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    Thread: Please help clarify the wheel specs on mk6 GLI autobahn

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      06-05-2012 04:18 PM #1
      First, I was confused whether I had the bathursts or the charlestons, but after searching this site, I'm now 100% sure my GLI autobahn came with the charleston wheels, just with black accents.

      Now my question is, what are the wheel specs for this? According to this, charleston wheels are 18x7.5. But I've also read that they're 18x8.

      Can anyone provide some clarity on the specs of this wheel? What is the offset too? I've searched the threads but there's conflicting information.

      Here is a photo of my wheel just for reference (taken after I had just badly curbed them two weeks after purchase )

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      06-05-2012 04:35 PM #2
      Those are indeed the Charlestons. As far as I know, they are 18x7.5.

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      06-05-2012 04:45 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI'Bahn View Post
      Those are indeed the Charlestons. As far as I know, they are 18x7.5.
      Thanks. I just noticed the slight differences recently. Now that I'm aware of this, I've been looking over other GLI AB owners' pictures and I haven't seen anyone else with charestons. I find it odd that people who purchased theirs later than me still got it with bathursts, when according to this, GLI's with bathurst wheels were limited in the first run.

      I wonder if it's the region. Can anyone else in CA or the western region with a GLI AB confirm what wheels theirs came with?
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      06-05-2012 04:57 PM #4
      Wow, so I checked a local VW dealer's inventory for a GLI and they have this:



      Another one with bathursts! I mean, to a certain extent, i'm glad I seem to be in the minority with having charlestons. I just can't help wonder why though?

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      06-05-2012 05:30 PM #5
      hey man, i know it doesent help you by region, but i just picked up my GLI Autobahn 2 weeks ago in NY and it came with Charlestons. and btw i thought they were 18x8 too.

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      06-05-2012 05:45 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by flyinbry5 View Post
      hey man, i know it doesent help you by region, but i just picked up my GLI Autobahn 2 weeks ago in NY and it came with Charlestons. and btw i thought they were 18x8 too.
      oh thank gawd you chimed in! haha Can you take photos of yours? Do they have black accents too?

      I actually like the charlestons better, but if they're 18x7.5, then I now feel that much more inclined to buy aftermarket wheels. I know half an inch probably doesn't mean much, but I really prefer 8" over 7.5 (cue the inevitable "that's what she said" ).

    7. 06-05-2012 05:51 PM #7
      This probably doesn't help much, but I just picked up my GLI in CT a week and a half ago and I have the wheels shown on the white GLI shown above.
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      06-05-2012 06:11 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by erick.s View Post
      This probably doesn't help much, but I just picked up my GLI in CT a week and a half ago and I have the wheels shown on the white GLI shown above.
      No it helps. Thanks for chiming in

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      06-05-2012 06:28 PM #9
      VW charleston
      Wheel diameter (in.) 18 Wheel width (in.) 7.5
      Wheel lug pattern (mm) 5x112 Wheel centerbore (mm) 57.1
      Wheel offset (mm) 51 Wheel part # 1K0 071 498 AG 16Z
      Stock tire size 225/40-18 Center cap part # 3b7 601 171 bxf
      misc notes Color is black paint w/silver spokes weight (lbs) 29
      misc notes Charleston also a different 17" wheel, made by fundo. 04-08 mk5 golf, jetta, 2010 Jetta TDI Cup edition


      I hope this helps, I found it on myturbodiesel.com
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      06-05-2012 08:25 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by jmchristian View Post
      VW charleston
      Wheel diameter (in.) 18 Wheel width (in.) 7.5
      Wheel lug pattern (mm) 5x112 Wheel centerbore (mm) 57.1
      Wheel offset (mm) 51 Wheel part # 1K0 071 498 AG 16Z
      Stock tire size 225/40-18 Center cap part # 3b7 601 171 bxf
      misc notes Color is black paint w/silver spokes weight (lbs) 29
      misc notes Charleston also a different 17" wheel, made by fundo. 04-08 mk5 golf, jetta, 2010 Jetta TDI Cup edition


      I hope this helps, I found it on myturbodiesel.com
      Wow thanks for this! I was actually curious about the weight too. I wonder how much the bathursts weigh in comparison.

      Alas, there's no denying I have 18x7.5 rims. All the more reason to buy aftermarket ones.
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      06-05-2012 08:28 PM #11
      flyinbry5 and erick.s:

      I'm curious. Which autobahn trim did you both get? with or without NAV?

    12. 06-06-2012 09:16 AM #12
      Non-nav here.
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      06-06-2012 09:52 AM #13
      I love my Bathurst wheels, so different and instantly recognizable. I had heard that they ran out of them for production and were using other wheels for the time, not sure if that was rumor or truth though.

      @erik, don't wanna thread jack but hit me up in PM, wanna know more about your car and where you bought it. I've been cruising around CT in my GLI since Thanksgiving and have only seen one other car.

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      06-06-2012 02:17 PM #14
      Just out of curiousity..I think I may have seen the Charlestons on a black Autobahn before, but I can't remember how they looked. Would you mind posting a pic of your car? I have the Bathurts on my black Autobahn and I love the style of them, but I'm wondering what I'd think of the Charlestons on it.

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      06-06-2012 02:35 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI'Bahn View Post
      Just out of curiousity..I think I may have seen the Charlestons on a black Autobahn before, but I can't remember how they looked. Would you mind posting a pic of your car? I have the Bathurts on my black Autobahn and I love the style of them, but I'm wondering what I'd think of the Charlestons on it.
      Yeah I'll try to do it later today after work. In the mean time, this is the only one I could find via google images:




      I guess charleston wheels are actually more rare than bathursts

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      06-06-2012 03:45 PM #16
      i got the autobahn without navi. iphone 4s is good enough. and i just woke up(my day off) and ill go take a pic of the wheels, but they are the same as the pick posted above on the black car.

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      06-06-2012 04:25 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by flyinbry5 View Post
      i got the autobahn without navi. iphone 4s is good enough. and i just woke up(my day off) and ill go take a pic of the wheels, but they are the same as the pick posted above on the black car.
      You probably have the Bathursts like me...If that's the case, I see those everyday

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      06-06-2012 04:57 PM #18
      This is what came with mine.

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      06-07-2012 12:57 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by jmchristian View Post
      This is what came with mine.
      same.

    20. 06-07-2012 02:10 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by jmchristian View Post
      This is what came with mine.
      Love these wheels. Do they come with the Autobahn package??

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      06-07-2012 06:22 AM #21
      Here are my wheels. Autobahn w navi. Still confusing sometimes about these damn wheels.


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      06-07-2012 06:57 AM #22
      Yes they are stock Autobahn wheels.

    23. 06-07-2012 09:17 AM #23
      So do the Bathursts have the same specs as the Charlestons listed above?
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      06-07-2012 08:34 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by erick.s View Post
      So do the Bathursts have the same specs as the Charlestons listed above?
      I would think so, but really don't know for sure, sorry.

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      06-07-2012 10:50 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by erick.s View Post
      So do the Bathursts have the same specs as the Charlestons listed above?
      I thought bathursts were 18x8. But that's what i'm hoping this thread will clarify

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