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Re: [T3] Wheel Offset

On Jan 20, 2005, at 12:31 AM, Jim Adney wrote:

On 19 Jan 2005 at 23:31, John Jaranson wrote:

By the numbers here, most the 4" wide Beetle wheels really shouldn't be
a problem with fitment on our Type 3s since the offset is 40mm compared
to our 46mm. The narrower wheel making up for the difference in

I thought that the offset was just what was required to put the center of the
tire contact patch in line with the ball joint axis. That is what you would
want to prevent braking forces from being able to provide torque to the
steering. If that's the case, then I'd think that even for a narrower wheel,
you would want the same offset.

Ideally you would always want the same offset to get max bearing life and to reduce the loads on all the other suspension and steering parts. Just found it interesting that there are Beetle wheels out there, and lots of them since the 4" wheels were used from 66-72 or something like that, that can be used on our cars without rubbing issues if you can't get actually Type 3 wheels.

John Jaranson
'66 Square (Sophy)
'71 Fasty (Jane - darkside project in waiting)
various parts.....don't we all.

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