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I remember seeing a mk4 yonks ago that was pretty modded, dropped on its backside and running steelies for the winter, and it looked pretty good - had a kind of dirty look to it as the wheels were black - but still pulled off the modded look very well [Y]
I recall a similar MK4 Golf with 16" steel wheels and the car was very standard to look at and it was decked, and the Steel wheels had been reconditioned Alloy Silver... it had a TT engine pushing 260bhp... what a sleeper....

After seeing that, I tried to find 17" steel wheels that would fit my Golf so I could do this look for the winter and for when I give my wheels a very good clean, plus considered using them to drive to shows and then change the wheels over so there would be no brake dust on them. When I knew I wanted bigger brakes then this went out of the window.

I guess steel wheels are one of those things that sounds nasty until you see it done.... Like:

a Yellow S3... if you've never seen one, it sounds nasty, but when you see it it works...

Bora front conversion on a Golf.... I thought that would be nasty until I saw one completed.

Tabs go for it mate.... if it looks S**t then just change the car back again and sell the steel wheels on.. how about looking for 17" steel wheels and use hub converters... as I don't think VW 5x100 PCD do any high than 16". May be try some Hub caps to match Audi do some nice disc style.

Just my opinion.... but I would go for it
 

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So I've decided to advance my plan of running winter wheels, which I was going to do after ED38's show in September, and I'm now going to fit to my newly purchased 16" steelies next week.

Question is, should I purchase a new Anni rim from OEM Parts (they have the originals in stock) ?
Sorry mate just realised they you already have the steel rims!!!!!!

I would buy a new Anni wheel if I were you...
 

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Having a nice car like an Anni and driving around on 16" steelies just doesn't compute in my book...i understand keeping the original alloys mint, especially if they are rare, but 16" steelies???
I completely agree with you.

Sorry Tabs, I think if I ever saw an Anni on 16" steelies I really would laugh out loud [:D]

Are you gonna complete the look with some wheel trims?
lol the wheels do come with 16" Beetle trims [:p] But I won't be using them, I quite like the black look of the steelies.

It'll look quite good when its decked [:D]
Ditto.. I think it'll look good. I know it's an unusual look, but I think it'll look ace ! [:D]

EDIT : Pic to shjow the kind of look I think would look okay.

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I know it's not everyones taste, but I think it looks quite cool. I'd prob paint the wheel nuts though.
 

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HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD ????

I bet you leave the plastic cling film on your sofa and stuff don't you !!!!

An Anni with 16" black steelies on,.........I have read the entire thread and still it makes no sense.

What makes you think the garage is air and moisture tight ? Garages are damp and often have a higher relative humidity level than the average garden shed, due to the heat given off by the car ovenight, really storage aint gonna work, coroision is a chemical reaction, which you can not prevent, chemists for 10's of years have striven and fail to do just that.

You might as well enjoy them while they last and love every minute and photo oppurtunity, as I don't think you will gaze admirably at your car with 16" steelies on,...no matter how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise.

enough said really.
 

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HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD ????

I bet you leave the plastic cling film on your sofa and stuff don't you !!!!

An Anni with 16" black steelies on,.........I have read the entire thread and still it makes no sense.

What makes you think the garage is air and moisture tight ? Garages are damp and often have a higher relative humidity level than the average garden shed, due to the heat given off by the car ovenight, really storage aint gonna work, coroision is a chemical reaction, which you can not prevent, chemists for 10's of years have striven and fail to do just that.
They're being stored in the house, in huge condoms [:D] Three of the wheels are fine, I want to make sure they stay that way. Which, looking at the condition of them i.e. no visible signs of corrosion is going to be a damn site better than driving round with them on the car looking tatty.

You might as well enjoy them while they last and love every minute and photo oppurtunity, as I don't think you will gaze admirably at your car with 16" steelies on,...no matter how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise.

enough said really.
So having the wheels on the car for three-four weeks then watching as they corrode and look ultimately a lot worse than black steel wheels is your idea of a good looking car - not to mention the loss in value? Not mine matey! And with the information just obtained about the new finish on the anniversary wheels I'm glad I'm sticking mine into storage - at least the car can be complete when I do come to sell it.

I quite like the idea of steel wheels anyway, and Tylerama's pic re-inforces that image - they looks quite old school [:D]

By the way people seem to be missing a point here - these steel wheels are WINTER wheels i.e. they will be used between now and when the next show season starts. After that she'll be wearing new shoes... BBS's but not RC's.
 

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HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD ????

I bet you leave the plastic cling film on your sofa and stuff don't you !!!!

An Anni with 16" black steelies on,.........I have read the entire thread and still it makes no sense.

What makes you think the garage is air and moisture tight ? Garages are damp and often have a higher relative humidity level than the average garden shed, due to the heat given off by the car ovenight, really storage aint gonna work, coroision is a chemical reaction, which you can not prevent, chemists for 10's of years have striven and fail to do just that.
They're being stored in the house, in huge condoms [:D] Three of the wheels are fine, I want to make sure they stay that way. Which, looking at the condition of them i.e. no visible signs of corrosion is going to be a damn site better than driving round with them on the car looking tatty.

Well, you may have just stumbled on one of the best ideas ever, store wheels in a thin oil,...so the air can not get too them, nothing petroleum based though,...yes you guess I am a chemist. [:)]

You might as well enjoy them while they last and love every minute and photo oppurtunity, as I don't think you will gaze admirably at your car with 16" steelies on,...no matter how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise.

enough said really.
So having the wheels on the car for three-four weeks then watching as they corrode and look ultimately a lot worse than black steel wheels is your idea of a good looking car - not to mention the loss in value? Not mine matey! And with the information just obtained about the new finish on the anniversary wheels I'm glad I'm sticking mine into storage - at least the car can be complete when I do come to sell it.

Hmm, its my idea of a car that has had use, I don't like the thought of these weird prople who buy expensive exotic motors (obviously not a reference to the Anni here .[:p]) , wrap them in cling film and put them on a stand somewhere for show and never to turn a cog,...Cars are designed by thier designers to be driven, and some of the real driving enthusiasts who are good enough to design a car that portraits parts of thier visions and make you feel what they want you to feel, must hate those same people who buy and ultimately just look at thier creation without really getting IT.

I quite like the idea of steel wheels anyway, and Tylerama's pic re-inforces that image - they looks quite old school [:D]

Lets get one thing straght, 16" steelies on an otherwise nice car do not look old Skool,...Old skool is looking retro,visions of past glories, almost hip with a nostalgic slant, not............................................. , trying really hard to be diplomatic here,...................................................................lets say ,.........out of place almost like the wheels were nicked on the transport over here[:S]

By the way people seem to be missing a point here - these steel wheels are WINTER wheels i.e. they will be used between now and when the next show season starts. After that she'll be wearing new shoes... BBS's but not RC's.

I will agree with this part of your mental strand, yes winter wheels are a must when you have more salt on the roads than a Scot can consume in a fortnight in Blackpool,...but not 16" steelies,...get a cheap set of Santa Reps, or if you wanted to use the same tyres, some cheap 18" wheels, something that would not look out of place.

You might think I am having a pop at you, but I am not, I am just stuggling to come to terms with your thought process, given the gorgeous car you have purchased, and it is a beaut BTW, even with a replaced glovebox, iffy alloy and the coolant problem (lol [;)] just yanking your chain a bit there mate,...to ruin it all with what you have proposed, I ,....just,........... I,.........................................will stop now.
 

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HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD ????

I bet you leave the plastic cling film on your sofa and stuff don't you !!!!

An Anni with 16" black steelies on,.........I have read the entire thread and still it makes no sense.

What makes you think the garage is air and moisture tight ? Garages are damp and often have a higher relative humidity level than the average garden shed, due to the heat given off by the car ovenight, really storage aint gonna work, coroision is a chemical reaction, which you can not prevent, chemists for 10's of years have striven and fail to do just that.
They're being stored in the house, in huge condoms [:D] Three of the wheels are fine, I want to make sure they stay that way. Which, looking at the condition of them i.e. no visible signs of corrosion is going to be a damn site better than driving round with them on the car looking tatty.

Well, you may have just stumbled on one of the best ideas ever, store wheels in a thin oil,...so the air can not get too them, nothing petroleum based though,...yes you guess I am a chemist. [:)]

You might as well enjoy them while they last and love every minute and photo oppurtunity, as I don't think you will gaze admirably at your car with 16" steelies on,...no matter how hard you try to convince yourself otherwise.

enough said really.
So having the wheels on the car for three-four weeks then watching as they corrode and look ultimately a lot worse than black steel wheels is your idea of a good looking car - not to mention the loss in value? Not mine matey! And with the information just obtained about the new finish on the anniversary wheels I'm glad I'm sticking mine into storage - at least the car can be complete when I do come to sell it.

Hmm, its my idea of a car that has had use, I don't like the thought of these weird prople who buy expensive exotic motors (obviously not a reference to the Anni here .[:p]) , wrap them in cling film and put them on a stand somewhere for show and never to turn a cog,...Cars are designed by thier designers to be driven, and some of the real driving enthusiasts who are good enough to design a car that portraits parts of thier visions and make you feel what they want you to feel, must hate those same people who buy and ultimately just look at thier creation without really getting IT.

I quite like the idea of steel wheels anyway, and Tylerama's pic re-inforces that image - they looks quite old school [:D]

Lets get one thing straght, 16" steelies on an otherwise nice car do not look old Skool,...Old skool is looking retro,visions of past glories, almost hip with a nostalgic slant, not............................................. , trying really hard to be diplomatic here,...................................................................lets say ,.........out of place almost like the wheels were nicked on the transport over here[:S]

By the way people seem to be missing a point here - these steel wheels are WINTER wheels i.e. they will be used between now and when the next show season starts. After that she'll be wearing new shoes... BBS's but not RC's.

I will agree with this part of your mental strand, yes winter wheels are a must when you have more salt on the roads than a Scot can consume in a fortnight in Blackpool,...but not 16" steelies,...get a cheap set of Santa Reps, or if you wanted to use the same tyres, some cheap 18" wheels, something that would not look out of place.

You might think I am having a pop at you, but I am not, I am just stuggling to come to terms with your thought process, given the gorgeous car you have purchased, and it is a beaut BTW, even with a replaced glovebox, iffy alloy and the coolant problem (lol [;)] just yanking your chain a bit there mate,...to ruin it all with what you have proposed, I ,....just,........... I,.........................................will stop now.
I do use the car, just not with the wheels that came with it. You'll still catch me hooning around the local back roads with steelies on [:D]

Why did I choose steelies? Becuase they cost ?50 with tyres. I'm a tight arse the best of times and why pay ?200+ for a set of wheels that will only be used during the winter months. Don't really care how they look - not like I can see them when I'm driving the car anyway [;)]

We shall have to agree to disagree on this one Squire - different strokes for different folks and all that [;)]

@RS - White walls rock! [Y] Cheers mate!
 

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i don't understand all the fuss with these corroding RCs. Why not just send the buggers off to Pristine Wheels in Milton Keynes, get them painted a similar grey to OEM finish??

Hey presto, a durable finish that looks just like the original.... no probs!
 
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