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Old 03-10-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
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does anyone no haw safe rim adapters are? has anyone used them before. i bought a pair of 3 month old 17'' chrome rims with tires off ebay and the person lied to me and told me that they were a 5x115 but when they were delivered and i went to try them on they did not fir so i took them to a local rim shop who measured them and told me they were 5x100 and not 5x115.. so i argued with the person and i could not get a reply and ebay told me since i paid with moneyorder they can not help me. so im stuck with a almost new pair of 17'' helo cgrome rims and tires. but i really want them and dont want to sell so i was told by my local rim shop they sell rim adapters to go on my 5x115 and it will allow me to mount the 5x100 rims tjhat i have.

the rim adapters are 1'' thick not 2 like most.. can any one tell me if i should buy the adapters fpr $80 or should i take a $800 loss on the rims..

i mean the adapters wont come loose or come off when im driving right? can i trust them? please help me and my bonnie.. thanks alot bonneville club..
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Im not that familliar with them but have heard of them, I dont see why they would'nt be safe though?
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Although I have never personally used them, I know of several people who have with no safety issues or other adverse effects.
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I had an old Beetle that used 4 lug bolts and I used adapters to mount Pontiac 5 lug X 4.75" wheels on it. I drove that car through creeks, over rocks, and at speeds way past legal. I never had any problems with the adapter bolts or the lug nuts coming loose. The ones I have are cast aluminum. I would expect billet ones to be even stronger, but like I said, I never had any problems with the cast ones. I drove that car into the ground with those adapters bolted on it. I recently bead blasted them and checked them for cracks. I found none and they look good enough to use on my next VW project.
If you decide to use adapters, you should get your front end aligned with the new wheels and tires and adapters all mounted how it will be driven.
Here is a link to a good looking billet adapter. http://www.adaptitusa.com/index.asp?...ROD&ProdID=171
If you order some online, make it very clear which bolt pattern is which, they make both kinds. That is to say, you wouldn't want to order Cavalier hub adapters for Bonneville wheels, when what you need are Bonneville hub adapters for Cavalier wheels.
These are $45 or so apiece. Is the $80 price you were quoted for all 4 or just one?
$20 apiece sounds kind of cheap. If it were me, I would get the best ones I could find. These Bonnevilles are a lot heavier than a VW Beetle.
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I had an old Beetle that used 4 lug bolts and I used adapters to mount Pontiac 5 lug X 4.75" wheels on it. I drove that car through creeks, over rocks, and at speeds way past legal. I never had any problems with the adapter bolts or the lug nuts coming loose. The ones I have are cast aluminum. I would expect billet ones to be even stronger, but like I said, I never had any problems with the cast ones. I drove that car into the ground with those adapters bolted on it. I recently bead blasted them and checked them for cracks. I found none and they look good enough to use on my next VW project.
If you decide to use adapters, you should get your front end aligned with the new wheels and tires and adapters all mounted how it will be driven.
Here is a link to a good looking billet adapter. http://www.adaptitusa.com/index.asp?...ROD&ProdID=171
If you order some online, make it very clear which bolt pattern is which, they make both kinds. That is to say, you wouldn't want to order Cavalier hub adapters for Bonneville wheels, when what you need are Bonneville hub adapters for Cavalier wheels.
These are $45 or so apiece. Is the $80 price you were quoted for all 4 or just one?
$20 apiece sounds kind of cheap. If it were me, I would get the best ones I could find. These Bonnevilles are a lot heavier than a VW Beetle.
they are cheap because they are couple months old already and the person no lnger needs them
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I'd do it.
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Go ahead and do it, my brother-in-law had rim adapters on his Sebring (dont now specifacations) but he had slid into a curb sideways so hard that the rim cracked and the adapters didn't even bend or anything, so I wouldn't worry about it.
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