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post Dec 16 2017, 09:58 AM
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I'm considering doing a 5-lug conversation to my '74 2.0L using Eric Shea's kit from PMB. I'd prefer this option because I can easily convert it back to the 4-lug if needed. There are a number of replica Fuchs available from Maxilite that look pretty good....15x6 (deep 6), 15x7R and the standard 15x7. The offsets on each of these wheels is different ET36, ET47 & ET23.3.....are there advantages/disadvantages with each? What would be the safest tire width that could be run on each of these wheels without modifying the bodywork on the car.....would 195/65/15 be a safe bet? The photo below would be the ideal look that I'm looking for....15x7 with the RS or RSR finish. I'm open for suggestions / opinions.


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post Dec 16 2017, 10:00 AM
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On a narrow bodied car, I would go with the deep six. I really like the RSR finish too.
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post Dec 16 2017, 10:07 AM
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195/65-15 fit nicely and have a proper vintage look. 205s can sometimes fit. Eric’s conversion kit will certainly be the easiest way to get all the proper parts for the conversion. 6” wide Fuchs (or replicas) fit very easily, though folks have fit 7” wide wheels if they have the proper ET (backspacing) to prevent the tires from rubbing the fenders. There is some variability on the fender clearance from car to car (and even from side to side on the same car), so going a bit conservative is safer. You can always use some spacers if you decide to increase the track if desired.
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post Dec 16 2017, 10:09 AM
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I have a narrow body, flat 020 Fuchs 15x6, with 205/60-15 tires they fit perfect with no fender rolling.
15x7 and/or any bigger tire you can bet you will have to roll/pull the rear fenders.
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post Dec 16 2017, 11:44 AM
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Check the classifieds There's someone selling a pmb five lug conversion right now
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post Dec 16 2017, 12:16 PM
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Which is the RS and which is the RSR? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/huh.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wacko.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)
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post Dec 16 2017, 12:50 PM
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I would like to go back to 15x6 from my 16x7 because I really like the look more,I bought Maxilites and found them to be good quality I paid less than 1K for the set (4) ,they are a slightly different casting than the genuine Fuchs but its hard to notice.
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One pleasant surprise was the weight of the Maxilite wheel...not a lot heavier than the Fuchs.
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post Dec 16 2017, 02:49 PM
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QUOTE(porschetub @ Dec 16 2017, 01:50 PM) *

....they are a slightly different casting than the genuine Fuchs but its hard to notice.



Real fuchs are forged, not cast, same goes for the 4 bolt fuchs. Why they are so light but strong.
Likely you know that but just an FYI for newbies.
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post Dec 16 2017, 03:06 PM
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I had some 7-inch x 15 Fuchs copies back in 1978. They where some real crap. Super heavy and had texture on the areas near the paddles and lug area. (Any thing they could not machine smooth.) Un-sprung weight is a killer in the handing and you really can feel it when you drive. Boom. We have lots of potholes here in Los Angeles and it has taken out lots of people’s tires and who knows what it does to the wheels.

At that time that is what was sold as copy wheels. The ones today are so much better and some look great. But if you have the money, go real. In the end you will be happy and if you ever want to sell them it is not like you will have a problem.

Now some copy’s say they meet some race standards but I do not know anything of race standards so some may chime on here on those standards. (Boom, Boom)

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post Dec 16 2017, 03:31 PM
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Both my 914's are narrow body. Have 6X16 Fuchs F&R onboth (from front of older SC, etc.) More tire choices and real Fuchs. Close, but fit fine.
Had Harvey Weidman refinish the wheels- highly recommended.
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post Dec 16 2017, 03:34 PM
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post Dec 16 2017, 04:21 PM
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QUOTE(Mark Henry @ Dec 16 2017, 11:09 AM) *

I have a narrow body, flat 020 Fuchs 15x6, with 205/60-15 tires they fit perfect with no fender rolling.
15x7 and/or any bigger tire you can bet you will have to roll/pull the rear fenders.

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Also agree to real Fuchs vs copies.
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post Dec 16 2017, 06:06 PM
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These are real deep sixes in RSR finish running 205/60 x 15 Yokohamas. Real Fuchs wheels are super light, very strong, and getting expensive. I prefer the look of 15s on our cars, but that is just personal preference. They look great IMHO, but some of the replicas on the market today are hard to distinguish from the real thing.
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post Dec 16 2017, 07:48 PM
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If you want to prove to yourself that 7’s won’t fit, you’re welcomed to borrow one from me to try on your car. I wouldn’t do it though because your paint is pristine so even a little “gotcha” would suck. 6x15 - 205x60x15 fills up the wheel well and is actually a lot of tire for a stock 4. Get a high performance tire. Most of us drive our cars so little that the tires will age out long before they wear out.
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post Dec 16 2017, 07:50 PM
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post Dec 16 2017, 08:04 PM
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7R offsett will
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post Dec 16 2017, 10:06 PM
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I sold a set of five 6 x 16 real Fuchs to a customer who now wants to sell them. $1200 for the set of five. As I recall all were in pretty nice shape but one needed a repaint.
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post Dec 17 2017, 12:32 AM
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After screwing around with bigger tires I ended up with 205-55-R16 on 7” Fuchs all around. Totally fills up the wheel-well.
It’s all personal preference, and what ever you decide to do it can be reversed easily.

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post Dec 17 2017, 10:11 AM
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My brother might be selling the Al Reed style ones off his Carrera, I'll check on the size.


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QUOTE(Unobtanium-inc @ Dec 17 2017, 11:11 AM) *

My brother might be selling the Al Reed style ones off his Carrera, I'll check on the size.

They look like 7's & 8's.
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