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Post by Hobug on Wed Aug 20, 2008 8:05 am

EngineerTEN wrote:Jon - I am still interested in those wheels - when you get a chance.

Thanks,
I haven't forgotten...I just haven't cleared a path that far into the garage yet. scratch
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Post by EngineerTEN on Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:47 pm

No problem - I've been looking at tires that might fit.

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Post by EngineerTEN on Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:34 pm

votwing wrote:Who put on the show in Dallas or Hiram?

I was not aware of one this past weekend.

I just realized I didn't answer your question.

It was put on by the City of Hiram. It was up on the electronic billboard at the park off 92 and where you turn into Hiram High School - however I didn't notice it up until the day off. They handed out fliers for another activity/car show next month what will have more to do for the family. I posted the flier under events.

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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:05 am

I finally got the correct hood trim to match my Wolfsberg Chrest.

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Replaced my broken horn ring with a new one and added a new horn button - light grey. I'm going to refurb the steering wheel later - and fill the cracks and chuncks and paint it ivory. Under the steering wheel is a tach. On the right grill is the air guage for the air suspension. On the right is an Alpine receiver I recently installed. I selected it because I like Alpine quality but mostly so I can leave my iPod in the glove box and control it through the front pannel.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:11 am

Dude I really like your car but if it were me I would try and find matching dash grills. I think replacing the right one with one like the left one would make it look awesome.

Also where did you get the horn button?

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Post by fluxcap on Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:16 am

That's a sweet looking horn button, where did you find it?

This is an awesome pic
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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:25 am

I plan to replace the left grill at a future date when I add more guages. Just haven't got to it yet. I'll probally move the tach up to the left. I purchased the horn button from CIP1 - here is the link http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VWC%2D113%2D415%2D669%2DBW
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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:03 am

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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:09 am

Thanks for the pic - that looks awsome! When I showed the car i made the passenger side all the way down and the drivers side all they way up so people would know it has air.
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Post by panic_fan on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:05 am

Hey 71 Georgia Beetle.....what program do you use to edit those photos? Looks cool. Id like to get some cool pics edited of the bus.
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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:13 pm

panic_fan wrote:Hey 71 Georgia Beetle.....what program do you use to edit those photos? Looks cool. Id like to get some cool pics edited of the bus.

Photoshop CS3. I put a pic out on your thread.
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Post by panic_fan on Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:11 pm

71_georgia_beetle wrote:
panic_fan wrote:Hey 71 Georgia Beetle.....what program do you use to edit those photos? Looks cool. Id like to get some cool pics edited of the bus.

Photoshop CS3. I put a pic out on your thread.

Awesome. Thanks man. Have a good one.
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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:59 pm

I installed the wheels today I purchased from Jon - the hub caps cleaned up nice with the chrome polish. On the rear I went with 205R65 15 (25.5" diameter - 8" wide) and the front 185R65 15 (24.5 diameter - 7.25" wide). I'm not sure about the look of the tire in the front. It measured only about an inch bigger that the bald 135R15's that I had on the front. However, they are 3" wider. I think they will be just right if I take 4" out of the front beam to bring each wheel 2" inside the fender. It is still stock length. I'm going to have to start looking into that. The problem is that that I am going to have to change the type of air shock I use on the front in order to narrow the beam.

I was going to keep the 135's that I have on the 5 spokes but all 4 tires were to bald and Discount Tire wouldn't be responsible. I couldn’t argue with them because it was clear that they reached the end of their serviceable life. Also - they were manufactured in 2001 so they are pretty old rubber.

See pictures below:

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Below is with the air all the way let out of the bags and shocks.
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Below is with the bags and shocks completly full of air.
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Below is adjusted to just about what I think the ride height should be with these tires.
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Please tell me what you think - good or bad.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:04 pm

Looks pretty good to me. Maybe 155/60/15 up front would put you down more in the front but I do like the look of those 205s in the back.

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Post by vwovalchild on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:14 pm

I have always liked those wheels. I had a 1964 that had those on it. Narrowing the front beam will be the icing on the cake. Keep up the
great work. sunny
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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:15 pm

I was thinking that I want to bring it down smaller in the front as well. I brought the rims to the store in my truck and had them put on. I left the tag on and they said I can exchange them so long as I didn't drive on them. I'm going to check the availability of the size you suggested.
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Post by aircooledaddicts on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:16 pm

Looks good. I would definately do a narrowed beam and I would go back to 135's on the front.
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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:24 pm

Bryce - this is the only tire Discount Tires offers in that size. http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?rc=GAAINT&cf=false&c=2&sw=false&cs=155&pc=26151&rd=15&ar=60&tc=CONHT2&rf=true

I might order a set to teh store and have them test fitted.

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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:26 pm

Gary - I was checking around and the 135's are $160 each - pricy tire if tou ask me. Trying to find someting compatible and cheaper. The 165's are running about $75 which isn't bad.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:34 pm

EngineerTEN wrote:Bryce - this is the only tire Discount Tires offers in that size. http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/findTireDetail.do?rc=GAAINT&cf=false&c=2&sw=false&cs=155&pc=26151&rd=15&ar=60&tc=CONHT2&rf=true

I might order a set to teh store and have them test fitted.

Thanks,

Jason
Yup continential is the only one making that size. They are very short though. Just be warned.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:36 pm

Another recommendation would be the 145/65/15. Then you wouldnt have to narrow the beam or only go a small amount in.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:39 pm

Or 175/55/15 only 22.6" tall

I dont recommend the 135's. I have drove on them and they like to roll. The 145/65 have a much shorter sidewall and dont have the same problem and they are 22.4"

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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:49 pm

Bryce - here is a screen shot of the calculator tool:

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Looks like your original suggestion of 155 60R15 is the better option.

Here is the comparison to what I just put on the car to the 155 60R15
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It bring the overall diamater down more than 2" and the with down a little more than an inch.
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Post by EngineerTEN on Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:05 pm

I put these on order: Continental 155/60R-15 74T SMT B (ContiProContact). They will be going on Saturday morning. I'll take more pics then. I still have the 2" white wall inserts that I ordered on samba.com on their way. The smaller tires still leave room for the inserts.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:07 pm

How much did you pay for the porta walls? Just wandering

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