Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Danville California
The picture below is how I solved the fitment problem. The white rubber cap stays nicely in the bottom of the slot for the tire iron, so when the tire iron is inserted it does not make contact with the cloth bag. It's still a tight fit, but the bag closes OK.
One of the problems is that the tire iron with the 22 mm socket has a sharper bend than the socket with the 19 mm socket. The 22 mm tire iron is used on wheel nuts on steel wheels used on cars with hubcaps, hence the tapered end to the iron to be used as a hubcap remover.
The tire iron with the 19 mm socket was used in 2 liter cars with the exposed nuts hence no taper on the end of the iron so if you happen to try to fit this tire iron to the cloth bag it will only fit by turning it around and having the socket face out of the bag as the iron is about an inch longer. Having said this the 2 liter cars came with steel wheels and optional aluminum wheels so there may be two different tire iron sizes, potentially 22mm for the steel wheels and 19 mm for the aluminum wheels.
See the second picture below for a comparison of the two irons. Note the longer 19 mm socket iron has no taper at the end of the iron.
All of this adds to the confusion as to what tire irons go with what bags.
There is a difference of nearly an inch in the overall length of the two irons with the 19 mm one being the longer.
The bag will definitely not close with the 19 mm tire iron which is as it should be as the bag was meant for earlier cars with hubcaps and the attendant 22 mm tire iron.
It is my belief from studying this a lot that the cloth bag should only be used with the 22 mm tire iron. The later small vinyl bags can be used with either tire iron for the 2 liter cars.
Ok, enough already, I didn't mean this to be a dissertation.
Last edited by Gary K; 03-24-2018 at 11:21 PM.