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Re: Wheels for CQ, again, long

Chris Maresca wrote:

> I called HRE last fall about getting custom wheels made.  They have a set
> that looks similar to the stock wheels and they will drill any bolt
> pattern.  They were about $550 a piece and my mechanic says they are on the
> heavy side.
> HTH,
> Chris.
> At 9:35 AM -0800 11/16/98, Brandon Hull wrote:
> >Sorry to pile on this oldest of all possible threads, but I need some advice
> >on wheel sizes for the ersatz S2.  ('91 Coupe Quattro)
> >
> >My situation is as follows.  After lot's of research and debate, I'm going
> >to stick with my stock hubs.  Every other alternative leads down paths too
> >expensive to pursue.  However, I'm going to install my Porsche/Brembo
> >calipers up front, so I need lots of spoke clearance.  Most off the shelf
> >wheels won't work.  Harrison Blackwood reports needing spacers to clear his
> >brembos using BBSs.  TSW hock or blade reportedly fit, as well as some
> >Ronals.  However, I just don't like the patterns aesthetically.  So I'm
> >exploring special build wheels, and have the following questions:
> >
> >1) what size?  I'm going with 16" rims since I live and drive in real world
> >NJ.  But what width should I get?  I believe the list consensus is that 225s
> >are about the widest tire that will work.  So 8" rims? or 7.5"?  I'd like to
> >mount snows in winter...
> >2) what offset?  The stock offset is 37mm.  Will subtracting a few mm of
> >offset (moving the tires outwards) buy me any extra room?  (eg, do clearance
> >problems, when they occur, happen first on the outer or inner fender?)
> >Otherwise I'd just as soon not tamper with the factory geometry.
> >3) Has an..................

Techno wheels are great but very costly. If you can benifit from the little
weight saving yiu will get from them than good for you. Also there is Dymag. Also
magnesium and costs less but has to be made custom. Forgeline is great. I know
someone who got a set and was happy with service.

Most importanly you need to know one spec. That is how much your future break
calipers will protrude outside wheel mounting surface. That will determine how
much clerance you will need so that wheel spokes clear calipers. If you call any
place that sells racing wheels and tell them that you run custom break
application this wiil be what they will ask you.

Mike Z