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    Default RH ZW4 Wheels the long road to Restoration...Soon may be for sale

    In A nutshell I'm the 3rd owner of these they started in Virginia. The are RH ZW4 Cupards et 26 and et 27. 18x9/9.5. These use RH adapters 5x100 to 5x112 the fronts are 25mm and rears are 20mm. The original owner changed the split rim bolts to Gold Pointy and had the Barrels powder coated Root Beer

    The second owner was Chris Torbett from Knoxville, TN who had them powder coated all flat black and ran them on his VW MK4 GTI
    RH ZW4 with second owner on his VW MK4 GTI
    I heard through a friend that Chris may be selling them. I got his info and we discussed the purchase and came to an agreement. One concern was if they would fit over the big brake kit I have on my VW MK4 Golf R32. I brought a set of 5mm spacers just in case. Upon arrival we realized that calipers were to big and had to file them down 3 different trials just to gain clearance.
    RH ZW4’s on R32
    Once home I took an angle grinder to the calipers and removed 5mm from them to clear wheels inner barrel. Luckily the R32 calipers are beefy so removing that didn't affect them at all. I then gave them a fresh coat of Paint
    Freshly Painted R32 Caliper
    I drove them for about a year with no issues or problems. One day I had to go see a family member at the hospital so pulled into valet parking and let the attendant take the car. When I let I picked car up and didn't think much about it and drove home. Two days later I see Gouges on the passenger side wheel both front and back. I new it wasn't me I learned long ago after getting rash on wheels to know your parameters and stay away from the curb. By that point it was a couple days later and nothing can be done... next come that horrible sinking feeling.
    RH ZW4’s 1st lip damage from Idiot parking attendantRH ZW4 2nd lip damage from idiot parking attendant
    So I decided there would be no simple quick fix and to sell them as is and even take a loss. I listed them on Craigslist, Facebook Market Place and even on Vortex. I had some ridiculous low ball offers but was not going to take less than 1K for them.
    RH ZW4’s 1st attempt to sell damaged as is with no serious offers for over a year
    After long thought I decided the only way to sell or really enjoy them would be to repair and restore them. I removed all 40 split rim bolts and nuts and thought I could just separate them...NOT they are Silicone to make them air tight. So off to the used tire store and had all tires removed for $20. After that I found the Silicone was on there thick which was very time consuming too.
    RH ZW4 start to complete restorationRH ZW4’s Breaking them down
    Finally had all lips separated from barrels and thought it's a breeze from here! NOPE The powder coat to the Aluminum was virtually impossible to get off. I first tried regular paint stripper which didn't even budge it. then heard you can sand blast them so brought one over to a buddy's house and that barely affected it. Then read I'd have to use Airplane stripper. This slowly worked but you had to were gloves, goggles and a mask (it's some toxic stuff) I found you have to leave it on for a good while and that only takes some of it at a time.
    RH ZW4 stripping the old Powder Coat of with Industrial Airplane stripper
    This was getting to me bad because I have COPD and Asthma. after research I found a shop Global Tire in Lawrenceville GA which would strip the powder coat repair the lips and polish the lips for $360. to me that sounded great because I was going nowhere with the rate I was going. I ended up though buying two new 1.25 lips and only had them polish the 3.25 lip to make it a true Staggered set up at 18x9.5/8. The other 2.75 lip is semi-polished and got it listed on Ebay if they don't sell may list them here or include with these as an alternative size.
    RH ZW4’s Barrels back from Acid DipRH ZW4 with two New lips and other two lips repaired-all polished
    I then decided to semi-polish the barrels I found 100 then 220 then extra fine steel wool to work best. I went over them three different times thoroughly to get them smooth.

    I got the barrels to a very smooth semi-polished finish.
    RH ZW4 Fine polishing Barrels
    Then I was going to clear coat them myself but hears several say a rattle can just wont cut it! So wen back to the boys at Global Tire in Lawrenceville, GA and they powder coted clear for $40 a tire.
    RH ZW4 Wheels polished and fresh Clear Coat
    This is where I'm at now I go pick them up tomorrow (Monday) and I have all new Chrome split rim hardware to put on them. I have had some serious financial obligations and may have to sell. I know soon as I get them I'll fall in love with them again. I was also able to clean up original caps fairly well too.
    RH ZW4 new stock 12 point Bolts.
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    Didn't like the caps so got new ones split rim bolts are only thing left
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    Starting to bolt them together. Going to be hard to let these go they are sooo sweet! No short-cuts taken these look just plain awesome
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    These are done New Front BFG Sport Comp 2 225/40/18 going on fronts which are 18x8 BFG Sport Comp2 255/35/18 with 80% tread going on 18x9.5. This documentation is proof that when listed for sale there can be some history and amount of effort to restore them.




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    So I got BF Goodrich Sport comp 2 mounted on wheels 18x8 has 225/40/18 and 18x9.5 has 255/35/18 the front wheels are brand new and rears have 80% tread left on them. they look virtually new.

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    I also have an extra set of 18" 40 hole lips 2.75" which are an alternative size to make wheels 18x9. These are just semi polished but great to switch around in need be.

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    Listed for sale now in several forums. No hurry to sell I know what there worth and will wait for a proper offer for them
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    give yourself wamer in the winter
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