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PostSubject: spare tire in an old bug   Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:47 am

Okay, so you know how the spare fits in the front of the trunk? I run 165-15 in the rear and 135-15 in the front. I can put a front spare there, but can't fit a spare with a 165 on it unless I drain the air down to 15#. Is this normal or is it just the new maker of my tires.

The Michelins used to fit back in the old days. But I just moved an older Nanking off my rears when I bought a new set of Nankings (not thrilled with the tires, but they seem to be the only company making 135's and had to be special ordered). Won't fit.

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:36 am

The 165 should fit. However, can you fit a 165 on the front of your car? Is it lowered? Something to think about. If you ever needed a spare, it wouldn't do you much good if it wont fit on the front. I'd suggest using a 135 or even maybe a 145 for a spare if you think you might have clearance problems with the 165.

But, to answer your original question, the 165 should fit in the spare tire well.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:25 am

My spare 165s don't really fit in the trunk either. The hood won't lock down. the safety latch hooks, but the lock doesn't. The tire hits the hood. I currently have a 155 as a spare, but still have the same problem. Next time I buy a set of tires, I will get a small spare also.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:25 am

Okay, this is what I thought, I just wanted to be sure there wasn't an issue with Hugo. Same as you David, it closes, but won't latch until I let a bunch of air out.

I also was thinking about the fact that I couldn't use the tire as a front spare. But I was worried that a 135 spare wouldn't hold up the weight in the rear?

I'll probably just do that though, next time I am due for tires, I'll use an old 135 as a spare.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:28 am

Spare tire?

What is this spare tire thing that you speak of?

Oh you mean the wiper bottle pressurization system...

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:32 am

Yeah, that would be it. Ha!

Does anyone actually have that system on their car still? Mind did. Replaced it with a later model air tank.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:42 am

I have all of the pieces and parts but since I don't have a spare tire I have not installed it.

So here is a funny story because I am so dumb and was such a noob.
(Because I am not anymore)

When I first got May, I was going over everything and I noticed the water bottle under the 'bonnet' just lying there where the spare is 'supposed' to be and connected to the wiper switch.

And I thought to myself "Wow, those German engineers, they made a tiny water pump that can fit inside of the wiper switch, amazing!"

It was a few weeks later when I found the right cap for the water bottle that I learned that it connects to the spare tire to pressurize itself.

Too funny I know.

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:56 am

Oh, and how many have blown up the little tank by putting too much air in it. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:27 pm

the 135's will handle the weight no problem. the "spare" doughnuts they put in new cars have less rubber than a 135 and they hold up a submarine with no problem!

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:06 pm

You people are not mentioning the width of your tires. A metric 165 common replacement will fit in a Bug that has a reasonably straight front end.
VWs originally came with 155s.
I think after they changed the standard front end in I THINK 1968, the standard tire was increased to 165.

I have a typical 165 in my '63 and it's tight, but fits.
No wiper bottle, though.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:22 pm

My front rims are 4-1/2" rims and my rears are 5-1/2" rims. Yes, it came with 155-15's on all four wheels when I got it in 1978, original. Back in the early days of CalLook, lowered the bug with a "select a drop". I got four new chrome wheels and put the 135 and 165's on. But, if memory serves me right, I immediately replaced the two front rims with narrower ones because the 5-1/2" rims stuck out way beyond the edge of the small tires and looked stupid. Rolling Eyes

So my spare is a 5-1/2" rim also, one that I replaced on the front with the narrower ones.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:16 pm

The 5-1/2" would be too much wheel to fit in the spare area.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:23 pm

So my only question is if you were to ACTUALLY have a spare tire (and who does THAT?!?!?) where would you keep the mini keg????

scratch

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:57 pm

Mini keg can fit in the rear luggage area in a pinch. Wink

So, remind me because I don't recall, were the original rims 5-1/2 or 4-1/2"?

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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:40 am

4-1/2"
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:20 pm

I thought they were officially 4", but that always seemed narrow to me. They're probably something metric. Somewhere around here I have a 1963 Bug factory handbook.

...and I carry a spare in both my Bugs. I take them out on the open road hundreds of miles weekly. Plus they're additional front impact strength.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:46 pm

Jim Douglas Jr wrote:
Plus they're additional front impact strength.

I agree with that.





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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:35 pm

Thanks Greg. That makes sense. That must be why my new one doesn't quite fit, it's a 5-1/2" *and* 165.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:43 pm

Too wide.
For my 6" wides, I used a standard spare wheel whose tire is the same overall diameter as the other tires.
I lucked out and got the same lettering, too.
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PostSubject: Re: spare tire in an old bug   Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:21 pm

It is sweet!

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