgrade available at the dealer but were never stock on the 3.2 Carrera.
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Buy the 6's & 7's for $400, put the 6's in the classifieds and look for a set of 8's or 9's for the rear. I see people looking for 6's frequently posting. You could offset some of the cost by selling your cup wheels later. The stock width for 88' was 6 up front and 8 on the rear. 9's were an upgrade available at the dealer but were never stock on the 3.2 Carrera.
+1 ... 6"x16"s are popular again with people who use them as cores to make 6"x17"s. You should be able to get at least $200 each for them.
9"s in the rear would fit and look great, but they are more rare and expensive than 8"s.
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8&9's are the way to go now! 951 Fuchs (8x16) have the same offset as 7x16's for the front. the extra inch is to the inside though. Looks like a 7, but actually has an extra inch! 225/45/16 front, and 245/45/16 in the rear.





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8&9's are the way to go now! 951 Fuchs (8x16) have the same offset as 7x16's for the front. the extra inch is to the inside though. Looks like a 7, but actually has an extra inch! 225/45/16 front, and 245/45/16 in the rear.





That's what I have on my TL. Forgot that they will also fit a narrow body 911.
Too bad that 951 Fuchs (8x16) from an '86 944 Turbo are even more rare than 9"s.
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Not quite as rare as you think!
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"...8&9's are the way to go now! 951 Fuchs (8x16) have the same offset as 7x16's for the front. the extra inch is to the inside though. Looks like a 7, but actually has an extra inch! 225/45/16 front, and 245/45/16 in the rear."

Agree with you Patrick BUT, that setup is the proverbial needle in the haystack to find at a reasonable price. I searched for 2 years before "settling" for a set of 7's & 8's. If you have a line on some reasonable 951 8's I'd love to know about them! Great car BTW!
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by PatrickB
[B]8&9's are the way to go now! 951 Fuchs (8x16) have the same offset as 7x16's for the front. the extra inch is to the inside though. Looks like a 7, but actually has an extra inch! 225/45/16 front, and 245/45/16 in the rear.

Would this combination fit on a 83 SC? I was under the impression that 225 was too large for the front. They presented rubbing issues.
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My 88 came with 7's and 8's
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Hey Patrick,

Your car looks awesome with the new wheels. When did you put those on?
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I would take the 6s and give them to Mike Lindsey. Then, sell the 7s and purchase two more 6s for Mike. By the time you find and pay for good 9s (and possibly re-finish them), you may as well pay Mike and get some 17 inch Lindsey Fuchs.
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My 88 came with 7's and 8's
What size tire do you run?
Also does anyone have a picture opf the 17" Lindsey Fuchs
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I would take the 6s and give them to Mike Lindsey. Then, sell the 7s and purchase two more 6s for Mike. By the time you find and pay for good 9s (and possibly re-finish them), you may as well pay Mike and get some 17 inch Lindsey Fuchs.
+1!

Having already gone through it, If I had to do it over again, knowing what I now know... I would definitely have gone the Lindsey Wheel route! About the same price, if not cheaper... Going with 17's leaves you with MANY more tire option's! Do a search for Lindsey Wheels, and you will find pictures... Otherwise, look at Jack Olsen's car. If you have any question about durability, go for a couple of hot laps with him at WSIR, and then consider he has run the car that hard for 4+ years with ZERO problems on the wheels!

I am running 225/45's in the front, which are a bit smaller in overall diameter. I did have to roll the fenders, as I chose to ultimately keep the car fairly low. Front is 24.25" and rear is 24.75". I will likely lower the rear another .5" I'm hesitant to make too many changes, as the car is almost perfectly nuetral in handling right now.

Thanks for the props Kelly! I've been getting everything together for the last 4 months, but finally put the wheels on the beginning of this month. This has completely changed the car, in a very positive way!! When are we gonna see the "Drifter" at Willow??
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Patrick,

What brand are your 225/45 tires for the fron wheels ? I was looking at the complete set Potenza RE11 , but seems that they only supply 225/50 for the front.

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My 89 came stock with 6s and 8s.
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I had assumed that my '88 only had 6's &7's but never really looked. Just took the tape measure out to the garage and they appear to be 7's & 8's!

My problem isn't really solved though, I need more wheel in the back.
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The stock wheel on the 88 would have been 6 and 7. In 89 they went to the 8's in the rear.

I agree with the others take the 6's and send them to Mike Lindsey, find two other 6's and send those and have Mike build you a set of 8 and 8 by 17's.... I did and I couldnt be happier







This is the set on my current 88 Targa:

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Unless you are going to the track constantly, the sixes and sevens should be fine. Why spend money when you don't need to? I realize that here on the forum, money means nothing, LOL. But if it were my car, I'd buy those rims and then take the money I saved and use it for maintenance. But then again, I am cheap.
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