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And where to get them


The plan with my car was to always keep close to OEM as possible but due to cost the suspension and wheels have meant its a bit further away than first planned even though I've tried to keep the rims as period as possible

I've seen a few OEM VW rims made into custom splits including the Scala snowflakes and pirelli wheels but never a set of tarantulas

In an effort to go OEM+ the original wheels intended for my black edition would be ideal as split customs

Question is where to get them made up or has anyone seen or got any snaps of tarantulas already done?

Current rides:
1985 GTI cabriolet
2005 BMW 535d (420bhp) sold
2004 Mk1 Octavia VRS (250bhp)
2002 Yamaha R1 track bike (crashed)

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https://en-gb.facebook.com/crcustomwheels/

I have seen tarantuals but I can't find any pics.

Have a word with your local machinists.

If you can't find one local to you I have a guy down here that might be able to help (in Cornwall) .

BTW it's expensive. You'll be looking at between 1500 & 2000 for all the bits.

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Gulp! As much as that.

Not having facebook can make life awkward sometimes, that company look really good and being in Kent that isnt to far from me really

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2002 Yamaha R1 track bike (crashed)

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It's the barrels and lips you need to buy that makes it expensive. Plus the bolts and the sealing strips for the split rims.

Plus getting 4 rings cut by someone to then welded to the alloy face you have to get machined off the original wheels.

You also have to make the decision on the offset and the width you want to run before you even start.

TBH it's one of those projects in it's own right  :lol:

Buy the bits whn you have a bit of spare cash after finding some one who can do it and go slow. That way the payout won't seem so bad  O_o

and for inspiration

http://forum.retro-rides.org/thread/158515/fun-big-lathe-pics

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Ive just been looking at split rim spares on ebay actually.

Am I right in thinking it would be an inner barrel, an outer lip and a face or centre ie the original wheel?

To be fair it might be a better idea to have them welded as one piece sections

I think 15x8 courtesy of a nice deep dish on the rear with a et35 will work

And 15x7 et 40 fronts

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2005 BMW 535d (420bhp) sold
2004 Mk1 Octavia VRS (250bhp)
2002 Yamaha R1 track bike (crashed)

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Yup, you'd need the barrel and the lips.

The face is milled from your existing wheels.

You then need a ring cutting to weld to the face that's been cut off the original wheels. The ring is then drilled for the bolt holes for the lips and barrels.

Normally the wheel size increases either by one or two inches depending on how it's done.

If you're running coilovers then an offset that low might cause trouble depending on where the adjuster seat sits.

And unless you're going totally 'scene' and stretching you tyres you'll need a 225 or similar width on the 8" rim……….

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Right been looking long and hard at this and what set ups I can use.

Possibly buying a full set of rims and breaking them down and getting my own centres cut and put in them.

Taking the dims of my own wheels in to account I'm running 7j with a 15mm spacers so I know I have 7.5j worth of space on the rear with 185/45's with the offset at et27

7.5 maybe the limit on the rears and a 195/45 and would like a little more dish on the rears

This is a minefield and potentially an expensive one

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2004 Mk1 Octavia VRS (250bhp)
2002 Yamaha R1 track bike (crashed)

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Yup, expensive and minefields are the words I'd choose.

Erm, Can you do me a favour though please and stop reffering to "7J"? 7 inches wide is the width of the wheels. 'J' refers to the shape of the inner lip where the tyre mounts and in no way whatsoever relates to the width of the wheels.

It's something that seems to have come about when referring to width of wheels in the last 5 years or so and really boils my beans!

Sorry to be a pedantic SOB.

Anyhooooo.

I have a guide that may be of assistance

https://vwgolfmk1.org.uk/forum/index.php?page=topicview&id=how-to_2%2Fborednow-s-guide-to

The good thing with splits is that you can potentially replace the lips and reduce the width if required.

Also staggering a set for back and front is also possible.

If you're running offset of 27 on the back with 15mm spacers that effectively means an offset of 12mm. I'd be betting you have more that an inch of clearance from the insdie of the wheel as it sits now to the strut so as long as the tyre stays in line with the edge of the wheel you should be able to run an 8" wheel with an ET of 12 with no problems.

Try this site to help guage clearance etc

Online Wheel and Tyre Fitment Calculator. Offset, Tyre Stretch and Speedo Error | Will They Fit

If you know your current specs and can measure currentl clearances you should be able to work out max widths with different offsets etc.

Have fun!

And remember no 'J's in the future  :thumbs:

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Sorry borednow I actually had no idea that was what the J refered to.

But no, ET27 is my final ET on the rear with the spacers. Were previously ET42 all round.

The links look good and very helpful so thank you.
Time to get the project on the move and get spending after lots of measurements of course

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2005 BMW 535d (420bhp) sold
2004 Mk1 Octavia VRS (250bhp)
2002 Yamaha R1 track bike (crashed)

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My wheels are 6.5JJ

Two J's!!

J


J


J



Sorry.

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Actually that calculator link is awesome, could save a lot of purchases in error

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Roach said

My wheels are 6.5JJ

Two J's!!

J


J


J



Sorry.

I have no problem with that at all. You've sad that the wheels are 6.5JJ. That's fine. Your tyre fitter will be pleased to know what tyres will be required to fit the rim shape.:lol:So going under the premise (from people who are put on this earth just to annoy me) that 6.5J is 6.5" wide does that mean that your wheels are actually 13" wide?:PSee what I mean about 'J' not having anything to do with the width whatsoever :banghead:

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borednow said

Roach said

My wheels are 6.5JJ

Two J's!!

J


J


J



Sorry.

So going under the premise (from people who are put on this earth just to annoy me) that 6.5J is 6.5" wide does that mean that your wheels are actually 13" wide?

See what I mean about 'J' not having anything to do with the width whatsoever  :banghead:



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