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post Aug 20 2018, 10:33 AM
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Hi Everybody,
My name is Simone, I'm an italian guy living in Jupiter Florida.
Of course, cars and racing are not a passion but a drug...
I'm an aircooled fanatic since I was kid, and of course, the day i born my dad bought the first 914, 1972 1.7 adria blue...
that's was the first ride of my life...
At now I have a '73 2.0 under restoration in Italy, Light Ivory, fully original, with original licence plates and original maintenance records.
I finally made it to buy a 914 here in US too, and now I'm really happy...
I found a '72 1.7 wide body with a 2.0 engine, which I choose because it is really almost rust free.
Unfortunately the previous owner wasn't loving her a lot...
But now.... I already started with valve clearance check, oil and filter change, spark plugs, rotor, distributor caps, wire change, carburetors rebuild (she have 2x weber 44), fuel pump and fuel lines plus filter change.
But the most bigger issue I have are the wheels...
What I have on it now is something "drag style"... and I think is horrible...
so, since is a wide body, can someone of you guys helping me out in understand which is the best size of tires and rims to use?
I would like to keep the wide body (I know, a lot of you guys won't agree with that, especially in a 4 cyl...) and I would like also to try to understand if I can keep the 4 bolts wheels.
Thank you to everybody for your help, I really appreciate!
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post Aug 20 2018, 10:59 AM
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Welcome aboard Simone. There are very few four lug wheels these days available in the wide widths you need for your car. Those currently on it are center lines and not very attractive. What you could do is install a four to five lug spacer and fit Boxster 996 997 wheels in 7.5 and 8.5 all the way around. You can find a used set cheap on e bay


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Hi Everybody,
My name is Simone, I'm an italian guy living in Jupiter Florida.
Of course, cars and racing are not a passion but a drug...
I'm an aircooled fanatic since I was kid, and of course, the day i born my dad bought the first 914, 1972 1.7 adria blue...
that's was the first ride of my life...
At now I have a '73 2.0 under restoration in Italy, Light Ivory, fully original, with original licence plates and original maintenance records.
I finally made it to buy a 914 here in US too, and now I'm really happy...
I found a '72 1.7 wide body with a 2.0 engine, which I choose because it is really almost rust free.
Unfortunately the previous owner wasn't loving her a lot...
But now.... I already started with valve clearance check, oil and filter change, spark plugs, rotor, distributor caps, wire change, carburetors rebuild (she have 2x weber 44), fuel pump and fuel lines plus filter change.
But the most bigger issue I have are the wheels...
What I have on it now is something "drag style"... and I think is horrible...
so, since is a wide body, can someone of you guys helping me out in understand which is the best size of tires and rims to use?
I would like to keep the wide body (I know, a lot of you guys won't agree with that, especially in a 4 cyl...) and I would like also to try to understand if I can keep the 4 bolts wheels.
Thank you to everybody for your help, I really appreciate!
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post Aug 21 2018, 05:56 AM
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Thank you very much for the suggestion,
but I'm looking for something more "retro style"... I will prefer to stay on a 15" rim, maybe Fuchs style or closer.
Thank you for the suggestion about the spacers, I didn't know they exist. I thought I have to change everything on the hub to be able to install a 5 bolts rim.
So, you think 7.5 and 8.5 is the right size ?
Which tires you suggest? Something like 205 in front and 225 on the rear?

Thank you again for the help!

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post Aug 21 2018, 09:07 AM
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for the retro look you will have to convert to the five lug wheel pattern (we have a kit) then add 7 and 8 inch by 15 Fuchs windmill alloy wheels, with 205 in the front and 225 in the rear, will give you the exact GT styling you are looking for Simone


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Thank you very much for the suggestion,
but I'm looking for something more "retro style"... I will prefer to stay on a 15" rim, maybe Fuchs style or closer.
Thank you for the suggestion about the spacers, I didn't know they exist. I thought I have to change everything on the hub to be able to install a 5 bolts rim.
So, you think 7.5 and 8.5 is the right size ?
Which tires you suggest? Something like 205 in front and 225 on the rear?

Thank you again for the help!

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post Aug 24 2018, 05:53 AM
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Got It!

Thank you very much for the suggestion,
That's what I'm going to do.
205/50 15 Front
225/50 15 Rear
front is going to be a little lower than the rear due the different tires but I thing 10 mm is not a lot to be notice.

Thank you again for the suggestions!!!

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post Aug 24 2018, 08:39 AM
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I would try to find a 205 55 15 tire, that would give you the extra bit of height you would need to keep the car even

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Got It!

Thank you very much for the suggestion,
That's what I'm going to do.
205/50 15 Front
225/50 15 Rear
front is going to be a little lower than the rear due the different tires but I thing 10 mm is not a lot to be notice.

Thank you again for the suggestions!!!

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post Aug 26 2018, 08:47 PM
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I like your Centerlines. Beautiful car. Going to take it back to Italy with you?
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post Aug 27 2018, 10:46 AM
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Thank you!
The Centerline are on sale... I really don't like them on this car.
I live in Florida, this car will stay here with me, to have fun here.
The one in Italy is under restoration and it's a '73 2.0. I have original licence plates from 73, all services records and also on the rear window still the Porsche dealer sticker from when they sold it...
That one is going to be perfectly original in everything, this one here is going to be more a "fun" car.
It is a '72 1.7, I bought it because it's completely rust free.
It has the wide body and a 2.0 engine in, plus I have another 2.0 engine for spare.
That's mean I can do a lot with her, something like GT style.

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post Aug 31 2018, 11:59 AM
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Did you buy it in Florida? The state is notorious for rusted out cars with salty winds crossing the whole peninsula. Once took my Italian bike with Campagnolla (spelled wrong but Iíve fought with spell check for so long I canít remember how to pronounce it) gears and my wifeís aluminum Schwin. To Amelia Island during a noríeasre And it completely corroded hers and rusted mine.
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