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1950 mk5 wheel rims

Started by Eddie Doc, 22 Jul 2020 at 12:31

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Eddie Doc

Can anybody tell me where I can get 19" rims for my mk5.
Are there any other common rims that could be used? such as Enfield or Arial.
What I know, they are WM2 19" 40 spoke
Any info would be greatly appreciated.


If produced correctly, wheel rims have to be dimpled and have the holes for the spokes punched at an angle to suit the hub it is going to be laced up to (this ensures the spokes are pulling straight and not being subject to unnecessary strain). Any reputable wheel builder should be able to supply your rims, but they will need the dimensions of your hubs (spoke flange diameters and distance apart). If they are not doing the wheel building, they will also need the diameter of the spoke nipples you have (usually .300"dia on postwar Douglases).



If you still have the old wheels laced up, it makes it soooo much easier for them to produce
wheels which are laced correctly to be identical to the ones being replaced.

This then gives you the same lacing pattern and rim offset.
None of this discovering later that someone didn't guess it correctly,
and your bike now crabs down the road...


I just had 2 wheels done WM1 X 21" on front (non standard) and WM3 X19 on the back got the dimensions of the rim off set from the forum & spanarama  and got them built by wills wheels I know he gets it right as he bends his own spokes and has the gear to broach his rims.

Eddie Doc

Many thanks for all replies.

Yes I did take all the necessary measurements such as offset from the brake drum faces and lots off pictures of the position of spokes.
'This for me has to be a budget build so for now it's of to the paint shop to have the rims stoved silver.
Maybe sometime in the future I'll have new rims.

Cheers all.