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Pelican Technical Article:

914 Wheel Types

Lawrence Bonkoski

Dave Darling

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

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Tools:

Floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, lug wrench

Applicable Models:

Porsche 914 (1970-76)

Parts Required:

None or new wheels (if you're in the market to upgrade the look of your 914)

Performance Gain:

Decide what sort of wheels you'd like to install on your 914

Complementary Modification:

Buy new tires to go with the new wheels
All 914 wheels are not equal, and some are advertised as "stock" or "factory" and aren't.  Below are thumbnails of common 914 wheels and a few details.  Click on any thumbnail to check out a larger version.  Later, I'll try and post wheel statistics.

STOCK WHEELS

        These are 5- bolt Fuchs wheels, polished and painted with black caps.  The 5- bolt Fuchs was a factory option for 70-72 914-6 and many 911 cars.  The 4- bolt variety was a factory option from 1973 on.  They are often referred to as "2-liter alloys".  I have heard that aftermarket Fuchs-copies polish better because they are cast, rather than forged - I have no personal experience.  These pictures are  compliments of Pelican Parts.

   This is a 5-bolt Mahle wheel.  It's much different from the 4-bolt.  5- bolt Mahle's were a factory option on the 914-6s in 70-72.  This highly prized wheel was nicknamed the "gas-burner".

    This is a 4- bolt Mahle wheel.  Factory option from 73-76.  In 1974, these were stock on all Limited Edition cars and were painted to match the trim (yellow, orange or green).  It sounds ugly, but looks cool.  Thanks, Perry Kiehl, for the picture.

   Personally, my favorite 914 stock wheel, the Pedrini.  The Pedrini was a 4-bolt alloy wheel offered from 70-72, and at first glance is very similar to the 4-bolt Mahle.  There are two different types of Pedrini's out there.  Early (and most common) Pedrini's will not fit on later (hubcentric) cars. 

AFTERMARKET WHEELS

 

   One of the most popular 4-bolt aftermarket wheels is the Riviera.  You can find them in many different disguises of paint and polish.  I've been told this was originally a VW wheel.  My first 914 had these wheels, and I liked the way they looked.  However, this is strictly a street wheel (not auto-x) and should not be used with beefy tires.

   This is a Centerline wheel that some have used on the 914.  I don't know much about them, except that they're prized by racers and very expensive.

   This is an aftermarket wheel made by Momo for Volkswagen.  Most VW 4-bolt wheels will fit on a stock 914.  Jim Philpot was kind enough to send me this picture along with the Enkei wheel  below.

   This is an unusual aftermarket wheel by Enkei.

   Jim Philpot sent me the next two unusual pictures.  First, the English wheel, the RFX Revolution.  I've never seen one outside of this picture, but I like them!  (AA has sold these wheels as the "AFX".

   This is an Australian wheel, a Roh ZR-6.

        Another attractive Aussie wheel, these are pictures of a 4-bolt wheel by Simmons, the Simmons C-2.  They are no longer available - the tooling was damaged beyond repair.

Soon, I will add 4-bolt Fuchs and stock steel wheels.  If you have a wheel that isn't listed, please drop me a line.  I'll be happy to post it for you.


Dave Darling added the following pics to our ensemble:

pedrini.jpg (11353 bytes) fuchs.jpg (7589 bytes) mahle_4.jpg (8505 bytes) mahle_5.jpg (8290 bytes)
Pedrinni Fuchs 4-bolt Mahle 4-bolt Mahle 5-bolt Gasburners
empi.jpg (7171 bytes) am_racing.jpg (19287 bytes) steelie.jpg (7447 bytes) riviera.jpg (7297 bytes)
Empis AM Racing Steel Wheel Riviera Mag
ate.jpg (7172 bytes) ats.jpg (9821 bytes) hre.jpg (7276 bytes)
5-bolt Cookie Cutters ATS HRE Centerline
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Comments and Suggestions:
Jon Comments: Does any one know how much the Mahle gas burner wheels weigh? these would be from the 72 915 5.5x15.
November 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AndyA Comments: Thought I'd add mine to this list, since I don't see them.
Bought them @ Performance Products back in '82.
Similar to the Cheviots or Enkeis, but different.
February 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
DB911 Comments: Hi, does anyone recognise these wheels? They came on my 1970 914. Are these original? Thanks - Dean
July 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lemser Comments: My 914 2.0 with standard body has the 4 hole Pedrinis. I would like to fit 5 hole fuchs and go as wide as possible without making any changes to the body. You know what parts I need adapters or.. and what 5 whole Fuchs will fit my car? The picture is how i would like my car to look.
Br Per
January 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't answer that one.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
obro150 Comments: my 71 914 came with a set of western wheels have included a pic
January 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mauricio Comments: Heloo, I am looking for 2 whees after market: momo for volkswagen. It is the 3 picture below the words AFTER MARKET.
Sorry do not speak and write english. My english is poor, but i try. Maybe yu can understand me.If you have 2 of them please write me.
My name is Mauricio Guzman. I am in South America. mauricioguzman2@hotmail.com I will apreciate.
July 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would try a local salvage yard. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Blue sport Comments: I have a 76 914. How can I tell if a Fuchs, or a Mahle 4 bolt wheel is 'hub centric'?
April 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I wan to say they should be labeled on the inside of the wheel.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
IGTARD Comments: Porsche 914 2.0 going to replace all 5 wheels and tires which ones would you suggest.
December 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
IGTARD Comments: If. I'm saying just if one might have a tendency to drive a bit to fast in the corners. Say there was a history of wheels wandering away. What makes for a good choice of STREET+++ SHOES? I'm PUTTING ON 5 NEW WHEELS AND TIRES. Shalom, IGTARD
December 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Choose a tire that is the correct size, then go for the best speed rating you can find. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
moosh914 Comments: Has anyone ever seen these before? Looking for any and all info. thanks
December 6, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
israel Comments: yo tengo los simmones c-2 made in australia :
October 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool. Nice car. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JP Comments: I'm new and it seems late to this powwow. I have a 71 with 16x7 Simmons wheels. The simplicity really compliments my ride without being too busy and flashy. With that said, I've been searching for the screw on center caps for, we'll, a very long time. I've seen pictures and some have plastic snap in Porsche emblems and some have had Simmons emblems. Does anybody know where I can track these down? Or if something else will fit before I have to start thinking about custom fabrication. Thanks to all. JP
September 26, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These may be difficult to find. However, if anyone can do it, our parts specialists can. Give them a call at 1-888-280-7799.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bud Comments: I have the opportunity to buy a set of Pedrinis. They are stamped on the inside: Made in Italy-914 361 013 00 - F.P.S. 515 -5 1/2 JX 15 with a VW logo.
since there appears to be two sets of Pedrini alloy wheels, does anyone know if these are the early set or the later set that would fit hubcenter cars with the disc rotor which my 1973 914 is?
Thanks, Bud
August 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 914 361 013 00 part number fits 1970 - 1972. 914 361 013 01 part number fits all years. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tribute914 Comments: I have a set of 15 in F\S Rolnal r2 wheels on my 73 914 I just acquired, I am thinking of going with the black stock wheels for this car. I cannot however find much info on the wheels I own now, would be willing to sell or trade, just the wheels, tires are no good.
May 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Steve Comments: We have a 1971 914 with a set of Riviera's. Auto-x with these wheels I see is not advised. Is there an inexpensive steel wheel or ? that I could have a set of track tires mounted and swapped out when heading to the track and run the Rivieras on the street.
Thank you for your consideration, Steve
March 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Here is athread on that topic:

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-914-914-6-technical-forum/152307-cheap-914-autocross-wheels.html - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Charlie Comments: I'm new to the 914 world. Just bought a 1972

It came with a a set of 15x6 revolutions / new tires. I have a set of 14 x 5 Shelby Vipers Never mounted - Caps/Lugs and all that I have from my Datsun days.

Does any one have any photos with a 914 with Vipers installed?







t came with a side-shiftercame with a set of 15 x 6 inch 4 bolt Revolutions. I want to take the car back to factory stock.
March 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have a photo. I have a set of 15 in F\S Rolnal r2 wheels on my 73 914 - Nick at Pelican Parts  
windowwatcher Comments: I bought 4 of these for my '84 Z28 assuming they wre all the same size, 16"x8", with lug pattern of 5x4 3/4". Unfortunitly one is 16"x7 1/2".
December 1, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bramps Comments: I have a 71 914 I just purchased to replace my 74. The 74 had Riviera wheels, the 71 Empi lookalikes. I want to swap them out but forgot to take the wheels studs when I junked the 74. The studs on the Empi's won't fit. Any suggestions on what size studs I need or if there is a conversion kit so I don't have to hold up the wheel with my legs while trying to get the studs started? Thanks
October 26, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not 100% sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right studs.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jvb914 Comments: I have owned my 73 914 since it was new.It came with Riviera Mag wheels.I would like to get them repolished and painted. Any ideas on this project are appreciated. Thanks. Plus I need new center caps. John
August 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check this article out. It can give you an idea of what is involved. I would also check around for c local shop that can do this for you. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
flexwell Comments: Hello!
I've a set of 5lug 5,5x15" Gasburners. Now I'm looking for some datasheet or for a info how much load that wheel has!
Wanna put that wheel on my bay but don't know if the load is enough. And also the TÜV needs some doc's for it.

There are following numbers on that wheel:

901 361 017 00


Thanks for your help guys!
October 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Conan J Comments: First,Thank you for all the great Tech Articles, I have a set of Cheviot Wheels on my 1974,914.the info stamped onto the wheels is the following: Size-6JJX15, and the two front wheels have 10P stamped into them and the back two have 20P stamped into them. Have you seen or heard of these type of wheels before?
May 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I personally haven't.

I'm looking for some datasheet or for a info how much load that wheel has! - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Max Comments: Hi Wayne, see picture above under "aftermarket wheels"
These are the ones I mean. Not sure of the model.
cheers
October 12, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
max Comments: hi guys,
what are the 4 spoke momo wheels for the VW/Porsche called?
I would like some and don't know what to look for
October 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think they made 4-spoke MOMO wheels, I think you may be thinking of the Mahle wheels? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Beulah Boy Comments: I have four Mahle wheels four lugs that are curb rash free. I am not a Porsche enthusiast. They were part of a “barn” find. What website/forum would be the best to sell them so they end with someone who would appreciate their condition?
September 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would place them for sale in our 914 Forums Classifieds: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-914-used-parts-sale-wanted/ - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
911914 Porsche Comments: Looking for information on the best Auto cross wheel for a 73 914. I am currently running Riviera Mag stock width. I would like to go as wide as possible without having to change the car body, as I will change wheels for street vs auto cross.
May 19, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The five-lug Mahle gas burners are the lightest Porsche alloy ever made, but they are very expensive. The wheel size doesn't matter as much as tire sizes. 195/60/15 or so is the max you can run without rubbing or rolling the fender. Some tire brands will fit better than others, it's good to find a tire shop that will let you try them on to see how they fit first. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Chicken_Neck Comments: Psht. Dealer didn't know...
May 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Chicken_Neck Comments: Like John below, I want to blast and recoat the original steel wheels for my 1974 914 2.0. Anyone know the factory color or can point me to the resource that would know? Maybe the dealer.
May 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The German Wurth silver paint that we sell in our catalog is what most people use to return their wheels back to the original factory-looking silver. Wurth was an OEM to Porsche, but I have no idea was the *exact* silver color originally was. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jampatton Comments: I've got two sets of Centerlines that are used for Autocrossing. 15 by 7 weight about 12-13lbs. Have used them for years. Did have to "roll" the stock fenders.
May 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dave Comments: what can be used to identify a real Fuchs five lug verses a copy one? What does the real logo look like?
April 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe the real ones have the 914 part number cast in the back, and there might also be the little FUCHS FOX logo cast in there as well. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Kris Comments: By the way 5 1/2J x 14 is the size of the wheel.
5 1/2 inches wide and 14" dia. 1755 is some kind of identification number.
January 21, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Kris Comments: They are Fuchs alloys alright, that little triangle before the size you'll find on the original Fuchs wheels. There should be another set of number under another spoke with something like 911.xxx.xxx.xx, that is the part number and if it starts with 911, it is a 911 wheel, a 914 is a 914, a 944 from a 944 etc.
There should be a round dial with a number in it. That number would be the year it was produced.
January 21, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Carrie Comments: Hi,
I have "fuchs" pic below and am trying to identify the number on the back...
5 1/2 JX14 and 1755
Are these repros?
January 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Here's a follow up from Kris:

They are Fuchs alloys alright, that little triangle before the size you'll find on the original Fuchs wheels. There should be another set of number under another spoke with something like 911.xxx.xxx.xx, that is the part number and if it starts with 911, it is a 911 wheel, a 914 is a 914, a 944 from a 944 etc. There should be a round dial with a number in it. That number would be the year it was produced. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jimmy Comments: Hey, Mike I have some Empis wheels. E-mail me at jimmydweber@yahoo.com
November 18, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the info. Try our for sale forum.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: The steel wheels on my '75 914 2.0 were painted I use the term loosly white by a previous owner. I'm thinking of having them media blasted and powder coated. Can someone help me identify the correct original wheel paint color.
November 11, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try contacting a Porsche parts department.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: Who has a used 15 x 5.5 "Empis" wheel for sale? Gold , black, any color.
Thanks, Mike
November 10, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Put a want ad in our classifieds http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-914-used-parts-sale-wanted/ or check eBay? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
George Comments: Thanks for the wheel comments.

I'm one of those blasphomers who are trying to covert to an electric motor in a 914.

I am looking for a 4 lug wheel that is especially lightweight but strong .

Any suggestions?
September 20, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The Fuchs alloys are made out of aluminum, and are pretty light. I think also the Mahle 4-lug wheels are pretty light too. I'm not aware of any magnesium four-lug wheels made for the 914. If you convert to five-lugs, then you can run the Mahle 5-lug wheels which are magnesium, but those are quite rare these days, and run about $4K a set. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jacq. Comments: Hello:

I'm the original owner of a 74 2 liter with the appearance group and it was fitted with the 4 lug Fuchs when purchased.

Regards,

Jacq.
August 23, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Chris Comments: Does anyone know anything more about the Simmons wheels?
Were they an alloy or aluminium. II think I have just purchased a pair...
July 28, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Interesting. I just gave away a set of these or wheels very similar to these last week. They were very heavy, I believe they were cast aluminum... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ken7777777cars Comments: Personally, my favorite 914 stock wheel, the Pedrini. The Pedrini was a 4-bolt alloy wheel offered from 70-72, and at first glance is very similar to the 4-bolt Mahle. There are two different types of Pedrini's out there. Early and most common Pedrini's will not fit on later hubcentric cars.

Were these painted?
July 19, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think they were painted, although admittedly, I do not know too much about these wheels. I also think they were aftermarket - I don't think they came stock on any 914s - I think the 914s came only with the Mahle ones (like the 1974 limited edition cars - they had the four-bolt Mahles). I do know that both the four lug and five lug Mahles were indeed painted. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Joe M. Comments: Thanks for the great infromation tech articles in particular have been a big help but how about some history on the Fuchs 4-bolt.

Which years used it? When was it standard/optional? etc.

May 3, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The four-lug Fuchs were a factory option. My car has them, they were ordered with an appearance package. I think they were available in 1971 or 1972 or so, as I have not seen any Porsche factory photos earlier than that with the wheels on the car. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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