Car: 1991 VW Golf Mk2 1.8 Driver
Even though this Golf had a perfectly good set of wheels & tyres when we bought the car, we were never going to stick with the original steel wheels for long!
We immediately began to search for a set of good looking alloy wheels in good condition. We did not really want or like the style very much of the ever popular BBS alloys. No, we prefer the look of lesser (and easier to clean) wider spoked wheels with bigger gaps in.
We soon decided that we wanted a set of 5 spoke alloy wheels. We also liked the TSW Venoms, and considered that these would look good on a mk2 Golf.
We did not expect to find any second hand TSW Venoms to fit a VW Golf at a cheap price though, and so we resigned to the fact we should just look for a cheap set of 5-spoke wheels. Very soon into our search a great set of TSW Venoms popped up for auction on ebay, they were ones for a Vauxhall Corsa though, and so they would be the wrong size to fit a VW golf Mk2!
We checked on an alloy wheel dealers' website and the sizes for a MK2 Golf were; PCD 4x100, Offset 35 to 40, Bore 57.1, those of a Vauxhall Corsa were; PCD 4x100, Offset 35 to 45, and Bore 56.6.
We decided that with this set of Alloy wheels being virtually unused they were definately worth putting in a bid (sets that actually fit Golfs were going for silly high prices). Like all items on ebay though, if you really want something only ever make 1 bid in the last few seconds. At £107.01 we just had to collect & pay.
A few hours later & we went to pick the wheels up, the seller said both the under bidders, had been sending emails, asking if we had collected yet, as they both really wanted them on their Vauxhall's, and would pay more to get them, but the seller told them I had made contact and was going to collect. The seller was a bit surprised when we told him we were putting them on a VW Golf!
The profile on the tyres is slightly smaller for the Corsa, so when the tyres need replacing we will just buy some of the correct size.
With a bit of sanding of the bore holes, it was very easy, to make the bore size slightly larger as required, and we soon had them fitted to the car. We sold the old wheels on ebay for £81, to a garage looking for a good set of steel wheels to help sell a car they had in stock. So changing this car over to alloy wheels worked out very cheap indeed! at £26.01!
The all important BEFORE photos! As you can see the wheels and tyres were very good indeed. They even had the centre caps.
Another BEFORE photo this time giving the side on view!
The last of the BEFORE photo's!
Here they are, the set of TSW Venoms we purchased off ebay! 1 or 2 have a few light scratches, but othing too serious considering the shape of Venoms makes it almost impossible not to kerb them at some stage! These don't seem to bad, but that's probably because they look like they have only covered less than a few hundred miles.
With such big gaps in the wheels we felt it would be worthwhile painting the brakes as they will now be visible behind the wheels. So we simply cleaned them up with the wire brush and scraper and painted them with Red Hammerite. (The side indicators have been smoked too!)
With the first of the new wheels in place, they definately look good.
Here's the other front wheel, those painted brakes look good too!
The AFTER pictures, you may notice other changes with the car too! The front grill has had the stripe painted red and the VW badge has been painted black.
The side view showing the new (to us!) TSW Venoms and tyres with red painted front calipers and rear drum brakes showing though.