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S1 and K/O wheels??

PostPost by: lotuseuropabrit » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:39 pm

I'm pretty sure no S1's came with K/O wheels but I have seen a '64 26R in Miles Wilkin's Twin Cam book with K/O wheels. What is the concensus if I put K/O wheels on a '64 S1 because I have a spare set available and I like the look? Is this a period correct mod? Will it hurt the value of the car? Should I keep it 100% original?
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PostPost by: Billmack » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:43 pm

Its bolt on stuff. Just bolt other stuff on if prospective buyer mentions it..
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:16 pm

KO's came out in '65.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:15 am

But as the car you mention is a 26R it would have knock on wheels-just not the same wheels, hubs or knock-offs that you have.
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PostPost by: Alasdair » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:56 am

Going from bolt on to knock on wheels you will have to change the hub, spindle, bearings etc., spindles and bearings for knock on wheels are larger.

I just did this on my S3 SS Coupe which was built with bolt on wheels, all bits removed are saved.
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PostPost by: lotuseuropabrit » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:06 am

I have a full set of Series 3 K/O hubs/suspension and wheels which I could put on the S1 but I will definately keep all the original parts if I decide to go this way. Thanks for all the comments so far.
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:38 pm

KO wheels for road cars appeared as a Special Equipment (S/E) option with the S3 FHC and the later S2 cars, as mentioned already in 1965. 26Rs had K/O wheels and hubs available from the start but I think they were a different pattern from the road car type. There will be others who can confirm this, no doubt. The advantage of fitting them to a series 1 car, apart from the ease of changing wheels (how often do you do that?) is the availability of larger brake calipers. Technically the K/O wheels for the road cars was always an S/E option rather than standard, however I have only ever seen a few S4 cars with bolt-on wheels, many more S3s though.

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