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    Thread: Beetle 'Heritage Wheel' Design Offers Steelie Look with Many Options

    1. 02-14-2012 05:08 PM #1


      While at the Volkswagen Accessory tech facility in Virginia recently on other matters, our staff had a chance to play with the new factory heritage style wheel design that is offered standard on the 2012 Beetle.

      During some down time, we had a chance to sit down and get up close with a set of Beetle factory Heritage wheels. When we did, we realized that right out of the box (or factory if you like), 2012 Beetle owners may have a set of modular wheels that are as customizable as the old MOMO I.D.E.A.’s from the 90’s. Stay with me on this.



      Made to look like a vintage steel wheel from the original Type 1, though crafted from alloy, this new 17” x 7” (small on paper but looking meaty shod with a 215/55R17 tire) setup offers the sort of modular customization that one might expect, including Volkswagen roundel-emblazoned mooneye hubcaps and chrome trim rings from the factory. However, anyone faintly familiar with the VAG parts bin or OE+ movement, will quickly recognize that you can easily configure these wheels differently or mix and match other center caps and lug covers.

      For now, the wheel is available in both black and white, and we found a specimen of each in the Volkswagen garage. With a box of various caps, lug covers, etc. around, we began to play with the various setups and snapped photos of each configuration we were able to devise so that those interested in this new factory rim setup might have some material with which to render their own car with these modern “steelies”.



      We hear Volkswagen envisioned a multi-configuration model for the Beetle whereby owners might change their wheels week-to-week in order to keep their car looking fresh. No doubt many Beetle customers will take them up on the idea, though we’re guessing an enthusiast scene in love with steelies and the multi-configuration idea might consider fitment on other cars as well.

      Worth noting, the box of caps and parts that we pulled some of these parts from also included nearly every other cap and lug cover currently offered by VW and dating back to the black plastic roundels of the Mk1 and Mk2 cars. While Touareg hardware is too big, most of these older center caps are too small. Some, like those of the Mk4, seem to fit but would likely pop out with only slight jarring.

      Enjoy the photos and please post renders you might create to our forums. We’d love to see them. More angles and higher resolution can be found via our photo gallery link below.

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      02-14-2012 05:23 PM #2
      I saw a vid where a dealer did the same thing w/ the disc wheel. A couple of other configurations where to have the smaller hub covered w/ the VW logo and the lugs exposed. The other was to cover the the larger center hub w/ a cover (lugs hidden)

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      02-14-2012 06:01 PM #3
      I really wish they come out with some larger sizes of this wheel. For now I just hope the caps fit the 17x8 Benz steelies I have in the shed!

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      02-14-2012 07:45 PM #4
      I sense winter setup! Do the polished center caps fit regular OEM VW steelies?
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      These wheels are sweet. I think I'll get some to rock during summer. Now off to dealer.
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      02-14-2012 09:49 PM #6
      Nice work, George. Thanks.

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      02-14-2012 11:07 PM #7
      I can imagine how sweet those wheels would look on mkII. Without the hubcaps.

    8. 02-15-2012 12:11 AM #8
      Are these 5x112?

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      02-15-2012 03:37 AM #9
      i seen the first wheels on a baby blue new beetle, i was like wow that is fuken cool makes the car look retro as hell

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      02-15-2012 05:52 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by sagerabbit View Post
      Are these 5x112?
      Yes.

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      any ideas on pricing as of yet?

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      02-15-2012 05:11 PM #12
      How much do these retro wheel weigh? More or less than a comparable 17 in Golf wheel?

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      nice looking wheel,i think it would work great on mk3-4 with some whitewall tires and appropriate body styling.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sagerabbit View Post
      Are these 5x112?
      Yes 17" 5x112 bolt pattern
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      02-16-2012 11:09 AM #15
      I wonder why they decided to go with an alloy wheel that looks like a steelie instead of just making a steel wheel? I know there's weight savings, but an alloy wheel costs more. They could have made the base model Beetles a little cheaper, or slightly more profitable if they kept the price the same.

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      02-17-2012 01:33 AM #16
      Those are really good looking wheels.

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      I wish they made a 5x130 pattern with 911R offsets. These would be fun to put on my 914 or a longhood 911.

      Would be fun to see if they could be fitted to my old W114 Benz
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      Just picked up a set for my b5 passat. Putting tires on em hopefully next week pics should follow after.
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    19. 03-04-2012 01:17 PM #19
      Hi, I have a set of these for sale on Ebay - just listed. Please email with questions.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-Volkswago...#ht_500wt_1142

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      03-04-2012 02:11 PM #20
      Welcome to the forum, vwbeetle2012owner.

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      Anyone know the offset? Thinking of a set for my MK4 wagon and need to check on adapters.

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      03-07-2012 06:01 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by B166eR - VW View Post
      Anyone know the offset?
      48.

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      03-07-2012 09:14 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by UTE View Post
      48.

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      Thanks Bill.... Thats perfect. Stock tire size is 215/55, I would probably try to go with the stock tire size for the MK4 at 225/45. 55 would be too tall and I would like to go with something wider to give them a more beefy look. I think the narrow 7" wheel would get lost under a MK4 wagon.

      Thinking maybe 25mm adapters making them an effective ET of 23 all around. Maybe 20mm up front.

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      03-08-2012 11:17 AM #24
      I found a post elsewhere that stated that there were other colored caps and other beauty rings that could be purchased. Is that true?

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      Quote Originally Posted by B166eR - VW View Post
      I found a post elsewhere that stated that there were other colored caps and other beauty rings that could be purchased. Is that true?
      That was the rumor. In fact, mid-level 2.5s were supposed to get a trim ring that clipped over the 'Heritage' wheel, but none have come through.

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      Nice. But not on a GTI.
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      Mine are going on a TDI wagon (MK4). I hope they look as good on it as they do on that GTI.

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      03-09-2012 04:53 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by B166eR - VW View Post
      Anyone know the offset? Thinking of a set for my MK4 wagon and need to check on adapters.
      43.

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      03-09-2012 07:37 PM #30
      Well, thats one post for 48 and one for 43.

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      03-09-2012 07:47 PM #31
      Well, ET43 is the number cast into the back of the wheel.

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      03-09-2012 08:06 PM #32
      I believe you... I would prefer 43. Then I could just use 25mm all around.

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      03-09-2012 09:30 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by centerpunch2 View Post
      Well, ET43 is the number cast into the back of the wheel.
      Good catch. Factory VW wheels for the Beetle do run 43 to 48 ET. 48 is simply the standard.

      Keep in mind a 5mm difference (between 48 and 43) is a whopping 1/5 of an inch.

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      03-09-2012 10:15 PM #35
      1/5 of an inch is nothing but if I would have gotten 25mm/33mm adapters, I would have been poking...... Which I guess I would have dealt with it.

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