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OEM 17" wheels that clear PP/R calipers

mattkosem1

Ready to race!
Location
OH, US
Hey all, I've done aftermarket wheels for winter enough times to know that they rarely hold up anywhere near as well as OE wheels against corrosive ice prevention chemicals or potholes, so I'm looking for some 17" VW wheels that will definitely fit my R. I don't see a comprehensive list anywhere, but I've found some possibilities so far.

The nicest ones I've seen so far are these, which I'm guessing must be Sima wheels.


It seems like the Silex also fits:


The Goal seems to fit.


Another obvious option seems like the Tronic/Dijon that VW lists.


Denvers fit.


Porto seems to fit:


As far as I can tell, this is a le mans.


Are there other good options that fit in the VW parts bin? A quick Google search didn't find much other than those. I see conflicting reports on the 17" goal, so it must be a tight fit, but they don't do it for me asthetically so it's not of much consequence.

--Matt
 
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mattkosem1

Ready to race!
Location
OH, US
I went with Portos and 215/50R17 X-Ice3. Looks like a pretty good deal for $400 for all 4 brand new wheels (thanks eBay)



I explained the tight fitment to the guy at the tire shop that mounted the tires, and he balanced them with all the wights on the inner side of the barrel rather than outside, so there were no issues. It is worth noting that only the skinnier variety of balancing weights will fit up front. It's not evident in this pic, but there's approximately 1/4" thanks to the lip behind the face.

 
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Beju

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
IL
17x7" Classix from a 2006 Jetta, fresh from powder coating, so I can keep the Rabbit Edition gloss black look even on winter tires.


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DUSlider

Ready to race!
Location
PA
Ride
2008 UG Rabbit
I've got 17x7.5" OEM Anthracite Goals as my winter wheels for my PP GTI, which as far as I know uses the same brakes as the R. They fit fine as long as the knucklehead who mounts your tires isn't dumb about wheel weight placement and application.
 

chuncomunco

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
NY
VW CC Phoenix wheels.

17x8 et41 clears PP brakes on my GTI with plenty of room. Should be able to clear R brakes.

Wheels have a nice offset in case you don't want to run spacers.
 
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snobrdrdan

former GTI owner
^^I just linked that site for the wheel info

I can't remember if it was them, or a different refinished wheel retailer, but years ago I ordered a set of 4 wheels and they were all a different shade of silver and the quality of the finish was different too. (aka they weren't all done at the same time)
I'm leery of refinished wheels now
 

Beju

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
IL
^^I just linked that site for the wheel info

I can't remember if it was them, or a different refinished wheel retailer, but years ago I ordered a set of 4 wheels and they were all a different shade of silver and the quality of the finish was different too. (aka they weren't all done at the same time)
I'm leery of refinished wheels now
Given my favorable results with the powder coating company I used that refinished and powder coated the wheels I brought them for $200, I'd sooner buy another set of rashed/surface corroded wheels from Facebook marketplace and get them in a custom color.

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RobWCanada

New member
Location
Toronto
^^I just linked that site for the wheel info

I can't remember if it was them, or a different refinished wheel retailer, but years ago I ordered a set of 4 wheels and they were all a different shade of silver and the quality of the finish was different too. (aka they weren't all done at the same time)
I'm leery of refinished wheels now
Ohhh. I see. So autorimshop is selling refinished wheels? I was asking because I can get the VW rims there (obv...you linked it) for $250-300 cheaper than brand new from the VW dealership here in Canada.

But if they're refinished I just assume buy new from my dealer. $265 CDN on average per wheel -- $200 USD, not terrible.

Silex, Tronic, Sima are my options (all about the same price) ...Goal rims no longer available.

I'm leaning toward the Silex. But the spokes may cake with snow. Vs Sima which are solid...hmm
 

Tooly

Ready to race!
Have you checked out your local Craigslist or Facebook marketplace? I've purchased 3 or 4 sets of used OEM wheels that way, including the current ones I just put on.
 

snobrdrdan

former GTI owner
Given my favorable results with the powder coating company I used that refinished and powder coated the wheels I brought them for $200, I'd sooner buy another set of rashed/surface corroded wheels from Facebook marketplace and get them in a custom color.
Well yeah, if you're taking a set to a place and having them done at the same time....that's a little different
The set I received was a pieced together set
 
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