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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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Been e-mailing with Steve, trying to run down some wheel adapters (VW 5x205 to Ford 5x5.5) and figured I may as well share the subject with everybody.

Steve shared "www.skulte.com made them. Bad news is... he's currently not making any." -- Damn. One down.

He then suggested I contact wheeladapters.com. Well, I just got a ring from Fred Goeske (the owner). Hell of a nice guy. Fred said they can definitely make the adapters (billet aluminum) and have made them in the past. They have some of the 9" plates required to make the adapters in stock. Said they're not all that busy now and he could probably have them done in about a week, maybe two. They're $140 each, plus shipping. Ouch.

Just thought I'd share that with those of you looking for them.

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Old June 11th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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They have some of the 9" plates required to make the adapters in stock.
Those should be 9 1/2" diameter... not just 9". The face of this particular wheel ('35 Ford wires) needs to be 100% supported on the adapter or you'll risk cracking out around the bolt holes.

Secondly... this is not just a flat standard blank for these adapters. They need to be "stepped" on the back side to accomodate the tapered "cone" shape of certain drums. These are not cut and dry... so be damn sure he knows EXACTLY what's needed all the way around. Ya been warned

When I first started looking into getting these done a few years back, I talked to ALL KINDS of people in the industry (Fred included) who said either they couldn't do it because of the diameter (9 1/2" diameter).... OR they said "oh sure no problem... " and THEN find out 2 weeks later that they were in over their head and couldn't do them after all.

The adapters I had made were a good 1 1/2" thick overall because of this stepped counterbore area on the back...

I sent him some dimensions that would be needed to cover all the VW wide-5 adapters across the board (no changes needed between the years = easy ordering for the customer) but haven't heard anything back yet...
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Wonder if that is the same "Fred Goeske" that raced funny cars in the 60's and 70's?

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for that price, what about just getting blank drums drilled out for that pattern????
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Same problem with the support.
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If you redrill the drums, you can buy the rings used to support them though. They use these rings on newer 5 on 5.5 drums so you can use wire wheels
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for that price, what about just getting blank drums drilled out for that pattern????
Most VW suppliers said they wouldn't drill that pattern on the blank drums due to weakening of the design on some of them (either the fronts or rears... I forget).
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So, I'm thinking about running aluminum wheels...
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I sent him some dimensions that would be needed to cover all the VW wide-5 adapters across the board (no changes needed between the years = easy ordering for the customer) but haven't heard anything back yet...
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If you hear back let me know.

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Sent him all the info needed... haven't heard a single word back from him yet...
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