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New recreation Alloy wheels for Elans available

PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:01 am

https://www.imagewheels.co.uk/le-alloy-wheel/

There doesn’t seem to have been much hoo ha regarding these wheels. Look to be a great replica available in lots of sizes (except 4.5j which seems odd) in knock on and bolt on. Expensive at over £350 a wheel with the dreaded so £1425 for a set of 4

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:28 am

They make Elan wheels in 4.5J as well, they're just not listed. I'm having a set of bolt on wheels made there.
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:55 am

Are they exact repros or do they have a tubleless ridge thingie?
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:10 am

Mazzini wrote:They make Elan wheels in 4.5J as well, they're just not listed. I'm having a set of bolt on wheels made there.


Seems a bit daft not listing the original size.

Jon maybe the website answers that I’ve no clue. Ot drop them a line
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:36 am

JonB wrote:Are they exact repros or do they have a tubleless ridge thingie?


Yes it does have the inner lip.
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PostPost by: gav » Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:43 am

Bit confused - are they three piece split rims?
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PostPost by: ill_will » Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:11 am

gav wrote:Bit confused - are they three piece split rims?


I believe they are, yes.

Given the poor choice of 13" tyres I've been considering some 14", in 5.5" width, but want to do some measuring first. They quoted weights to me as follows:

13” would be approx. 5kg and 14” 5.5kg

For the fixings to be invisible I guess they must come from the back side, clamping both outer sections, and bolting into a threaded central cast piece. Does anyone know if that's how they do it?
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PostPost by: gav » Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:52 am

... and also, whether they retain their seals. I could never keep air in them for more than a month - but that was some time ago.
...and, the rims are very fragile. I know that we dont kerb tyres - but if we were to, the outer rim could well be damaged beyond repair meaning a strip down, new outer and a re seal.
Benefits are that they are very light and there is flexibility on offsets - and they do look good.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:01 am

this certainly would be a great option to open for a not so easy problem to resolve for stock cars, various offers have been presented along the years but of late not many really materialised to a firm and lasting altenative to original wheels: I'm sure a return of experience would be a interest to many enthusiasts here...
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:57 am

They are 3 piece split rims. You can customize your offset, width or diameter. The center section can be billet. the rim section can be powder coated, or polished.

Very happy with mine, they were good on customer support.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sun Feb 11, 2024 12:13 pm

elancoupe wrote:They are 3 piece split rims. You can customize your offset, width or diameter. The center section can be billet. the rim section can be powder coated, or polished.

Very happy with mine, they were good on customer support.


thank you for your feedback : would you tell the actual specs you selected (width/offset , weight ? ;) ) and how long you've had them for ?
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Feb 11, 2024 12:23 pm

I have has them for 3 years now. They are thirteen inch wheels, 5 inch diameter. I don't have the backspacing numbers at hand, but I took a great deal of time calculating the specs that I wanted, in order to accommodate wider tires. I currently run 175/60 tires with absolutely no rubbing, could possibly go 185, but don't really have the need or want.

They weigh very close to the same as the repro steel wheels that are (sometimes) currently available. Again, I don't have the numbers at hand.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Sun Feb 11, 2024 2:42 pm

2 years ago

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I believe image have been around 5-7 years, if that matter. Other brands surely have them fitted.
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PostPost by: ill_will » Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:45 pm

Does anyone have any photos of them in the 14" size by any chance?

To my mind they look like a decent match to the standard wheels, unless you get close and can see the thickness of the alloy.
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PostPost by: Barney » Sun Feb 11, 2024 9:48 pm

The only criticism that I've heard concerns the thickness of the alloy, that can be seen in the wheel apertures.
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