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Unread 02-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default VW Jetta III GLX VR6 rims/tires

I have a 1996 VW Jetta III GLX VR6 that I am getting new rims/tires for and need some advice.

First, I'm wondering what the stock aluminum alloy 15" VW rims from this model are worth in good condition. The rims are perfect as far as functionality and facial appearance. There is, of course, black discoloration from brake dust/heat on the inside of the rims(not visual when mounted).

These are also being sold with the tires, which are Toyo Proxes FZ4 P205/50R-15 (84Z). The tires are basically brand new...only used for about 2K miles which when they were removed and stacked in a heated garage for about 4 years or so while I have been slowly rebuilding the car. The tread never wore enough that it could be measured with a tread guage. If possible I'd like some recommendations for the rim/tires together(4x) or at least the rims.

As for the new ones....I need some advice as to what brands/size of rim and tires are good quality/performance today as I've been out of the loop for a while. The car has been lowered ~2" coil-over all around with stock brake rotors as of now(might go a little bigger unless limits wheel size a lot). Car has stage 1 turbo kit...estimated 230-250whp(based on turbo kit specs, no dyno yet) with definite plans of +hp. Currently has 5-speed tranny & future plans of 6-speed upgrade as long as budget and performance/research allow.


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Unread 02-15-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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There are too many brands to list, but whatever you choose, be sure its a good company, many of the Ebay brands will break or crack from just hitting a pot hole. I almost bought a set of XXR wheels, untill i kept stumbling across bad reviews on forums where people cracked and even snapped them in half. I have a buddy that sells wheels at a local shop, so if you find a brand you like, PM me and i may have a deal for you...

What size wheels are you thinking? And do you know what size offset youll need for the wheels?
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I like OEM wheels the most because they are always inexpensive for the quality you get. I am not saying you should keep your stock wheels. Newer jettas, golfs and vr6 passats as well as the mk1 audi TT's used the same 5x100 bolt pattern you have.

My fav's are the "fat fives" off of the TT's, although not sure if this is necessarily the performance you had in mind. Otherwise I think that any 16" or 15" with a really fat tire (around a 235 for us puny vw's) would look great on a mk3!

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