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'73 Fuch's Were Originally Painted Black?

Were the Fuchs alloy wheels that came with '73 2.0's originally painted black with the centers silver? Or were they all silver originally? My car has original dated wheels, but they are black with silver. The old ads show the all silver Fuchs.
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Actually, your wheels, 2.0l alloys, came from the factory with a two tone anodized finish. A satin silver with a brighter finished lip. The difference is very subtle but very slick looking. The anodizing provide the protection from teh elements...
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Aha, so someone painted mine I guess, eh? Including the spare.
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John Larson over on the 914 email list at Rennlist.com was a factory tech back in the 70s. He tells us that one of the main things they had the "lot boys" do was paint the recessed paddles on the 914 Fuchs black.

It's been a popular modification for as long as those wheels have been around.

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I just refinished mine. Bright part was faded out and dull. I stripped the anodize off and polished with painted inner paddles.
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A lot of the black painted ones are fakes...the paint covers the crappy casting...
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See.. I debate this back and forth. Polish or not to polish. I sell car wash chemicals to commercial car washes and the Fuchs alloys hate all car wash wheel cleaners whether they are acid or alkaline because the aluminum is soft. Actually for that matter, the soft aluminum can streak and oxidize with the cold water you use in your driveway on a hot day.
I want to get a new (reconditioned) set of genuine original Fuchs to replace mine but I may want them chromed or painted just for the fact they won't damage easy. But if you want the original look, without paint then you have got to deal with the reality of our elements. But paint will flake in hot climates or from flying rocks. If you go chrome you will look gangsta... 20"s on a 914?
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How can you tell the fakes from the originals? I doubt if the fakes have date codes stamped on them, right? I like the original non-painted look the best.
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Serial numbers and a Fox logo...Fuchs in German is Fox....
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Here is the repro Fuchs wheel. They are cast not anodized and the corner details are sharp not rounded like the OEM wheels. Study the differences and you will be able to tell them apart from about 20 feet away...

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So at 20 feet what Do I have?????
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Yours look real in that foto becasue the corners look more rounded like the OEM Fuchs, but a main cliue for me is the finish and its hard to tell the finish from the fuzzy foto...
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Those look so fake....

Anyone know or have any experience with the Wheel Enhancment company in So Cal??
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Wheel Enhancement is good but expensive....try AL Reed in Orange County CA.
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Repros are costing about $150 each. They're also cast (not forged) aluminum and are cut on a mill/lathe. Originals can run for $100 each ($500 for a decent set) if you wait for a good deal and want to put some work into them.
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