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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:45 pm 
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thanks for the info Edwin

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:26 pm 
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MY vote is the same as Bob Campbell's....just got my new Vredestein 165R/15 Sprint Classic's and mounted them on my 5.5 Chromes.....With new metal valve stems...
Big O Tire ordered them from (I think..)Tire Rack for me and saved me the 'shipping fee', then did the mount and balance. They look so "right" on my T-5.
Big thank you to Big O !!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:06 pm 
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I have owned several old Porsches including both 911 & 912 cars. A year ago I bought a '65 356 SC coupe. It had the original 4.5" chrome steel wheels on the front and 5.5" "Empi/Porsche" chrome wheels on the back and an Empi/Porsche 5.5" spare. The Empi/Porsche wheels are dated 1968. I have since removed all four wheels and replaced them with 5.5" chrome wheels from a '68 912. The fit is fine...a spacer in the back might be a good idea but it doesn't seem mandatory since although clearances are minimal nothing is rubbing. My question is: What to do with the three Empi/Porsche wheels I'm no longer using? I was told that Empi made them under an agreement with Porsche and the centers are definitely Porsche. I've also seen several 356's with these wheels in the past so apparently they are used by 356 people. (They fit great with 165 tires...but I'm not sure any wider tire would fit with the offset. I don't plan to use them again. Does anyone in this community want them? and are they worth anything?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:53 am 
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Richard - I'd put the wheels on the sites classified ads and see what happens. the market will speak ....

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:14 am 
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Today I trial installed a set of four cookies cutters with 185/60 tires. These wheels are 6" wide and there is adequate clearance on the outside although the inside is limited on the rear wheels. Everything clears but a small spacer wouldn't be a bad idea in the back. My plan is to have an alternative wheel/tire to run on my 356 SC (which will retain most of it's original stock look) but to give it a bit of a different look occasionally...and a little "attitude". As I figured, after my trial fit I confirmed I will need to install slightly longer wheel studs to run these 6" wheels. There isn't quite enough length on the original wheel studs to run these more modern Porsche 6" wheels. Also, after I include some small spacers for clearance insurance on the rear, the wheel studs will be slightly too short. The trick will be to find a wheel stud length that will allow me to switch back to my 5.5" chrome steel wheels without the studs being too long to install the hubcaps and still have a long enough wheel stud to run my aluminum 6" wheels.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:44 am 
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Possibly you will need the spacers with the steel wheels too to make the hub caps clear the studs.

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