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Old 11-11-2017, 05:52 AM   #26
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For those of us with 15" spares (PV/Amazon/1800/140 cars, late 240's, 700/900 series cars), find out where the VW Beetle/Bug guys get their tires. Pick up a 165SR15 tire from wherever they go. Have that installed on your spare rim. The minispare rim used on the later cars is essentially a 140 steelie painted black with 25mm offset instead of 40mm offset and with a large enough centerbore to avoid jamming the front brake rotor when it's torqued down.

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Old 11-11-2017, 04:07 PM   #27
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I use 205-60-15 on my wagon. The spare is a 205-60-15 all season tire on a 740 steel wheel. The only drawback is that it is heavy. The VW tire as a spare is a good idea since it is light but is a bit tall unless you are using taller tires and wheels like 16" and larger on a 240.

Back in the 80s on my 62 beetle I had the usual 165-15 tires. I got some wider chrome steel wheels and put 205-60-15 on my beetle. The handling was greatly improved but the gearing was so much shorter I hardly had a highway gear for fourth. lol.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:02 AM   #28
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^Yeah, I could see that being a problem. 205/65R15 might be closer in diameter for a Beetle, as well as a non-turbo 245...

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:32 AM   #29
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Hmm.. This made me think, still have the original 1982 spare wheel in my 244. Problem would be fitting a full sized one in the spare tyre wells, though.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:11 AM   #30
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I went to a local tire store and asked for a tire that approximated the height of the 35 year old spare. No problem. Owner looked up the height and width of the rim and produced an inexpensive replacement. It sorta looked like a compromise between the original spare and a real tire. It had to be ordered but that only took a couple days.
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