Date registered: Oct 2008
Vehicle: 1985 380 SL, 1969 280 SL, 1966 Datsun 1600 Roadster, 1999 Miata
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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Valve stems for older Bundt Wheels
I reecently picked up a set of Bundt wheels ro replace the wheels on my '85 380 SL. The wheels are obviously from a much older car (maybe an early '70's 280 SE?) Part # 1084001002. Here is my problem. The wheel is pretty thick at the stem hole, and a modern pull through stem will not seat. I have since looked at later Bundts and they have a machined surface on the back at the hole to make them thinner there to accept a regular stem.
Does anyone here have experience with these older thicker wheels and is there a part # or source for the correct valve stem? I have done quite a bit of research, and tried off-the-shelf screw-on stems, but they will not work because the screw and washer are on the outside, and do not fit in the rim groove. I have ordered a set of "Enkei-style" stems that have a nut on the back, but I do not yet know if they will work until they arrive next week. I have my doubts, however.