I wanted to post the link to this cool FacePage video mostly so I don’t lose it. It’s a walkaround of the pan, seat tracks, suspension and brakes from CoolRydes (Mendeola) and Wilwood.
Per Pete Skiba, an 7 inch wheel with a backspace of 5.125 to 5.5 inches will work with their Probuild 4″ narrowed beams.
This having been said, the 19 inch Porsche wheels I’m looking at will work with a moderate spacer.
Per Keven Zagar at CoolRydes So-Cal Customs…
Thanks for your interest in our suspension and performance products. Your question is not odd or blasphemous. in fact there are at least a half a dozen type ones both ghias and bugs that have our suspension with Ridetech air struts.
…from an email dated 7/17/17.
Thanks for the email Jim, the renderings, and the information. It will allow me to understand your vision and give you the best recommendations I can.
So, if you are building this for show use, anything can be done because expectations are about fit, finish and accomplishing your vision. Love the photoshops, it looks incredible. I need to be the devil’s advocate though. 19’s on a late model ghia, that is going to be tough. You really only have 7″ total width to play with, so finding a wheel that fits exactly, before paint is key to the entire equation. Air Ride and high performance are polar opposites. High performance applications need stability, firmness, less sway and body roll. Air Ride is plush, soft, floats like a butterfly, etc. But if you are building a show car, totally bitchin’! In my opinion, you will need to go one route or the other if you have expectations of one or the other, as having both is not an option.
My opinion, 4″ Narrowed PRObuilt Beam with air ride, front and rear disc brakes in a porsche bolt pattern and a mild 1914cc and below engine. This is one route. The other route, 4″ Narrowed PRObuilt beam with adjustable shocks, big BAD Series Brakes, adjustable shocks in the rear and the big 220 horse engine. Both are cool in their distinctive looks but function completely different.
What do you think?
Pete Skiba – Founder & COO
In retrospect, 220 ponies really would be over-kill for a 95% show Ghia. Realistically, am I going to spend 100’s of hours getting the body perfect to hit the road and beat the snot out of it? I’m guessing that 1914 would produce what, 110 – 120HP? Still a drivable VW. Probably save a couple grand on the engine build as well. I’ll need that, as I’m really stuck on the 19’s and I’m certain I’ll have to get them custom made.
Here’s what they suggested…
EDIT NOTE FROM 2/27/2020
Perhaps consider this. A custom made Avant Garde F230, 17×7 and a 205/50 17 tire. Per Pete Skiba, an 7 inch wheel with a backspace of 5.125 to 5.5 inches will work with their Probuild 4″ narrowed beams. You will need to check with AG to see what offsets they can do on this wheel.
Most likely extremely difficult to pull off, but it looks cool.
This 55 Oval, AKA the Pimento Memento, looks incredible with its Cal~look Stance. To achieve this look, we started with a #PRObuilt Stage 1 Ultimate Beam complete with BAD Series Brakes in 5/205 installed along with Wilwood calipers up front and adjustable shocks front and rear. Compliment that with 15×5 BRMs up front with 135sr15 Firestone’s and 15×6.5 BRMs in the rear with Wide Oval Bias Ply Firestones in the rear.
Want something like this on your ride? Simply hit REPLY and let us know what year and model VW you have and we will send you a quote free.
So I did hit reply and received it from Air Kewld. This is the kit they suggested for the Ghia.
Consider an air ride suspension setup.