Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

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Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by airkooledchris » Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:07 pm

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The center bore is perfectly round in the second one. There is also a difference in how well defined those little bumps are around the inner circle.


Was there a particular year they switched to using one Vs the other?
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Re: Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by asiab3 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:49 pm

I've never seen the one on the top before. I'm interested to learn where it came from. Don't tire balancing shops prefer the centric hole for easy of mounting?

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Re: Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:00 pm

asiab3 wrote:I've never seen the one on the top before. I'm interested to learn where it came from. Don't tire balancing shops prefer the centric hole for easy of mounting?

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The one on the top is the one fitted to every perforated disk wheel Volkswagen bus/Vanagon I have ever seen, save for some owner's manuals tire change pictures . . . .

Road Warrior Sep 2007

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BobD 2010

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Some Vanagon owner's manual:

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Oh look, some crappy 90's mexican parts catalogue shows the round centers . . . :cyclopsani:

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Re: Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by kreemoweet » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:29 pm

All five of my '71 bus wheels have the perfectly round holes. I feel lucky.

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Re: Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by airkooledchris » Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:54 pm

The one in the picture is date stamped 5/76.

Thus far it seems the only thing we know for sure is that we don't know. =) More to come?
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Re: Bus Rims Circle vs Patterned Centers?

Post by 71whitewesty » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:54 pm

My 71's are all stamped 71 as well. I have a couple of the later style mixed in on one bus. Not sure what year the change over was.

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