Thinking of putting wheels on your MK3? Post your questions & suggestions here.
If you are new to the whole modifying game and want to fit new wheels to your MKIII please post your questions & suggestions here instead of starting a new thread.
Also if you have any tips or experience in fitting wheels of any size to your MKIII please feel free to share your experience here.
The PCD (stud pattern) for Cl, GL models is is 4x100. VR6's are 5x100
The centre bore is 57.1mm
Base offset is around +40 depending on the model.
What is offset?
The back spacing from the hub surface to the rim of the wheel.
What wheels will fit?
Any wheel with a 4x100 or 5x100 stud pattern up to 18 inch will fit. Wheel sizes between 15-17 will look the best. Any width up to 7 inches will fit without problems but any wider and you'll need to alter the car.
Spacers & Adapters
If you want to fit wheels with a different stud pattern you will need adapters. Spacers are used to space the wheel out from the hub to make it appear wider.
For inspiration & visualisation
To give others an idea of what a particular wheel set-up looks like, post a picture of your car and the following details;
Model of car:
Model of Wheel:
Suspension type and height:
Rolling/fender mod/pulling of guards:
Hi I have a 1999mk3 and I want to put steel wheels on that are made for jeeps but I was wondering if 3.75 inches of backspace was okay or not please let me know thanks!!
im getting 15x7" wheels and 5x4.5" lugs thanks! and I need spacers so let me know what I should do !
They're not going to fit. The stud pattern is way off, the spacing will be all over the place giving you massive poke outside the guards.
Those wheels have a stud pattern of 5x114.3 where as your Golf is 4x100, meaning you'll need adapters of at least 20mm size. The back space of the wheels means the offset will be -19mm where as your Golf is +40mm stock. This means these wheels will stick out from the guards by 50mm's once you add the extra width of the wheels over stock and the adapters your looking at about 70mm of poke.
Sorry, there is no way you're going to fit those wheels to your Golf.
For a 15x7 wheel you're best bet is an offset of around +30 to +25 that will have them sitting flush with the edge of the wheel arch.
Tyres, go for either a 165/55 R15 or 185/45 R15.
If you are running wider wheels on a lowered car and want no arch gap you will probably get some rubbing. This is where the tyre rubs against the edge of the wheel arch under load or when turning. In order to solve this you'll need to do some guard work.
Guard work refers to having to modify your wheel arches to get the wheels to fit. You can either roll the arch, making the underside flat, giving you more room. Or you can flare the arch which means pulling the arch outwards.