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Old May 3rd, 2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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My car has reverse wheels on the back. Wide 5 smoothie centers in 15x6 hoops. The valve stems remain in original location, which is now the inside.

I'm about to start hunting for a shop that can mount and balance tires on them before I get the rims powder coated. The one by my house can't.

I'm thinking about drilling holes for new valve stems on the outside. Am I OK just leaving the others with dummy valve stems to plug the holes?
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 12:50 PM   #2
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Possible.
Twice the number of places to leak.
Welding them up isn't a major problem.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 03:55 PM   #3
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If the centers are reversed, doesn't that create a mounting problem? I would think that the angles for the lug-bolts would cause mounting issues.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 04:11 PM   #5
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Yes but it's a metric nail right? Are those tubeless tires? If so I'd go with welding up the old holes. Actually I'd weld 'em up anyway.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 06:26 PM   #7
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Well, I know what tires I'm gonna run, and they fit these rims. I'll give it a go, and I can change wheels later if I wanna.

If I can find a tire shop that can deal with the reverse valve stems, I'll leave them as is.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 10:08 AM   #8
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Mounting generally isn't the problem, it's balancing the wide 5 rims. I have seen balancing adaptor plates for sale so you can mount the wheel on a spin balancer to get it balanced. Fisher Buggies in tampa is probably the place you will have to go to get them balanced once mounted.
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If you can't weld the holes up yourself, I would just have valve stems on both sides. Can't remember the last time I've had a valve stem issue.

FYI The centers are not reversed, stock VW centers are typically welded into wider doner "Hoops", that are usually reversed to get the proper offset and look.
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Due to the annoyance of this situation, I'm probably just gonna go to 4 wheel discs in a 5-4.75" pattern and run normal wheels.
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I emailed Fisher Buggies (they're like 15 miles away) and they told me they don't have a tire guy, and that "any tire store" should be able to help me. Grrr...
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If you can't weld the holes up yourself, I would just have valve stems on both sides. Can't remember the last time I've had a valve stem issue.

FYI The centers are not reversed, stock VW centers are typically welded into wider doner "Hoops", that are usually reversed to get the proper offset and look.
If you were local I would weld the holes up for you. I also have a balancer ring? for wide 5 wheels
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I'm about to say the hell with it and swap it over to 4 wheel discs with a Chevy pattern
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Be careful what disc set up you run.
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Paul had trouble with the EMPI disc brakes on Bugsplat.
Everything was either modified to work properly, or replaced.
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Hmmm... I'm not too anxious to spend the coin on CSP brakes, but if that's what I gotta do...
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I had the empi discs on the rear of my black vert. I didn't have any issues but I never drove it...lol

I may be interested in the wheels you have if you sell them.
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I'm famously indecisive. But if I do decide to get rid of them, they're yers
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yea the Empi kit with the stamped steel brackets was shit. I run the CB performance disc kits now, no problems.

And the EMPI master cyl was shit.
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After that turd of an aluminum dash panel, I really wanna avoid Empi as much as possible.
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I've had the EMPI rear disc kit on my old vert and on my bus now and they have been great. It is the kit with the cast mount though.
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I was looking at the CB Performance brakes, but they don't offer it in a 5 on 4.75 bolt pattern.
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