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 Post subject: More Contact Patch!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:21 am 
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The tires on my stock 63 356b T6 need to be replaced (due to age). I'd also like to add more contact patch - currently it's got 165's and I'm looking to move to probably 185 all around. I believe I can get "stock" wheels in 5.5", but am a Fuchs fan. I understand my car (drum brakes) has a 5 x 205 bolt pattern and Fuchs run 5 x 130. I have seen some options (adapter or replicas):

1. Does anyone know the backspacing and offset numbers that will work with the stock setup (I can add spacers / change studs if need be, I'm more concerned with rubbing on the body)?

2. I saw an adapter that converts from 5x205 ->5x130. Has anyone actually used one of these? http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp ... C10%2D6710

3. I also saw Fuch replicas but with a 5x205 bolt pattern. Same question - anyone with experience of these? http://www2.cip1.com/ProductDetails.asp ... 05%2D5515B

I am not interested in converting to the car to discs at this point.

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 Post subject: Re: More Contact Patch!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:49 pm 
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I just installed Coddington 6" with 3.625" back space and Vredestein 165-15 tires on the rear of my 65 356 SC. Perfect fit with about .375" clearance on drivers rear but a bit less on passengers rear. Keep in mind that for some reason many 356's have less clearance on passenger rear. Also note that adjustment of rear bumper will effect fender width a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: More Contact Patch!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:04 pm 
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Peter, isn't a 6" rim too wide for 165mm tires?

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 Post subject: Re: More Contact Patch!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:09 am 
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Edwin Ek wrote:
Peter, isn't a 6" rim too wide for 165mm tires?


I actually researched the specs and they show that the tire is good for up to a 7" rim width. That seems like a bit of a stretch to me but the 165 on the 6" looks fine. In years past I was always advised that rim width should be about 75 to 80% of tire cross section.


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