aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by Piledriver » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:16 pm

While AWD is tempting, I'm just looking for cheap (and strong) 5x130 aluminum front hubs to go with the mongo front brakes with minimal suckage.

The cut down stock rotor/hat setup I have actually works perfectly, but is hugely inelegant//fugly and requires a 1" wheel spacer UNDER the hat, PLUS one under the wheel.
I want to make that all go away.
The stub and bearing may just end up being 3X the std ball joint stub strength tho.

The front suspension would need a bit of a redesign to go AWD, although probably not as much as you'd think.
Much easier on a super beetle as Mk1 golf struts etc can be (more or less) bolted in.

Nate already swapped a 911 front suspension into his Square, so almost anything is possible with a welder...

Note there is a lister here actively doing an AWD swap, using WRX bits.

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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by petew » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:50 pm

I saw that sign, pretty epic eh! :D

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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by Piledriver » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:07 am

Just found out about common non-Porsche common wheel in 5x130---
some Dodge/Benz trucks/vans and newer Mercedes (possibly 12mm stud, but thats fixable).
Seem to be quite a few reasonably priced factory and aftermarket wheels for that app in many sizes and offsets.
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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by H2OSB » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:14 am

Yeah, it's those ultra tall trucks Dodge makes with Mercedes, Sprintster, I think it's called. There were inly a few years with 5x130 PCD. The wheels are 16 inches, and you'd want the front wheels only. They're available new but a little spendy for steel wheels, IMO.

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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by Piledriver » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:53 pm

Search on Mercedes 5x130 wheels
Its not just Sprinter truck wheels, , 15"-22" dia, many widths, most higher offset around 50.
some AMGs, trucks, G Wagen

14"-18" steelies exist... but most choices are aluminum.
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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by Piledriver » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:38 pm

Found a source of thick wall seamless 4130 tubing, about $30-45 for a foot.
This would need machined to "finished" id of the new front double row sealed bearing.
The end would get threaded for a big nut/lock.
It would be welded into a bored stock steering knuckle, after press fit in the hole.

Found 38 x 9.58mm wall, that will work...
http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cf ... &top_cat=0
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Re: aluminum 944 arms--- what shocks? Brakes?

Post by petew » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:12 pm

We're all just sitting back thinking... 'he should build me a set too'. :lol:

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