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Repaired steel wheels / refurb / Minilites

PostPost by: George4th » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:30 am

I just spent a couple of days wire brushing and priming my old steel wheels, luckily found an old Ikea sink as a wheel mask!
Anyway wheels as follows
No 1 - OK
No 2 - OK
No 3 - Peg holes slightly enlarged
No 4 - Rim welded + large dent
No 5 - Peg holes very enlarged

The question is what is acceptable, also I am going to be using TTR rear UJs , would alloys be better suited?
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Welding to rim

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Dent

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Large holes

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OK Wheel?


Any advice gratefully sought!

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PostPost by: AHM » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:48 pm

Before you do anything else, take them to a tyre place and see if they run true and are within balancing limits - if not you are wasting time.

Chances are that if it is welded or bent it is worse than you think - I've got a perfectly restored wheel that is egg shaped!
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PostPost by: George4th » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:40 am

I was wasting my time as I went to our local tyre fitter and all could not be balanced :(
So its TTR after all

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PostPost by: richboyd » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:09 pm

George, don't you appreciate sound advice (like that from AHM)?
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:00 am

George,

There are some wheel specialists who can straighten steel wheels if they are bent. The downside is further investment with no guarantee of success. I had my K/O wheels straightened many years ago. They were much easier to balance after that, but the wobble eventually returned. I replaced with panasports.

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PostPost by: AussieJohn » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:07 am

You can rebuild steel wheels, a friend rebushed the holes then replaced the outer rims with new ones which he bought from Germany, they are like new and are probably truer than original. Not a cheap way to go but still an option.
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PostPost by: George4th » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:44 am

Thanks to all. The thing is I don't think my French tyre fitter tried particularly hard to balance the wheels. I think he only tried two and then gave up. His comment was that they would require a lot of weights mmmmmmmmmmmm So I don't think they are that bad.
Having said that we do want the car to be very usable so have ordered a set of Minilites from TTR.
My steel wheels will be sold in due course

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