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Question 914 Wheel Specs

I've read in a couple of places that the old VW 4-bolt wheels will fit my 914. Truth or not??

Also, I've found conflicting info on the bolt pattern and offset measurements for the stock four lug 914. Anybody have any info??
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The bolt pattern, 4x130mm, is identical to that of the four-lug VWs. However, Bugs put their wheels much further to the outside of the fender than 914s do. So with some Bug wheels, you can only fit 165-width tires under stock 914 fenders!!

I never remember which direction "offset" goes, so I always remember "backspacing". To fit 195s or 205s under stock fenders, you will need just under 5" of backspacing on your wheels. That is, you need about 4 3/4" distance from the most inboard part of the rim, to the plane where the wheel fits against the hub.

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Thanks for the Info!!. I was thinking about putting the GT Flares on it. If I do, will that solve the clearance issues with stock fenders?
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It certainly gives you more space toward the outsideof the fender. How much more depends on the exact flares you use, how they are installed, and so on and so on.

In other words: "Yes, probably."

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What is so great about these bug wheels that you would consider flares? Any pics?
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Just curious. Will 14x6 4-lug wheels from a 924 fit on the 914?

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Lightbulb Wheels, Wheels, Wheels......

Thack,

I'm interested in running the old style Centerline wheels. I like the style and they look great with a good polish. Another plus is that without any openings, brake dust on a freshly polished wheel is kept to a minimum.

The interest in VW wheels is that I've seen Centerlines on VWs and I hope that I can pick a set without paying out any important body parts. As far as flares go, I can only say that I like the look. The current fenders are fine, but those flares look better!!
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Just curious. Will 14x6 4-lug wheels from a 924 fit on the 914?

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NO

Wrong bolt pattern, the early VW Bug rims sorta fit and very early Maserati' rims will fit (hubcentric feature needs to be modified on the front hubs)
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I like the style and they look great with a good polish. Another plus is that without any openings, brake dust on a freshly polished wheel is kept to a minimum.
and the centerline rims are great for overheating your brakes since they allow no venting for cooling air
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Just curious. Will 14x6 4-lug wheels from a 924 fit on the 914?
Well, you can make anything fit if you have a sawz-all and a welder.... But no, they won't bolt up. The bolt pattern is different.

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I like those gold wheels too. The cool thing about 914s is that you can modify them easily and cheaply in some cases.

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Diamond racing steel rims. 15 x 8 with 4 1/2" back space. They will fit under your flared fenders and give room for a 225/45-15 Hoosier.
Anything less would be Uncivilized.
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Mike, Overheating brakes??

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and the centerline rims are great for overheating your brakes since they allow no venting for cooling air
Mike, I've never heard that about Centerlines. Does overheating occur during normal driving or just track conditions?

If it is a major issue, I could put in vents on the flares to compensate. But that would start become to much work for a wheel that I want just for style and ease of maintenance. Then again, fender flare vents would look pretty cool too!


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